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GRAMMY-NOMINATED SAXOPHONIST DAVE KOZ AND HIS FRIENDS RETURN WITH SUMMER HORNS II FROM A TO Z,
A STUNNING SET OF 11 CLASSIC TUNES

June 22, 2018 release features Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Aubrey Logan with guest vocalists Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Sheléa.

Five years ago, after Dave Koz and Friends released Summer Horns—the GRAMMY-nominated album that paid tribute to classic songs featuring killer horn sections—all that the musicians could think about was how much fun they’d just had. They toured behind the album during the summer of 2013, then vowed to spend the following summer doing it all over again.      Read more ...

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“The second tour was even better than the first,” says Koz, the world-class saxophonist who piloted the release, which rocketed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. “We had a total blast and the fans really gravitated toward it.” There was no question in Koz’s mind that a sequel was in the stars, but getting everyone’s schedules to align was never going to be easy, each participant being a headliner with bookings well into the future. It took a few years but finally, says Koz, through “divine intervention,” a window of time opened up so that everyone could be in the same place at the same time.

Summer Horns II From A To Z, scheduled for release on June 22, 2018 via Concord Records, is the result, a stunning set of 11 more timeless tunes reimagined by Koz (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes), joined by alto saxophonist Gerald Albright and tenor saxophonist Richard Elliot—both returnees from the earlier session—with new additions Rick Braun (trumpet) and Aubrey Logan (trombone and vocals). A crew of ace rhythm players collaborates with the Summer Horns lineup along with a who’s who of arrangers: Tom Scott (who’s worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Aretha Franklin to Steely Dan), Greg Adams (best known for Tower of Power, but also Santana and Elton John) and GRAMMY-winning arranger Gordon Goodwin. Braun, himself a legend of contemporary jazz, produced the album, with co-production by Koz.

With the creative team in place, the biggest dilemma facing Koz, Braun and the others was which songs to choose—or, rather, how to narrow down an enormous list of contenders. “My original list was in the hundreds,” Koz says. “We’d have good-natured arguments during weekly conference calls. We each pitched songs and then tried to get other people on our team.”

The final track list, 11 in all, is impeccable, to say the least. Opening Summer Horns II From A To Z is a medley of Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1976 smash “Getaway” and the KC and the Sunshine Band dance staple “That’s the Way I Like It.” Next up is “More Today Than Yesterday,” the only Top 20 hit from the Spiral Starecase, from the spring of 1969. “Most people, when they hear that song, think it was by Chicago,” says Koz. “It sounded so much like them.” The Crusaders’ “Keep That Same Old Feeling,” written by that group’s late trombonist Wayne Henderson, is next, with a horn arrangement by Adams (best known for his work with Tower of Power) and Braun.

The fourth track in the sequence gives the album its subtitle, “From A to Z.” It’s another medley, and on paper it seems an improbably marriage: Here, with a horn arrangement by Gordon Goodwin and rhythm arrangement by Goodwin and Braun, are the 1939 Billy Strayhorn standard “Take the ‘A’ Train,” made famous by Duke Ellington, seamlessly intertwining with hip-hop icon Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is).” Hence the A to Z.

How in the world did this one come about? Says Koz, “Somebody sent me ‘Roc Boys’ and said, ‘Jay-Z’s got this song that’s got a bunch of horns in it.’ I’m a fan but I don’t know that music well. I heard that track and I said, ‘That horn line is so great! We have to utilize it somewhere.’ Originally, it was going to be its own song. But also on the song list was ‘Take the “A” Train.’ Rick Braun said, said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to do something so classic and so old and yet modernize it?’ It was [Concord Records president] John Burk, the executive producer of the album, who said, ‘Maybe the two songs could work together. It would be really funny to go from A to Z.’”

This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” a Top 10 hit for Natalie Cole in 1975, is dedicated to the late vocalist, who was a friend of Koz’s. It’s sung on Summer Horns II From A To Z as a duet, by R&B star Kenny Lattimore and the young vocalist Sheléa. “We started to develop this track, which is very uptempo and really fun,” says Koz. “Tom Scott wrote a brilliant horn arrangement. And then we were thinking, maybe we should look for a male singer because anything we’d do with a female vocalist would immediately be compared to Natalie’s version. Tom came up with the idea of doing it as a duet. It’s not an easy song to sing and their vocal performance is a complete tour de force.”

