March 9, 1995 |
Before Rick James, before "I'm Just a Sucker for Your Love" and "Ooo La La La," and just about everything we associate with Teena Marie, there was The Beverly Hillbillies. A teeny, tiny Teena - then known as Mary Christine Brockert - was 8 years old when she appeared on the Buddy Ebsen comedy classic. "I played a singer who had a real pushy stage mother," said the actress turned rhythm-and-blues singer. "The mother had Mr. Clampett thinking he could turn her into a big star.
December 31, 2010
IWAS saddened by the loss of Teena Marie. I've been a fan from the beginning. It's still a joy to hear "Portuguese Love," "Out on a Limb" and, of course, her duet with Rick James in "Fire and Desire," a classic. Teena was one of a kind, and it will be a long time before we see her inimitable style again. Like others of my generation, I resent any equating the likes of Christine Aguilera, Madonna or Cyndi Lauper to Lady T. Teena sang with raw emotion and soul, and we loved her for it. The black community considered Teena one of our own when the white community ignored her because of her love affair with Rick James in the early years.
May 28, 2004 |
Ever since she signed to Motown Records and released her Rick James?produced debut, Wild and Peaceful, in 1979, Teena Marie has been known as the white girl who sounds black on 1980s R&B hits such as "Behind the Groove," "I Need Your Lovin', " and "Ooo La La La," which the Fugees recast as "Fu-Gee-La. " Still, it comes as a surprise that La Do?a, the comeback album by the 48-year-old Lady T, arrives from Cash Money Records, the New Orleans-based hard-core rap label that introduced the term bling bling.
June 2, 2010
Its stage dark for two years, the Robin Hood Dell East will reopen July 12 with a summer concert series. The venerable amphitheater closed in 2008 for major renovations. Members of City Council contributed $1.27 million toward the $6 million restoration. The Family of Dell East raised $2.5 million, and the state added $1.7 million. The eight-week music fest will feature such performers as Heads of State with Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, and Bobby Brown, Teena Marie, the Whispers, and Brian McKnight.
May 31, 2004 |
Programmable sounds rule the charts - an oxymoronic idea when you consider the passion necessary for hip-hop and funk. Teena Marie and Morris Day and the Time - hit-makers throughout the '80s - are looking to turn the beat around, playing "jams" that have nothing to do with Phish. At a sold out Tower Theater on Saturday, megalomaniacal singer Day and MC/comic foil Jerome Benton - both dressed to the nines - guided the Time through signature hunks of burning-rubber synths and innuendo-laden anthems.
June 11, 2007
IT'S JUNE 11. Do you know where the summer acts for the Dell East are? And where's Steve Turner, who botched the job of booking the Dell last year and is seemingly looking to repeat that performance this year? And where's City Hall, which got ample evidence last year in a report by City Controller Alan Butkovitz that outlined poor planning and promotion, and contractual issues, in running the music site? It's an outrage. A look at the Dell East's Web site late last week showed that dates for the annual Essence of Entertainment series, July 9 -Aug.
September 25, 2011
Vesta Williams, 53, a big-voiced R&B diva perhaps best known for her 1980s hits "Don't Blow A Good Thing" and "Congratulations," was found dead of a possible drug overdose Thursday in a hotel room in El Segundo, Calif., coroner's investigators said. Born Mary Vesta Williams to a disc jockey in Coshocton, Ohio, she had hits with "Once Bitten Twice Shy," "Sweet, Sweet Love" and the torch song "Congratulations," where she emotionally bids goodbye to her ex on his wedding day. Ms. Williams also appeared in movies and on television.
May 1, 2008 |
Old-school R&B will have its day in Philadelphia on Sept. 9, when the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Awards 20th anniversary gala is held at the Kimmel Center. This year's honorees, announced yesterday at the Loews Hotel, include singers Chaka Khan, Teena Marie and Bill Withers, dance-pop band Kool & the Gang, vocal group the Whispers, Motown musicians the Funk Brothers, 1950s and '60s R&B star Sugar Pie DeSanto, Stax records executive Al Bell, and the late soul man Donny Hathaway.
April 29, 2003 |
On stage, there are women talking about sorrow, uplift and the redemptive power of sex and self. In the audience, there are women healed and men in awe. This was not a reading of The Vagina Monologues, but rather Saturday's sold-out show at the Theatre of Living Arts with Philly's Vivian Green and Lady Alma, storming soul divas preaching decidedly different aspects of love. Each has been touched by the history of creamy Philadelphia R&B - Green by its wine-bar jazz soul, rich in epic balladry, Alma by its gospel-ish disco funk.
December 28, 2010
THE NFL, Eagles and the city made the right decision in postponing Sunday night's game. It was never about the game. If the Birds and Vikes wanted to tee it up in an empty stadium, more power to them. The real issue was the logistical nightmare of getting thirty to forty thousand or more people safely home at 11:30 or later when the storm was at its worst. All it would've taken was one fan getting into a serious accident or becoming a fatality and the NFL, Eagles and the city would've been sued for a king's ransom, followed by scathing editorials in this very paper about how the league and the Eagles were grossly irresponsible for playing the game under such horrid weather conditions.