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I heard this song play at least once on a now-defunct local smooth jazz station. I recently discovered it again on WeatherNation.

General Discussion / R.I.P. David Bowie
« on: January 11, 2016, 02:28:39 AM »
Via BBC:

Singer David Bowie has died at the age of 69 following a battle with cancer.

His son confirmed the news and a statement was released on his official social media accounts.

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," it said.

"While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."

The singer only released his latest album Blackstar on his birthday on Friday.

There had been rumours about Bowie's health for years.

His last live performance was at a New York charity concert in 2006.

Blackstar, which includes just seven songs, has been well received by critics.

Bowie's breakthrough came with 1972's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.

His hits include Let's Dance, Space Oddity, Heroes, Under Pressure, Rebel, Rebel, Life on Mars and Suffragette City.

General Discussion / R.I.P. Joe Sample
« on: September 13, 2014, 11:49:31 AM »
Via Facebook:


At 9:50pm (Houston,TX time), September 12, 2014, Joe Sample passed. His wife Yolanda and his son Nicklas would like to thank all of you, his fans and friends, for your prayers and support during this trying time. Please know that Joe was aware and very appreciative of all of your prayers, comments, letters/cards and well wishes.

Prayers and thoughts are with the Sample family, and those who knew him.

General Discussion / Donna Summer passes away at 63
« on: May 17, 2012, 12:07:13 PM »
Donna Summer -- the Queen of Disco -- died this morning after a battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Summer was in Florida at the time of her death. She was 63 years old.

Sources close to Summer tell us ... the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago ... who says she didn't seem too bad.

In fact, we're told she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on. 

Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to superstardom in the '70s with iconic hits like "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls."

She continued her dominance in the '80s with "She Works Hard for the Money" and "This Time I Know It's for Real."

Summer and her producer Giorgio Moroder defined the dance music era of the '70s and influenced acts like Duran Duran and David Bowie to enter the genre.

Summer married Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano back in 1980. They had two daughters together.

General Discussion / Trayvon Martin
« on: March 21, 2012, 11:35:00 PM »
I would like to know if any of you guys here on TWCT are following the murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, and would like to know how outraged and appalled you are. I know I am. Because this was an innocent 17-year-old kid walking down the street, and a bigoted, evil racist like George Zimmerman was on a mission to kill him because he happens to be Black and "look suspicious." This is yet another case of the ugly history and reality of our country, which is racism, along with discrimination and racial profiling. The kid has Skittles and iced tea in his bag for goodness, sakes!!! And how is Zimmerman still free, and still with his gun license?!  :nono: The Sanford Police has been callous and heartless in their treatment of this case, and finally, there is at least some movement because the Sanford commission voted no confidence against the police chief.

Don Cornelius, who with the creation of Soul Train helped break down racial barriers and broaden the reach of black culture with funky music, groovy dance steps and cutting edge style, died early Wednesday of an apparent suicide. He was 75.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting found Cornelius at his Mulholland Drive home at around 4 a.m., police said. He was pronounced dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 4:56 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter.

"I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden passing of my friend, colleague, and business partner Don Cornelius," said Quincy Jones. "Don was a visionary pioneer and a giant in our business. Before MTV there was Soul Train, that will be the great legacy of Don Cornelius. His contributions to television, music and our culture as a whole will never be matched. My heart goes out to Don's family and loved ones."

The Rev. Al Sharpton said he was shocked and grief-stricken.

"I have known him since I was19 years old and James Brown had me speak on Soul Train," Sharpton said in a statement from New York. "He brought soul music and dance to the world in a way that it had never been shown and he was a cultural game changer on a global level."

Soul Train began in 1970 in Chicago on WCIU-TV as a local program and aired nationally from 1971 to 2006.

It introduced television audiences to such legendary artists as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Barry White and brought the best R&B, soul and later hip-hop acts to TV and had teenagers dance to them. It was one of the first shows to showcase African-Americans prominently, although the dance group was racially mixed. Cornelius was the first host and executive producer.

