Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings premiere new song “Little Boys with Shiny Toys”

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have been releasing music for more than a decade and finally are getting the recognition they deserve.  Jones just recieved her 1st Grammy nomination!

Today, “Little Boys with Shiny Toys” was release and it features the typical Amazingly powerful vocals by Jones and a driving horn section.  Listen below and enjoy.

 

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This Day in Music History — August 5

1957– American Bandstand first aired on US TV. Dick Clark had replaced Bob Horn the previous year when the show was still called Bandstand, Clark went on to host the show until 1989. Countless acts appeared on the show over the years, including Abba, The Doors, Talking Heads, Madonna, Otis Redding, R.E.M. and Pink Floyd.

1972– Aerosmith signed to CBS Records for $125,000 after record company boss Clive Davis saw them play at Max’s Kansas City Club New York.

1975 – The first all-female hard-rock band is formed when producer Kim Fowley puts together The Runaways, featuring Joan Jett, future Bangle Michael Steele, and Lita Ford.

1984– Bruce Springsteen played the first of ten nights at the Meadowlands in New Jersey to mark the homecoming of the Born in the USA Tour.

2007- DNA tests prove that at least two of the twelve claimants to the estate and fortune of recently deceased soul legend James Brown are found to be legitimate. His will had already named six known children.

Sam Smith ‘I’m Not the Only One’ Video

What a sad yet soulful video. The song tells the tale of a couple dealing with infidelity, and the vid enlists The Mindy Project’s Chris Messina and Glee’s Dianna Agron.

“I’ve never been in a relationship before and I really wanted to make an album that was about love,” Smith previously told Billboard about his work. “But in different forms of love — so unrequited love and loneliness. I’ve been brutally honest in the album.”

Sam Smith & Mary J. Blige

When someone is inspired and excited about what they are doing, it comes through in their music.  This song by Sam Smith (ft. Mary J. Blige) is everything.  It is soulful and heartfelt. You can tell these two have immense respect and admiration for each other.

Sam: “Working with Mary J. Blige is one of the biggest highlights of my career so far. I remember holding her album in my hands in the car when I was a young boy. To meet your idols is a magical thing, but to work with them is truly a dream come true.”

Mary: “I’m so honored to have had the chance to work with Sam SmithSam’s true soulful voice… is the first of this kind I have heard since Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson and all the great soulful male voices from the ‘80s. I’m completely blown away by his talent, soul and the sincerity.”