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Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free


Canzetta Maria “Candi” Staton (/ˈsteɪtən/) (born March 13, 1940 in Hanceville, Alabama)[1] is an American soul and gospel singer, best known in the United States for her 1970 remake of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” and her 1976 disco chart-topper “Young Hearts Run Free”. In Europe, her biggest selling record is the anthemic “You Got the Love” from 1986 released in collaboration with the Source. Staton was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.[2]


Early years
At the age of eleven or twelve, Staton and her sister Maggie were sent to the Jewell Christian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Her vocal abilities quickly set her apart from the crowd; the school’s pastor teamed the two sisters with a third girl (Naomi Harrison) to form the Jewell Gospel Trio. As teenagers, they toured the traditional gospel circuit in the 1950s with the Soul Stirrers, C. L. Franklin and Mahalia Jackson.[3] They recorded several sides for Nashbro, Apollo and Savoy Records between 1953 and 1963.[citation needed]

Solo career

Candi Staton onstage at Guilfest 2012.
In 1968, Staton was introduced to Rick Hall by Clarence Carter and launched her solo career as a Southern soul stylist,[3] garnering 16 R&B hits for Rick Hall’s Fame Studios and gaining the title of “First Lady of Southern Soul” for her Grammy-nominated R&B renditions of the songs “Stand by Your Man” and “In the Ghetto”.[4] Staton appeared on the September 23, 1972 edition (Season 2, Episode 1) of Soul Train. In 1976, Staton began collaborating with producer David Crawford on disco songs such as “Young Hearts Run Free”, which reached #1 on the US R&B charts, #2 in the UK Singles Chart and went Top 20 on the Pop Hot 100 [5] during the summer of 1976. It was remixed and re-released in 1986 reaching the UK Top 50.[5] Follow up song “Destiny” hit the Top 50 in the UK.[5] Candi’s version of “Nights on Broadway” hit the UK Top 10 in 1977;[5] it had been a US Billboard hit for the Bee Gees over a year before. In 1978, she scored another Top 50 hit in the UK with “Honest I Do I Love You”.[5] In 1979, from her album “Chance” Staton released album single “When You Wake Up Tomorrow” (co-written by Patrick Adams and Wayne K. Garfield) and the title song “Chance”, a TOP 20 R&B charted record. Other Dance club chart hits included “When You Wake Up Tomorrow” and “Victim”. In 1982, Candi again hit the UK chart with a version of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds”.[5][6] In 1997, singer Kym Mazelle recorded “Young Hearts Run Free” for the film adaption of Romeo and Juliet.[7]

In 1982, Staton returned to gospel music. She married her fourth husband, John Sussewell (drummer for Ashford & Simpson and also Dory Previn’s sixth album). Together they founded Beracah Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia with help from Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s PTL Ministries.[4] She has since recorded eight gospel albums, two of which received Grammy Award nominations.


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Baby Come Back” is an American classic by the 70’s pop band Player. It was released in late 1977 as the first single from their self-titled first studio album. The song was their biggest single, hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on the soul charts, in 1978. It was the breakthrough single for the band, gaining them mainstream success, and hit number one, knocking label-mates The Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love” from the top spot. Written by lead singer Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley, the founders of Player, and sung by Beckett, it is listed 8th in the Top Ten Yacht Rock Songs Of All Time.


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“Peaches & Herb – Reunited” 


Peaches & Herb are an American vocalist duo, once comprising Herb Fame (born October 1, 1942) and Francine “Peaches” Hurd Barker (April 28, 1947 – August 13, 2005). Herb has remained a constant in “Peaches & Herb” since its creation in 1966, while seven different women have filled the role of “Peaches.”


