Over 20 years ago, Mary Jane Blige stepped into the music business with distinction. Armed with gritty soulful vocals, honey blonde hair, street edge swag and a new blending of R&B/Soul infused with hip hop, Mary created a new path in music history.
While the café was transforming into a bar, a nuclear testing site was being built by the U.S. Army a mere 50 miles away. In this age of innocence it quickly became vogue to grab an "Atomic Cocktail" and climb a ladder to the café's roof to watch for mushroom clouds on the horizon.
The legendary, yet humble, recording genius Phil Ramone, 72, whose influence across a stunning spectrum of popular music for decades has passed away in New York. CNN stated, "His collaboration credits are a Who's Who of the music industry."
When it comes to a major killer of women, there's heartening news out of Southern California concerning an increased philanthropic leadership by Barbra Streisand in support of research and therapies for women's heart disease.
Remembering that Mike had interviewed Barbra on 60 Minutes, I went to YouTube and found the piece titled Barbra Streisand crying -- Mike Wallace Interview. Mike reminds Barbra of their 1961 friendship, but never mentions his protective instincts.