Monday, May 7, 2018

Radio Raggedy Special Edition: Birthday Wishes Across the Big Pond ..

Songs from a great time my sister and I spent together dancing and being just young and happy!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter To Everyone

This is a very special Easter for me. My prayers, and those of my friends and family, have been answered.

Now, I hope and wish that others will be as lucky as I was. To all those waiting for relief from one problem or another, Desmond Dekker's advice is right on point.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Eddie Floyd — “Girl I Love You”

I was listening to some Youtube clips while preparing dinner, and I just got all happy when I came across Eddie Floyd’s “Girl I Love You.” That song just made me turn up the volume — I mean turn it   Uppppp!
The horn section, the easy guitar, the pleasant vocals ... what else do you need in a song?

Raggedy is quite happy!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

A Candle For Dennis Edwards

Another sad day. Sad enough, actually, for me to interrupt my “retirement” from blogging. Dennis Edwards is dead. Dennis Edwards, the Temptations’ lead singer with the most powerful voice, has passed.

There are so many well known songs he sang with and without the Tempts — and sang fantastically — but one of my all time favorites by him is from his solo album “Don’t Look Any Further.” Unfortunately, the instrumentation is, to be honest, pathetic. But Dennis’ voice makes up for all the shortcomings of a cheap production.

So, here’s my favorite Dennis Edwards song to say good-bye to one great singer whose voice brought so much joy to so many of us.

Thanks, Dennis! Rest in peace.

Friday, September 1, 2017

WRAG Radio Raggedy -- For Old Times Sake

It's been a long and eventful summer. The days all appeared to be in a hurry. They just had time enough to stop by for a quick "Hello!" And gone they were ...
The only thing that stayed and liked to linger was the music from back in the day. So, here is a new playlist of songs that belong to a time where time seemed to pass a little slower than it does nowadays.


For Your Precious Love -- Elgins
A Song For You -- Temptations (Louis lead)
You Forgot To Remember Me -- G.C. Cameron
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother -- Donny Hathaway
For Old Times Sake -- Dorothy Moore
Perfect Lover -- Double Exposure
Ocean of Thoughts and Dreams -- Dramatics
Got To Make A Comeback -- Eddie Floyd
Sweet Fools -- Essence
Let Somebody Love Me -- David Ruffin
Walls That Separate Our Love -- John Edwards
Until You Came Into My Life -- Ann Peebles


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ali Ollie Woodson

I was left speechless when I heard this recording by Ali Ollie. At first, I didn't quite believe it was really Ali singing, but when I heard his high notes, I knew it was him. Amazing how his voice aged to perfection.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Coldest Days --- The Chi Lites

It took me almost two months to come up with a song that would even come close to my feelings when I lost another sister.

She was our special sister; the oldest one of four; the strongest one, too. She was deaf and never able to hear a beautiful guitar or a voice that reaches into the deepest recess of the soul.

Nevertheless, she was able to see the joy and infatuation music can bring, watching us, her sisters. She used to call us crazy when we danced and sang along to our favorite songs ... We made her laugh.

She would put her hand on the radio to feel the vibrations -- and she felt them. So, I guess that is what could be called the true sound of silence.

She left us on April 9th, 2017. And yes there were all the signs of springtime around when she died: birds sang. But the sun was fighting with the winter cold that was still winning the battle.

When I stood at her grave site, it was snowing. The cream colored flowers were frozen. But nothing felt as icy as the stinging pain inside of me.

So, here are the candles for my special sister, Ute. 

August 28, 1943 - April 9, 2017