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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Back in December, Vannessa Gaston & The national R&B Music Society held their 1st Annual Gala & it was a lot of fun! No one, not even Vanessa has seen these pictures of the bus trip. So, follow along & imagine how it must have been for some of our musical forefathers, out there on the road, en route to a show & it was ALL GOOD. Let me set the scene for you...

I hopped off of the 'A' train & strolled through the Port Authority at about 3 p.m. on Dec. 26th. When I got upstairs, I was greeted by the following...

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Keith Beaton of Blue Magic & David Turner (formerly of The Implements, the original singer of 'Look Over Your Shoulder') & Richard 'Hypnotized' Poindexter, both members of 'The Bad Boys Outta New York', The ULTIMATE Persuaders

David & Richard

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Dj Stan 'The Man' Wilson joins in

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The very dapper Wendell Sawyer of Blue Magic

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Gotta give the bus driver some love & he did a damn fine job of wheeling that Mercedes bus!!!

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Tony 'Mr. Showtime' Riley of The ULTIMATE Persuaders

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DJ Big Murph greets leroy Burgess of Black Ivory/Convertion/Aleems fame

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Evan Wills of The ULTIMATE Persuaders greets Leroy Burgess

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More to follow...
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bigmurph (bigmurph)
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wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is hot Juice me likes this lol
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Murph:

Oh, it gets better, brother!

We had a ball that day, didn't we :-)
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bigmurph (bigmurph)
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Man you know i would never doubt your ability brother an as you can see im very excited to a part of this whole process from playing the music to meeting the artist and like minded people like us.
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vjg (vjg)
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Juice, thanks for posting!
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daddyacey (daddyacey)
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It's nice to see Leroy Burgess. I've followed him from Black Ivory and beyond. A homey from Harlem ,
a genius with his music. Mad thanks Juice.
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Vannessa:

Anytime at all!

Daddy:

No problem. Leroy is one funny brother & the life of the party. Needless to say, Leroy has been one of my favorite artists, from 'You & I' to 'Let's Do It' to 'Confusion' to 'Release Yourself'. It was hard for me to believe that the same guy who sang all of those falsetto ballads back in '73, was the same guy who cranked out all of those Dance cuts in the '80s.

I think that I've got a few more for ya :-)
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE BUS...

We loaded up the bus & headed for the next pick-up in Newark, where we would be picking up the New Jersey contingent, on our way to The National R&B Gala in Atlantic City.

Fellow photographer (And nephew of the late, great Freddie Scott) Quincy & Tony 'Mr. Showtime' Riley of The ULTIMATE Persuaders

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Wendell Sawyer of Blue Magic & Carol

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Keith Beaton & Wendell Sawyer of Blue Magic

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This is the scene as we arrived at The Robert Treat Hotel in Newark...

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Mon Ray Francois of The National R&B Music Society greets LaGrant Harris of The Legendary Escorts & Jud Brown

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Jud Brown & David 'Mr. Smooth' of The ULTIMATE Persuaders

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Mon Ray & comedian Willie Asbury

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Cliff Perkins of The Soul Generation greets David Turner of The ULTIMATE Persuaders

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Al Goodman of Ray, Goodman & Brown/The Moments & Keith Beaton of Blue Magic share some love

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Gerald Alston & William Day greet DJ Stan 'The Man' Wilson

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DJ Stan 'The Man' Wilson & Al Goodman

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Gerald Alston, Stan 'The Man' & David Turner

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Wendell Sawyer & Keith Beaton of Blue Magic, N.Y.'s legendary 'Quiet Storm' DJ Vaughan Harper & Newark's finest, The Silver Stars

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The lovely Mrs. Reginald Haynes & daughter, actress KiKi Haynes

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Cliff Perkins & The Soul Generation

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Comedian Willie Asbury, Wendell, Keith& The Silver Stars

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The 'Prophetess', Mrs. Reginald Haynes & Wendell

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So we loaded up the bus & we went to Beverleeee...OOPS!!! I mean A.C.!!!
Alyson Williams, Quincy & Mon Ray

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ShowTime (showtime)
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Tony "ShowTime" Riley here, We "THE ULTIMATE PERSUADERS" would like to thank each and everyone of you here at SOULFUL DETROIT for your continued LOVE&SUPPORT as we continue to bring you the best that we can be,And we also would like to thank the following people for keeping our name in the forefront:Vannessa Gaston,Miss"O",Mon Ray (NR&BMS),Stan The Man 1240am(wgbb),Big MURPH(1075.COM),Bea Montgomery(Mothership Connection)and of course THE MIGHTY MIGHTY PHOTO MAN HIMSELF ALWAYS KEEPING US LOOKING GOO FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC "THE JUICE MAN". PEACE FROM THE VALLEY OF LOVE, RICHARD,DAVID,SHOWTIME,EVAN ("THE ULTIMATE PERSUADERS")S
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oli67 (ollie)
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Great shots Juice, thanks for sharing. It's good to see that so many talented people are still among us.
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Oli:

Thank you. I'm glad to do it & it's truly an honor to being able to post pictures from behind the scenes that people rarely get to see. The show is great, but sometimes the fun & memories which stay with us, have absolutely nothing to do with the show.

