Volume II, Issue 13
NORWOOD NOMINATED FOR LADY OF SOUL AWARD
Jackson, MS-Dorothy Norwood, known to gospel music fans as ‘The World’s Greatest Storyteller,’ has been nominated for the prestigious Soul Train Lady of Soul Award in the Best Gospel Album category for her latest release, Stand On The Word. This makes her second Soul Train nomination, the first was for The Lord is a Wonder, in 2000. The Soul Train Awards will be televised during the September 17-25 window according to the show's producer, Don Cornelius. Headliners for the evening include Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Toni Braxton, Ciara, Amerie, and Brian McKnight.
Norwood, who began singing at the age of eight, touring and performing with a family group, later went on to sing with Mahalia Jackson, The Caravans, and Reverend James Cleveland. Her solo career launched in 1964 with Johnny and Jesus, which earned a gold record. Her debut was followed by Denied Mother, which also climbed the charts and went gold. In 1972, she was invited by Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones to open for their 30 state American tour, which she did, touching the lives of many who would not ordinarily have been influenced by her music.
During her career, she has traveled all over the world achieving legendary status and winning awards and nominations in every corner of the industry from Billboard, Grammy, Stellar, Soul Train and others.
Her current single, “Holy Spirit,” Featuring LaShun Pace is receiving spins and rave reviews from DJs across the country, but Norwood is not one to rest on her laurels. She lives to serve the public on a personal as well as musical basis and strives to make each release better than the last, never keeping her eye off the future and her purpose in God.
MALACO & SOUL TRAIN HISTORY
In 1970, Don Cornelius launched the first Soul Train television program, beginning a legacy of premium entertainment representing the Black American culture through Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, Rap, and even Gospel music. With perseverance, Cornelius found sponsorship and acquired syndication that would eventually make Soul Train available in 85% of U.S. television-viewing households today.
When Soul Train launched the Soul Train Awards in 1987, Malaco artists were some of the first to be on board. Performing at the inaugural award ceremony were The Williams Brothers, with James Cleveland counted among one of the presenters.
In 1994, The Mississippi Mass Choir claimed the Best Gospel Album Award for It Remains To Be Seen, their runaway hit on the Gospel Charts, and in 2000, Dorothy Norwood was nominated for The Lord is a Wonder in the same category. The choir was also nominated in 2001 for its release, Emmanuel, God With Us, and in 2002, Doug and Melvin Williams were honored with a nomination for their hit CD, Duets.
Soul Train began, in 1995, to honor the accomplishments of women in the industry with the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards and again, Malaco artists led the way with winner La Shun Pace in 1997 for A Wealthy Place (Best Gospel Album) and Pace again as a nominee in 2002 for God is Faithful. In 2003, Dottie Peoples was nominated for Churchin’ with Dottie, which is now available through Malaco due to its recent acquisition of Air Records.
Lou Rawls, who signed a gospel recording contract with Malaco several years ago has performed on the Soul Train Christmas Special and this year, Malaco salutes Dorothy Norwood who is nominated for the Lady of Soul Award, 2005.
8/20-LAST WEEK-TWO WEEKS-WEEKS ON-ARTIST-TITLE-LABEL-PEAK
6 5 - 2 Lee Williams&Spiritual QCs Tell The Angels: Live in Memphis MCG 5
11 10 10 24 Mississippi Mass Choir Not By Power, Nor By Might Malaco 3
28 22 24 16 Shadrach I Won't Worry No More Juana Praise 17
32 35 29 86 Williams Brothers Still Here Blackberry 15
49 48 40 10 Williams Brothers Greatest Hits, Plus Blackberry 26
R & R GOSPEL RADIO CHARTS:
#5 "I'm Not Tired Yet" The Mississippi Mass Choir, Malaco
Malaco Blues News
Volume I, Issue 4 August 5, 2005
MALACO REMEMBERS A LEGEND:
BLUESMAN ‘LITTLE’ MILTON
Jackson, MS. As one can see by studying the Billboard Charts, Little Milton has been making history since long before there was a chart in place for blues music. In the early days, black artists were contained on the same chart, Black Music. During the civil rights movement in the mid sixties, Little Milton struck a nerve with many when he released We’re Gonna Make It and the album and single of the same name were both favorites, crossing over to the Pop Charts as well.
