Your Donation to the VRCA Memorial Weekend is Appreciated! Your donation will benefit various VRCA charities and scholarships. A minimum donation of $30 entitles you to receive the Souvenir Book (Special Limited Edition).  Please provide your address for mailing in the notes section of your payment donation type, or send information via email to Various ways to Donate to VRCA:    PayPal.  PayPal account not needed.  Click on PayPal logo or use QR Code graphic to donate. Zelle.  Payment to: Cash App.  Payment to: Continue reading →Merritone Disco is in celebration mode, having reached the biblical milestone of three score and ten, and for them, their mantra accurately sums up their modus operandi: ‘Things of quality have no fear of time.’ Or, as owner Monte Blake puts it, while exhibiting the cheekiness and bravado that is essential to any soundman worth his salt, “Great sound systems come, and great sound systems go. They are now resting in silence, and Merritone is still here.” Notably, the 70-year-old Merritone has the distinction of being Continue reading →Facebook Post by Wynton Marsalis on the death of his father Ellis Marsalis My daddy passed away last night. We now join the worldwide family who are mourning grandfathers and grandmothers, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers— kinfolk, friends, neighbors, colleagues, acquaintances and others. What can one possibly say about loss in a time when there are many people losing folks that mean so much to them? One of my friends lost both her mother AND father just last week. We all grieve and experience Continue reading →Grammy-winning mellifluous vocalist behind “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day,” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” succumbs to heart complications By ANDY GREENE Bill Withers, the soul legend who penned timeless songs like “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day,” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” died Monday from heart complications in Los Angeles. He was 81. “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father,” his family said in a statement. “A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry Continue reading →Bob Andy, the reggae vocalist who performed a hit version of Young, Gifted and Black as part of the duo Bob and Marcia, has died aged 75 after a short illness. His death was confirmed by his collaborator on that song, Marcia Griffiths, who told the Jamaica Observer he died at 8am on Friday 27 March. Bob & Marcia reached No 5 in the UK in 1970 with Young, Gifted and Black, an uptempo recording of the Nina Simone original. They also reached No 11 Continue reading →ARTISTS TITLES   COMMENTS   JUNIOR   DEAN FRAZIER IN MY TIME   JOHNNY TAYLOR PLAY SOMETHIN’ PRETTY   LOU RAWLS I GO CRAZY   LAKESIDE IF I DID’NT HAVE YOU   WATERS I JUST WANT TO BE THE ONE IN YOUR LIFE BREAK DEBBIE GORDON I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU * LEGEND RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA   GRADY TATE FREEDOM FOR THE STALLION   GERALD ALSTON SEND FOR ME * CISSY HOUSTON BE MY BABY   KATIE WEBSTER NEVER LET ME GO     Continue reading →ARTISTS TITLES   COMMENTS   CLAYTON   BERT KEYES PEACE OF MIND   CHARLIE MCKOY COLD COLD WORLD   FREDDY ANISFIELD PRINCESS OF THE PALACE OF ICE   THE DELLS DOES ANYBODY KNOW I’M HERE   IVA ZANNICHI SENZA CATENE (UNCHAINED MELODY)   THE CONCEPTS BLUE SEAS   STEVE ROSSI MR JONES I LOVE YOUR DAUGHTER   BOB CONRAD LOVE YOU   JOHNNY NASH OL MAN RIVER   JOHNNY NASH KISSES   SARAH VAUGHAN THE ENCHANTED WALL * RANDY LEE YOUNG DAYS   AL MACARTHUR HIS Continue reading →

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