“Before I Let Go,” written by Frankie Beverly of the R&B group Maze, features a lead alto sax solo by Gerald Albright, and is followed by Paul Simon’s pulsing “Late in the Evening,” from the singer-songwriter’s 1980 album One-Trick Pony. Koz remembers being in a restaurant with friends when Simon’s recording came on the house music system. He immediately emailed himself so he wouldn’t forget it when he got home. Braun didn’t even need to hear Koz’s reasoning: “It's in,” the producer told him. “I don't care what the others say.”

Playing acoustic guitar on the tune, and singing the lead vocal, is the South African great Jonathan Butler. “He went total South Africa on it,” says Koz. “Now this song has a completely new point of view. It pays homage to the original, but it takes it to a completely new place.”

Summer Horns II From A To Z only grows more intense as it plays on. If you want to make a funky record, you’ve got to have some Stevie Wonder on it, and it doesn’t get much funkier than 1971’s “If You Really Love Me.” Following that track is “Conga,” the 1985 breakthrough hit for Gloria Estefan and her then-band Miami Sound Machine. Aubrey Logan, the 30-year-old singer and trombonist on the album, provides the lead vocal. She received a special surprise while the group was recording the track.

“We got the track together and Aubrey always loved that song and looked up to Gloria as one of her mentors,” Koz says. “It’s got a great arrangement from Tom Scott and a really cool modern rhythm arrangement that Rick did. Gloria is a friend so I said to myself, ‘I have to play this for Gloria.’ I sent it off to her via email and said, ‘I just want you to know we're doing this Summer Horns record and we did your song and I hope you like it.’ I was just looking for a little musical blessing. She didn't send back an email; she sent back a track with her singing harmony to Aubrey's lead vocal! Aubrey’s jaw dropped to the floor.”

Michael Jackson’s Earth Song, with a horn arrangement by Scott and—as is the case with several tracks on the recording, a rhythm arrangement by Chris “Big Dog” Davis—features a lead tenor sax solo by Elliot and lead vocal by Ashling Cole. Summer Horns II From A To Z wraps up with a piece of vintage Americana, “Route 66,” written by Bobby Troup and recorded by everyone from Nat “King” Cole to the Rolling Stones. Logan, who Koz discovered when he saw her performing with the group Postmodern Jukebox, fronts the tune with her trombone and lead vocal. The horn and rhythm arrangement is courtesy of Goodwin, who fronts his own outfit called the Big Phat Band.

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Recording Summer Horns II From A To Z, says Koz, was just as much of a treat as the first go-round in 2013. “It reminds me of my youth,” he says of this music. “I grew up playing in jazz bands. That’s how I was educated in music, playing in a saxophone section and playing in a big band, then sometimes doing small group stuff, playing with other horn players. For most horn players, even if you go on to do more solo work, part of your identity is rooted in being in a section and blending with others. How do you do this? How do you play that? All these fine nuances of music are in there somewhere.”

That passion is shared by all of the musicians who took part in the project, and audiences fortunate enough to catch a live Summer Horns show—they’ll be touring this summer—immediately feel the heat too. “With this music, the fans know every song,” says Koz. “And the musicians leave their egos at the door and show up with a commitment to the band. We know that this is not a replacement for our solo careers, that we will resume them eventually, so it’s not like we’re saying bye-bye to that. But people see all the star power on stage—where everybody could do a two-hour show on their own—the five of us with an incredible band, and it’s an event. Then we get addicted to the response from the fans! That’s why we did it again.”

Dave Koz on the web:
Website: http://davekoz.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaveKozMusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/davekozmusic

Track List:

1.Getaway / That’s The Way (I Like It)
2. More Today Than Yesterday
3. Keep That Same Old Feeling
4. From A To Z (Take The “A” Train / Roc Boys (And The Winner Is))
5. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) featuring Kenny Lattimore and Sheléa Frazier
6. Before I Let Go
7. Late In The Evening featuring Jonathan Butler
8. If You Really Love Me
9. Conga featuring Aubrey Logan and Gloria Estefan
10. Earth Song
11. Route 66 featuring Aubrey Logan

Dave Koz tour dates:
Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns II
Featuring Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and introducing Aubrey Logan and Adam Hawley

