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2018 Motown Museum IGNITE & SPARK Summer Camps

November 27, 2018

So happy to take part in the Motown Museum‘s Ignite & Spark Summer Camps for so many incredibly talented Detroit kids who want to sing, dance, write, play, produce, and otherwise carry on the great and prolific music traditions that continue to leap out of the Motor City. Please consider donating to the Motown Museum for “Giving Tuesday” today – or any day – to continue spreading the legacy and impact of Classic Motown!
Motown Records Paul Damien Barker #Motown #Detroit #MusicEducation#SoulMusic #Soul #MotownMuseum


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The Saturday Night Sensation of Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘September’

November 26, 2018

Great Spotify piece out today about the huge surge my very first hit, ‘September” by Earth, Wind & Fire, takes every Friday and Saturday night in England because of it’s partying effect. Not to mention the chant English soccer fans have turned it into, the number of times the song has been covered more recently, from Justin Timberlake & Anna Kendrick on down. I always say “September”, co-written with Maurice White and Al McKay, is the song that wouldn’t die. This year, 40 years after it’s release, it also jumped back on the Billboard Hip Hop charts, even knocking Eminem out of the #1 spot. Anyway, thanks Spotify, for this “September” salute and a big BA-DE-YA Monday to all! #MusicMonday #AlMckay #BoogieWonderland


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My fifth hit, “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters, was released on this very day, Nov. 24, in 1984.

November 24, 2018

My fifth hit, “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters, was released on this very day, Nov. 24, in 1984. It was on the Grammy-winning Beverly Hills Copsoundtrack along with my sixth hit, ‘Stir It Up” by Patti LaBelle. Both were co-written with one of my favorite collaborators ever, the incredible Danny Sembello. Here’s to a neutronically tweaked weekend!


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A couple weekends ago at Stephanie Miller Show

November 19, 2018

This was a couple weekends ago at Stephanie Miller Show’s hysterical Sexy Liberal show right before the election. Thrilling to see such an illustrious lineup of politicos and comedians there including Adam Schiff,Rep. Ted LieuMargaret Cho, Rob Reiner, Martin Sheen and more. Excellent evening (and results)! Me on Stephanie’s podcast: — in Beverly Hills, California.



England Fans Singing My very first hit, “SEPTEMBER” by Earth, Wind & Fire | World Cup 2018 CHANTS!

November 18, 2018

My very first hit, “SEPTEMBER” by Earth, Wind & Fire co-written with Maurice White and Al McKay, was released 40 years ago TODAY! Another cherry in its continual upward rise into the ozone of hits, English Soccer fans have adopted it into one of their most popular chants. Here they are singing their adaptation of “September” at the World Cup in Russia last summer:


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Post-Birthday Celebration

November 13, 2018

I was totally exhausted after 36 hours of birthday festivities over the weekend but had enough left in me for one final bday blow with Beatie Wolfe who, along with Chef Nick, treated me and the lovely Prudence Fenton to a traditional English tea, much needed after the voluminous amounts of birthday cake and candy consumed in the previous 36.