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When R&B met the GOP at the 1988 White House Correspondents’ Dinner PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2014 00:00

PHO-10Aug05-242549She wasn’t Fawn Hall, Paula Jones, Lindsay Lohan or any other notorious femme who from 1987 onward became prime “gets” for the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

She was “Miss Rhythm,” Ruth Brown, the R&B legend behind such chart-toppers as “Lucky Lips” and “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean.” So great was her success in the 1950s and ’60s that Atlantic Records was dubbed “The House That Ruth Built.”

But in 1986, her career in long decline, she told a Congressional panel how she and other big-name black performers were systematically bilked out of royalties for decades. I covered that hearing for the Orlando Sentinel:

Ticking off a hit parade of singers, many now dead, Brown said that Atlantic and other record companies cheated Clyde McPhatter, Joe Turner, Frankie Lymon, Dee Clark, Etta James, Brook Benton, Dinah Washington, the Clovers, the Platters, the Drifters, the Five Keys and the Moonglows.

Photo: After receiving “The Prez” guitar- a present- from Sam Moore, right, of the former Sam and Dave soul duo, President George Bush, left, plays the guitar as Sam Moore sings and National Republican Chairman Lee Atwater, center, accompanies in playing the guitar. (1/21/89. Washington Post- Rick Lipski.)

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Justin Timberlake, Sam Moore and Booker T. Jones Headline White House Memphis Soul Concert PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 May 2014 14:56

obamaThe Hollywood Reporter - April 9, 2013 - Obama jokingly suggests that "Green Onions" replace "Hail to the Chief" as the presidential entrance music.

President Barack Obama kicked off a celebratory night of Memphis Soul performances in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday by suggesting a small change in presidential tradition.

"Give it up for our musical director, Booker T. and the Memphis Soul All-Stars," Obama told the audience, as Booker T. Jones wrapped up "Green Onions." "I just want everybody to know that it is now my second term, so rather than 'Hail to the Chief,' we're going with ('Green Onions') from here on out."

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Justin Timberlake, Sam Moore and More Perform in White House Concert PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 May 2014 14:51

justin-timberlake-sam-moore-and-more-perform-in-white-house-concertACESHOWBIZ- April 10,2013 - President Barack Obama led a grand celebration of Memphis Soul Music Tuesday night at the East Room of the White House in Washington. A star-studded line-up composed of famous soul/ R 'n' B artists were invited by the President and First Lady Michelle Obama to perform at "In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul", the latest installment in the series.

R 'n' B/pop superstar and current Billboard chart-topper Justin Timberlake headed the roster consisting of veteran musicians such as bandleader for the night Booker T. Jones, gospel singer Mavis Staples, guitarist and songwriter Steve Cropper, and electric blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite. Multi-instrumentalist Ben Harper also lent his musical talent to the exclusive event as Queen Latifah lent her star power to the guest list that included loyal Obama supporter Cyndi Lauper.

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SAM MOORE PERFORMS AS PART OF A CELEBRATION OF BLUES & SOUL: THE 1989 INAUGURAL CONCERT PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 May 2014 00:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 20, 2014) – On January 21, 1989, the evening following the Presidential Inauguration, some of the biggest names in classic rhythm and blues, soul and blues performed at a Presidential Inaugural Concert. This celebration featured artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Bo Diddley, Dr. John, Sam Moore, Billy Preston, Albert Collins, Percy Sledge, Chuck Jackson, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Joe Louis Walker, Ronnie Wood, Jimmie Vaughan, Steve Cropper , Donald “Duck” Dunn and Cash McCall. Although a video and 24-track audio recording were made of this historic concert, the tapes were considered lost until their rediscovery nearly 20 years later. 
 

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SAM MOORE PERFORMS AS PART OF "A CELEBRATION OF BLUES & SOUL: THE 1989 INAUGURAL CONCERT" PREMIERING MARCH 2014 on PBS PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 May 2014 00:00

samlogoWorld Television Premiere of Dazzling 1989 Concert Featuring Sam Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bo Diddley, Ronnie Wood, Billy Preston, Percy Sledge, Delbert McClinton, Dr. John and more

Sam Moore set to perform on Imus in the Morning and Huckabee in early April

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 17, 2014) – This March, PBS viewers will be treated to the world television premiere of a never-before-seen historic concert featuring Sam Moore and some of the biggest names in blues, soul and rock history performing their greatest hits. Recorded during a live Presidential Inaugural Concert Event in 1989 for President George H.W. Bush, the video and audiotapes of this concert were presumed lost for nearly 20 years after the untimely death of Lee Atwater, the concert organizer and host.

A CELEBRATION OF BLUES & SOUL: THE 1989 INAUGURAL CONCERT is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning March 1, 2014.

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