June 23, 2011, Detroit – 2011 Grammy Award Winner and legendary Music Icon Mr. Al Bell inks deal with www.ventradio.net to produce a 1-hour online Soul Music radio show.
Mr. Al Bell joins up with his long time protégé Mr. Glen Cannon and his vent radio network. Al Bell is the former head of STAX Records and the former Group President of all divisions of the Motown Records Group. Currently Mr. Bell operates the internationally renowned online radio station Al Bell Presents American Soul Music – the best place to hear popular and new American Soul Music! www.albellpresents.com.
Al Bell exclaims: “It’s great to work with my friend Glen. I am looking forward to show the world what we can do for the independent music industry we both love so much.”
Glen Cannon is honored to have Vent Radio supported by his friend and mentor Al Bell. He states: “Throughout his career, Al Bell has been considered a visionary, a seer, an icon, a “music mogul,” and a communications and entertainment “maverick.” Perhaps the word that sums this all up best is “legend,” which is how most people throughout the industry view him today. Mr. Bell attained this status of legend because, at every turn of events within the recorded music industry, and in the many facets of the businesses in which he has been involved, he always has been way ahead of his time. I am thrilled to work with Mr. Al Bell on this project.”
About Vent Radio
Vent Radio provides music and entertainment as a place for independent bands and artists to show case their music and interact with their fans. Vent Radio was founded by native Detroiter, producer/promoter Glen Cannon whose in-depth understanding of music stems from a wealth of experience in several areas of the industry including as an independent record and concert promoter working with artist such as BODY and Bell BivDeVoe/BBD on MCA Records, Streetnoise Records, distributed by Bellmark, WillieMax, on Motown/Pookie Records with Rafael Saadiq, Award Winning Christian/R&B Artist Deitrick Haddon, “Perfect Peace”, Lathun “Freak it” for SoSo Def, “Fortunate” Motown, at Bellmark Records he promoted “Whomp There It Is”, “Daisy Dukes”, by Tag Team,“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” by The Artist (formerly known as Prince).
Glen Cannon is the executive producer of several online TV channels, including Al Bell Presents American Soul Music online TV station www.albellpresents.com, K.I.S.S. www.kissnetwork.net the online entertainment network, the popular food channel “Average Joe Cook Show”, hosted by Kelly Scott, www.averagejoecookshow.com, www.muzic-one.com, and www.ventradio.net.
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About Al Bell American Presents Soul Music
Al Bell Presents American Soul Music’s goal is to bring listeners the best musical experience they’ll ever find on the Internet. Al Bell and his expert team have joined together to bring back music we all enjoy and which reflects our positive spirit, friendships and joys. In a recent TV show, “Soulsville USA: The Stax Records Story”, Rev. Jesse Jackson is quoted on saying, “Stax was not just a record company. It was a sound. It was a piece of culture. It was a moment of conscience and experience of mankind. At the right time, it meant a lot to us. People still heavily borrow upon the tradition of Stax and the lineage laid down by the very special genius of Al Bell.” Now join in the fun and hear rare musical artists by visiting www.albellpresents.com.
About Mr. Al Bell
Al Bell currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Al Bell Presents, LLC; Chairman of the Board of the Memphis Music Foundation; and Chairman of the Board and CEO of Operation KIBO.
Al Bell recently received the highest honor the recorded music industry offers: the 2011 Prestigious Grammy Trustees Award, presented by the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). This award was given in recognition of Mr. Bell’s lifetime of influence, achievement, and success in his pursuit of musical excellence, as demonstrated through the creation, development, and successful marketing of “rare performing artists” that recorded “unique music art” and who with “passion and emotion” interacted with and entertained their audiences with a standard of excellence that classified them as entertainment icons. This is considered a noble achievement by Al Bell in the recorded music and entertainment Industries.
Throughout his career, Al Bell has been considered a visionary, a seer, an icon, a “music mogul,” and a communications and entertainment “maverick.” Perhaps the word that sums this all up best is “legend,” which is how most people throughout industry view him today. Mr. Bell attained this status of legend because, at every turn of events within the recorded music industry, and in the many facets of the businesses in which he has been involved, he always has been way ahead of his time. Also, because of his ability to see things that others cannot – and his intuitive capacity (and the guts) to act on what he sees – Mr. Bell has always been far ahead of his competitors, as well.
In the 1970’s, two of the largest African-American owned businesses in America were Motown Records and Stax Records. Al Bell is the former owner of Stax Records and the President of all divisions of the Motown Records Groups.
During his years as head of Stax Records, Al Bell introduced marketing and promotional innovations, which changed the direction of the nation’s music industry. Stax produced gold and platinum hits on such varied artists as Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Johnny Taylor, Sam And Dave, Booker T and the MG’s, the Bar Kays, Otis Redding, The Emotions, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Billy Eckstine, Albert King, The Dramatics and a host of others.
Stax Records worked with Melvin Van Peebles on the release of his revolutionary film “Sweetback” and with MGM Studios on the release of the film “Shaft,” demonstrating marketing and promotional techniques that woke the film industry to the potential in the black marketplace and led to the black film renaissance of the 1970s.
Al Bell successfully marketed the theme from “Shaft” performed by Isaac Hayes to the revered winner’s circle of the Motion Picture Industry’s Academy Awards and secured an “Oscar Award” for the Best Original Song with Hayes becoming the first African American to win that honor (or any other Academy Award in a non-acting category).
Al Bell added to the roster of box office hits with the landmark 1973 film “Wattstax,” a documentary based on a Stax Records concert that entertained 112,000 people, in the Los Angeles stadium, from Los Angeles and Watts. This was the largest musical event ever presented to Black America.
In the 1980s, Al Bell became head of the Motown Records Group and worked with Berry Gordy in the sale of Motown to the MCA/Boston Ventures Group. After Motown, he discovered the music group Tag Team and released “Whoomp! There It Is” which sold over 5,000,000 single units. This record is one of the biggest-selling singles in the history of the music industry.
Al Bell was asked by the artist “Prince” to release a single record for him, after his label Warner Brothers Records turned him down. Using his unique style of marketing and promotion, Al Bell released “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” and gave Prince his biggest-selling single ever.
In the recently published book by Rob Bowman chronicling the history of Stax Records titled “Soulsville USA: The Stax Records Story,” Jesse Jackson is quoted saying that, “Stax was not just a record company. It was a sound. It was a piece of culture. It was a moment of conscience and experience of mankind. At the right time, it meant a lot to us. People still heavily borrow upon the tradition of Stax and the lineage laid down by the very special genius of Al Bell.”
Over the years, Al Bell has received a vast body of honors and awards, including the NAACP Founder’s Award. He has been listed in “Who’s Who in Black America” and “Who’s Who in the World,” and was honored by Black Enterprise Magazine in 1972 and 1973 as one of the Top 100 Black Owned Businesses (#2) in recognition for Stax Records. He also was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Black Men by Ebony Magazine in 1972, as well as one of the Top 1000 Most Successful Black Men in the World, by Ebony Magazine in 1973. He has earned the National Award of Achievement from U.S. Department of Commerce, received an Achievement Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 1975, received the “Roots Award” from the Greater Washington, DC Business Center in 1977, and was given the W. C Handy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. In 2002 he was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, received two Honorary Doctorates (PhDs) from Philander Smith College in 1972 and 2011, and – as noted above – received the Grammy Trustee Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2011.