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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

SOUL SINGER MARVA WHITNEY HAS PASSED AWAY







One of James Brown,s  protoges in the late 60s, Ms. Marva Whitney, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24th.  JB gave her the nickname of "Soul Sister #1".

She was a powerhouse singer who gave her all on stage, performing with JB at the Boston Gardens concert (the day after Martin Luther King,s assassination) as well as volunteering to go with the James Brown Revue on a tour of Vietnam at wartime in 1968.


She left the revue and after two disappointing solo recordings, exited the music business. Marva returned in the late 80s, occasionally performing with former members of James Brown,s band.


She suffered a stroke in 2009 but returned to the stage in 2010, performing mainly in Europe and Japan.  Her long awaited book, "God, The Devil and James Brown" (working title) will hopefully be released in early 2013. She is gone but will never be forgotten.





 ***UPDATE***

Marva,s biography has FINALLY been released!  "God, The Devil And James Brown" is available on Amazon!

 




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Below is a customer review of the book ;




             *****5 out of 5 stars*****

 
SOUL SISTER # ONE LIVES ON!  

June 3, 2013



I've been a Marva Whitney fan since I heard her smash album "Live And Lowdown At The Apollo". She was funky before it was cool. She had a powerful raw voice, an amazing talent and drive which took her to the top.

My first meeting with her was occasioned by the J.B.'s All Stars reunion in London in July 1988 (where I was involved as a producer). She was friendly and funny.

On stage her vocal delivery was sweet when it needed to be, but utterly explosive when she got down with the Funk.
I've always loved Marva's music, but knew little about her life.

This book is very detailed in tracking the career of Ms. Manning and tells of the accolades as well as the low points in her career; well written and full of unknown information about the Godfather of Soul and his musicians.

He was a very complex man, but one of the greatest talents of Black music, and he was the first to realize her soulful talent.

Marva reveals how he tried to control her life as well as her career. This autobiography reveals her upbringing and her motivations, her ambitions and her disappointments, her happy days and dramatic ones.

She talks about her music, her personal life and troubles, her philosophy, and, what I think is most exciting, show business and stage performance.

You get the feeling that this is Soul Sister no. 1 telling you her extraordinary story in a long and fascinating conversation.
Charles Waring did a very detailed job and then put it all down for the reader to enjoy.

It's a very well-executed biography and an unbiased account of the legendary life and career of a funky diva. It is really sad to know that she missed seeing her book published but her soul will live on.

This book is a must-read for anyone who loves Funk music and a must-have in any serious James Brown bibliography.

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