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  1. Ronny Jordan, Jazz Guitarist, Dead at 51

    January 14, 2014 9:09 PM EST Ronny Jordan, a guitarist and leading player in the acid jazz movement of the '80s and '90s, has died. He was 51. The guitarist's death was confirmed on Facebook today (Jan. 14) after Jordan's siblings set up a page in his hono ...

  2. George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell Talk 'Finding The Funk' - and Getting Paid for It - at SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2013 7:08 PM EDT 3 1.003 k 45 8 0 What began -- on paper, at least -- as a discussion on the documentary "Finding the Funk" by producers Nelson George and Arthur Baker (who moderated the conversation) quickly ran off the rails and became as much an exploration o ...

  3. Marva Whitney, Soul Sister No. 1 in James Brown Revue, Dead at 68

    December 24, 2012 7:36 AM EST Marva Whitney , a fiery voiced funk singer who toured and collaborated with James Brown -- along the way earning the nickname "Soul Sister #1" -- died on Saturday at age 68, according to a Facebook page dedicated to her. "She left u ...

  4. Chuck Brown, The Godfather of Go-Go, Dead at 75

    May 16, 2012 5:22 PM EDT Chuck Brown, leader of Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, who was widely known as "The Godfather of Go-Go," has died at the age of 75. The gravelly voiced Go-Go music legend may be best remembered for his biggest hit "Bustin Loose ...

  5. Soul-Funk Guitarist and 'Shaft' Wah-Wah Creator Charles 'Skip' Pitts Dies

    May 01, 2012 6:30 PM EDT R&B, soul and funk guitar architect and Bo-Keys member Charles "Skip" Pitts-whose signature riffs are forever immortalized in the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing" and the wah-wah on Isaac Hayes' "Theme ...

  6. Bobby Womack Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

    March 26, 2012 12:14 PM EDT Classic soul-funk singer and guitarist Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with colon cancer, according to bassist Bootsy Collins. The 68-year-old originally rose to prominence due to his association with Sam Cooke, who had signed him to his SAR Recor ...

  7. Backbeat: Soulive, Lettuce Headline Royal Family Records Showcase, Talk New Albums

    October 18, 2011 7:40 AM EDT , The Minds Behind Royal Family Records (L-R): managers Jeff Krasno and Morgan Young, Soulive drummer Alan Evans, guitarist Eric Krasno, keyboardist Neal Evans. Eric Krasno performing with Lettuce. Brooklyn's own Royal Family Records celebrat ...

  8. George Clinton Show Ends In Shooting Death, Four Injuries

    August 01, 2011 7:10 AM EDT CLEVELAND (AP) - A man fired several shots from a handgun during a large fight near an outdoor concert venue featuring funk music artist George Clinton, killing one person and wounding three others, police said Sunday. The fight erupted before 10 ...

  9. 'The Lost 45s' Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Exclusive Interview with DJ Barry Scott

    March 08, 2011 12:52 PM EST DJ Barry Scott, celebrates 25 years as host of "The Lost 45s" radio show In an era of tight playlists, there is little room for thousands of hit songs not regularly programmed on classic hits or oldies radio stations. Still, Barry Scott ...

  10. Phelps 'Catfish' Collins, Funkadelic Guitarist, Dies at 66

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT R&B guitarist Phelps "Catfish" Collins, a veteran of James Brown's J.B.'s, Parliament-Funkadelic and his younger brother William "Bootsy" Collins' Rubber Band, passed away at his home in Cincinnati on Aug. 6 ...

  11. Marvin Isely of Isley Brothers Dies at Age 56

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Marvin Isley, bass player for the legendary funk band the Isley Brothers, died of undisclosed causes in Chicago on Sunday (June 6) at age 56. Marvin joined the Isley Brothers in 1973 after the original lineup -- comprised of older brothers O' ...