And as a few have had health issues of late, I've VERY happy that they're still with us & sounding GREAT. And more than that, it's even nicer to know that most of then have one hell of a bond with one another & are truly nice people, even to a relative newcomer such as myself.

I may not be getting filthy rich behind any of this, but I could never put a price on these experiences.

Then again, isn't that how love goes :-)

(Message edited by juicefree20 on February 08, 2009)
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oli67 (ollie)
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yeah that's how love goes Juice. I remember back in the 80' i had many similar experiences, being behind the scene as a youngster and enjoying not only the shows but the personal encounter with some of the nicest people i've ever met. I didn't take any pictures back then but the memories are priceless.
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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MR SHOWTIME!

Welcome aboard Brother & thank you for those kind words!

Those of us in the Greater New York area & beyond have seen what 'The Bad Boys Out Of New York' bring to the table & I've chronicled the performances of The Ultimate Persuaders Featuring Richard Poindexter on these pages for awhile now.

Some may not have had the opportunity to have seen you brothers & I hope that they get the opportunity to do so & soon. Sometimes it can be hard to do justice to a performance & some things need to be seen to be fully understood. for that reason, I would suggest that whenever anyone hears that The ULTIMATE Persuaders & I'm specifically telling you THE ULTIMATE PERSUADERS are in your town, that you invest the time to go & check them out.

When you do, then you'll understand COMPLETELY what audiences at The Hippodrome, at Soultrip USA 2006, The Harlem State Building at the Hal Jackson & O'Jays tributes & countless other audiences have seen. What you'll see are 4 very versatile brothers with strong harmonies, some damn fine lead singing & showmanship.

When you get the opportunity to see them, you'll understand what I mean.

I'll close with one last thought...

I'm never PERSUADED if it AIN'T The ULTIMATE Persuaders Featuring Richard Poindexter! If it ain't THE ULTIMATE, then it ain't persuading, ya' dig? TRUST!

Let a word to the wise be sufficient, a Musical Public Service Announcement, if you will.

Nuff said about that!

(Message edited by juicefree20 on February 08, 2009)
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Oli

And the best thing about it is that no one will ever be able to take those memories away from you. And while reflecting on that bus ride & your statement about also being behind the scenes, bring a thought to mind, especially when thinking about something which happened elsewhere recently.

I know that I often chide people for taking shots a some of our performers for thing ranging from diminished talents, weight issues & things as such. That's because I have observed & have come to know some of the people behind the performer. I see some of the struggles, some of the dirty promoter tricks & disrespect that some of our performers have to deal with.

People like to be in the business of the lives of these performers, even to the extreme of discussing & disclosing their personal health issues, without their consent, much less desire to have their business disclosed. that's another reason why I have a problem with the issue of fans & what THEY believe is fair game for public discussion.

People are quick to say who sounded 'horrible', who looked 'old' & all types of things. But what they don't see or know sometimes is what that artist endures just to go on-stage & make them forget their troubles for a few hours. They have no idea as to what many of our performers are going through just to get on that stage.

And by putting their personal health issues out there, these 'FANS' often create more harm than help the people whom they claim to 'LOVE'. They seem to believe that they're doing something helpful or are showing just how 'in-the-know' they are & often unwittingly are helping to screw the very people whom they claim to love.

What they fail to realize is that very often, there are unscrupulous people who would take that information & use it to put the screws to an artist. You see, once it becomes common knowledge that an artist is sick, then some folks equate their situation with desperation & an opportunity to exploit the artist. Some figure that because of illness, that they can get the artist on the cheap & low-ball them. And usually this kind of crap is attempted at a time when the artist(s) can least afford it & sometimes are at a serious point of weakness.

And some are able to exploit those artists, all thanks to some 'fan' who should've kept that knowledge to themselves, rather than to spill their guts on the internet in order to show folks how they know 'the INSIDE story'.

Their 'need' to know & tell has come back to bite more than a few artists squarely in the butt & when THEIR right to put folks business in the street begins to hurt those artists, then their right to discuss it needs to be revoked.

