Interview with Dionne Warwick

In celebration of her life as a recording artist, which started in 1962 (when her first recording was released) and given the role she has played in my life (as the singer who introduced me to the music that has been my passion and given me an entire career in the world of entertainer and as a real friend who I have come to know and love), Dionne Warwick seems the perfect candidate for an exclusive interview! She’s 79 now, but I interviewed her some fifteen years ago and never published the conversation. So let’s give it a go now…

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Origins of Blues and Country

Congo Square in New Orleans is generally believed where Blues originated with recently arrived black slaves performing their music from the heart of Africa. Others say Mississippi is where it all started and there are also people who say that it was here in Macon, Georgia, where it all came to real life. So let’s take a closer look at the origins of Blues and Country. Let’s hear what Grammy-winning Chris Thomas King, King of New Orleans Blues, tells us about where the blues was born. He is convinced it was in Louisiana, not in Mississippi or in Texarkana. Check…

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The Origins of Rhythm & Blues and Rock

Several musicologists suggest that Rhythm & Blues (R&B) should be a separate form of music. The music was created in the 1950s by such legends as The Clovers, Bo Diddley, Ruth Brown, and Muddy Waters. So let’s take a closer look at the origins of Rhythm & Blues and Rock. One of the first supporters of the Southern Music Hall of Fame and author of This Magic Moment, Harry Turner, tells the story of R&B and today, Harry has become one of the spokespeople for another form of music that originated in the South, Carolina Beach Music, being one of the…

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