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Greetings on this last Throwback Thursday for June 2016. Since the last email it's been a bittersweet experience depending on what side of the fence you’re on here in the UK, with a double whammy ‘Brexit' from the Euro’s politically and sports wise. Many decided to ignore this plight and “Celebrate” life like Kool & The Gang, attending a few festivals over the weekend. Firstly I’ve got to mention last Saturday’s north London Glastonbury (well not quite as muddy) Summer Soulstice. Maximum props to my ol’ club promoter dispatcher at Arista BMG Jamie Topham and his friends for the 10th anniversary mash up in Barnet. It’s an amazing feat you’ve achieved and thank you so much for inviting me to spin in the Club Tent.  Ad Fab turn out that Jennifer and Joanna would have been proud of with a great atmosphere and humble thanks from moi for the love during my set in the Club Tent..That was “Something Special” like The Peech Boys. I also attended on Friday and Sunday Nile Rodgers’s Fold Fest, the very first live event at Fulham Palace. Overall having seen Chic, Alison “Alf” Moyet, Incognito and Angie Stone perform live it, was a very successful event. I literally spent the next two days hanging with the “Mahogany Soul” and “Black Diamond” high priestess Angie Stone, with a long hour interview on Monday and attending a private party Tuesday. So you know the interview is gonna be something in the forthcoming issue 65. Speaking of which we are going to the three week graphic design and print schedule 4th July so adverts ..hurray like a “Murray Mint. I also spoke with Alton McClain of the Alton McClain & Destiny trio who is coming over in September to reach our “Destiny” and perform for the very first time in the UK her 1970’s and early 80’s classics. For those travelling to the south coast, enjoy Hayling Island and like Rick Holmes “Remember To Remember”, Soul On The Coast next Saturday 9th in Southampton is the big one featuring myself and Dezzi D so check out the flyer in this news letter as tickets are selling quicker than the stock exchange!! If you’re one of the Wombles of Wimbledon are heading down for the tennis ..enjoy!!

The latest 10th anniversary issue is out and a 'Beadle About' featuring news reviews and interviews with Billy Ocean, Kathy Sledge, James D Train Williams, Dr James Mason, Scott James and Danny John Jules. There was no way on this "Planet Earth" that his 'Royal Purpleness' Prince Rogers Nelson was not going on the cover so we flipped the script and put his image supplied by the talented Scott Gary aka Chapter on the reverse side. The following few pages features homages to the artist 'Formally Known As' respectfully. So like JB "Please Please Please" make sure you get your copy to continue supporting us by subscribing via 

Take care and chow for now

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Whether it's the Mick Jackson or the Phreek classic that's your anthem... Enjoy your "Weekend". 

This series of events kicked of last week with Nomad Collective and the next instalment is Omar 7th July. There are a series of events right up till September to choose from courtesy of Shades Of Soul

Celebrating 30 years as initially a pirate radio station, a Brothers Johnson "STOMP" radio is one of the leading internet based radio broadcasting entities with a reputation for playing Soul The Only Music Power. Check out their event happening 11th June as well as the stations presenter line up!!
Just over a week to go where The Soul On The Coast event host two dj guns for hire  of "Double Trouble" proportions on the wheels of steel. Dezzi D one of the most consistent musical turntablist and knowledgable dj for the last 35 years and yours truly will be giving a "Musicology" lesson "For those who like to groove" like Raydio. Cross pollinating many musical genres from the 70's to the millennium, trust me you do not want to miss this 6 hours of a musical roast on the coast.
Looking forward to visiting my old school stomping ground literally, at The Jazz Festival at Walpole Park Ealing W.5 Roy Ayers is headlining an annual event right next door to my old high school so I'm sure there will be a big reunion as we "Get On Up Get On Down" to Mr Vibes. Click image for more info or click here
With all the soul holidays still to happen later in the year like Croatia i.e Suncebeat and Bolsoul perspectively in July and October, why not book via 2bookaholiday with my mate Josephine French? Quote Soul Survivors and get your special discount so like The Jungle Bro's classic "What You Waitin' For?"
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Always guaranteed to be a Stock Aitkin & Waterman "Roadblock", check this out on the Bank Holiday Friday as Soultrain party like it Prince's "1999". This will be the prelude to the Mansion party that features The Soul Survivors Magazine celebrating as part of it's 10 years anniversary with your's truly joining Soultrain in October
If you wanna boogie "Boogie With The Fatback", Campsoul up the ante after a successful weekend last year with Jean Carne and Tom Browne, with Bill Curtis and his Fatback Band giving you plenty of their "Tasty Jam" classics. I'll be making my debut at this event which is full of love and EWF "Happy Feelin'". So if you wanna do that "Street Dance" or the "Double Dutch" at the "Bus Stop" or whilst ya eating some "Yum Yum' food..Make sure you visit Oxford whilst Inspector Morse is on vacation!!
If you wanna do a weekend of Soulful "Jamboree" like Naughty By Nature on the south coast of Bournemouth in October, then I suggest you for this one!! Bob Master and his 'soul famille' know how to have a good time so why not join them for this winter warming weekender!!
Thursday 7th July
Shades Of Soul presents Omar
 (see advert)

Saturday 9th July
Soul On The Coast @ 1865 Brunswick Sq Southampton
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Wednesday 13th July
Shades Of Soul presents Hollie Stephenson
(See Advert)
Check out the extended tribute and homage to Prince Rogers Nelson  in Issue 64 of the Soul  Survivors Magazine

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Here are extracts from my interview with Bill Curtis a few years back ahead of the Fatback appearing at CampSoul in August

After the 3rd and last Perception album you join Spring/ Polydor’s Event label. "Mr Bass Man" is a killer but "Keep On Stepping" (That was the big record on there and we’ll be doing that when we come over) and "Wicky Wacky" would become the club anthems. By this time the bass lines of Johnny Flipping would simulate one of a reggae ilk on both those tracks. How much did the Caribbean and reggae influence have on the band as much later this would be evident with Spanish Hustle and Night Fever?

Remember what I told you I got my beat from ?? It came from the reggae from the calypso but what I did was put a 2 and 4 back beat to it which the reggae didn’t have. So by us playing cabaret dances the people loved calypso music and with that New Orleans feel that influenced the Fatback Sound. Now if you listen to "Going To See My Baby", four tunes came out of that like "Wicky Wacky" and "Bus Stop". At night we’d play them tunes differently and never the same way twice. So when we went to the studio we’d written another tune on top of it and perform it unconsciously but we were not aware of that. When you have a band thats working every weekend they are writing tunes in between.

"Raising Hell" and "Yum Yum" albums with their sexy funk disco, jazz and Caribbean flavours remain two of my favourite albums that endured a degree of commercial success. "Raising Hells’s" "Bus Stop" created a dance craze, how did you receive that adulation as this did catapult the group into the commercial arena more-so I guess in the UK than the USA?

I never knew until Gerry Thomas came to the UK with Jimmy Castor and said they playing the hell out of "Bus Stop". When I first came to England I toured with a little van and did bars cabaret places and in the little country towns and built my own following before I did big concerts .

You told me that your track “Dance Girl” was controversial with The Rimshots and you were going to sue them, why was that?

They stole it and took my tune and didn’t pay me royalties and thats another one that came out of “Going To See My Baby” you can tell. Remember what I told you earlier bout the formula? That’s what I used throughout my Fatback career.

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