Sat June 23 - Atlanta, GA - Wolf Creek Amphitheater 
Sun July 1 -  San Diego CA - SD Jazz Festival
Fri July 6 - Thousand Oaks, CA - Fred Kavli Theatre
Sat July 7 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
Thu July 12 - Bensalem, PA - Xcite Center at Parx Casino
Fri July 13 - New York, NY - Infinity Cruise NY Harbor
Sat July 14  - Louisville KY - Iroquois  Amphitheatre
Fri July 20 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
Sat July 21 - Cleveland Heights OH - Cain Park - Evans Amphitheatre
Sun July 22 - Columbus OH - Columbus Jazz and Rib Festival
Fri July 27 - Sacramento, CA - The Hanger at McClellan Park
Sat July 28 - Las Vegas, NV - Smith Center
Fri Aug 3 - Austin TX - One World Theatre
Sat Aug 4 - Dallas TX - Myerson
Fri Aug 24 - Annapolis MD - Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts
Sat Aug 25 - Norfolk VA - Jazz Festival
Fri Aug 31 - Charlotte, NC - Jazz Festival
Sun Sept 2 - Sausalito CA - Sausalito Art Festival
Fri Sept 14 - Newport Beach, CA - Hyatt Newport
Sat Sept 15 - Temecula CA - Thornton Winery
Sun Sept 16 - Temecula CA - Thornton Winery
Sun Oct 7 - Cancun Jazz Festival

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Greg.Cortez@42West.Net

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MOTOWN MUSEUM ANNOUNCES DETAILS
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Sept. 21-23 celebration includes Motown Gospel Concert, Hitsville Honors honoring Berry Gordy and not-to-be-missed performances by legendary Motown artists and contemporary superstars, and Soul In One Celebrity Golf Classic

DETROIT, June XX, 2019 – Motown Museum announced today details for its highly anticipated Motown 60 Weekend – a celebratory event commemorating the 60th anniversary of Motown Record Corporation set for Sept. 21-23. The three-day event is packed full of music and star power converging on Detroit in true Motown style for an incredible not-to-be-missed celebration benefiting Motown Museum. Motown Museum Chairwoman and CEO Robin Terry made the announcement.

“It’s been such an important year for us to share Motown history and celebrate this milestone in a big way,” said Terry. “Our Motown 60 Weekend is the culmination of a year-long celebration all happening right here in Detroit. We’ve created three special and unique events for Motown fans—including a free gospel concert, a golf outing and an evening star-powered musical event where legendary Motown and contemporary powerhouse artists will perform to create a magical night. Most importantly, we will honor and celebrate Motown’s iconic visionary founder Berry Gordy in Detroit where this story was born. We invite all Motown fans to join us as we celebrate the musical and cultural impact of this incredible legacy.”

The weekend’s festivities include:

Motown Gospel Concert – Saturday, Sept. 21 at Detroit World Outreach:

The concert will feature artists performing traditional gospel music along with spiritually enhanced Motown favorites. Artists include Grammy Award-winning artist Regina Belle, Stellar Award-winning and current Motown gospel label group Tye Tribbet & G.A., Tasha Page-Lockhart, winner of the gospel singing competition Sunday Best that airs on BET and Detroit gospel royalty Kierra “Kiki” Sheard. A 125-person choir from more than 70 local faith-based groups will perform. With a capacity of 3,000 people, this is an open-to-the public, free community concert. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis beginning August 28. For more information, please visit motownmuseum.org.

Hitsville Honors: Celebrating Berry Gordy & 60 Years of Motown – Sunday, Sept. 22 at Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Marjorie J. Fisher Music Center: 

The city that started it all will soon play host to an unforgettable evening of extraordinary entertainment. Hitsville Honors is a powerful musical tribute to Motown’s legacy and a celebration of the Motown family. Highlights will include a tribute to Motown founder Berry Gordy, and a celebration of his incredible life and transformative musical and entrepreneurial vision. The evening promises to be a star-studded event, with planned appearances by celebrities, local dignitaries and special guests. The Temptations, Four Tops, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and Mary Wilson will perform Motown favorites. That legendary lineup is just the beginning. Award-winning Motown artists Ne-Yo and Kem will be joined by Detroit’s own Big Sean with other artists and performances to be announced. The result is sure to be a moment unlike any other—where legendary meets contemporary, and where Motown favorites come together with some of today’s most innovative talents to showcase the generational impact and lasting legacy of Motown. This entertainment experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to witness the ongoing evolution of a true cultural phenomenon. Tickets range from $50-$1,000 and include various opportunities, including pre- and post-event receptions. Tickets for Hitsville Honors go on sale Thursday, Aug. 1 and can be purchased at www.motownmuseum.org. 