These are but a few of the reasons why I say that folks need to be careful about what they say about these artists personal business. Often times, once the genie is let out of the bottle you can't put him back in, nor do you know the damage that you can create by releasing him in the first place. Then there's the fact that it's not really their business in the first place & they'd be pissed off if someone discussed THEIR personal business or the illness of one of THEIR family members.

And the fact that these people are entertainers, doesn't negate the same right to privacy that you & I enjoy. Our bosses can't even get our personal health information, much less disclose it without obtaining our permission. Why should these entertainers privacy be any different?

Most times there's a very good reason why these artists don't want their business put out there & most times, it's not because of the reasons that people think they are. Sometimes it comes down to trying to survive in a dog-eat-dog industry.

But most of these 'helpers' never even consider that possibility. They have a 'right' & 'need' to know & tell. And should their disclosures prove to hurt an artist whom they 'LOVE', well, what the hell, they're public figures whom have forfeited the right of privacy.

Or so it is said & usually by gossipy people, at that.

I prefer to cherish these artists while we still have them with us & I'd do none of them any honor by dogging them, or picking apart their flaws & focusing on things which are inevitable due to the passage of time.
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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After everyone loaded back onto the bus, the fun kicked in again. There was plenty of laughter, jokes & some even caught up on some much-needed Z's. But first, the vivacious, loquacious Ms Alyson Williams led us in prayer, which I didn't photograph as it was way too dark in the bus, not to mention would've been a very impolite thing to do.

DJ Stan 'The Man' whipped out a tape which featured the music of all of the artists who were riding on the bus. So on the way to A.C., we heard the sounds of Alyson Williams, Blue Magic, The Persuaders/ULTIMATE Persuaders, The Escorts, Ray, Goodman & Brown, The Manhattans, Gerald Alston, The Soul Generation, Black Ivory & a whole lot of other great Classic Soul. And what was great is hearing the brothers shouting out one another whenever one of their songs began to play. The level of respect between these men was a beautiful thing to see & hear.

But most of all, the sounds of friendship was in full abundance & everyone had a ball while listening to stories or telling them. We had a ball every mile of the way.

William Day (Manager of Ray, Goodman & Brown) & Gerald Alston (Jud, Evan & Gail in the background)

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David & Richard (Stan, The Silver Stars & LaGrant in the background

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Gail, Evan & Mrs. Marlene Beaton

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LaGrant, Marlene & man, I don't believe that I ever got the name of this gentleman

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Or this lovely lady standing next to Marlene

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The smiles tell the story...

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I believe that Al was saying that he once caught a fish THIIIIIIIIIS BIG!!

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Reginald 'The Prophet' Haynes of The Legendary Escorts & one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet.

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Finally, we arrived at A.C. & it was time to hit the bricks. Mon Ray, Mr. Showtime & Richard Poindexter of The ULTIMATE Persuaders lead the way

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oli67 (ollie)
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nicely said Juice. My personal experience with artists are mine only & i would never go public with such fond memories. I don't understand this fan people, hell i don't even like them.
A fan can be fatal to an artist. The reason why i could get close to some artists is because i treat them like everybody else. I never felt that someone is more special than the other, & i'll keep it that way. Some of us can sing & play that's the only difference to the others who can't.
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Juice to be able to travel on that bus to the 2008 National R&B Music Society First Annual Holiday Event with all the great artist and radio personalities was to me an Honor. I have been doing TV for years and have met some very interesting people, but I never realize that the 100's of years (all artist collective years recording) on that bus an at the Gala would make me ask myself who the HELL am I to be here among greatness.

Then I was greeted by most of the artist there and realized they have the same goal that we all have who attended and that is the preserving of this great music through fellowship. I have to say what a room full of love and i haven't found one soul yet who can honestly say that any of the artist brought attitude to the building. It was a bunch of family members coming together at a BBQ and fellowship, Love and Music were the main course. There will be other experiences but none will ever compare to the very first one. They may become larger, different , smoother but nothing like winging it on the very first go round. The National R&B Music Society made a brother realize that this is why we do what we do.
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Big Murph

I felt the same way.

My experiences are something which I don't take for granted. I consider it to be a priviledge to be there. Because of my knees, I can't do a bunch of fancy stepping anymore & Lord knows that I can't sing. So I contribute what I can in my own small way & feel honored that these folks have taken me to their bosom because they really didn't & don't have to,

You captured it best by saying that it was like a big family outing & every picture that I took will show nothing but smiling faces, especially from the entertainers while their peers were performing.

