Rockwired.com's Latest Edition of Jazzed and Blue Feature Legendary Motown Songwriter Marilyn McLeod and music from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Veronneau, The Dangling Success and Tracy Nelson.
(Published: July 10, 2011)
(JULY 10, 2011) The latest edition of Jazzed and Blue: Profiles in Blues and Jazz is now available for download at Rockwired.com and features music and an exclusive interview with legendary Motown songwriter Marilyn Mcleod. In this opening segment, Mcleod discusses her debut CD "I Believe in Me", her life in music and her tenure at the songwriting stable of Hitsville U.S.A. where she penned songs for the likes of Diana Ross, Junior Walker and Millie Jackson. The second half of this edition of Jazzed and Blue will feature music from such jazz and blues artists as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Victor Wainwright and The Wild Roots, Teddy Presberg, Tracy Nelson, Veronneau, Randell K., K.K. Martin, Jane Badler and The Dangling Success. "Since last weeks, show, listeners have really taken a liking to the free form segment of the show and quite honestly so have I." says Jazzed and Blue host Brian Lush. "It's a real treat to end a long week witha show like this and to kick back and listen to some great music."
Marilyn McLeod was born in Detroit, Michigan, in a very musical and happy family of six siblings, which included two boys and four girls. Both parents sang in the church choir. In addition, Marilyn's mother played piano and composed music. Her older brother Ernie Farrow played upright bass with the well-known jazz musician Yusef Lateff. One of McLeod's sisters' music history is world-renowned, being the late-great Alice Coltrane who was married to the legendary saxophone player John Coltrane. McLeod started at Motown in 1970, relocated with the company to California in 1972, and stayed with Jobete (Motown's in-house publishing) until 1985. During her career at Motown, she wrote and co-wrote hits for many artists, including her biggest top-of-the-charts hit and Grammy Nominated song "Love Hangover" by Diana Ross (co-written with Pam Sawyer). Also: "Pops We Love You" by Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder; "Same Ole Love" - Anita Baker," "I Get High" by Freda Payne, also in the movie "Soul Plane"; "Not the First Night" by Monica; "Freaking It" by Will Smith; "You Can't Turn Me Off" by High Inergy; "Walk In The Night" by Jr.Walker; "The World Situation Should Be Rated X" by Marvin Gaye; "Body and Soul" by The Four Tops; "Love Twins" and "Include Me In Your Life" by Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye together on their duet album. On her latest release "I Believe In Me", the veteran hitmaker teams up with fellow songwriter Janie Bradford and the results are truly inspirational.
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