Author: Ken Shane

Remember Jones

A Fan’s Notes: Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones!

It seems that there are a number of musicians in NJ with the name Anthony D’Amato, or something similar enough to make it uncomfortable for all of the Anthonys. So after trying on a few different monikers, one of those Anthony D’Amatos took on the nom de guerre Remember Jones. I have no idea where it came from, but it’s a pretty cool name. At that point our hero began assembling a large band that includes some of the Jersey Shore’s finest musicians, and started drawing large crowds with tributes to iconic albums like Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, and Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen. In his most audacious move yet, Remember Jones will fill Asbury Park Convention Hall, something unheard of for a local musician whose name is not Bruce Springsteen, for a Soul Revue & Dance Party on Saturday night.

Dionne Warwicke and Spinners

Soul Serenade: Dionne Warwicke and Spinners, “Then Came You”

Yes, you’re reading that title correctly. For a few years in the ’70s, Dionne Warwick added that ‘e’ to the end of her last name because her astrologer convinced her that that ‘e’ would add balance to her name, and bring her good fortune. By 1975 Warwick realized that alteration of her name had been a mistake, and went back to the spelling that the world was familiar with. Another strange thing about the label credit is that the Spinners are just credited as Spinners, without the definite article before their name. Name changes aside, when Dionne Warwicke and Spinners got together with legendary Philly Soul producer Thom Bell in 1974, the result was pure magic, not to mention a huge hit.

Aretha Franklin

Soul Serenade: Aretha Franklin, “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)”

Happy New Year! In 1967, Aretha Franklin released “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)” on Atlantic Records. The song was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, with some help from Jerry Wexler, who also produced the single. The backing musicians included members of the legendary Swampers from Muscle Shoals — Spooner Oldham on keys, Tommy Cogbill on bass, guitarist Jimmy Johnson — along with King Curtis on sax, and backing vocals by the Sweet Inspirations and Aretha’s sisters Carolyn and Erma.