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Making a Masterpiece: An Interview with Legendary Composer Valerie Simpson

Fifty years after Ashford & Simpson gave Diana Ross her first number one solo hit with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", Valerie Simpson reflects on a lifetime of writing chart-topping anthems for Motown and beyond.

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Dionne Warwick Is Back

A decent Dionne Warwick album can be found within the sprawling She's Back, her first new recording in five years.

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You Can Feel the Venue's Heartbeat on Every Page of 'Showtime at the Apollo'

How do we measure the status of a performer's Holy Grail like the Apollo Theater in 2019? Ted Fox and James Otis Smith's beautifully realized, updated graphic history brings this rich history to life.

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Rupert Holmes Is So Much More Than the Piña Colada Man

With the release of Songs That Sound Like Movies, the acclaimed singer/songwriter, novelist, and Tony Award-winning writer of musicals reflects on a career in which that rum drink is but an aftertaste.

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"Still It Keeps Haunting You": Thom Bell Revisits the Dionne Warwick Sessions

In an exclusive interview with PopMatters, Grammy-winning producer Thom Bell recalls bringing Dionne Warwick to number one and crafting her critically acclaimed "Track of the Cat".

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Quantic and Alice Russell: Look Around the Corner

Sometime collaborators and label mates, Alice Russell and Quantic finally produce a full album. It’s been worth the wait.

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Passing on the Crown: From Whitney to Adele

Adele, more than most stars I can think of—and certainly more than Whitney—seems to have had the chance to simply be herself.

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Verse-Chorus-Verse - "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?"

Recording artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.


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