Queens of Funk: Brides of Funkenstein

  Today’s history of Funk lesson is about the Brides of Funkenstein – Dawn Silva and Lynn Mabry. Silva and Mabry were backup singers for Sly and the Family Stone before joining the P-Funk family.  George Clinton named the band to go along with his Dr. Funkenstein character. I guess you could say their marriageContinue reading “Queens of Funk: Brides of Funkenstein”

Queens of Funk: Mavis Staples

  Mavis Staples can do what she wants. She wanted to sing and there’s almost no one better.  She’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Staples has also been a Kennedy Center Honoree. She’s still singing and writing music. Her newest album, If All I Was Was Black, was released last year. This year,Continue reading “Queens of Funk: Mavis Staples”

Queens of Funk: Millie Jackson

Millie Jackson is sassy. Sassy may be an understatement. If you hear her music, you will not forget who she is. Her career began when someone dared her to enter a talent contest. She won the contest and the bet. I didn’t know who Millie Jackson was before this year. I had heard one ofContinue reading “Queens of Funk: Millie Jackson”

Queens of Funk: Chaka Khan

Can you name anyone else in the band Rufus? I’d be willing to bet that people know Chaka Khan and draw a blank when asked who else is in the band. Rufus is a great band but Chaka Khan stole the show.   I love Chaka Khan. I love her so much that when IContinue reading “Queens of Funk: Chaka Khan”

Queens of Funk: Betty Davis

It’s only been in the last year that I have read about and listened to Betty Davis. She is phenomenal. According to some people, she was Madonna before Madonna. Davis may have even out-Madonnaed Madonna. Apparently, people weren’t ready for such a free-spirited, independent, sexy lady of Funk. Her concerts were boycotted and picketed. It’sContinue reading “Queens of Funk: Betty Davis”

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