The American release of "Street Songs" from Rick James forty years ago this month, reminded me of a visit he paid to London which I've not written about previously for one reason or another, but thought now it might be of interest as we pay homage to this extraordinary album from an equally extraordinary man. However, before spilling the beans, I reckon the album deserves more than a passing mention.
"When I started to perform solo I told my audience 'here are some of my greatest hits'.
As Motown celebrates its 62nd birthday this year, I thought it might be the right time to talk about one of the company's early pioneers who recently celebrated his 84th birthday. Yup – Mr William "Mickey" Stevenson. I'm hoping to share some aspects of his time at Motown that you may not be aware of with a bullet point account of events.