It's that & the SINCERE approach of Vannessa, Bill & The National R&B Music Society which makes me give them my COMPLETE & TOTAL support in this endeavor. I've watched them up close & personal & have observed how they take care of business. And there's none of that ego-trippin' on their behalf. Vannessa's goal is to keep this going for ALL of the artists & there no room for any ego-tripping from ANYONE.

While in Washington, I observed this woman in the midst of some serious movers & shakers. And all the while, not ONCE did I hear this woman say 'I' or 'ME' & neither did Bill or Daryl. But what I DID hear her & ALL of them speak CONTINUALLY, were the names of the artists who are members of the organization & singing THEIR praises. I also heard the responses of these movers & shakers while they discussed future goals, as well as how they like what the organization is trying to accomplish.

That's what I OBSERVED & HEARD & shame on anyone who can't appreciate their efforts, much less understand how they & other artists will benefit if this all works out.


What I really like about the organization is that even the groups such 'Bad' & 'The Silver Stars' are treated with the utmost of respect & made to feel as though they belong & the more established artists give those guys the same kind of love. The point being that if you believe in what they're trying to accomplish & you want to roll with them, then damnit, they're rolling with you & egos be damned. because there's no room for them & there's no 'I' in TEAM!

That speaks volumes as to where their hearts & minds are & I respect the hell out of them for adopting such a position. Where so many people talk & talk & talk about doing something, ANYTHING, they've chosen to grab the bull by the horns & are attempting to make something good happen. I've already seen them deliver & that's more than can be said about many.

And I wish them nothing less than the greatest of success.
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Juice,

As always great pictures! As has been said "A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words"!

I get such a good feeling seeing these pictures and am thankful these candid moments were captured and shared with all who view, by you.

In your own un-assuming way, you are a great asset to the "NR&BMS".

As always, we thank you for what you bring to the organization.
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Juice,

We thank you for your kind words!

Just in the short time that we have known each other, I've learned that you shoot from the hip and you are a person that is well respected.

In addition, you are also very intune with the industry and with that said, for an organization which is still in the infancy stages it means so much to us to have your support!

Anyone that shares a deep appreciation & love for the music and artists, will all benefit from our efforts and others who strive to preserve, promote and honor!
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Hey Murph,

It was a pleasure having you attend the Gala!

You hit the nail on the head when you state, "preserving the great music through fellowshiping"! We will have others, but the first one was so special and can't be duplicated!

Keep doing what you do my brother.
I am listening to your show as I write!

vjg
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I LOVE YOU GUYS FOR REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NATIONAL RNB MUSIC SOCIETY FOR LIFE
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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Bill:

Thank you very much for those kind words!

I'm happy to help out in whatever way I can. I'm glad to know that there are still a lot of people who truly love these artists & our music, who DO NOT operate out of selfish self-interest.

In nearly every aspect of life, there are people whom while claiming to love & support people, will betray their own self in short order by proving conclusively EXACTLY where their OWN self-interest lies. I've experienced that time & time again & know it when I see it.

What I appreciate about watching you guys work is that no one's tripping on any titles. For example, there are people who are quick to let everyone know their position, whether the importance of said position is real, or imaginary. Some folks get caught up in all of that. In fact, I recall that I had to introduce Vannessa as President on a few occasions.

But, even though you guys played an important role in that set-up, no one was running around trying to throw their weight around. Rather than attempt to micro-manage (which is a sure sign of an amateur, think 'In Living Color' & 'Funky fresh Productions - BAMMM!!!), you guys let everyone handle their own business.

You guys could be trying to bring on board only 'big-name' artists, to the exclusion of our 'lesser' lights, or get caught up in games of politics. Too often, politics raises its ugly head & I've seen first-hand how those politics makes it damn near impossible to get anything meaningful accomplished. Sadder still, very often, it's the artists themselves who shoot themselves in the foot & derail things before they have a chance to grow.

What I've noticed is that you guys are being true to your stated goal, which is to honor not HALF, not SOME, not ONE, but rather ALL of our Classic Soul artists.

And that is how it should be.

With that as fact, how could I not respect & support what you're trying to accomplish, as well as the way that you're attempting to go about it? For those reasons, I truly wish you well with this endeavor & to watch you grow, well, the pleasure will be all mine. For YOUR success can prove to be EVERYONE'S success & that is something that NO ONE should ever lose sight of.

Much respect & keep on keeping on!
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Vannessa

Thank you for your kind words.

I have to say that I never envisioned doing any of what I'm doing & I am thankful to know that there are people who think of me with kindness. I do have a healthy respect & regard for our music & our artists. These are men & women whom have been a part of my life going back to some of the happiest days of my life, those innocent days of childhood & the thrill of teenage love. To have the respect of these men & women means a lot to me.