Herb Fame (born Herbert Feemster, October 1, 1942, in Anacostia, Washington, D.C.), sang in church and neighborhood groups as a child. After graduation from high school, he worked in a local record store where he met record producer Van McCoy and was signed to Columbia subsidiary Date Records by McCoy and A&R executive Dave Kapralik.[1] Francine “Peaches” Barker (born Francine Edna Hurd, April 28, 1947, in Washington, D.C.), using the stage name Francine Day,[2] started a singing trio initially dubbed The Darlettes and later renamed The Sweet Things after a change of record label to Date Records.[3] Having produced two releases for the trio, McCoy decided to record Feemster/Fame and Hurd/Day together at Kapralik’s suggestion.[4][5][6] The resulting single, “We’re in This Thing Together,” was distributed to radio stations but went nowhere for months until December 1966, when a St. Louis disc jockey broadcast the single’s B-side, a revival of the 1934 hit “Let’s Fall in Love.”[5][7]

The new duo, christened “Peaches & Herb,” had a string of successful singles and albums over the next two years such as “Let’s Fall in Love,” “Close Your Eyes,” “For Your Love,” and “Love Is Strange.” Despite burgeoning success and a media image as the “Sweethearts of Soul,” Barker chose to semi-retire from the duo after two years because of the rigors of touring. Marlene Mack (aka Marlene Jenkins), who had sung on the Jaynetts’ hit “Sally Go ‘Round the Roses” and had recorded as Marlina Mars,[8] replaced Barker on stage, but Barker remained on all of the duo’s recordings for Date Records. During this period, the semi-retired “Peaches” also worked as a solo artist using her married name, Francine Barker. She released three singles in total on the Columbia Records label,[3] including “Angels in the Sky” and “Mister DJ.”

Fame retired the act in 1970 when, for personal reasons, he enrolled in the police academy of Washington, D.C. and thereafter joined the city’s police department.[9] Peaches & Herb lay dormant until Fame decided to re-enter the music business in 1976. In his search for a new “Peaches,” Herb again enlisted the assistance of Van McCoy, who suggested that Linda Greene would be suitable for the position. Fame met Greene and concurred, thereby leading to formation of the most successful of the “Peaches & Herb” incarnations to date. Linda’s early musical training (while growing up in Washington, DC) was at The Sewell Music Conservatory.


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Barry White “Love’s Theme”


“Love’s Theme”

is an instrumental piece recorded by

Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra

and released in 1973 as an A-Side single. It is one of the few instrumental and purely orchestral singles to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, which it did in early 1974.


Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1974.[1] The piece was included on two albums: 1973’s Under the Influence of… Love Unlimited (by the vocal group Love Unlimited) and 1974’s Rhapsody in White by Love Unlimited Orchestra.

The recording, with a large string orchestra, wah-wah guitar, and big rhythm, is considered by author Peter Shapiro to be an influence to the disco sound, which would explode in popularity the following year. The song was also popular on the Adult Contemporary chart in the U.S., where the song spent two weeks at #1. It was also used by ABC Sports for many years as the opening theme music for its golf coverage. New York television station WPIX used it as the closing music for its then-Action News franchise during the mid-1970s.[2][3] In Canada, the single saw similar success, reaching #1 on the RPM 100 National Singles Chart on March 2, 1974.[4]


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Ray, Goodman & Brown is an American R&B vocal group. The group originated as The Moments, who formed in the mid-1960s and whose greatest successes came in the 1970s with hits including “Love on a Two-Way Street”, “Sexy Mama” and “Look at Me (I’m in Love)”. In 1979, for contractual reasons they changed their name to Ray, Goodman & Brown and had further hits, including “Special Lady”. A lineup of the Moments (featuring original member Mark Greene) also tours currently.

The original Moments
The original members of the Moments were Mark Greene, Eric Olfus Sr., Richard Gross (often incorrectly listed as “Richard Horsley”) and John Morgan. The Moments formed in Washington, D.C. during the mid-1960s. In 1965, at Washington D.C.’s Howard University, the Mizell Brothers and Freddie Perren (along with schoolmate Toby Jackson) founded Hog Records and signed the harmony group as the Moments. The Moments recorded “Baby I Want You” and “Pray For Me” for Hog.[1] The lineup consisted of Olfus, Gross and Morgan.

