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Society Confidential: R&B Hall of Fame Music Awards

rbhof-001Chuck Bennett The Detroit News 6:53 p.m. EDT August 25, 2016 Rocking at the R&B Hall of Fame Music Awards There was so much to take in at the R&B Hall of Fame Music Awards on Sunday night at the Ford Performing Arts Theater in Dearborn. Here are some tidbits: ■This year’s honorees included Prince, Bobby Brown, Smokey Robinson, Bettye LaVette, Rena Scott, Dionne Warwick and Cathy Hughes from Radio One. ■ The program was hosted by Mary Wilson of the Supremes, who was fiercely elegant and beautiful, changing clothes twice during the program from a stunning off-the-shoulder red gown to Read More...

  • Ray Charles

    Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American musician known as Ray Charles (to avoid confusion with champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson). He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950’s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960’s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business,” although Charles never believed that about himself.

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