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On September 11, 2014.

On September 11, 2014, Bob Crewe died aged 83. He was songwriter, singer, manager, and music producer, owner of the record label “DynoVoice Records”. He recorded by the name Bob Crewe Generation, and had hit recordings with  the Rays, Diane Renay, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Freddy Cannon, Lesley Gore, Oliver, Michael Jackson, Bobby Darin, Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, Patti LaBelle and Barry Manilow.



On August 19, 1975.

On August 19, 1975, “Epic” label released “Phoenix” is the fifth Labelle album. It was recorded in 1975, and was produced by Allen Toussaint.


  • Nona Hendryx, Patti Labelle, Sarah Dash- vocals
  • Edward Batts – electric and acoustic guitar
  • Carmine “Pee Wee” Rojas- bass
  • James Ellison – keyboards
  • Larry Davis – drums
  • Jeffrey Shannon – percussion
  • George Porter, Jr.– bass
  • Herman Ernest III – drums
  • Leo Nocentelli, Steve Hughes, Teddy Royal- guitar
  • Allen Toussaint- Fender Rhodes, arrangements
  • James Booker– organ
  • Carl Blouin – baritone saxophone
  • Jim Moore – tenor & alto saxophone, flute
  • Lon Price – tenor saxophone
  • Lester Caliste – trombone
  • John Longo – trumpet
  • Steve Howard – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Vicki Wickham- executive producer
  • Don Puluse, Ken Laxton – engineers
  • Tom Huetis – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Nona Hendryx; except where noted.

  1. Phoenix (The Amazing Flight of a Lone Star)
  2. Slow Burn
  3. Black Holes in the Sky
  4. Good Intentions
  5. Far As We Felt Like Goin’ – Bob Crewe, Kenny Nolan
  6. Messin’ with My Mind
  7. Chances Go Round – Nona Hendryx, Edward Levone Batts, James Budd Ellison
  8. Cosmic Dancer
  9. Take the Night Off
  10. Action Time – Edward Levone Batts, James Ellison; with additional lyrics by Nona Hendryx


On December 17, 1999.

Grover Washington Jr

On December 17, 1999, Grover Washington, Jr. died aged 56. Being saxophonist, composer and arranger, he is considered to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre. Some of his most popular works feature his own compositions and covers of “Mister Magic”, “Take Five”, “Soulful Strut”, “Reed Seed”, “Black Frost”, “Winelight”, “Inner City Blues” and “The Best is Yet to Come”.  In his career he has performed and recorded with many famous musicians, including Kathleen Battle, Kenny Burrell, Hank Crawford, Charles Earland, Dexter Gordon, Urbie Green, Eddie Henderson, Masaru Imada, Boogaloo Joe Jones, Idris Muhammad, Gerry Mulligan, Don Sebesky, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Melvin Sparks, Leon Spencer, Mal Waldron, Randy Weston, Bill Withers and Patti LaBelle.


On April 16, 1990.


On April 16, 1990, concert named “Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa” was held at Wembley Stadium, London. The concert was held two months after Nelson Mandela was released from prison and was broadcasted in 60 countries. The concert artist line-up included: Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Chrissie Hynde, Jackson Browne, Lou Reed, Natalie Cole, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, Tracy Chapman, Stetsasonic, André A. Jackson, Aswad, Ben Elton, Caiphus Semenya, Daniel Lanois, Denzel Washington, Dudu Pukwana, Geoffrey Oreyama, George Duke, Jerry Dammers, Johnny Clegg, Jonas Gwangwa, Jungle Brothers, Lenny Henry, Letta Mbulu, Little Steven, Manhattan Brothers, Mica Paris, Neneh Cherry, Neville Brothers, Patti Labelle, Shikisha, Steven Van Zandt,Terence Trent D’Arby and Youssou N’Dour.