Soul In One Celebrity Golf Classic – Monday, Sept. 23 at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club: Guests will join Motown alumni and celebrities for an afternoon tee time and a gourmet lunch and dinner. Pricing ranges from $350 for an individual golfer with groups packages available. To register golf event and for information about sponsorship opportunities and tickets packages for all events, please contact Motown Museum Director of Development and Community Activation, Paul Barker, at (313) 875-2264, Ext. 226, or email motown60@motownmuseum.org.

In addition to the Motown Museum hosted weekend of events, the Friends of Fuller Gordy Strikefest event, an L.A.-based annual affair led by his daughter Iris Gordy and granddaughter Karla Gordy Bristol, will honor Motown VP, humanitarian and pro bowler Fuller Gordy. The event will serve as a casual ‘warm up’ for Motown alumni, family, friends and fans to connect and support Motown Museum prior to the weekend’s festivities. Featuring bowling, karaoke, dinner and Motown music, Strikefest will take place on Friday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park. To inquire about tickets and for more information, visit http://friendsoffuller.org.

Announced in late 2016, the Motown Museum expansion will grow the museum to a 50,000-square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination featuring dynamic, interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, an expanded retail experience and meeting spaces designed by renown architects and exhibit designers. When completed, the new museum campus will have a transformative impact on the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods, providing employment, sustainability and community pride by serving as an important catalyst for new investment and tourism in the historic area.

 For more information on Motown Museum, visit http://www.motownmuseum.org. 

About Motown Museum 

Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown Museum is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, tax-exempt organization in Detroit. The museum is committed to preserving, protecting and presenting the Motown story through authentic, inspirational and educational experiences. Announced in late 2016, the Motown Museum expansion will grow the museum to a 50,000-square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination featuring dynamic, interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, an expanded retail experience and meeting spaces designed by renown architects and exhibit designers.

When completed, the new museum campus will have a transformative impact on the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods, providing employment, sustainability and community pride by serving as an important catalyst for new investment and tourism in the historic area. For more information on Motown Museum, visit http://www.motownmuseum.org


MOTOWN FOUNDER BERRY GORDY CONTRIBUTES $4 MILLION
TO MOTOWN MUSEUM EXPANSION

Transformational gift makes music mogul and entertainment icon the largest individual donor to museum expansion campaign

DETROIT, September 4, 2019 – Motown Museum announced today a $4 million gift from Motown founder Berry Gordy to benefit the Motown Museum expansion, marking the single largest individual donation to the project. This gift further augments Mr. Gordy's other contributions over the years. Motown Museum Chairwoman and CEO Robin Terry made the announcement.

"There would be no Motown legacy, Motown Sound or Motown Museum without Berry Gordy. He has given the world a soundtrack to live by; Detroit a legacy of pride; and our youth an example of entrepreneurial and creative excellence," said Terry. "Now with this transformative and generous gift to the expansion campaign, Berry Gordy advances our vision of making the expanded museum a world class entertainment and educational destination that will ensure the inspiration of Motown lives on for generations to come."

Mr. Gordy's roots to the City of Detroit run deep. Born in 1929, Berry Gordy, Jr. was the seventh of Berry Gordy, Sr. and Bertha Fuller Gordy's eight children. With an $800 loan from the Gordy Family's Ber-Berry Co-op, Mr. Gordy set out in 1959 to apply the principles he learned in the auto plant to the production of records and the creation of music groups and solo artists. With his vision, Mr. Gordy built the empire on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, known as Motown Records.

"I'm excited about the future of Motown Museum and happy to support it," said Motown Founder, Berry Gordy. "Not only will the expanded museum entertain and tell the stories of talented and creative people who succeeded against all odds, but it will also inspire and create opportunity for people to explore their dreams the way I did mine. I couldn't be prouder to be a part of that.

Mr. Gordy's latest contribution is in addition to donations from institutions and organizations across the country including Ford Motor Company and UAW-Ford, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, AARP, DTE Energy Foundation, Dr. William Pickard, The Elaine & Leo Stern Foundation, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation,LEAR Corporation, William Davidson Foundation, Hudson-Webber Foundation and many others.

Announced in late 2016, the Motown Museum expansion will grow the museum to a 50,000-square-foot world-class entertainment and education destination featuring dynamic, interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, an expanded retail experience and meeting spaces designed by renown architects and exhibit designers. When completed, the new museum campus will have a transformative impact on the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods, providing employment, sustainability and community pride by serving as an important catalyst for new investment and tourism in the historic area.

