October 2011


Remembering WILMA LEE COOPER, who with her husband Stoney Cooper and their band the Clinch Mountain Clan, recorded some of the purest, most evocative and rhythmically furious mountain music of the 20th Century.

A tribute to MARVIN TARPLIN: There are few sounds sweeter than the voice of Smokey Robinson and it was at its sweetest when he and the Miracles were a hitmaking machine for Motown in ’50s and ‘60s. About the only sound, in fact, that could challenge the beauty of Robinson’s singing was the nuanced emotions emitted by Marv Tarplin’s guitar. Tarplin’s contributions to soul music go beyond his memorable instrumental work: collaborating with Robinson he penned some of ‘60s soul’s enduring hits, bonafide classics, for Robinson & The Miracles, for Marvin Gaye, for the Four Tops and for Robison solo. He shunned the spotlight, but his voice was ever present.

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