Sunday, August 6, 2017

Oliver Cheatham

Oliver Cheatham (February 24, 1948 – November 29, 2013) was an American R&B singer who is best remembered for his 1983 hit "Get Down Saturday Night".[1] He also appeared on the 2003 single "Make Luv" by Italian DJ Room 5, which reached #1 on the UK charts.
Cheatham was born in DetroitMichigan. Encouraged by his mother to sing, over the years he joined several local groups including The Young Sirs, Mad Dog And The Pups and Gaslight before releasing a single, "Hard Times" on the Tier record label. He then joined another group, the Sins of Satan, the group later being renamed as Roundtrip. They finally took Cheatham's first name and recorded two albums as Oliver.[2]
Cheatham then signed for MCA Records as a solo singer. He worked with Al Hudson of the band One Way on his first album, The Boss. His first chart success came in 1983 with "Get Down Saturday Night", co-written by Cheatham and One Way's Kevin McCord, which reached no.37 on the Billboard R&B chart, and also reached no.38 on the UK singles chart. The album, Saturday Night, produced by Al Perkins, was released the same year. In 1986, he moved to the Critique label, and had further success in the US with the singles "S.O.S." (R&B chart no.35), and "Celebrate (Our Love)". Other Cheatham singles included "Mama Said," "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," "Things to Make U Happy," and "Wish on a Star."[1] After moving to the New York-based Warlock label, he recorded "Turn Out the Lights" and "Mindbuster" with Jocelyn Brown.[2] [3] He spent much of the 1990s working as a backing singer with artists including Leo Sayer, and released his final album, Stand for Love, in 2002.[4]
He returned to the charts in 2003, when he was featured in Room 5's UK #1 single, "Make Luv",[5] which sampled "Get Down Saturday Night", though Cheatham re-recorded his vocal parts for later releases.[6] The track was featured on a commercialfor Lynx deodorant on British TV.[6] [7] Its success in the UK led Cheatham to relocate to SurreyEngland, and he recorded in London for the Native Soul record label.[2]
Elements of "Get Down Saturday Night" were also used in Michael Gray's 2004 hit, "The Weekend".[4] It also featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Ex Machina.The track was also sampled for Lino di Meglio's 2013 song "I Can't Live Without (Dino In Paris Full Vox)".
Cheatham died on November 29, 2013, at the age of 65, following a heart attack in his sleep.[4] [8]
Chart singles
YearSingleChart Positions
US R&B[3]UK[6]
1983"Get Down Saturday Night"3738
1987"Celebrate (Our Love)"87-
1990"Turn Out The Lights"with Jocelyn Brown70-
2003"Make Luv"Room 5 featuring Oliver Cheatham-1
"Music and You"Room 5 featuring Oliver Cheatham-38
  • 1982 The Boss
  • 1983 Saturday Night (#52 U.S. Black Albums)[1]
  • 1987 Go for It
  • 1994 Stand For Love Label: Zygo ‎– ZYGO 3LP
  • 2002 Stand for Love
  1. biography
  2. Oliver Cheatham biography at Retrieved 1 December 2013
  3. Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 38.
  4. "80s R&B singer Oliver Cheatham dies at age 65". SoulTracks. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
  5. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 101. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 142. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.
  7. Laura Benjamin, "Cheatham makes a record comeback", Daily Mail, 2003. Retrieved 1 December 2013
  8. "Oliver Cheatham Passed Away Last Night", Soul Source, 29 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013
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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Japan battles population decline with robots

Japan is facing a population collapse that threatens its very existence. As with many of its problems, Japan is not looking for conventional solutions. It's pressing forward in its own, uniquely Japanese way. The world's third largest economy is looking to buttress its diminishing human population with a growing population of robots.
Japan's robot revolution will be explored during "CBSN: On Assignment" – a new primetime documentary series which premiers Monday, July 31, 2017, (10 p.m. ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and on CBSN, the network's 24/7 streaming news service. 
Japan is in crisis because humans aren't having enough babies. The country has one of the world's lowest birthrates. Coupled with a strict immigration policy, the nation's numbers are on the decline, and they're about to reach freefall.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Sheri Smith's Continuing Search for Her Missing Daughter Five Years Later with No Help - Part One

ROSAMOND CA (IFS) -- Without any help, Sheri Smith tracked down her Daughter's alleged "would be kidnapper" and delivered him into the hands of the California City Police Department only to have his case thrown out and he is still free to this day.  The SDC News Radio piece is in three (3) parts.

The Silent Parade of 1917

Women wore white during the silent protest, creating a poignant spectacle

What was the background to the Silent Parade of 1917?

The Silent Parade reflected the heightened anger of black Americans following a recent outbreak of vicious race-related violence.
Between May and July 1917 brutal riots in East St. Louis, a city in Illinois, between 40 and 250 black people were killed by white mobs.
Authorities were blamed for failing to protect innocent lives, with a chilling contemporary report describing how police were “either indifferent or encouraged the barbarities”.
The bloody scenes  in East St. Louis sparked fury among black people across a nation already simmering with racial tension as African Americans migrated from the south to predominantly white industrial centres.
Such violence was by no means uncommon – a lynching of a black farmer the previous year had attracted a gruesome crowd of 10,000 white Texans, according to the academic Chad Williams.