July 26, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: Black-owned record labels

Above the front windows of Motown Records' Detroit headquarters was a sign that read "Hitsville U.S.A." Placed there by Motown founder Berry Gordy soon after his company moved into the modest home at 2648 W. Grand Blvd, the sign demonstrated Gordy's … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: Black-owned record labels

The writing and production partnership of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff started in the mid 1960s, and the musical empire that they built under the name Philadelphia International Records managed to survive through the mid 80s. But there are few labels … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: Black-owned record labels

Def Jam Records, created by hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons, is one of the most successful black-owned record labels in the history of the United States.  Its success and influence on music and popular culture are paralleled only by Motown … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Black-owned record labels

If hip hop has a grandmother, it's got to be the late Sylvia Robinson, founder of Sugarhill Records, which spawned timeless and foundational party hits like "Rapper's Delight" and "White Lines" among others. … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Happy July 4th

Hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July! … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Black-owned record labels

In March of 1921, under the laws of the state of Delaware and using about $30,000 in borrowed capital, Harry Herbert Pace organized the Pace Phonograph Corporation, Inc. The company’s first office was his home on West 138th Street, New York. Pace did … [Read more...]

Sunday Open Thread: P.O.U Jazz Brunch

Round Midnight is a 1986 American-French musical drama film directed by Bertrand Tavernier and written by Tavernier and David Rayfiel. It stars Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet and Herbie Hancock. Martin Scorsese, Philippe Noiret and Wayne Shorter … [Read more...]