With a career that spanned five decades, Little Milton paved the way for many other artists to follow, setting an example of expert craftsmanship not only as a guitar-player, but as a performer. He was loved by many and sought after for inclusion on sixty-three blues albums, many collections, tributes to Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen, and appearing on labels such as: Stax Records, Sun Records, Time Life, Checker, Malaco, PBS, House of Blues, Universal, Rhino, Telarc, MCA/Chess and others.
He recorded over thirty-three solo albums, playing the role of producer on many of them. His credits are too numerous too mention, but for this Blues Hall of Famer, Grammy nominee, recipient of the W.C. Handy Award for Blues Entertainer of the Year, and son of a sharecropper, he lived a full life, traveled all over the world, and will be missed by everyone who’s lives he touched with his music and his person. ‘Little’ Milton, son of ‘Big’ Milton, has certainly filled his father’s shoes in more ways than one.
BILLBOARD CHART HISTORY FOR LITTLE MILTON
Year /Album /Chart /Peak
1965 We're Gonna Make It Black Albums 3
1965 We're Gonna Make It Pop Albums 101
1969 Grits Ain't Groceries Black Albums 41
1969 Grits Ain't Groceries Pop Albums 159
1970 If Walls Could Talk Black Albums 23
1970 If Walls Could Talk Pop Albums 197
1973 Waiting For Little Milton Black Albums 39
1974 Blues 'N Soul Black Albums 45
1976 Friend Of Mine Black Albums 50
1983 Age Ain't Nothin' But A Number Black Albums 53
1984 Playing For Keeps Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 55
1989 Back to Back Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 73
1990 Too Much Pain Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 40
1991 Reality Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 57
1992 Strugglin' Lady Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 63
1996 Cheatin' Habit Top Blues Albums 14
1998 For Real Top Blues Albums 13
2000 Welcome to Little Milton Top Blues Albums 10
2002 Guitar Man Top Blues Albums 8
Volume II, Issue 12 August 5, 2005
WILLIAMS BROTHERS HITS TRANSFORMED IN JAZZ RELEASE
Jackson, MS. As forerunners in gospel music for more than forty years, The Williams Brothers have never slowed their pace, constantly looking at new ways to bring gospel music into the marketplace and, ultimately, into the hearts and lives of others.
Throughout their career, they have been recognized for their commitment to excellence and for their popularity with awards and nominations in every category and every aspect of the industry including: nineteen top ten albums (Billboard, Cashbox), three number one records and three Grammy nominations, Dove nominations and many Stellar Awards. Categories of awards have included: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Traditional Group of the Year, Best Performance, and Best Soul Gospel Album.
It would not be possible to rise to the forefront of an industry that is dedicated to excellence in sound if their engineer was not up to the task and it is now, after forty years of engineering and helping to produce every album the group has put out (not to mention albums for others), that Randy Everett steps out on his own. Everett, showcasing his talent for guitar-playing and arranging, has selected some of the choicest songs written by The Williams Brothers, creating a soulful instrumental album of classic gospel music entitled The Jazz Album.
Tracks included on the album are well known to gospel music lovers, signature songs for the group and standards in the market. These songs are: “Still Here,” “Cooling Water,” “In The Midst Of The Storm,” “After The Storm,” “Til’ He Comes Back,” “Helpless And Hopeless,” “Same Ol’ Story,”, “Allow Me,” “Above All Others,” “Never Seen Your Face,” Another time, Another Place,” “Never Seen Your Face” (Piano Version).
STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 13, 2005
The Williams Brothers have performed in many venues in the United States, not the least of which was Madison Square Garden. Other venues include: Cobo Hall, Radio City Music Hall, The Apollo Theatre, Disneyland, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Grand Ol’ Opry, Carnegie Hall, and both the Paramount and Fox Theatres.
They have also shared the stage with legendary acts such as The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Luther Vandross, Shirley Caesar, Andre Crouch, The Clark Sisters, Amy Grant, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Kirk Franklin, and Johnny Taylor to name a few.
It is common to find them on the Billboard charts long after an album’s release as is evidenced on this week’s Billboard Chart with their Release Still Here, which has made its home there for 85 weeks.
