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The well-known B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square is shutting its door at the end of April. The reason is due to the high cost of NYC Real Estate. B.B. King Blues Club has been opened for more than 18 years and has played host to many legendary artists such as the late great “James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and many other prominent Artist, with a final performance on April 29th, 2018 with Buddy Guy at 8 pm.
In a recent statement by the owner Tsion Bensusan, “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the news about B.B. King Blues Club’s closing. Despite many sold out shows, the location’s rent escalated to an unsustainable level, leaving us no choice but to close our doors”.
” Unfortunately, this has become a growing trend in New York City, with other iconic music venues and businesses falling victim to opportunistic property owners. This venue’s legacy extends much further than the stage, playing a role in Times Square’s revitalization two decades ago. It is a shame that wasn’t taken into consideration regarding its future in the area.” Patrons can look forward to a future B.B. King Blues Club as a new location in Manhattan is being considered, but no other specifics have been given.
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4) Did you know, three months after Sam Cooke’s death, 21-year-old Bobby Womack married Cooke’s widow, Barbara Campbell, who was ten years older than him. Their marriage was considered a dishonor by some in the music business, and Womack found himself alienated in the music world. His brothers turned against him, as did his devoted fans, and he was assaulted by Sam’s brother. Womack stated ” he initially went to Barbara’s side to console her following Cooke’s death for fear that, if she were left alone, she would “do something crazy.” Then in 1970, Bobby and Barbara divorced after she found out that he had an affair with his 18-year-old stepdaughter, Linda. She was the daughter of Sam and Barbara Cooke. Linda later married Bobby’s brother Cecil and the two eventually paired up to become the songwriters Womack & Womack.
5) Did you know “Freda Payne” was once married to R&B Artist Gregory Abbott? Abbott is best known for his singles in the 80s including his 1986 platinum single, “Shake You Down”, that spiraled to #1 in the US.
The legendary lead singer of the “Temptations” passed away one day before his 75th Birthday. Edwards was born in Fairfield Alabama on Feb 3, 1943, and started singing in his father’s church at the age of 2. When his family moved to Detroit, Michigan he continued to sing in the church his father pastored and eventually became a choir director.
During his teenage years, he joined a Gospel group called”The Mighty Clouds of Joy”; while studying music at the Detroit Conservatory of Music. Unfortunately, he was not allowed to sing or listen to nonreligious music in his home. His mother did not approve of him pursuing a career in R&B music. After serving time in the military, he was retained by Motown Records and assigned to join “The Contours ” after their lead singer fell ill.
In 1967 he was drafted into “The Temptations” replacing lead singer David Ruffin. He led the group with such hits as, “I Can’t Get Next To You “, “Cloud Nine”, “Ball Of Confusion”, Papa Was A Rollin Stone”, and “Shakey Ground” among many others. “Cloud Nine” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, won Grammy Awards.
He piloted the group ” The Temptations Featuring Dennis Edwards” which included “Paul Williams Jr” (Son of original member Paul Williams) during the 90’s and continued touring in recent years. He is a “Temptation” that will truly be missed. R.I.P Dennis Edwards and thank you for sharing your voice and talent with the world.