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TSS: CWIII, Benson, Prince & more Minneapolis Connection

WYEP’s edition of The Soul Show remembered Clarence Williams III, aka the counterculture cop Linc Hayes on The Mod Squad (’68-’73). Later he was Prince’s tormented dad in Purple Rain. The title track weaves the memories of the two together, with a Prince birthday this week.

Three Rivers at Three, the Pittsburgh music showcase, was jumbo-sized. There were eight tracks over 40 minutes, including a new gem from Slam Band & Sam. Also, more from Miss Freddye’s new release.

Rasheed Ali’s final(?) installment of the ‘1968’ series just dropped. It’s called ‘Hindsight is 20/20.’ Another hard-funk single from Dumpstaphunk’s latest album was also featured. For the ongoing fiftieth-anniversary lookbacks of this year, Eddie Palmieri’s ‘Harlem River Drive’ masterpiece was spotlighted. The newest music from Rhiannon Giddens, George Benson and Cameron Graves was on tap.


The syndicated, weeklong edition of The Soul Show jumps off with Brian Edwards, the one-time percussionist of Jesse Johnson. JJ, of course, was The Time’s guitarist in their Minneapolis heyday. I play the other new D-Phunk single, and everything from Alberta Hunter to Heatwave to Black Pumas. Chicago Soul Jazz Collective closes out the evening.


The archives of both shows will be available on demand soon. Enjoy.

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