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“Cafe Con Leche, Puerto Rican Cafe Latte Recipe”

“Cafe Con Leche, Puerto Rican Cafe Latte Recipe”

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Café con leche is a Spanish white coffee beverage. It is somewhat more similar to the Italian caffè latte than to the French café au lait for a latte is made with espresso rather than drip coffee. Place of origin: Spain Alternative names: Cafebar

Cafe Con Leche, is a Puerto Rican Cafe Latte. It is a traditional puerto rican style cafe, enjoyed as part of breakfast, in which french or italian bread is dipped in the hot coffee. You can add a bit more sugar or coffee to fit your tastes.


Jose Luis’ Café Con Leche

 Makes one cup of café con leche. 


 2 shots espresso or very strong coffee (adjust for your own taste)

 2 ounces whole milk

 2 ounces half-and-half 


1. Combine the whole milk and half-and-half in a small saucepan. Gently heat over the lowest flame, allowing it to “cook” without ever bubbling or coming to a boil. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, checking it frequently, until the milk has thickened slightly and has become a little sweeter. Remove from the flame.

 2. Pour the espresso or coffee into a cup. Stir in the cooked milk and half-and-half. Serve immediately. 

Note: If the milk boils or develops a skin on the surface, you may be able to remove the skin with a spoon. When pouring into the coffee, use a fine meshed strainer to catch any remaining clots of milk. Or just start over, taking care to cook the milk and half-and-half very slowly. Most important: Be sure to use high quality, flavorful espresso or dark roasted coffee beans. If the brew is merely bitter, even the most perfectly cooked milk won’t save your café con leche from perdition.


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Crunchy, crumbly twice-baked cookies studded with almonds are the perfect complement to a cup of coffee or glass of vin santo.

These traditional Italian cookies, brimming with toasted almonds, are twice-baked for extra crispiness. This recipe first appeared in our December 2013 issue along with Mike Colameco’s article All is Calm, All is Bright.


Espresso (/ɛˈsprɛsoʊ/, Italian: [esˈprɛsso]) is coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods, has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids, and has crema on top (a foam with a creamy consistency).[1] As a result of the pressurized brewing process, the flavors and chemicals in a typical cup of espresso are very concentrated. Espresso is also the base for other drinks such as a caffè latte, cappuccino, caffè macchiato, caffè mocha, flat white, or caffè Americano. Espresso has more caffeine per unit volume than most coffee beverages, but because the usual serving size is much smaller, the total caffeine content is less than a mug of standard brewed coffee, contrary to a common belief.[2] Although the actual caffeine content of any coffee drink varies by size, bean origin, roast method and other factors, the caffeine content of “typical” servings of espresso vs. drip brew are 120 to 170 mg[3] vs. 150 to 200 mg.[4][5]
There is debate over whether the spelling expresso is incorrect or whether it is an acceptable variant. Oxford Dictionaries online states “The spelling “expresso” is not used in the original Italian and is strictly incorrect, although it is common.”[6] The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style (2000) describes the spelling expresso as “wrong”, and specifies espresso as the only correct form.[7] The third edition of Fowler’s Modern English Usage (1996) states that espresso “has entirely driven out the variant expresso”.[8] The Oxford English Dictionary, Merriam-Webster and the Online Etymology Dictionary call “expresso” a variant spelling.[9][10][11]

Espresso is made by forcing very hot water under high pressure through finely ground, compacted coffee. Tamping down the coffee promotes the water’s even penetration of the grounds.[12] This process produces an almost syrupy beverage by extracting both solid and dissolved components. The crema [13][14] is produced by emulsifying the oils in the ground coffee into a colloid, which does not occur in other brewing methods. There is no universal standard defining the process of extracting espresso,[15] but there are several published definitions which attempt to place constraints on the amount and type of ground coffee used, the temperature and pressure of the water, and the rate of extraction.[16][17] Generally, one uses an espresso machine to make espresso. The act of producing a shot of espresso is often termed “pulling” a shot, originating from lever espresso machines, which require pulling down a handle attached to a spring-loaded piston, forcing hot water through the coffee at high pressure. Today, however, it is more common for the pressure to be generated by an electric pump.


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