MALACO BLUES NEWS
December 30, 2004
Little Milton to Perform with Blues Legends at Lincoln Center, New York City
Jackson, MS. December 30, 2004-Malaco Records recording artist, Little Milton, an accomplished blues performer since the 1950s, has been invited to sing with the all-star line-up of blues legends at Lincoln Center in New York City on January 28, 2004.
Radio Station Q104.3 is sponsoring the event which has been dubbed The Legends of the Blues and features blues musicians from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago. Featured artists include: Little Milton, Buddy Guy, 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Robert Lockwood Jr., The Muddy Waters Band (James Cotton, George "Mojo" Buford, Calivin "Fuzz" Jones, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Pinetop Perkins, and Bob Margolin), and The Howlin' Wolf Band (Henry Gray, Jody Williams, Freddie Robinson, Eddie Shaw, Sam Lay, and Bob Stroger).
The concert will be held at the Avery Fischer Hall in Lincoln Center. Tickets are on sale at the Lincoln Center Box Office or by calling: 212-721-6500.
Little Milton has been on the road for more than fifty years, enjoying many hits while singing the blues. He came out of the cotton fields of Inverness, Mississippi, saving enough money to purchase his first guitar for $14.40. Encouraged by his father to keep it, he began to play and received his first break in 1953 when Ike Turner took him to Sun Records to record.
"Sam Phillips did the engineering while Ike did the producing," he recalls. It wasn't long before Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois signed him and he cut the hits, "If Walls Could Talk," "Blind Man," "We're Gonna Make It," and the unforgettable, "Grits Ain't Groceries."
He later moved to Stax Records and recorded the hits "Walking The Back Streets and Cryin" and "Little Bluebird." In 1984, Little Milton united with Malaco Records where he is still recording today. He attributes most of his success to his faithful friend "Bessie," his beloved guitar. About her he says, "She never says no, never gets sick, makes me money, and is always ready when I call on her."
BILLBOARD: LITTLE MILTON'S ALBUM HISTORY
- There are currently 198+ albums on the market that either feature Little Milton as a solo artist or as an artist with other well-known blues musicians.
- Little Milton has recorded 15 albums with Malaco Records.
- 3 Little Milton ablums landed in the top 10 while 19 made it in the top 100 Blues, Pop, and Black album charts.
- Little Milton has had 5 singles on the top 100 chart, some landing on two charts; Black Singles and Pop Singles.
The Stellar Awards will be held January 13-15, 2005 in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit www.stellarawards.com.
15 STELLAR NOMINATIONS TO MALACO MUSIC GROUP ARTISTS
Stand on the Word, Malaco Records
Female Vocalist of the Year
Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year (2nd year in a row)
It's A New Day, Muscle Shoals Sound Gospel
Group/Duo of the Year
Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year
SoulLink, Live! Blackberry Records
Special Event CD of the Year
Still Here, Blackberry Records
Group/Duo of the Year
Traditional Group/Duo of the Year
Traditional Male Vocalist of the year
Traditional CD of the Year
Quartet of the Year
Music Video of the Year
Only the Strong Survive, Blackberry Records
Traditional Group/Duo of the Year
Quartet of the Year
Too Close to the Mirror, Juana Records
Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year
"We are very excited about the launch of the new Malaco website," says Tommy Couch Sr., President of Malaco Records. "This site offers so much to the consumer and will continue to be updated with not only our new releases but also hard to find titles."
The site features the same great Malaco products that you are used to but also incorporates new features such as a Bargain Corner (where several titles have been reduced in price), Licensing Requests (for Television Commercials, Karaoke, etc.) and much more.
Please take some time to browse the new website and let us know your thoughts. We hope you enjoy!
JERRY SMITH CONDUCTS CHOIR IN SPAIN FESTIVAL
Jackson, MS. San Sebastian, Spain, a city situated on the coast of Spain and near the border to France, is host city to numerous internatinally renown music festivals throughout the year. The annual San Sebastian Gospel Music Festival, which takes place on December 19, 2004, invited Mississipi Mass Choir's Minister of Music, Jerry Smith, to conduct the international choir during the festivities.
Early this year, Smith took the Mississipi Mass Choir's sister choir, The Children of Israel, on a two-week European tour where he was "discovered" by the director of the San Sebastian Choir festival who honored Smith with an invitation to conduct there.
The festival concert program will include Christmas music and Negro Spirituals. Smith arranged and charted all of the music sending charts via email to the resident conductor for their choir to learn before his arrival.
Smith has been in rehearsal since December 11th, however will be taking time between rehearsals to conduct concerts in and around the San Sebastian area, including in Barcelona and Madrid. Several members of the Mississippi Mass Choir have accompanied him on the trip to Spain to perform in these concert venues. They will be performing gospel standards such as, "He Will Do," gospel smash, "Oh Happy Day," and "Amen" as well as several originals taken from the Mississippi Mass Choir's and the Children of Israel's repertoires.
