Tuesday Open Thread | Peabo Bryson Week

Hello, everyone! More Peabo…

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Bryson’s family not only instilled in him his work ethic, but a love for music as well. “My mother was a serious music lover. Whenever there was somebody great in town, she’d drag us along to catch their act. I have seen most of the greats of that period – Sam Cooke, Little Richard and even Billie Holiday. Sam Cooke was a great influence on me. His voice had a pure quality – straight from-the-heart.”

“I think the sensitivity in my songs stems from my early childhood. I was raised by women – my grandmother, until she died, and my mother. My grandmother was a woman who lived and loved with incredible passion.”

I’m So Into You

REACHING FOR THE SKY

Bryson moved to Capitol Records in 1978, where his album “Reaching for the Sky” went gold and the title track was a number six R&B hit. With his LP “Crosswinds” (gold,1978), he truly penetrated the hearts of soul fans everywhere with the title tracks “Feel the Fire” and “I’m So Into You”, which spent two weeks as the nation’s number two R&B hit. He was paired with Capitol label-mate Natalie Cole for the 1979 project “We’re the Best of Friends” and a year later with Roberta Flack for the double-LP “Live & More” (on Atlantic Records). Peabo delivered four more albums for Capitol before making a second, even bigger album with Flack titled “Born to Love”, a gold seller that featured the smash “Tonight I Celebrate My Love” (Top 5 R&B and #16 Pop). That led him to sign a deal with Elektra Records for four albums, the second of which, “Take No Prisoners”, featured the crossover smash “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again” (Top 10 Pop and Top 10 R&B).

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Shujayea: Massacre at Dawn

Massacre at DawnShujayea: Massacre at Dawn

A powerful film with exclusive footage from the day of the Israeli assault on the densely populated Shujayea district.

Filmmakers: Amjad Almalki and Ahmad Ashour

Amid a renewed cycle of escalating tensions and violence, Israel launched a military offensive on the Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014.

On the 13th day of the assault on Gaza, Israel intensified its campaign with a ground offensive. The densely populated district of Shujayea in Gaza City came under intense bombardment.

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Monday Open Thread | Peabo Bryson Week!

Happy Monday, Everyone! This week’s featured artist is Mr. Peabo Bryson.

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Peabo Bryson (born Robert Peapo Bryson, April 13, 1951, given name changed from “Peapo” to Peabo c. 1965) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, born in Greenville, South Carolina. He is well known for singing soft-rock ballads (often as a duo with female singers) and his contribution to several Disney animated feature soundtracks.

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As one of the oldest of four siblings, two sisters and a brother, he spent much of his childhood on his grandfather’s farm in Mauldin, South Carolina. His love for music stemmed from his mother, who often took the family to concerts of well-known African-American artists at the time, such as Sam Cooke, Little Richard and Billie Holiday.[citation needed]

At age 14, Bryson marked his professional debut singing backup for Al Freeman and the Upsetters, a local Greenville group. It was Freeman’s difficulty in pronouncing Bryson’s French West Indian name, ‘Peapo’, that led Bryson to change its spelling to Peabo. Two years later he left home to tour the chitlin’ circuit with another local band, Moses Dillard and the Tex-Town Display. Bryson’s first break came during a recording session at Atlanta’s Bang Records.

Although Bang was not impressed with Dillard’s band, the young backup singer caught the ear of the label’s general manager, Eddie Biscoe. Biscoe signed Bryson to a contract as a writer, producer, and arranger and encouraged Bryson to perform his own songs. For several years Bryson worked with hometown bands and wrote and produced for Bang.[citation needed] In 1976, he launched his own recording career with “Underground Music” on the Bang label. His first album, Peabo, followed shortly thereafter. Although only a regional success, Bryson signed to Capitol Records in 1977.

I’m so into You Let the feeling flow

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Photo Gallery| In Memory of Palestinians killed in Gaza

Hat tip: Humanize Palestine

A Song for Palestine

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Sunday Open Thread | A Song for Palestine

Song for Palestine

Happy Sunday, everyone.

I am so heartbroken this morning. I want to wail at seeing the suffering, destruction and loss of life of the Palestinian people. They have a human right to live, survive and thrive. Pray for them!

‘We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.’

–Nelson Mandela

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Saturday Open Thread | Best of Motown

Motown 25The Jackson 5 (later known as the The Jacksons) are an American popular music family group from Gary, Indiana; a part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Formed in 1964 under the name The Jackson Brothers, the founding members were Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael. After participating in talent shows and the chitlin’ circuit, they entered the professional music scene in 1967 signing with Steeltown Records, releasing two singles, before signing with Motown in 1969.

Among the first group of black American performers to attain a crossover following, preceded only by The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Temptations, they made history in 1970 as the first recording act to have their first four singles to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, with the songs being “I Want You Back“, “ABC“, “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There“.

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The West Bank Erupts over Bloodshed in Gaza

West BankAmid the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza, the West Bank has risen.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians marched with President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement from the West Bank city of Ramallah toward Jerusalem to protest Israel’s war on Hamas in Gaza, which has claimed the lives of nearly 800 Palestinians, many of them civilians.

The protest appears to be the largest mass demonstration since the 1980s. The uprising promises to be different from previous intifadas, partly because it comes in the wake of the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street and other mass protest movements around the globe. But the way in which the world engages with protest has also evolved, due to the advent of Twitter and cell phone video, which can focus attention on raw conflict in a way that bypasses the mainstream media. Today’s march is being live tweeted at the hashtag #48kMarch.

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