Here in Prague some images from the first day Charles bridge and the castle at Sychrov!
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Welcome to Soul Sundays, today's selection is "Double Dutch Bus" By Frankie Smith. I never realized this song was behind a big scandal. Here, is a history lesson in the small role that Frankie Smith played in uncoveringthe “Yuppie Conspiracy” (dubbed as such by Federal authorities) ran by the LarryLavin scandal West Philly dentist and $5M/175 lbs.-of-cocaine-per-month.From1978-1984, Larry Lavin masterminded his huge cocaine-distribution ring whichincluded 3 graduates of UPenn dental, two lawyers, four stockbrokers, an airplanepilot, a high school English teacher, an elementary school principal, record companyexecutives, accountants, a New Jersey state auditor, a psychologist, a registerednurse, and a variety of businessmen. Now, for the Double Dutch Connection: While still in dental school, Lavin was rakingin millions of dollars and needed outlets to dump this money in without arousingsuspicion. One such investment, proposed through friend and co-conspirator MarkStewart, was WMOT-TEC Records (which was situated in the Wellington Building on 19thSt., right off Rittenhouse Square). WMOT-TEC, which had distribution through CBSRecords, released Frankie Smith’s “Double Dutch Bus” in 1981; upon release, thetrack’s popularity grew steadily on the Billboard soul charts. In his 2000 bookDoctor Dealer. Mark Bowden writes, “Months later, Larry found out that Mark hadincurred fabulous expenses in L.A., mostly in rental costs… not the least of whichwas leasing himself a new Ferrari… CBS meanwhile, reporting substantial sales from‘Double Dutch Bus,’ was charging so much for pressings, promotion, and distributionthat the net profit on sales, Larry’s one source of return on all these investments,was close to zero.” Frankie Smith was owed about $30,000 in royalties, and he sanghis complaints like a canary. Frankie Smith reported Lavin to the IRS, which setLavin’s ultimate fate, you will pardon the pun, snowballing.While Frankie Smith wasn’t getting paid, Stewart was enjoying the high life. OnSeptember 4, 1986, Lavin pled guilty to operating a continuing criminal enterprise,conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, tax evasion, and other charges andwas sentenced to consecutive prisons terms totaling to 42 years. According to hisWikipedia page, Frankie Smith “is currently working as a delivery driver for ACReproductions in Philadelphia, PA.” We can assume he never got and continues to notreceive his royalties. Sorry Frankie that you never made a penny off this song. Dr.Larry Lavin took all the profits off this song and became the biggest coke dealer inPhilly. Damn this track is still hot. White hot. HAHA. This song always played atparties I went to and The one line that stuck with me was Give me a Ho if you gotyour funky bus Fare. And everyone at that party always shouted HO, HO. That songwas a jam & always had everyone on their feet. Hope you like my selection, Thanksfor Tooning in!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
What's up! Welcome to "Soul Sundays" today I'm going to change it up a bit. When I
didn't want to play oldies and wanted some faster music to groove to Funk was always
one of my other choices in music. My selection today is "The Best of one way"
featuring Al Hudson & Alicia Meyers. They had many hits such as "Pull Fancy dance",
"Mr. Groove", & "Cutie pie".
One Way was an American R&B/funk band that was popular in the late 1970s, and
throughout most of the 1980s.
Originally, One Way came out as Al Hudson , Alicia Meyers & the Soul Partners and
recorded a few interesting, but unsuccessful albums for ABC Records. They were then,
and are now, a self-contained act, though the original name suggests a standup vocal
group. Essentially, Midwest wonders, they never crossed over, and never got as big
as predicted on the R&B circuit, despite having a devastating live act. One way
was a talented group & made hit after hit. You should also check out "if you play
your cards right", "Pop It" & "Burn it". I remember when cruising was in, my
friends & I use to cruise Whittier Blvd. "one way" was always on repeat to get the
party started. Hope you like my selection! Always stay humbled & embrace every moment.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
What's up welcome to Soul Sundays! Today's selection is " No man is an Island" &"You need confidence" by "The Vandykes" This group was formed in Fort Worth, Texasin 1964. The same year the most iconic Chevy impala was built. I'm very proud tosay I'm an owner of one. Rondalis Tandy (lead vocal) teamed with three aspiringsingers, Wenzon Mosley (tenor), James Mays (bass) and Eddie Nixon (falsetto). Nixonleft prior to recording ‘No Man Is An Island’, which was the Van Dykes’ firstsingle, the prototype for many of their subsequent releases. This exquisite balladfeatured Tandy’s tight falsetto, while a sparse instrumental section emphasized thethree singers’ close harmonies and their indebtedness to the Impressions. The triofolded in 1968 following Tandy’s departure for California. This is another talentedgroup that fell apart too soon. Check out their other songs "Never let me go", "I'vegot to go on without you" & "Doing the best I can" thank you for Tooning In! Stayhumbled, embrace every moment.....
Friday, February 10, 2012
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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Sunday, February 5, 2012
Welcome to Soul Sunday's! Today is a tribute in memory of The Soul King Mr. DonCornelius. He passed away earlier this week at the age of 75 due to an apparentsuicide. Don Cornelius was the silken-voiced host of "Soul Train" who helped break downracial barriers and broaden the reach of black culture with funky music, crazy dancesteps and cutting-edge style. "Don Cornelius gave artists who had been segregated from most mainstream vehicles ofexpression a chance to perform in front of a huge national audience, "It was atremendous opportunity that changed their careers and the whole music industry.It showcased such legendary artists as Marvin Gaye, Barry White, and MichaelJackson. He brought the best R&B, soul and later hip-hop acts to TV and hadteenagers dance to them. It was one of the first shows to showcase African-Americansprominently, although the dance group was racially mixed. Cornelius was the firsthost and producer. I remember growing up and watching soul train I always wanted to see the fashion and follow the dance moves. Especially, during the The `Soul Train' line – that will go down in history. Thank you Mr.Cornelius for the awkward interviews you did and great memories of Soul Train... Love, Peace & Soul!! Mrs. Toons
Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius
September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012