I often refer to my dad as my source of musical influence, which is true, but my appreciation for my all time favorite and yet to be honored Stevie Wonder as well as today’s Throwback Friday artist Patti LaBelle came from the handful of records that my mom would play. I remember wanting to badly to save up money and surprise her with tickets to a Patti LaBelle concert as a child, and it’s one of those things that just never happened.
The judges’ panel for the US Mr. Gay Competition is almost complete with the addition of two stars from Logo’s hit show, “The A-List: New York.” Two of the show’s breakout stars, Ryan Nickalus and TJ Kelly, will be traveling to the “City of Brotherly Love” on November 12th and 13th to help name the new U.S. Mr. Gay titleholder.
Ever since I heard about Teddy Pendergrass’s passing on Wednesday this week, the song “Wake Up Everybody” has been in my head. It’s such a fantastic, positive song about making the world a better place, but in nearly every report I’ve read nobody mentions it. In light of all the things going on in the world today, it’s as relevant now as it was in 1975. At the same time, I’m the same person who posted a Throwback Friday tribute to Michael Jackson that was a duet he did with Roberta Flack in the children’s classic by Marlo Thomas “Free to be You and Me” called “When We Grow Up”
It’s funny how some timeless classics didn’t actually do well on the charts when they were first released. Frankie Smith’s “Double Dutch Bus” off his album “Children of Tomorrow” did well on the R&B charts in 1981, hitting #1, but did not do as well as a crossover hit on the pop charts where it peaked at #30.