Ruth was interviewed by journalist Jon Wilde in November Jon Wilde: What were your earliest musical influences? Ruth Augilera: I was really into pop when I was younger so I used to be given the Now compilations as presents.
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When I listen to this record it disarms me. The melody is pretty simple and bluesy — mostly a pentatonic scale — but Bowie works virtuosic variations. And his interpretation… his voice ranges from deep to falsetto, strong to vulnerable.
How helplessly candid! How appalling! For me, Bob Dylan and Patti Smith, just to mention two, are superb singers by any measure I could ever care about — expressivity, surprise, soul, grain, interpretive wit, angle of vision.
Until today, I had never heard of Lezli Valentine. According to Wikipedia, Ms Valentine actually wrote the song. With things being what they were in the 60s, as a woman she received no credit for that task.
Describe your nominated work. Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?
Vandross died earlier this month at age When Vandross died last week, he left an extraordinary musical legacy. His trademark was his soulful, sophisticated and unmistakably silky voice.