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4 items by David Ritz

  • The Triumph of Jimmy Scott (1925-2014)

    The Triumph of Jimmy Scott (1925-2014) | ARTICLE

    "As singers, we all deal in pain," said Ray Charles. "We're all trying to push the pain through the music and make it sound pretty. Jimmy Scott has more pain and prettiness in his voice than...

    June 16, 2014 10:50 AM ET
  • Robin Thicke, You're No Marvin Gaye

    Robin Thicke, You're No Marvin Gaye | ARTICLE

    When I first heard Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," my reaction was the same as millions of other R&B fans: "Hey, that's Marvin Gaye's 'Got to Give It Up.'" Thicke and company...

    August 23, 2013 3:00 PM ET
  • Bobby 'Blue' Bland: The Influences That Shaped Me

    Bobby 'Blue' Bland: The Influences That Shaped Me | ARTICLE

    Over a number of years – in conjunction with books I've written with B.B. King and Aretha Franklin – I've had the great pleasure of interviewing Bobby "Blue" Bland, who died last Sunday at age 83. As...

    June 25, 2013 4:15 PM ET
  • Janet Jackson: The Joy of Sex

    Janet Jackson: The Joy of Sex | ARTICLE

    I want to talk about sex. It would seem like a simple thing to do after listening to Janet Jackson's new album and...

    September 16, 1993 10:40 PM ET
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