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7 Peaches for Herb #music

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Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs! Normally, I do not post on the weekends. This is my time away from Blogosphere but I can’t seem to find a good slot for this morning mewsic inspiration. You see, Michele got the wheels in my head turning when she shared “Shake Your Groovy Thing” by Peaches & Herb in last month’s impressive 4M Dance Moves post. She pointed out the female lead was Peaches #3. I had no idea there was more than one but Wikipedia says there were 7 Peaches over the years giving Herb Fame (birth name Herbert Feemster) a whole orchard!

Join me now for a look at the many female leads from the Peaches & Herb duet with 7 Peaches for Herb!

 

 

Herbert Feemster (Herb Fame) is the constant in the Peaches & Herb R&B duo, a singing career starting in 1966 with recorder producer Van McCoy.   Francine “Peaches” Hurd Barker also recorded with the same producer. McCoy put the two together on “We’re In This Thing Together“. It didn’t do much for months until a St. Louis DJ intro the B-side in December of that year, “Let’s Fall In Love”.

 

 

The union of Feemster/Barker soon christened, Peaches & Herb, became known as the Sweethearts of Soul, achieving a successful recording career with hits like the one above along with Close Your Eyes, For Your Love, & Love Is Strange. After two years of rigorous touring, Peaches semi-retired allowing Marlene Mack (a.k.a Marlene Jenkins or Marlina Mars) to step in her shoes in 1968.

I wanted to include a photo of PEACHES #2 Marlene Mack but you know how difficult it is when folks don’t tag pictures properly. You search one thing and get something esle. Anywho, this is a bit confusing but the way I understand Wikipedia, Mack replaced Barker on stage but the original Peaches remained for all the duo’s recordings.  Can anyone tell me if the Peaches in this YouTube vid is Mack or Barker?

 

August 13th was the originial Peaches’s 13th anniversary of her passing. She was 58. I found one source claiming the singer was in a coma for 10 years and died from an aneuyrsm.

Fame retired the Peaches & Herb act in 1970. He entered the police academy in Washington, DC and then joined the DC police force after completing his training. The act remained dormant until the mid-70s before Fame returned to showbiz. Needing a new “Peaches”, he asked Van McCoy advice who suggested, Linda Greene as the other half of the group in 1976.

 

This is the Peaches & Herb’s duo I listened to in my teen years.

 

Their union as Peaches & Herb was the most successful pairing to date and the ones I remember. Linda & Herb hit the charts with these songs, We’re Still Together with Van McCoy, and then under a new recording studio and management, the album 2 Hot went gold with the first single, “Shake Your Groove Thing” ranking #5 Billboard Hot 100, and the second single “Reunited” went triple platinum.

 

After Greene resigned as Peaches, returning to family life beside her husband, Stephan Tavani, they recorded three gospel albums and set up the charity WOW (Winning Our World).

 

Once again, Herb returns to the workforce in 1986 but this time working in the US Marshals Services as a deputized court security officer for US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Fame revived the Peaches & Herb routine in 1990 with Philadelphia singer, Patrice Hawthorne. They performed infrequently for concerts and never recorded together.  I did find two YouTube clips featuring the new duet. The first with Patrice & Herb singing “Reunited” for The Jenny Jones show and another where they were practicing for a comeback.

 

Although a comeback never happened, Patrice who never left her regular gig as bandleader CTO Soho orchestra.

 

Miriamm Wright (Tradução) singer, songwriter, and breast cancer activists became Fame newest duet partner. She started touring and soon introduced as the fifth Peaches on PBS Rhythm, Love, & Soul fundraising special in 2002.

They had good stage chemistry. PBS invited the new duo back another special but the duet never recorded together. Here they are singing Peaches & Herb’s triple platinum hit, “Reunited“!

Wanda Makle did weekend performances as Peaches #6 with Herb Fame. They had plans to do a recording together in 2008 but the bottom fell through and their partnership dissolved.

This is a YouTube screen grab of Fame and who I think may be Wanda Makle. The quality isn’t great but I’m having a devil of time pieces faces with the lesser known “Peaches” names to me. Please feel free to correct me or to share pix in comments!

Sadly, I could not find a YouTube clip that credits Wanda Makle as “Peaches” but I stumbled on reference to a live performance of “Reunited” in Dupont (2012). If you clicked the link, then you’ll find the duo doing other hits of the site’s right side menu. I think this “Peaches” is Makle. Do you know?

Makle got dropped. Meritxell Negre, the first non-black female lead for Peaches & Herb, from Barcelona Spain became “Peaches” number 7.

Together the duet recorded the first Peaches & Herb album since 1983 with Colors of Love (2009).

 

An interesting tidbit is Fame tours once again with Makle. Piecing facts together from various sources about people I don’t know intimately is a bit tricky and I welcome more info, corrections, or other feedback.