"There was not programming that targeted any particular ethnicity," he said in 2006, then added: "I'm trying to use euphemisms here, trying to avoid saying there was no television for black folks, which they knew was for them."

Soul Train, with its trademark opening of an animated chugging train, was not, however, an immediate success for Cornelius, an ex-disc jockey with a baritone rumble and cool manner.

Only a handful of stations initially were receptive.

"When we rolled it out, there were only eight takers," he recalled in a 2006 interview with The Associated Press. "Which was somewhere between a little disappointing and a whole lot disappointing."

The reasons he heard? "There was just, 'We don't want it. We pass,'" he said, with race going unmentioned. "No one was blatant enough to say that."

Audience reaction and the high-powered talent the show attracted helped it spread. Over the years, Soul Train showcased some of R&B's biggest stars, including Gaye and Brown, as well as crossover white artists. In later years, it featured rap stars, although Cornelius acknowledged that he was no fan of the genre or the racier dance moves that younger teens had embraced.

The show's highlight was a dance line. Teens strutted and pranced their way between two lines of dancers awaiting their turn to show off. Over time, the dance line worked its way into American culture and is now an integral part of wedding receptions and parties.

Cornelius, who was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 1995 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, said in 2006 he remained grateful to the musicians who made Soul Train the destination for the best and latest in black music.

"I figured as long as the music stayed hot and important and good, that there would always be a reason for Soul Train," Cornelius said.

The series spawned a franchise that includes the Soul Train Music Awards, the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards and the Soul Train Christmas Starfest.

Cornelius stepped down as Soul Train host in 1993. The awards returned to the air in 2009 after two-year hiatus. Last year's awards were held on Nov. 27 in Atlanta, with Earth Wind & Fire receiving the "Legend Award."

In his later years, Cornelius had a troubled marriage. In 2009, he was sentenced to three years' probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery. In his divorce case that year, he also mentioned having significant health issues.

General Discussion / R.I.P. Heavy D
« on: November 08, 2011, 06:15:34 PM »
He was a rapper that was pretty popular in the 80s and 90s. He was known as the "Overweight Lover." He had hits such as "Now That We Found Love", "The Overweight Lover's In The House", "Is It Good To You", and was the rapper on Michael Jackson's song Jam. He was only 44.  :( Here is the story from TMZ:

Rap legend Heavy D -- one of the most influential rappers of the '90s -- died earlier today ... TMZ has learned.

Heavy D -- real name Dwight Arrington Myers -- was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon today ... and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM. He was 44 years old.

We've learned a 911 call was placed from Heavy's Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM to report an unconscious male on the walkway .

When help arrived, we're told Heavy D was conscious and speaking -- and was transported to a nearby hospital.

He died a short time later.

Cops are investigating the death -- and so far, there are no obvious signs of foul play. Police are currently at the home.

Heavy D had several massive hits -- including "Now That We Found Love." He also wrote and performed the theme song for "In Living Color" ... and appeared as an actor in the movie "Life."

Local Forecast / Tourcuato Mariano - A Very Special Place
« on: July 19, 2011, 09:37:39 PM »
When exactly did Tourcuato Mariano's A Very Special Place play? I definitely remember the tune, and if my memory serves me right, I remember hearing it very early in 97, or maybe late 96. This is one of my favorite TWC songs, BTW.

Torcuato Mariano A Very Special Place

Local Forecast / Craig Peyton - Good Morning
« on: June 29, 2011, 09:47:53 PM »
I didn't know who the artist or the name of the song was, but I remembered the song. I was able to find Craig Peyton's Good Morning on the suggestions list by Youtube, while looking at a video of Brian Tarquin's Apache Road in 96. I have not heard Good Morning in 14-15 years!  :o This was a classic from TWC's golden age era, because it was around 96 that I really seriously got into TWC. Did this play in 1997 or 1998, also?

