Charlotte Herbert AKA Chad Suicide
hip hop/electronic producer,
editor-in-chief of Sampleface, music lover, tennis fan, Leicester/Man Utd follower.
On this day in music history: September 17, 1982 - “Silk Electric”, the eighteenth album by Diana Ross is released. Produced by Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, it is recorded at The Power Station in New York City and Hollywood Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA from April - July 1982. Following the Platinum selling success of “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”, Diana Ross’ first album for her new album RCA Records, she will return to the studio while that album is still riding the charts to record the follow up. Once again sitting in the producer’s chair, Ross will use many of the same musicians that had played on the previous album including Ray Chew (keyboards, associate producer), Jeff Mironov, Eric Gale (guitar), Neil Jason (bass), and Rob Mounsey (horn and string arrangements). As recording nears its end in the Summer of 1982, RCA will hear the work in progress and feel that the project is missing a sure fire hit. Ross will call on her old friend Michael Jackson to contribute to the album. Michael will respond with the song “Muscles” (#4 R&B, #10 Pop, #36 AC), named after his pet boa constrictor, with the sexy, slinky track being filled with lyrical double entendres. Jackson will write the song while flying on the Concorde from London to New York, returning from working with Paul McCartney (on the tracks “Say, Say, Say” and “The Man”). The song will feature many of Jackson’s favored musicians including Wonderlove bassist Nathan Watts, David Williams (guitar), Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett (drums), Bill Wolfer, Ed Walsh, Greg Smith, and Michael Boddicker (synthesizers). The song is a smash and will earn Ross a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female in 1983. The album’s striking cover artwork will feature a silkscreen portrait of the singer by famed pop artist Andy Warhol, on the front and back covers of the LP as well as the custom record labels. It will spin off two singles including “So Close” (#40 Pop, #76 R&B, #13 AC), featuring Luther Vandross on background vocals. The album is reissued on CD in September of 2014 with four bonus tracks by Funky Town Grooves Records. “Silk Electric” will peak at number five on the Billboard R&B album chart, number twenty seven on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
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Dascha Polanco attends the Rolando Santana Fashion Show at NYFW
SHE KNOW SHES KILLING
I love Dascha’s hair more and more each time I see her. Because just imagine how many older WOC will see her and think, "Well, she’s grown and looks amazing with pastel hair… maybe I should give it a try." And I’m all for WOC with “non-natural” hair colors!