Detroit

Billy Davis – Mr. Music History

I walked into the cavernous Bert’s Warehouse Stage in Detroit’s Eastern Market for a photo shoot at the 2018 Detroit A Go Go Friday night show. A trim guitarist with red shoes was tearing up the stage, bending strings, backed by the house band that featured a 10-year-old harmonica player, Mighty Michael Mendelson. I would […]

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Ronnie McNeir – 20 year veteran of The Four Tops

I first saw Ronnie McNeir – a 20-year veteran of The Four Tops – perform solo at the Detroit A Go Go 2017. He took the stage in a blue graduation cap and gown. I had no idea what he was doing. Turns out Ronnie was performing his first 45 song, Sitting in My Class, […]

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Andy Levin and Congressman John Lewis

Blog Copy – Andy Levin and John Lewis    August 3, 2018 Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, 78, hospitalized in Atlanta after falling ill during a flight – Daily Mail Did I have the last photographic images of the civil rights legend and politician? Earlier in the day I attended a rally for Andy Levin, […]

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River of Fire – Detroit Downriver – Ecorse, Michigan

I arrived late to the City of Ecorse annual River of Fire Walleye Fishing Tournament. The Ecorse Heavy Hitters Fire Department hosted the tournament, proudly displaying their shinny fire engine parked at the dock gate in case of fire run. I didn’t see any “River of Fire”. The Ecorse Dock office on the Detroit River […]

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Cool Jerk! – Da Da De Da Da – Cool Jerk!

Fast Freddy Anderson: a Detroit Fashion Statement.    I had been introduced to Fast Freddy Anderson at the four-day Detroit A Go-Go live shows in October, 2017. Freddy was singing with The Capitols, backing the original lead singer Donald Stroball, and dancing to the classic “Cool Jerk,” recorded in Detroit at Golden Worlds Records (1966). […]

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Detroit A Go Go Part 2

I had initially met Willie Ford at Roberto’s Barber and Beauty Salon on East Seven Mile Road in Detroit. He was sitting in a Chrysler parked out in front of the shop.  It was cold. We talked briefly. I was meeting with Larry Webster, part-owner of the shop and the manager of The Dramatics, one […]

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THE DRAMATICS rehearse at Detroit’s classic RobertO’s Beauty and Barbershop

Thursday, May 28, 2015 was a busy day at Detroit’s RobertO’s Beauty and Barber Shop on East 7 Mile Road. The shop was busy with customers, family, and friends. A typical day late in the week. Friday and Saturday are even more busy. RobertO’s styleshair. Larry Webster (age 70) sculpting a customer, and partner Robert “Fast Fingers” Davis […]

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