Items tagged with "R&B"

Q&A: singer/songwriter Hayley Sales

October 22, 2020 by

360°Sound caught up with singer/songwriter/actor Hayley Sales. When we spoke with Sales last week, she was wrapping up her 8-date virtual tour, which was streamed live from her parents’ blueberry farm in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where she’s been staying during the pandemic. Sales has finished her first record in a decade, Ricochet, which is […]

Forget-Her-Not: A Tribute to Patrice Rushen

September 30, 2020 by

Happy Birthday, Patrice Rushen! The incredibly talented singer/songwriter/producer turns 66 today. Best known for her string of R&B and dance hits in the late 70s and 80s, Rushen broke down barriers as one of the first women to write, arrange, produce and perform her own work. Although she is technically a one-hit wonder, as “Forget […]

Greatest One-Hit Wonders: 1970

September 19, 2020 by

(Editor’s Note: Please scroll to the end of the list to view the tournament bracket) What a difference 10 years makes. The music of 1970 bears little resemblance to 1960, our last Greatest One-Hit Wonders entry. In 1960, the Beatles were a few years from forever changing popular music, and by April 1970, the Fab […]

Stockman of Boyz II Men Pt II: Chasing Hits

August 26, 2020 by

This is Part 2 of 360°Sound’s exclusive two-part interview with Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman. In the first part, Stockman talked about his new debut solo album, Foreword. In this part, Stockman reflects on BIIM’s biggest album, II, on its 26th anniversary. He talks about the music industry and how much it has changed since […]

Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman talks new solo album – Part 1

August 25, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with singer/songwriter/producer Shawn Stockman, best known as one third of the massively successful R&B vocal group Boyz II Men. BIIM topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart five times in the ‘90s with classic slow jams like “End of the Road” and “I’ll Make Love to You.” The group’s second album, II, released 26 years […]

New Little Richard biography

August 22, 2020 by

The Big Life of Little Richard by veteran music biographer Mark Ribowsky is new this month from Diversion Books. The bio is touted by the publisher as, “The first major biography of Little Richard.” In anticipation of this new title, we had an opportunity to communicate with the author. Ribowsky clarified that, “This is actually […]

James Brown and the Birth of Funk

July 17, 2020 by

Come here, sister Papa’s in the swing He ain’t too hip ‘Bout that new breed thing He ain’t no drag — Papa’s got a brand new bag Funk music (arguably) began on this day, July 17, in 1965 when James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (Part 1)” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. […]

A Toast to Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King

July 1, 2020 by

Happy Birthday, Evelyn “Champagne” King! The R&B singer/songwriter/producer turns 60 today. Despite placing 14 singles in the R&B Top 20 in the 70s and 80s, I feel like King is under-appreciated. To many, I think she’s an “I know the song but not the artist” type. For those who aren’t familiar with Ms. King and […]

Stevie Wonder’s Top 70s Deep Cuts

May 13, 2020 by

Happy Birthday, Stevie Wonder! The legendary singer/songwriter/musician turns 70 today. It is truly remarkable that Wonder has been in the limelight for nearly 60 years since he burst onto the scene through the Motown hit factory as Little Stevie Wonder. He notched his first No. 1 in 1963 at age 12 with “Fingertips” and went […]