Solid Gold Soul
May 31, 2007
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About Freddie Bell
Freddie Bell, velvet morning voice talent is a mellifluous voice actor, broadcast-journalist, speaker and National Voice Actor. His vast voice over credits, include hosting several radio programs including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Love Train, It’s The Gospel in Tampa, The Freddie Bell Morning Show in radio on KSGS – 950AM, Solid Gold Soul in Minneapolis, plus This is Music, The Freddie Bell Countdown Show and The Minneapolis NAACP Community Affairs television Programs in Minneapolis.
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More than 1,100 lots of goods and costumes used by the performing Jackson Family — including sequin-studded suits and a bullet-proof vest worn onstage by Michael Jackson — will be on display at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas today as part of the largest auction of Jackson memorabilia to date. The faded documents, gold record plaques, and stage wear are expected to fetch millions from bidders around the world when the auction is held tomorrow and Wednesday (May 30th and 31st).
A move by Michael Jackson’s lawyers to block the auction was shot down two weeks ago when a Nevada court ruled that Jackson and his family had lost their legal rights to the items. A confidential settlement was made with Universal Express Inc., a Boca Raton, Florida-based luggage transportation company that owns the items, opening the way for the auction.
The collection of Jackson goods was previously owned by New Jersey businessman Henry Vaccaro, who acquired it in 2002 after a failed business venture wound up in bankruptcy court, according to AP. Universal then bought the items from Vaccaro for $5 million. Another $2 million-plus was spent to transport the goods from New Jersey to Las Vegas, said Universal CEO Richard Altomare, who insured the memorabilia with Lloyd’s of London for more than $100 million.
Auction house Guernsey’s says that inquiries about the Jackson lots have already come in from Europe and the Far East. Bidders can participate through liveauctioneers.com and eBay’s live auction site.
Reports coming out of London are that Michael got wasted and didn’t stay long at Prince Azim’s no expenses spared birthday party on Saturday night. By now you know that Michael was paid an obscene amount of money ($10 million) just to make an appearance at the Prince’s 25th birthday bash at an estate in the English countryside.
If newly crowned American Idol winner Jordin Sparks wants to succeed with future CD sales, she should go light on the R&B. A story Monday (May 28th) in the St. Petersburg Times, titled “Idol Has Always Found R&B To Be A Hard Sell,” points to winners Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Barrino, whose R&B-based albums have sold well but have not reached the heights of white contestants like first season winner Kelly Clarkson, or even finalists like Clay Aiken, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood.
During the American Idol season finale last week, RCA/BMG chairman Clive Davis rattled off a laundry list of achievements by Idol finishers, but barely mentioned Barrino and never mentioned Studdard, who has released three CDs since his 2002 win.
Except for Taylor Hicks, last season’s champion, the white winners and contestants have outsold the black ones, though the article emphasizes it’s not so much racism as musical genre that’s the culprit. “Idol has not found its Beyonce yet, the rare, core R&B artist who crosses over and has legitimate pop success,” said Jon Caramanica, music editor of Vibe magazine.
Kyle Anderson, assistant editor of Spin magazine, notes that the style of R&B that Studdard and Barrino perform is in “free fall” at mainstream radio and adds that a lack of top 40 airplay and bootlegging in the R&B market have likely hurt their sales.
No album plans have yet been formulated for Sparks, the mixed-race 17-year-old who impressed the AI judges by excelling at a mix of material, including rock, country, standards, and R&B/pop.
“I think the missteps of Ruben and Fantasia will play in her favor,” said Spin’s Anderson. Her managers, he said, “are rich people who didn’t get rich being stupid. I think they have learned from those mistakes and may be able to package her in a way that will sell records.”
