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Ben E. King: No One Hit Wonder, But One Hit Was A Wonder

Friday, May 01, 2015

The singer and songwriter best known for hits like "Spanish Harlem," "There Goes My Baby," and "Stand By Me," died yesterday at 76. Soundcheck's John Schaefer has this remembrance.
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Andy Allo: 'I Want To Let Loose'

Friday, April 17, 2015

The singer-songwriter talks about growing up in Cameroon, working with Prince, and going in a new different musical direction with her latest EP, Hello.
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Why'd We Pick 'Women On The Edge'?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

This edition of the Soundcheck Stream, called "Women On The Edge," celebrates women who demand, and command, center stage.
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The Soundcheck Stream: Women On The Edge

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Soundcheck and special curators assemble more than 12 hours of music from women who influenced and are currently shaping our world.
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Stream Soundcheck's Favorite Romantic Songs

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Soundcheck collects some of our and our listeners' favorite romantic songs, from Billie Holliday and Marvin Gaye to The Magnetic Fields and more.
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Prince's 'Purple Rain' Is A Timeless, Triple-Threat Triumph... Mostly

Friday, December 19, 2014

Alan Light discusses 30 years of Prince's master stroke in the new book, 'Let’s Go Crazy: Prince & The Making of Purple Rain.'

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Stream Soundcheck's Favorite Songs Of 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

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In case you're tired of holiday staples, team Soundcheck has compiled our favorite songs of 2014 -- from soulful live performances to the gems you might've missed.
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Gary Clark Jr. Plays Live; The Legacy Of Stax Records; That Was A Hit?!? On Candyman

Friday, October 03, 2014

Bluesman Gary Clark Jr. plays solo in the Soundcheck studio. Looking back at the the legacy of Stax Records. That Was A Hit?!? explores the success of a 1990 song by Candyman.

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Sheila E. On Breaking Down Boundaries And Finding Solace In Music

Monday, September 08, 2014

The percussionist talks about her musical family and her days on stage with George Duke and Prince, as revealed in her new memoir, The Beat of My Own Drum.

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Gig Alert: Brandi & The Alexanders

Friday, August 08, 2014

Soulful R&B band lead by powerhouse vocalist is at Bitter End tomorrow night. Download "Bad Love."

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Watch: Somi, In The Studio

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

When you hear Somi's globe-spanning music, you can hear her past come to life. The Illinois-born musician spent 18 months living in Nigeria -- where she collected the ideas that form her new album, The Lagos Music Salon. Watch Somi perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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These Summer '94 Songs Defined An Era

Thursday, July 31, 2014

All summer long, Soundcheck has been turning back the clock 20 years, and revisiting the big hit songs, the important albums and more from the summer of 1994. Relive that era and its music with a giant Spotify playlist featuring Weezer, Nas, Jeff Buckley, Lisa Loeb, and so much more.

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Sharon Jones On Fighting Cancer And Her Latest Album; Summer '94 Pick Three; Bell X1 Plays Live

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In this episode: Sharon Jones is one of soul music’s most magnetic and energetic stars. But last year, she was diagnosed with cancer – and it almost took her life. Now, seven months after it was announced that her cancer was in remission, she’s back and on the road again with her band, The Dap-Kings. She talks her about her treatment and her upcoming VH1 special, and listen to some of her most recent album Give The People What They Want.

Then: Ann Delisi of WDET in Detroit shares a Summer ’94-themed playlist of three of her favorite songs from Jeff Buckley, Massive Attack and Beck.

And: Irish band Bell X1 performs songs from its latest album, Chop Chop, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Behind The Supremes; How 'Dancing In The Street' Got People Moving

Friday, July 04, 2014

Soundcheck takes a look back 50 years, to the summer of 1964 -- a year also known as "The Freedom Summer."

First: For a time, the most successful American performers of the 1960s, The Supremes rivaled even The Beatles in terms of red-hot commercial appeal. Biographer Mark Ribowsky shares some stories behind classics like “Where Did Our Love Go” -- and shows how the concept of “blacks singing white” was essential to the evolution of modern music.

Then: Writer Mark Kurlansky delves into Martha and the Vandellas' hit song “Dancing in the Street,” and the new meaning it took on during the Civil Rights movement.

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I Wasn't Allowed To Watch: Boyz II Men's 'I'll Make Love To You'

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop catches up on the 1994 music videos that were not appropriate for 7-year-olds.

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Fender Rhodes: A History Of The Portable Musical Revolution

Monday, June 23, 2014

In just a few decades, the Fender Rhodes electric keyboard has infiltrated a diverse array of musical genres and uses thanks to its portability and an unmistakable sound. A new documentary and book charts the extraordinary rise and impact of the instrument.

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Bobby Womack's Soulful Career; The Story Of The Fender Rhodes

Monday, June 23, 2014

In this episode: Throughout his long and legendary career, soul singer, songwriter and guitarist Bobby Womack has been responsible for countless timeless songs. Last year's superb album, his 11th, The Bravest Man In The Universe, was co-produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, and it's considered one of his best and most inventive efforts yet. In a lengthy interview with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Womack reflects on making the new album, playing with and writing for countless icons in music, and much more.

Plus: Since the 1970s, the Fender Rhodes piano has become a staple of jazz, rock, pop and R&B. Gerald McCauley, the author of the comprehensive new book Down The Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story, talks about how the instrument was invented and why artists like Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Ray Manzarek embraced it.

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.


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Soul Singer Bobby Womack Dies At 70

Monday, June 23, 2014

The legendary soul and R&B singer and songwriter, who wrote countless hits in the 1960s and ’70s, died Friday at 70. In a career-spanning conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer from late December 2013, Womack shared stories about working with so many of music's greatest artists, and reflected on the ups and downs of his life.

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Curtis Harding, In The Studio

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A singer and songwriter who's spent time working with Cee-Lo Green and the band Night Sun, Curtis Harding captures the spirit of late 1970s soul music on his first solo effort. Hear the Atlanta-based musician play songs from that album, Soul Power, live in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Watch: Reggie Watts, Live On Soundcheck

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Watch the brilliant comedian and extraordinary loop-happy musician construct his hip-hop and soul-infused songs in the Soundcheck studio.

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