8/13: Last Wk /2 Wks/Weeks on /Artist/Title /Label /Peak
5 - - 1 Lee Williams & Spiritual QCs Tell The Angels: Live in Memphis /MCG /5
10 10 10 23 Mississippi Mass Choir Not By Power, Nor By Might/ Malaco /3
22 24 19 15 Shadrach I Won't Worry No More /Juana Praise /17
35 29 25 85 Williams Brothers Still Here /Blackberry /15
48 40 37 9 Williams Brothers Greatest Hits, Plus /Blackberry /26
Bluesman Little Milton Dies Following Stroke
Jackson, MS. August 4, 2005-Bluesman Little Milton, nee James Milton Campbell, passed away this morning, August 4. The 71-year old Blues Hall of Fame, W.C. Handy Award winning and Grammy nominated guitarist never awoke from a coma following a stroke he suffered on July 27.
Born in the Mississippi Delta near Inverness, Mississippi on September 7, 1934, Little Milton spent more than five decades in the industry. Often compared to B.B. King, he developed his own unique sound by fusing early country & western music and the Mississippi Delta gospel and blues. Though acclaimed in blues circles, Campbell never achieved the fame of King; nevertheless, his nearly constant touring took him all over the world.
Little Milton became an accomplished musician by the time he was a teenager, playing by ear and learning from his father "Big" Milton. Campbell was discovered by Ike Turner and recorded his first hit for Sun Records at age 18. He signed with Bobbin Records in East St. Louis and recorded "I'm A Lonely Man" and "That Will Never Do" and went on to record the 1965 hit "We're Gonna Make It" for Chess Records. Campbell recorded "Little Bluebird" for Stax Records in 1971 and scored other hits including "Grits Ain't Groceries" and "If Walls Could Talk."
In 1984, Little Milton signed with Malaco Records. This marked the beginning of his longest professional association, as well as the beginning of the last chapter in his illustrious career. He became one of the label's biggest selling artists and earned the distinction of being inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame, winning the W.C. Handy Blues Entertainer of the Year award in 1988 and being nominated for a Grammy Award in 2000. During his tenure with Malaco he released fourteen albums that included the hits "Annie Mae's Cafe", "Cheatin' Habit" and his anthem to the music he loved "Blues Is Alright." Most importantly, Little Milton will be remembered for his contributions to this genre of music and the education thereof.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, in memory of Little Milton. Send the donations to: Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or call: 1-800-873-6983. Downloadable donation forms should accompany the mail-in donations and are available on-line at: http://www.stjude.org/tribute.
For more information regarding Little Milton, contact Malaco Records at (601) 982-4522 or visit the following websites: www.littlemilton.com or www.malaco.com.
Edited By Jonathan Cohen. August 04, 2005, 10:15 AM ET
Bluesman 'Little' Milton Dies After Stroke
Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist "Little" Milton Campbell, whose gritty vocals and songwriting recalled B.B. King's rough-edged style, died today (Aug. 4) from a stroke, his record company said.
The 71-year-old Grammy-nominated guitarist and singer known for writing and recording the blues anthem "The Blues Is Alright" never awoke from a coma following a stroke he suffered on July 27 in Memphis, said Valarie Kashimura of The Malaco Music Group.Born to sharecropping farmers near the Mississippi Delta town of Inverness -- his father, "Big" Milton Campbell, was a local blues musician -- "Little" Milton picked up a guitar at age 12 and recorded his first hit for Sam Phillips' Sun Records at age 18. Discovered by blues-rock pioneer Ike Turner, Campbell went on to score dozens of rhythm and blues hits and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1988.Though acclaimed in blues circles, Campbell never achieved the fame of King and some other American bluesmen. Nevertheless, his nearly constant touring took him all over the world. After signing with Bobbin Records in East St. Louis, Illinois, Campbell recorded "I'm a Lonely Man" and "That Will Never Do." A long association with Chicago's Chess Records produced the 1965 hit "We're Gonna Make It," which coincided with the civil rights movement. Other hits included "Baby I Love You," "If Walls Could Talk," "Feel So Bad," "Who's Cheating Who?" and "Grits Ain't Groceries." "Annie Mae's Cafe" and "Little Bluebird" were hits he recorded with Memphis' Stax Records, which he joined in 1971 before the label's demise.