Local Forecast Major Malfunction - December 2nd 1996

The Weather Channel is very inconsistent with severe weather coverage ever since they deveoted themselves to becoming a reality and entertainment channel. Last night, they wisely preempted the regularly scheduled programming when severe weather was heading toward Chicago. At 9pm and 9:30pm, they flat out rushed through the update, even though there is severe weather with multiple reports of tornado damage in Kentucky. The only thing they have is some dinky weather alert below the screen while Twist of Fate is going on.  TWC should realize every one does not have Intellistar, in order to see the LOT8s squeezeback. They just had to show this program tonight, no matter what. They are showing a program about tornadoes, while tornadoes are going on right now!!! Why can't they stop their programming and show us what is happening in Kentucky!!!  :nono: We have to wait until friggin 10pm to get some sort of extended coverage. And it'll only be for 1 hour.  :hammer: 

Local Forecast / Rainbow Seeker II by Joe Sample
« on: May 18, 2011, 01:04:22 AM »
Does anyone know exactly the years that Joe Sample's Rainbow Seeker No. 2 aired on TWC? Not the original version, but the slowed down, Latin-like version on his Sample This album. I remember hearing it in 2001, but I also remember hearing it on a few occasions from about 2005 to 2008, I think.

Local Forecast / 1997 and 1998 TWC playlists
« on: February 20, 2011, 02:00:15 AM »
Does anyone have any other playlists for 1997 and 1998? I can't find them anywhere else on the internet.  :unsure: For instance, on twcclassics, only October 1997 and April & July 1998 are available. I recally there were a lot more, even some quarters listed a few years ago. Around that time I was an avid watcher of the Weather Channel, and that is when I really got into smooth jazz in general. I remember a lot of good songs playing then too.  :happy:

General Discussion / RIP Teena Marie
« on: December 26, 2010, 10:37:42 PM »
Teena Marie, who was a legendary white R&B singer passed away. I just saw it on CNN. Man she was only 54. I can't believe it. Here is the full story:

(CNN) -- Teena Marie, a celebrated R&B singer-songwriter, was found dead Sunday at her California home, her manager said.

Born Mary Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, California, the 54-year-old artist famously paired with late funk legend Rick James and was nominated four times for a Grammy Award, according to her official website.

Marie was found dead by her daughter after apparently dying in her sleep, manager Mike Gardner said.

"Teena was a black voice trapped in a white body," said Cathy Hughes, founder of Radio One, a broadcasting company that targets African-American and urban listeners. "I would always tell her that she was one of the greatest vocalists of our time."

Among her songs were "Lovergirl," "Portuguese Love," "Ooo La La La," and "I'm a Sucker for Your Love."

While no cause of death has been released, the singer's publicist Lynn Jeter said that Marie suffered a grand mal seizure -- a neurological event, marked by loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions, according to the Mayo Clinic -- a month ago.

"Luckily, someone was there," Jeter said of that seizure. "The ambulance took her to the hospital, and on the way she had another seizure."

The publicist said that she had a "great" conversation on Saturday with Marie, who told her that she was excited about heading to Atlanta to perform this week -- in what would have been her first performance since the seizure.

Marie sang under various record labels, including Motown, Epic and Cash Money Classics, since bursting on the scene as a 19-year-old, according to her website. Her most recent album, Sapphire, features collaborations with Smokey Robinson, Kurupt and Gerald Albright.

Eddie Levert, founder of the vocal group The O'Jays, praised Marie as both a singer and mother.

"There are a lot of black people who swore by her and believed in her, as far as her music was concerned," he said. "She was a good mom, and to me, that is saying a lot.''

Local Forecast / Did this actually air on the Weather Channel?
« on: December 20, 2010, 09:50:35 PM »
I can't believe that they actually put this "song" on Weather Channel. If it really happened, it must have been some joke. I lol'ed through most of the video, the "puddy puddy" cracks me up.  :rofl2:


Local Forecast / November 2010 playlist
« on: November 02, 2010, 01:16:28 PM »
Anyone have an idea on when the November/December 2010 playlist will begin? Will be start before or after Thanksgiving?

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