Marva Whitney (born Marva Ann Manning, May 1, 1944 – December 22, 2012), was an American funk singer.Whitney was considered by many funk enthusiasts to be one of the “rawest” and “brassiest” music divas. Continue reading
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George “King George” Clemons grew up in Virginia, during the 60′s he moved up to New York and started singing in clubs in Harlem. Continue reading
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“For rent” signs were taped on the windows of Sherman’s Barbecue, and owner Sherann Grinanposted a goodbye note to patrons on the door.
The take-out joint on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, between West 145th and 146th streets, is the last of a chain that opened in 1948 and once had five Harlem locations. It has been on life support since being shuttered in August by the Health Department because violations, and now Grinan fears she may have to close the restaurant for good. Continue reading
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Marvin Isley, the bass player who helped give R&B powerhouse the Isley Brothers their distinctive sound, has died at a Chicago hospital. He was 56.
Isley died Sunday morning at an inpatient hospice at Weiss Memorial Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Catherine Gianaro. She could not confirm a cause of death.
Isley stopped performing in 1996 after suffering complications from diabetes that included a stroke, high blood pressure, the loss of both legs and use of his left hand. Continue reading