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Bill Curtis & The Fatback Band – January 2016

Note: Newsletter shared with permission of Bill Curtis. Happy New Year, Everybody! Peace, Love and Music! A lot of things happened in 2015. We lost a lot of great musicians last year.   I am looking forward to this year. … Continue reading

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Bill Curtis April 2015 Newsletter

Hey guys; every so often I drop a few lines about where are we now. , well we’re just where I thought we would be one day! No better off than we were ten years ago. you know all the BS they were feeding us… how all this new technology was to help you to control and made more money from our content in the long run. we are at the end of the road. this is what’s happening now. The major Labels which own about 15% of Spotify is out there trying to find buyer for Spotify for 10 Billion Dollars. a few years ago wrote in one of my newsletters, I believe if Steve Job was still around he would figure out a way we could get better compensated for our content. I ready don’t know if streaming is the answer, but that’s the way it is, this is the way it’s going to be if Apple become the largest music company in the world… let me show you how big this move would be. Do you remember how large mabell (AT&T) was and the government broke them up? Apple move is twice as large and maybe larger.

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The Payout/Gotta Change

This year is really starting out exciting, for one thing I feel great. The band is beginning to find its own new fresh sound. I’ m a strong believer of staying ahead of the curve, but it’s very hard to move out the shadows of your past, especially when the future is being driven by the past. What we’re trying to do is find that balance; to be identified with the past, but with a fresher look musically in the future. This is our covenant to our fans. Continue reading

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Bill Curtis – “Don’t Be Like The Buffalo”

Hey guys!!! We are in another year “2014” and the funk is going to be hotter this year than last year. in one of my previous newsletters, I mentioned I didn’t think the internet was friendly to black music. this is just my feeling, but one thing I noticed in 2013 but I don’t know if anyone else noticed or not, but there was not one black artist on the billboard top 10 for 2013. Continue reading

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Bill Curtis & the Fatback Band – Happy Holidays!

This has been a great year and I’m so blessed to be surrounded by such a great family of friends around the world. And I want to thank you for your support over the many years and we would have never made this many years without you! I wish I could express how I feel in my heart to each and every one of you. We thank you, your grandkids and your great-grandkids for helping to keep the funk alive!!! “May your Holidays be Merry and Bright & have a Blessed and prosperous NEW YEAR”!!! Continue reading

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Bill Curtis – Private Deals Hurt The Artist

Hey guys! I hope your summer was as great as mine! As I review my summer, my granddaughter was married off and so was my God-granddaughter. I visited my old stomping ground, St. Albans, NY and hung out with some of my old musicians friends. Continue reading

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July 4th In The Big Apple

What about July 4th besides being America’s Independence Day…such a highly celebrated day among blacks. Ever since I was a child 4th July was a big celebration and nobody does better than the New Yorkers! The city that I grew up musically…I call Queens my musical home! I spend 4th July in Queens this year at a friend of mine home. We go way back growing up musically together, playing and jamming in the city when music was king, musicians was heroes, when people paid just to hear and dance to their music. Musicians were stars and they set the pace for fashion and styles they were pathfinder and New York City was the Big Apple. Continue reading

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