Jeanette “Baby” Washington “Medicine Man” (Neptune 120, 1960)

Jeanette “Baby” Washington “Medicine Man” (Neptune 120, 1960) It doesn’t seem to be too spooky of a Friday the 13th, but in the depths of Scorpio Season, we do have a birthday wish to give to an unheralded soul legend. Born 75 years ago as Justine Washington, for 60 years, Baby Washington has been delighting…

Ruby And The Romantics “Think” (Kapp 773, 1966)

Ruby And The Romantics “Think” (Kapp 773, 1966) In terms of 1960’s R&B, there’s fewer voices more pure than Ruby Nash Garnett. The Chart Topping voice of fortune telling circa 1963 celebrates her 76th Birthday this November 12th. Sadly, as the last surviving member of her group, she carries on the flame alone these days….

Pat Lundy “It’s Raining Outside” (Leopard 5009, 1963)

Pat Lundy “It’s Raining Outside” (Leopard 5009, 1963) We here in the drought stricken San Francisco Bay Area get far too excited at the sight of rain these days. Our Facebook/Twitter feeds erupt in rain dances with Youtube links and shares of songs that hopefully will keep the sky watering us for more and more…

Dusty Springfield “Haunted” (Atlantic 2825, 1971)

Dusty Springfield “Haunted” (Atlantic 2825, 1971) On Day 7 of Record of the Day Week it happens to be Halloween as well. It’s appropriate that I go with my favorite funky and frightful song, right? Dusty Springfield had her fair share of horrific harmonizers; some covers, some original. I always go with her oft-overlooked gem from her…

Sissie Houston “World Of Broken Hearts” (Congress 268-B, 1966)

Sissie Houston “World Of Broken Hearts” (Congress 268-B, 1966) If there’s ever someone that’s been more “20 Feet From Stardom” than Darlene Love, It has to be Cissy Houston. Mother to Whitney Houston, Aunt to Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, this Matriarch of Soul celebrates her 82nd Birthday this September 30th. She’s been performing in…

Irene Reid “My Heart Said (Bossa Nova) (Verve 10286, 1963)

Irene Reid “My Heart Said (Bossa Nova) (Verve 10286, 1963) Back to Back Birthday celebrations of genre blurring babes happens this week as we move from Solstice to Equinox. Next up we have the delightful Irene Reid. Equally hitless and loved on stage as Marlena Shaw, she would have celebrated her 85th Birthday this September…

Judy Clay “My Arms Aren’t Strong Enough” (Scepter 1273, 1964)

Judy Clay “My Arms Aren’t Strong Enough” (Scepter 1273, 1964) There’s such a strong legacy of women that came out of the “Drinkard Dynasty.” Not only do/should we know Dionne Warwick, her sister Dee Dee, her aunt Cissy and her little cousin Whitney. We should also know of many other supporting or shining stars that…

The Royalettes “When Summer’s Gone” (MGM 13588, 1966)

The Royalettes “When Summer’s Gone” (MGM 13588, 1966) Here we find ourselves at the “end” of Summer in the United States. Technically on the calendar we have about 2 weeks to go before Summer Solstice gives way to the Autumnal Equinox, but as we busy ourselves with year end closings, shouldn’t it be high time…

Valerie & Nick “Lonely Town” (Grover 3000-B, 1964)

Valerie & Nick “Lonely Town” (Grover 3000-B, 1964) A Virgo’s work is never done. Valerie Simpson should know, as we celebrate her 69th Birthday, we also celebrate her 52+ years as one of the premiere Singer/Songwriters of the Post War Era. Though we haven’t started looking at the compositions she did with late husband Nick…