About Motown Museum

Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown Museum is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, tax-exempt organization in Detroit. The museum is committed to preserving, protecting and presenting the Motown story through authentic, inspirational and educational experiences. Announced in late 2016, the Motown Museum expansion will grow the museum to a 50,000-square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination featuring dynamic, interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, an expanded retail experience and meeting spaces designed by renown architects and exhibit designers. When completed, the new museum campus will have a transformative impact on the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods, providing employment, sustainability and community pride by serving as an important catalyst for new investment and tourism in the historic area.

For more information on Motown Museum, visit http://www.motownmuseum.org.

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In 2001, the Art Museum of South Texas acquired Dorothy Hood’s entire personal archive… including treasures ranging from works of art to paint brushes and art supplies as well as journals, Christmas cards and love letters.

This landmark exhibit features 160 works – 84 paintings, 47 drawings and 29 collages – produced from 1935 to 2000, including 54 works from the Art Museum of South Texas’ permanent collection and archives (the largest collection of Hood’s work in existence) and additional pieces from 65 museums, corporations, foundations and private collections located across Texas and America.

More than paintings on a wall, The Color of Being/El Color del Ser exhibition is interactive and innovative. It will encompass 11 galleries of the Art Museum of South Texas, the most space dedicated to an artist in Museum history, like no other artist has ever before.

The Color of Being/El Color del Ser introduces innovative hands-on technologies and educational interactives to bring Hood’s works of art to life and redefine the art museum experience.

This isn’t your typical art exhibit. Watch your image become an abstract work of art, deconstruct the style of Dorothy Hood, learn to paint and create a virtual painting in Dorothy’s unique style.

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Dr. Rev. Robert Santee can be found in the Baseball Almanac for being drafted in the first-round draft pick by the Houston Astros #6, Robert Santee graduated from Carver dale High School to become a pitcher for the Houston Astros. and now retired from the game he along with his wife Dr. Roschell Santee have partnered in a campaign to Pitch for Jesus Ministry.

Rev. Santee and his wife host various fund-raising gala in Houston, Texas benefiting organization such as the (HAWC) Houston Area Women’s Center shelter to establish funds for their organization. Mr. Robert Santee goes out to feed the homeless and he attends a weekly Prayer and speaking session for the Star of Hope, ministering with men that are released from the Harris County Jail and prison.

As he move forward in his quest to spread the word and help the city various organization, there is a story to be told about his journey. Rev. Santee is now in the process of writing his biography along with the help of Allen Graham, and sight of a movie deal about his life on and off the field.

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A Sit Down With Khoree ‘The Poet” And Jamsource Runway Magazine
As Khoree ‘The Poet’ trailblaze across Texas on his way to Louisiana, Jamsource had an opportunity to sit down for a minute before his Ladies Night show in Houston, presented by SugarBabee Records. The artist is truly a Contemporary Spoken Word/R&B performer with clever, thought provoking poems that he expresses with a silky-smooth sound, mixed with Jazz/R&B instrumental elements. He has performed to open acts as Bruce Bruce and others.

The Gospel Single, Thank You, featuring Lenny Williams, was recently released in April 2018.  The single was produced by Levi Seacer (New Power Generation and former Music Director to Prince.)
Additional releases include 2016 The Love Movement CD which includes 3 singles listed 'For Your Consideration' in the 58th Annual Grammys. The CD is produced by Saxophonist Ric Alexander (Tony Toni Tone), Producer Andre Rivers (has produced 13 gold Records) and Guitarist Levi Seacer  (Musical Director for Prince).


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Jamsource Runway Magazine experienced Whey Jennings & Creed Fisher up close and personal. The acoustic performance of Southern rock and country classics was right on point. Whey and his raw, earthy vocals blended over acoustic guitar did his grandfather, the late country great Waylon Jennings, proud. Then evening gave way to the just right sound, the food was served up hot and delicious and those in attendance included former Astro Player Robert and wife Rocshell Santee, and R&B legend Billy Cook dropped in for a little country.

The community must be proud to have DD’s Bar B Que & Sports Lounge move into the area 9705 Synott Rd. Houston, TX. serving up a variety of dishes fresh and hot for lunch to dinner, drink specials, and games on everywhere for your viewing pleasure. The owner and management has set out to please your dining pleasures with live entertainment and fresh tasty delight.


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Giving one hell of show LT & The Zydeco Mob out did their selves once again at Saturday Zydeco Steppin’ held at DD’s BBQ Restaurant & Sports Lounge a newly opened business in the Alief area of Houston, TX. The restaurant has incorporated live entertainment to give an outlet for the local artist to perform which is a plus for the community and the artist.