I applaud you for hanging with me through the end and I hope you enjoyed your time engulfed in this looong mewsical post. It was a joy to research 7 Peaches for Herb and while I busied myself with this another blogger friend sparked a curious flame for a different mewsic post which I plan to bring to you ASAP.

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  • Which Peaches & Herb pair do you remember best?
  • Do you like peaches?
  • What’s your favorite peach dessert?
  • Who are some of your favorite male/female groups?

Thanks for including me in your weekend! I will respond and do return visits as quickly as possible. I hope you have a peachy day and please don’t forget to hit the dance floor with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me in “Remembering 9/11“.

 

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#a2zchallenge Oh, my G** on T?T

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Good-morning y’all! Today will be another hectic one for me with two doctor appointments. I am very excited about my GYN visit, as I will be given a new HRT. I’ll give you more details on that in a few days when I reach the letter “S” of  the A-Z Challenge.

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When I was a young I use to spout out OM* all the time. That is until my dad said in a demanding tone, “Cathy, I don’t ever want to hear you take the Lord’s name in vain again!” Let’s just say, he put the fear of God in me.

Recently, I decided to strike out in rebellion. No, I’ve not gone back to saying OM*. Instead, I’m using “OMC!” Nope that’s not a typo. OMC for Oh my, Cathy!  I got to thinking about how loosely God’s name is used and I said to myself, “How would I feel, if I heard my name all the time like God hears his?”

As a Mom (I know you can fully relate to what I’m saying), I heard my name repeated at least a gazillion times throughout the day when my children were small. Sometime it was important cries of help for Mommy, but most were not.

I’m not God. I am to be honored, but I do not deserve the same reverence as the One true God – the creator of heaven and earth and all things therein.What’s the big deal with saying OM*?

The 3rd commandment says, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain…”

Vain means empty or worthless.  Just like my own kids calling out my name without a reason and this is what society is doing every time someone exclaims, “OM*!”

We have become a people who have grown numb to the point of acceptance of the OM* phrase. This is what happens when we let our guard down, we slowly conform to others’ way of thinking, even if it’s seems insignificant as a few words.

God is holy. Casual, mindless use of OM*only relegate God to a stature of unimportance.  Think about this, if you met the president and regardless if you agree or disagree with the man, you would treat him with respect by addressing him as Mr. President, right? We should lift God up with the same respect by refraining from callously misusing His name to express our excitement or shock.

The name of God should be edified….

“I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.” ~Psalms 86:12

I will admit, I am a bit desensitized to the regular usage of OM*. Not to say, I don’t notice because I do. In fact, I can almost predict its eruption from other person’s mouth. It would be nice if folks thought the same, as I do on this matter. All it requires is a new mindset of treating the name of God with more care.

It’s interesting, as I write this I remembered a funny expression my DD#2′s ex-boyfriend. He would say, “Oh my cheese and rice!”  He isn’t using the Lord’s name in vain, but sounds like it. If the brain processes it as such, then it’s just like saying it.

*This is primarily a re-print from a 2-year old post with a few changes.*

 

 

1. How do you feel about the over-use of OMG?

2. Were you taught to not use the Lord’s name in vain?

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Aerosmith – I Dont Wanna Miss A Thing (Armagedon)

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It’s rock on Saturday with more of my favorite tunes. Here’s my #1 song by Aerosmith. The words are so beautiful!

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Sheryl Crow – I Know Why

 

Sheryl Crow is one of my favorite female vocalists. I love, love this song!

Follow along, here are the lyrics:

They say love keeps on growing
It’s the one thing that I’ve felt I’ve always known
Cause it wouldn’t matter where you’re going
Cause where you are is where I wanna go

I know why the heart gets lonely
Every time you give your love away
And if you think that you are only
A shadow in the wind
Rolling round but when you go and let somebody in
They might fade away

Tell me why the road keeps turning
When everything you want is straight ahead
And every thing I thought worth learning
Is forgotten when I see your face instead

I know why the heart gets lonely
Every time you give your love away
And if you think that you are only
A shadow in the wind
Rolling round but when you go and let somebody in
They might fade away

All you say is so overrated
Holding on to yesterday
Along the way, it can get too complicated to say

I know why the heart gets lonely
Every time you give your love away
And if you think that you are only
A shadow in the wind
You better think again

I know why the heart gets lonely
Every time you give your love away
And if you think that you are only
Flowers in the wind
Blowin’ round the wind
You let somebody in they might fade away

Fade away…

Enjoy the music,

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Dream On – Aerosmith

 

Okay…it’s plainly clear, I’m watching this season of American Idol. I love it that they have Steve Tyler as one of the judges. He is such a colorful dude. He really brings a lot of personality and character to the show. Sure, I miss Simon – the judge you loved to hate! No one is as mean as Simon ever was on the show, even Randy spits out an unkind remark it’s still not as nasty as Simon’s. But, I do like Steve and yes, I even like some of Aerosmith’s songs. Did you see that one coming?

Enjoy!

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