16 Mar 2012
- Written by Myron Mays
Here’s a question: Did Diana Ross ever have a title like “Queen of Soul” like Aretha Franklin?
Well, if not, she should have. This “superwoman” has had one heck of a career and she is still touring the world, with no signs of slowing down.
Here’s great news: the lady who can sing the blues, R&B and pretty much anything else is coming to Memphis in just a few weeks, thanks to Fresh Ideas Entertainment.
Now, let me see if you will agree or disagree with me on this. It seems that Ms. Ross has achieved a lot of what Beyoncé is accomplishing now. Could Beyoncé have taken a page out of Ms. Ross’ playbook? Before you Beyoncé fans start throwing something at me again, just follow me.
Look at these similarities:
Beyoncé came from a very popular group, Destiny’s Child. Ms. Ross did as well, rocketing to stardom with The Supremes.
Beyoncé has gotten into acting, Ms. Ross starred as Billie Holiday in 1970 in “Lady Sings the Blues” for which she earned an Academy Award nomination. Wow, this was like nine years before Beyonce was even born. (lol)
With her vault of hits with Motown and RCA, and hits with The Supremes as well as her solo songs, Ms. Ross has amassed a whopping 18 No. 1singles and has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Get ready for a long, hit-packed show.
Beyoncé was influenced by Michael Jackson who was heavily influenced by…yes, Diana Ross.
I will give Beyoncé a whole lot of credit. She is still young and has a long career ahead. By the time she reaches the stage in her career that Ms. Ross is in hers, she could possibly be the most successful recording artist in recorded music history…male or female. I say that ready to dodge an avalanche of rocks from all of the Michael Jackson fans.
Check out Diana Ross in concert on Sunday, April 22 at the Orpheum Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Orpheum Box office, at all Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com.
John Henton at the Funnybone
Who’s John Henton? Remember the lovable character Overton from “Living Single?” Yes, him. Before he co-starred with Queen Latifah and Kim Fields on the successful Fox television series, he did stand-up comedy. Now Henton’s returning to his comedy roots and bringing the funny to Tunica at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Harrah’s Casino through Saturday March 17. Tickets are $15-$20 and can be purchase by going to www.funnybonetunica.com.
Bo P at the Bartlett Comedy Spot
Come and get your laugh on with Comedian Bo P from BET’s “Comic View” and HBO’s “Def Jam” live at the Bartlett Comedy Spot this Friday (March 16) and Saturday Night! Show times are at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night. Admission is $10! Hosted by Funnyman Prescott. The Bartlett Comedy Spot is located at 5709 Raleigh Lagrange at Sycamore View. Call 900-590-3620 for details.
Comedy and Blues Tour Returns
If you missed the Valentine’s Show don’t worry, the Comedy and Blues Tour is back! Sonya D., Honest John and Toni Green are back, along with Mark Muleman Massey for one big show at the New Daisy at 330 Beale Street on Saturday March 17 at 8 p.m.
The British TV Show “Hairy Bikers” is spotlighting Memphis music and cuisine. The producers have chosen Green, an international recording artist, to film and feature on thee show. So MEMPHIS, come out and show them how to have a great time! Tickets are on sale now. Just go to www.comedybluestour.com.
See you Thursday night at Cottonbowl Lanes for Throw-Down Thursdays! Catch us at www.whatshappeningmyron.com for more details.
Until then, that’s what’s happening.