StreetcredMusic: The Queen Abdicates, Long Live The Queen

The Queen of Rhythm and Blues for the last three decades, is saying farewell.

Anita Baker has announced a farewell tour in 2018.

 Anita started her career in the late 1970's with a band called Chapter 8.

Her first two solo albums were, The Songstress, 1983 & Rapture in 1986 which went Platinum.
It will be hard to find a woman vocalist to bring the emotion along with the melodies and universal lyrics of love she gave us.

Enjoy her video: "Giving You The Best That I've Got"



Long live the new Queen, Arika Kane. The BSE Records star has just released her latest single.
Love Makes A Woman.

Arika: web site
   In 2010 Arika Kane released her self-titled Album, which became an international hit. With songs like “Here With Me“, “4 The Lovers”, “Bcuz I Luv U” and “Make It. All of which were featured on various VH1, BET and MTV Programing.

Arika’s songs debuted and had success on the Billboard Sales, Airplay and Hot
100 Charts.

Enjoy Arika's latest single & Video::::"Love Makes A Woman"

....and a tip of the hat to Arika for being a friend and supporter of this blog:

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StreetcredMusic. Saturday Night...Live. Before We Had Cell Phones.

  Saturday night was a big deal when I was young. It was a Monday to Friday world, a 9 to 5 work week. Thus Saturday was the time to get out, a full 24 hours of free time... and since everyone got paid every Friday, well enough said.

In the mid 1950's as a young teen, we from the Bronx would travel to the Brooklyn Paramount. The mecca of Inner City Rock 'n Roll. Alan Freed would put together shows that ran from noon to midnight, not every weekend, but often enough. There would be 8 or 10 performers involved, they would each perform at every show, a new show started every 2 hours. Yeah, six shows a day.

Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, BUT the girl groups would always steal the show.


We had nothing to entertain us but live shows and radio. TV was in it's infancy, no cell phones, no video games, nothing streaming. So we got together, all nationalities all colors and we rode the subway (for a nickel) from The Bronx, to Brooklyn. Our reward was getting to see the original tunes by the original artists, the African Americans, before the white artist covered them and got ALL the air play. Saturday's in the 1950's looked something like this~

Enjoy: A Joe Turner Video: 
                    "Shake Rattle & Roll"

The girl groups pretty much took over in the early 1960's at the shows....the music took a turn toward sassy, sexy, vocalists. There is so little footage available of them. Hope you enjoy this one~
A music video 20 years ahead of it's time.

Enjoy: Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 
                 "Nowhere To Run" 

...we had so much fun traveling together to the shows in NYC, I just scratch my head when I move through the city now...

 Here's a GR8 video also from the sixties, Enjoy~~

Enjoy: The Shirelles
              "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"

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