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Kit O'Toole
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It's DeepSoul Tuesday!  Here's my latest on an acid jazz pioneer, only at Blinded by Sound​: http://blindedbysound.com/features/deepsoul/deepsoul-roy-ayers-ubiquity---running-away/
Roy Ayers began as a gifted jazz vibraphonist, but he has ultimately become a pioneer in the acid jazz movement. Deftly combining jazz, funk, and R&B, Ayers created songs that have been covered by neo soul artists such as Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu, and sampled by too many hip hop artists to ...
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I'm a bit tardy posting this here, but hey--any day is the perfect time for DeepSoul, right? Here's the final article in my series on underrated women in R&B: http://blindedbysound.com/features/deepsoul/deepsoul-gloria-jones-tainted-love/
Generation X members fondly remember the 1981 Soft Cell New Wave hit "Tainted Love"; what few realized, however, was that it was a cover of a 1965 soul single. The still distinctive R&B stomper transcends its decade, sounding years ahead of the then-predominant Motown sound.
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My latest DeepSoul at +Blinded By Sound, the first in a series paying tribute to pioneering women in R&B: 
This week's DeepSoul begins a three-column series on pioneering women in R&B, figures who deserve more attention for their roles in early soul and rock. Kicking off this salute to influential female artists is Barbara Lynn, whose 1962 hit "You'll Lose A Good Thing" introduced the public to a new ...
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Don't forget to tune in to the John Lennon Hour tonight at 9 pm ET /8 pm CT!  Can you guess what our picks will be for most underrated Beatles and John Lennon tracks?  Listen and find out!  We can't take calls because we have too much to cover, but feel free to chime in after the show at the Official Kit-n-Kaboodle Fan Club​ page on Facebook!  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thejohnlennonhour/2015/04/17/the-beatles-most-unappreciated-songs
Dr. Kit O'Toole, author of the upcoming book Michael Jackson FAQ is Kit; Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series (http://www.johnlennonseries.com), is Kaboodle. And together they're the powerhouse team of Kit and Kaboodle who meet bi-monthly via The John Lennon Hour to discuss any topic in the realm of Beatles music and/or biographies. Tonight they'll consider the topic of Most Unappreciated Beatles songs. Why are these songs s...
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My latest DeepSoul, up at Blinded by Sound​. I'll be posting another article very soon paying tribute to the late, great Percy Sledge.  http://blindedbysound.com/features/deepsoul/deepsoul-larry-williams-slow-down/
Larry Williams may not be a household name, but he is responsible for some of rock and roll's earliest--and still relevant--hits. "Dizzy Miss Lizzy," "Bonie Maronie," and "Short Fat Fannie" all came from the pen of the raucous singer and pianist. Released between 1957-1959, his singles attracted ...
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DeepSoul Tuesday is here, only at +Blinded By Sound!  Here's my tribute to the recently departed Ben E. King, a remarkable vocalist who left his mark on soul and pop: http://blindedbysound.com/features/deepsoul/deepsoul-ben-e-king-spanish-harlem/
In April the soul world lost an important figure: Ben E. King, the smooth yet powerful vocalist best known for the 1961 hit "Stand by Me." Yet his voice graced many more classic cuts, both as a member of the Drifters and as a solo artist. Never over-singing, King's crisp delivery allowed ...
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Here's the latest in my DeepSoul salute to pioneering women in R&B, up on +Blinded By Sound:


Who was the biggest female singer on the Motown label? Today, most fans would cite Diana Ross; however, the original diva was Mary Wells, a gifted singer who was sadly overshadowed by Ross and other artists. Sadly, she never equalled the success she experienced during her brief time on the label ...
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Thanks to all who tuned in last night to our latest "Kit 'n Kaboodle" episode on Jude Southerland Kessler's John Lennon Hour!  We had a wonderful time recording it.  If you missed it, listen at the link below and chime in--what are some of your picks for underrated Beatles and John Lennon songs?  
Dr. Kit O'Toole, author of the upcoming book Michael Jackson FAQ is Kit; Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series (http://www.johnlennonseries.com), is Kaboodle. And together they're the powerhouse team of Kit and Kaboodle who meet bi-monthly via The John Lennon Hour to discuss any topic in the realm of Beatles music and/or biographies. Tonight they'll consider the topic of Most Unappreciated Beatles songs. Why are these songs s...
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DeepSoul Extra: my tribute to one of the best soul vocalists, Percy Sledge, up at Blinded by Sound:​http://blindedbysound.com/features/deepsoul/deepsoul-special-edition-percy-sledge---when-a-man-loves-a-woman/
The soul world lost another luminary on April 14 when Percy Sledge, the singer behind the classic ballad "When A Man Loves A Woman," passed away in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His no-holds-barred singing style graced 1960s singles such as "Take Time to Know Her," "Warm and Tender Love," and "It ...
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I will be appearing on Jude Kessler's John Lennon Hour this Thursday at 9 pm ET. Our second Kit 'n Kaboodle show of 2015 will focus on underrated Beatles/John Lennon songs the deserve more attention. Join us for lively, fun, and informative conversation! Listen live at the link below; the show will be archived at the same link. 
Dr. Kit O'Toole, author of the upcoming book Michael Jackson FAQ is Kit; Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series (http://www.johnlennonseries.com), is Kaboodle. And together they're the powerhouse team of Kit and Kaboodle who meet bi-monthly via The John Lennon Hour to discuss any topic in the realm of Beatles music and/or biographies. Tonight they'll consider the topic of Most Unappreciated Beatles songs. Why are these songs s...
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Freelance writer specializing in music and technology
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  • Something Else Reviews
    Contributor, 2012 - present
  • Beatlefan
    Contributing Editor, 1995 - present
  • Blinded by Sound
    Contributor, 2011 - present
  • Blogcritics.org
    Writer, 2008 - 2012
  • Blogcritics.org
    Music Editor, 2011 - 2012
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DeKalb, IL
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Music writer, technology geek, recovering academic
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Music and Popular Culture Freelance Writer
Education
  • Northern Illinois University
    Instructional Technology, Ed.D., 1996 - 2006
  • Depaul University
    Writing, M.A., 1994 - 1996
  • Benedictine University
    Literature and Communications, B.A., summa cum laude, 1991 - 1994
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