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Music: September 2014 Archives

Errol's Pick

Forty five years ago, Linda Martell made history by becoming the first African-American woman to appear on the "Grand Ole Opry", the legendary country music radio show. She released only one album, that until now had never been released on CD. Our music columnist Errol Nazareth reviewed it on the show this morning. Martell was born Thelma Bynem in 1941 and grew up listening to country, blues and jazz. She sang with an R&B group called "The Anglos" with her sister and three brothers in clubs around Columbia. She performed all over the US, appeared on the "Grand Old Opry" 11 times, and guested on several syndicated TV programs before walking away from the music business in 1974.

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Errol's Pick

Twenty five years ago, Peter Gabriel released the soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese film, "The Last Temptation of Christ". It came out on Gabriel's Real World label and the album won a Grammy. The label turns 25 this year and they're celebrating the milestone with "Real World 25", a 3-CD box set that will be accompanied by a 28-page booklet. Peter Gabriel says he established Real World to provide artists from around the world with access to state-of-the-art recording facilities as well as audiences outside their countries. In an interview he said, "We worked hard to create an environment where the artists felt respected and supported so that they were able to deliver extraordinary performances". And the label has met that mandate. Since its inception, Real World Records has released nearly 200 albums by artists from all over the globe.

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