MALACO ARTISTS HOLD STEADY ON BILLBOARD CHARTS
GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR WILLIAMS BROTHERS
Jackson, MS. The Williams Brothers, well known in the gospel industry for more than thirty years and founder of Blackberry Records and its subsidiary labels, released one of gospel's new mainstay records, Still Here, in late 2003, which NARAS recently announced as one of the nominations for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album of the Year. The disc has been on the charts for 52 weeks with no sign that CD will fall anytime soon. Current sales on the project total 50,907. With steady sales and radio play, this gospel music venture should be available for a long time.
Did you know that Reverend Milton Biggham has done everything in the gospel music recording industry from write, arrange, conduct, produce, and perform for more than thrity years? He has worked with tihe legendary Albertina Walker and Rev. James Cleveland, LaShun Pace, Dorothy Norwood and others, and formed the award-winning Georgia Mass Choir in 1983.
The Georgia Mass performed in Whitney Houston's film, The Preacher's Wife, at the Superbowl and during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Atlanta, GA.
The Georgia Mass Choir is currently in Spain on a two-week tour and will be performing in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and other cities.
Did you know!
The Anderson Sancuary Choir sang on award-winning album, Hattie B's Daughter by Dorothy Norwood! They have also performed on other gospel CDs. including solo projects by Mississippi Mass Choir soloist Lilian Lilly. This CD, which released on November 2nd, 2004 was recorded using some of the nation's best known sesseion players in gospel music.
Did you know? Rudolph Stanfield produced the Anderson Sanctuary Choir project on Malaco Records. He is best known as a master producer of the Church Choir Ballad (Voices of Victory Mass Choir, They That Wait, Blackberry Records) and his contemporary work on Malaco Records Millenium Praise. He has produced many other gospel works and written a mutitude of favorite gospel songs including the standard, "Jesus Saves." Stanfield's expertise can also be found on a number of his cousin's CDs...that would be Grammy winner James Moore's, including a rare vocal appearance on Live in Detroit. Moore's last project.
STANDING ROOM ONLY AT LIVE TAPING OF MISSISSIPPI MASS CHOIR
Jackson, MS- October 29, 1988, The Mississippi Mass Choir made their first live recording under the direction of founder Frank Williams (brother of the award-winning group. The Williams Brothers, Blackberry Records, former member of The Jackson Southernaires). On the choir was once again taping another live project to an exuberant audience.
Performing to a standing room only crowd at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, MS, the choir belted out songs that underscored the theme of this evert, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, said the Lord" (Zechariah 4:6). While BET covered behind-the-scenes, Gerard Henry interviewed choir memebers and others for the program, Lift Every Voice," which will air January.
Savoy Record Executive and Georgia Mass Choir Director, Reverend Miltion Biggham and Beverly Crawford (Chordant) were special guest performers. Crawford sang "The Next Time," penned by Director of Malaco's gospel division Jerry Manner Biggham sang an original work, "Still Here."
Choir solosists included: Marva Smith, Lilian Lilly, James Mitchell, Dorcus Thigpen, Christi Richardson, Mosie Bures, Rogina Thomas, Waldo Lilly, Jimmie Lewis and Rev. Benjamin Cone, Jr.
All of the proceeds from this concert taping will be donated to the American Red Cross and the album will release during Black History Month in February, 2005.
Malaco published an historical retrospective on the choir for the performance. Media persons interested in receiving this booklet, please contact Jenny Rogers at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or D.A. Johnston at: dajohnson @malaco.com.
BILLBOARD CHARTS AND MALACO!!!!
#19 WILLIAMS BROTHERS, Soullink Live! 23 weeks on the charts!
#20 DOROTHY NORWOOD, Stand on the Word, 19 weeks on charts!
#22 MEN OF STANDARD, It's a New Day, 22 wees on charts!
These artists hold spots #49, #53, #54, on the Christian/Mainstream Top 100
FRANK WILLIAMS, Legend Behind the Choir
Jackson, MS. As a young teen, Franklin Delano Williams began performing gospel music in his hometown of Smithdale, MS. Beginning his career in the deep south before the civil rights movement caught hold, Williams experienced many things as an artist traveling in unfamiliar terrorites.
In 1964. Williams teamed up with his brother Huey Williams as part of the Jackson Southernaires, leaving his family's group. The Williams Brothers (who still perform today on their Blackberry label). After releasing several cuts on other labes, the group signed to Malaco Records, winning a number of awards during the 1980s. Williams eventually went on to run the promoting department of Malaco's gospel division and then to create one of the greatest if not most beloved gospel music choirs in history, The Mississippi Mass Choir, in 1988. He led the choir until he passed away in 1993, passing the legacy on to Jerry Mannery who currently runs the gospel division of the Malaco Music Group.
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