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Sole surviving original member of the Four Tops answers questions from fans

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Legendary artists such as Abdul “Duke” Fakir can spin a yarn or two when given the opportunity. The sole surviving original member of the Four Tops took full advantage of this during a question and answer period at Minneapolis’ St. Peter’s AME Church last month. He was in town to receive the church’s first annual “Living Legend” award. “I have a testimony” for every question, the 78-year-old Fakir said proudly. Continue Reading →

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Legendary guitarist still going strong with new CD — Self-taught virtuoso has recorded over 30 albums

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

Earl Klugh’s 60th birthday is this coming September. As a result he is celebrating with his first solo record since 2006. “A birthday gift to me? I didn’t think of it that way,” admits Klugh on HandPicked, his first CD release by Heads Up International. It is his third solo effort, but his first “with multiple original solo guitar pieces.” The 16-track set hit stores on July 30. Continue Reading →

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Martha Reeves tells of her six-month secretarial stint at Motown

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Motown legend Martha Reeves is featured in a new documentary released in February that features collaborations between veteran and younger, newer performers. She recorded a track about Detroit with Crystal Method for “Re-Generation.”

“The Detroit that I knew will never exist again,” admits Reeves during an exclusive interview with the MSR in January. Her memories of suddenly being called off stage in July 1967 because of a riot that began in the city “always will be etched in my mind,” notes Reeves. “It was scary.”

Martha and the Vandellas was the second all-female group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, nearly a decade after the Supremes in 1988. Reeves, Rosalind Ashford and Annette Beard produced nearly 30 hits including “Heat Wave” and “Dancing in the Street” for Motown. Continue Reading →

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