  12. Sly Stone Sues Ex-manager For $50 Million

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sly Stone has filed a $50 million lawsuit against his former manager, alleging fraud and 20 years of stolen royalties. Stone, the frontman of Sly and the Family Stone, claimed that Jerry Goldstein had diverted an estimated $20-$30 million of royal ...

  13. Bootsy Collins Signs On With EMI Music Publishing

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing has signed a long-term administration deal with Bootsy Collins. Collins - the star funk musician and songwriter who was inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic in 1997 - has been a ...

  14. Incognito Gets Heads Up Nod

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.K. R&B/funk/acid jazz group Incognito has signed with Heads Up International. A division of Concord Music Group, the crossover jazz label plans a worldwide release of the group's debut album, "Tales From the Beach," on ...

  15. Q&A: Teddy Bear Founders

    September 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peter Dean and Ted Hopkins have been key players in the Washington, D.C., R&B music scene for more than two decades. Hopkins had worked with local labels and owned and managed the Club LeBaron nightspot before moving into management with D.C.& ...

  16. World's Fair Inks Daptone

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie label group and management/marketing firm World's Fair has added funk/soul label Daptone Records to roster. The label home for the Dap-Kings, who have been supporting Amy Winehouse, was previously linked with Prommer. A spokesperson for ...

  17. 'Godfather Of Soul' James Brown Dies At 73

    December 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured "Godfather of Soul," whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early today (Dec. 25), his agent said. He was 73. Brown was hospitalized ...

  18. Kool & The Gang Co-founder Dead

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, has died. He was 57. Smith died Tuesday (June 20) in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a long illness, his publicist Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and le ...

  19. Global Pulse

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT There hasn't been a successful Irish soul outfit since the Commitments. And they were fictional. That has changed with the arrival of Dublin-based white soul/urban funk outfit Republic of Loose. Read There hasn't been a successful Irish ...

  20. Parliament-Funkadelic's Ray Davis Dies

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Respiratory complications cited as cause. Ray Davis, a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic, died Tuesday from respiratory complications at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., according to his son, Derrick. He was 6 ...

  21. George Clinton Recovers Masters

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal court awarded George Clinton sole copyright ownership of four Funkadelic albums he recorded for Warner Bros. around 1979. NEW YORK -- A federal court awarded George Clinton sole copyright ownership of four Funkadelic albums he recorded f ...

  22. Faith Evans

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT By turns playful, sexy, soulful, funky and passionate, Evans showcases the full range of her talents on her most consistent effort yet. By turns playful, sexy, soulful, funky and passionate, Evans showcases the full range of her talents on her mos ...

  23. Bloc Party

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The fab British foursome infuses elements of disco and funk on one of the best debuts of 2005. The fab British foursome infuses elements of disco and funk on one of the best debuts of 2005. News ...

  24. Beat Box

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST DJ Kaos spins a little funk, disco, electronic and rock into his solo debut, "Hello Stranger." Read Michael Paoletta's column. DJ Kaos spins a little funk, disco, electronic and rock into his solo debut, "Hello Stranger." ...

  25. Rick James Found Dead At 56

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Funk star scored hits for Gordy. Funk star scored hits for Gordy. News ...

  26. Rick James Found Dead At 56

    August 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rick James, the funk star of the '70s and '80s, was found dead today of apparently natural causes in his home near Universal City, Calif. He was 56. Rick James, the funk star of the '70s and '80s, was found dead today of appare ...

  27. Beat Box

    June 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Dimitri From Paris juggles a slate of projects, including co-producing a funk/disco set from Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisibles. Read Michael Paoletta's column. Dimitri From Paris juggles a slate of projects, including co-producing a funk/ ...

  28. Beat Box

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Dimitri From Paris juggles a slate of projects, including co-producing a funk/disco set from Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisibles. Read Michael Paoletta's column. Dimitri From Paris juggles a slate of projects, including co-producing a funk/ ...

  29. Clint Black

    February 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Country star's first studio record in four years has some truly inspired moments among the soulful country funk and sweeping ballads. Country star's first studio record in four years has some truly inspired moments among the soulful coun ...