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The Back Cover

May 29, 2021

In this episode, Steve and Karen interview singers and Gary, IN natives Deniece Williams and Tito and Marlon Jackson at the opening of the new Hard Rock Casino in Gary, IN,.  We find out what the artists have planned for the upcoming year.

We also talk about the Staples Singers, the first family of music, from the...


Apr 30, 2021

Steve and Karen drops more knowledge on you for this Academy Awards edition of The Back Cover.  In celebration of H.E.R.'s 2021 win for Judas and the Black Messiah, they recognize other African Americans who have done movie scores or have had their music featured in movies. But they start off talking about the great...


Mar 28, 2021

In this episode we talk about artists who started with groups and moved on to solo careers (and of course Steve has to talk about the Temptations).  Then, we laugh about some of the outrageous costumes of artists in the 70's and 80's.  And -- surprise -- we talk about Barry Manilow!

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Feb 28, 2021

Steve shares some information about how R&B got to be popularized into mainstream music through two pioneer record companies -- King and Specialty.  We also chat about how gospel music was spread throughout the US through these record companies. and how many of the gospel groups and artists became popular singers.

Our...


Jan 9, 2021

Karen and Steve celebrate the New Year with the hosts of shows from www.Thesoundofsoul.net: Terry Ferguson known as Prof. T. Love of the Bowl of Soul, Jerry the Boogieman Mason of the Blues Buffet, Pastors Melvin and Linda Jones of Victory in Christ Church that produces the Top Ten Gospel Countdown and David Bailey of...