In other Idol News: American Idol finalist Elliot Yamin is helping launch an Oscar Mayer jingle- singing competition. Yamin is appearing at the June 13th Hollywood launch of a national contest to find a new commercial singer of the famed “Oscar Mayer Weiner” song. The first round of the Sing a Jingle, Be a Star campaign will reward winners with a starring role in an Oscar Mayer commercial, and runs until October 31st. Check out singthejingle.com for more details.
Oscar Mayer is one of the sponsors of next year’s American Idol season.
Yamin’s album Movin’ On came out in March, and debuted at Number Three on the Billboard charts. He’s on tour this summer; check out myspace.com/elliotyamin for more details.
He was the third place finisher on American Idol in 2006, behind Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee.
And there is more: American Idol host Simon Cowell was surprised during the American Idol finale, by the popular British program This is Your Life, which showed up to tape him for an episode. The show, which will air in the UK on June 2nd, will include a collection of his career milestones as well as tributes from famous friends such as Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey and Sharon Osbourne.
BRANDY SUED AGAIN FOR DEADLY ACCIDENT
A fourth lawsuit has been filed against Moesha star Brandy Norwood for her role in a fatal car accident in December. Mallory Ham claims that the actress/singer “recklessly, wantonly, unlawfully, and maliciously” operated the car responsible for the chain- reaction crash that left a woman dead and the plaintiff “severely injured.” Ham wants Brandy to pay for his medical bills, pain and suffering, legal costs, and punitive damages.
Brandy is also fielding three wrongful death lawsuits from the family of the woman killed, but she said in court papers filed last week that she will not be held responsible for their various claims. According to her filing, Brandy “denies each and every allegation in the complaint and further denies that plaintiffs have been damaged in any sum or sums whatsoever.” She is also asking for the matter to go in front of a jury, and in the meantime, has evoked her Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate herself.
The accident happened on December 30th when Brandy’s Land Rover rear-ended a Toyota Corolla and forced it into another lane of traffic. Police recommended that she face a vehicular manslaughter charge, but prosecutors have not hit the 28-year-old singer with any charges yet.
In 1851, Sojourner Truth delivered her infamous “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech to the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention.
In 1865, President Andrew Johnson announced his program of Reconstruction.
In 1903, comedian, actor and humanitarian Sir Bob Hope was born.
In 1961, “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King topped the U.S. R&B chart.
In 1961, “Mama Said” by the Shirelles peaked at Number 4 on the pop singles chart.
In 1971, “(For God’s Sake) Give More Power To The People” by the Chi-Lites peaked at Number 26 on the pop singles chart.
In 1973, Thomas Bradley became the first African American mayor of Los Angeles.
In 1976, “Love Hangover” by Diana Ross peaked at Number One on the pop singles chart.
In 1979, “Boogie Wonderland” single by Earth, Wind & Fire was certified Gold.
In 1979, The Message Is Love album by Barry White was certified Gold.
In 1980, Larry Bird beat out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year.
In 1980, Vernon E. Jordan Jr. President of the National Urban League, was critically injured in an attempted assassination in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
In 1980, Kareem Abdul Jabbar won his sixth Most Valuable Player Award, eclipsing the previous mark held by Boston great Bill Russell.
In 1984, I’m In Love Again album by Patti Labelle was certified Gold.
In 1987, Bigger And Deffer album by L.L. Cool J was released.
In 1987, Michael Jackson made the first of two unsuccessful bids for the remains of “Elephant Man” John Merrick. His first bid was $50,000.
In 1990, “Make You Sweat” single by Keith Sweat was released.
In 1992, “I Can’t Wait” single by Nu Shooz was certified Gold.
In 1993, “Looking Through Patient Eyes” by P.M. Dawn peaked at Number 6 on the pop singles chart.
In 1994, Khallid Abdul Muhammad, a former spokesman for the Nation of Islam, was shot and wounded after delivering a speech at the University of California, Riverside.
LaToya Jackson, singer, actress, 51
Rebbie Jackson, singer, oldest Jackson sibling, 57
Joy comes to those who wait
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