LT & The Zydeco Mob have been trail blazin’ the Houston and surrounding area over 15 years giving the party that special zydeco flava’ and keeping the audience on their feet.

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Marvin Gaye and Motown’s Historical Post Office Connection!

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“Marvin Gaye's music has transcended generations and gave the ‘60s, '70s and '80s a sound,'' U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles
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The July 25th announcement by community activist Najee Ali – that President Trump signed a bill into law to have a Los Angeles post office renamed after the late great Marvin Gaye Jr. – reminded me of an interesting Motown connection. Remember the song “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes?

One of the principle writers of the song, Freddie Gorman, was an actual postman before signing on with Motown Records. And guess who the drummer was on that song, Motown’s first number one Pop hit!? It was none other than a young 22-year-old Marvin Gaye!

Wednesday’s press release read in part: “Marvin Gaye’s music has transcended generations and gave the [‘60s] ’70s and ’80s a sound,” said U.S. Representative Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, who introduced HR 1496 to rename the Dockweiler post office located at 3585 S. Vermont Avenue, the Marvin Gaye Post Office.

Freddie GormanGorman was a member of Motown’s male group The Originals. Working with Gaye as their writer/producer, they scored such hits as “Baby I’m For Real,” “The Bells” and others. After his career in entertainment came to an end, Gorman returned to the post office and opted for the quiet life.

In the sixties, Gaye was dubbed “The Prince of Motown” after his great successes with hits like “Hitch Hike,” “How Sweet It Is,” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” “Too Busy Thinking ‘Bout My Baby” and the phenomenal “Heard It Through The Grapevine.” He began the seventies with the blockbuster “What’s Going On” (which, says Smokey Robinson, is “one of the greatest albums ever recorded!”). He also shared great successes from duets with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell and Diana Ross.

In the eighties Gaye won a Grammy for “Sexual Healing.” He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and was also a recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ali says an official ceremony renaming the post office will be held sometime in the fall.
Take another listen to The Marvelettes singing “Please Mr. Postman” – Gladys Horton on lead vocals, and Marvin Gaye on drums!                        Newsletter continues >>>


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*Note: Songwriting credits for “Please Mr. Postman” seem to have chaned over the years. The original Tamla 45 single for the Marvelettes’ version credits “Dobbins/Garett/Brianbert” as the songwriters, and credits “Brianbert” as producer. The original With the Beatles album cover credited it to just Brian Holland. The 1976 Beatles discography book All Together Now credits the songwriting to Holland, Bateman, and Berry Gordy. The 1992 Motown boxed set Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection credits Dobbins, Garrett, Holland, Bateman, and Gorman as the composers. The Songwriters Hall of Fame credits “Please Mr. Postman” to just Holland, Bateman, and Gorman.[3] EMI Music Publishing, the current music publisher of the song, list all five writers in their catalog. Wikipedia


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Trail Ride Master & Horse Trainer William Sandles
Leading the Pack Straight Out Of Houston, Texas

Keeping the heritage alive is what Willam Sandles is achieving with a passion for the horses, trail riding and keeping the legacy alive, because it’s not your grandpa show no more. William was raised in the small town of Madisonville, Texas, by his mother Vickie Sandles, who played a major part in his life and after taking ill a few years ago, she passed the title of presidency to him for the trail riding group Family Circle, which she held for 15 yrs. He continues the responsibility of running the trail riding group and hosting events, but his true love is with training horses.

William enjoy telling about the first horse he trained when he was 12 years old, an appaloosa stud colt that belonged to a man that lived close by named Had My Smith, this was the first of many training sessions, that made the love for the sport and lifestyle even stronger now at the age of 33. He explains that he trains many breeds and gaits with the idea that a horse is just that, and you must bond on the horse’s level. It’s not about teaching them, it’s getting them to pick it up and remembering.

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It’s a known fact that many can ride a horse, but it takes a real rider to have control of the horse, where it’s does what it is commanded. William goes on to say that every horse is not the same, it may take a little longer to train one, where another may catch on right away. He knows and understand it takes patience and it gives him a sense of peace everyday coming in after doing his trade of Journeyman Carpenter by day, and spending the rest working on the stables and training facility. At the training facility he trains standardbred walking horses and quarter racers, sporting, and event horses such as buggy race, under saddle, roping and just riding. He states that he loves seeing the ones he has trained go on to be the best at their job and that he loves what he does so much, that he will continue to do it until he is unable to do it anymore.

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