|Posted on March 22, 2020 at 9:20 AM|
It's Soul Sunday, my favorite day of the week ... and for many reasons. A day to give thanks to the Lord, it's pasta day and every Sunday evening I have three hours of fun and remeniscing on my radio show, Johnny Angel's Heavenly Soul Show. Tonight's show is kind of special since we will be celebrating a birthday today of a music legend who came from the 'Burgh, the Hill District part of the 'Burgh, and tonight will be the first show that will have a simultaneous shag instruction (shag dancing) from a legendary shag dancer, Sam West. At Seven tonight, after tuning into my show, go to Sam West's facebook where he will be giving Shag Dance lessons to my Soul Music Show ... can't wait! Soooo, with that said let's get back to Soul Sunday and Soul on the Hill. Our Brother from the 'Burgh, Mr. George Benson celebrates his 77th birthday today. George began his music career at a very early age, seven to be exact, playing the Ukulele at the corner drug store on the Hill. At the age of 8, he played guitar in an unlicensed nightclub and recorded a record at the age of 9. Yes, I said 9, for the RCA-Victor label in New York who picked up two of the four songs he recorded i.e.; "It Should Have Been Me" and "She Makes Me Mad" and it was released as Little Georgie. George also worked with a vocal group from the Hill called the Altairs and later went on to become a Guitar Icon in the Soul/Jazz field. The Hill District in Pittsburgh produced a slew of Soul Music entertainers, Chuck Jackson and Tommy Hunt to name a few and George played with both of those Soul Giants as a young boy. So tonight when you are getting antsy from the lockdown, tune into my show on jukinoldies.com and pull up Sam West's facebook, pull back the rug and have some good old fashion fun! Stay Safe, stay healthy and get SOUL-I-FIED!!!