Too often, these artists DO NOT get the respect that I believe that they deserve. Everyone loves & lavishes attention on the biggest stars, still others are all too quickly forgotten about. But with that said, groups like The Fuzz, Tomorrows Promise, The Younghearts & Terry Huff are 'STARS' in my eyes, as they've also touched my heart in a special way. And I have never forgotten any of them, nor the way that they made me feel, so long-ago.

As we can see from sites like SDF & so many Yahoo Groups, there are a lot of us whom are very excited about our music & artists & we love both passionately. And my goal is to spread the word that these artists are still capable & are raising some SERIOUS musical hell. I'd also like to help to knock down that 'class' system, where only the brightest of stars receive the lion's share of recognition, while everyone else gets left by the wayside.

You're not only reaching out to the huge names, you're reaching out to all of those whom have let their mark in our hearts, whether they had 5 hits, or 25 hits & truthfully, you can't ask for much more than that from anyone. If WE can't or won't show love to these artists whom are not as well-known as our more illustrious stars, then exactly WHO will give them their props if even WE choose to treat them like second-class citizens?

I've found that you're up-front, your word has been your word. I've observed that you offer the same respect & dignity to the so-called 'least', that you give to the 'greatest'. I have seen situations where that has NOT been the case & it both shocked & saddened me to be a witness to such treatment.

Simply stated, I like & appreciate the way that you guys are going about your business. I can see that you're moving in the right direction & again, who could ask for any more than that.
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Juicefree20 (juicefree20)
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CORRECTION!!!

In my haste & fatigue, I misidentified Betty Beaton as Marlene. Marlene is the wife of Richard Pratt.

Note to self...SELF, don't post when fatigued!
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Moe (moe)
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Post Number: 3121
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Posted on Monday, February 09, 2009 - 8:15 pm: ��Edit PostDelete Post���Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Juice, as usual, you've done a great job!!
Thanks for sharing these with us!!
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ShowTime (showtime)
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 2-2009
Posted From: 173.77.65.139
Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 11:07 pm: ��Edit PostDelete Post���Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

NATIONAL R&B MUSIC SOCIETY 4 LIFE, HOLLA!!!!!
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soulbill69 (soulbill69)
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Username: soulbill69

Post Number: 11
Registered: 1-2009
Posted From: 96.225.96.96
Posted on Sunday, March 01, 2009 - 8:37 am: ��Edit PostDelete Post���Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Showtime.......

"National R&B Music Society 4 Life"

I like that......

Motto campaign contest amongst the members, to motto legacy ?
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Kev-Lo (7273747576)
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Username: 7273747576

Post Number: 2700
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 96.232.54.93
Posted on Sunday, March 01, 2009 - 8:52 am: ��Edit PostDelete Post���Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi this is Kev-Lo

this is great

Showtime welcome aboard
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MzO (mzo)
3-Pundit
Username: mzo

Post Number: 37
Registered: 1-2009
Posted From: 173.70.13.214
Posted on Sunday, March 01, 2009 - 6:47 pm: ��Edit PostDelete Post���Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey Juice,

Magnificent job!

National R&B Music Society 4 Life!

Showtime.... Heyyyy!!!!

How you doing my brotha? Fine, I hope. Welcome aboard!

Blessings
MzO
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bigmurph (bigmurph)
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Username: bigmurph

Post Number: 175
Registered: 1-2009
Posted From: 72.229.19.149
Posted on Sunday, March 01, 2009 - 6:52 pm: ��Edit PostDelete Post���Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

National R&B Music Society 4LIFE IS SO TRUE TO ALL WHO AGREE. HEY HEY HEY MZO.
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MzO (mzo)
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Username: mzo

Post Number: 38
Registered: 1-2009
Posted From: 173.70.13.214
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Hey Murph,

Smoldering show... Do your thang, my brotha!

I'm listening...

MzO
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bigmurph (bigmurph)
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Username: bigmurph

Post Number: 179
Registered: 1-2009
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I know how hard it is to get the morning show because of the powers that be but i know i can count on you to be here on Sunday nights.
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ShowTime (showtime)
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 2-2009
Posted From: 173.77.65.139
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 10:28 pm: ��Edit PostDelete Post���Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

HEY HEY HEY, IT'S "SHOWTIME" JUST STOPPING IN TO BRING YOU ALL LOVE & HAPPINESS FROM THE VALLEY OF LOVE, RICHARD,DAVID,SHOWTIME,EVAN ("THE ULTIMATE PERSUADERS") NR&BMS4LIFE

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