The formative Los Angeles radio DJ Magnificent Montague, whose book Burn, Baby! Burn! is coming out, now has a website where you can read the prologue and listen to some very cool extras. There's a 1963 conversation with Sam Cooke, The Magnificent One introducing Wilson Pickett, and a 4 1/2 minute clip of Montague's "churchy" theme song with a trio of backup singers he picked up somewhere: Aretha Franklin, Cissy Houston (Whitney's mother) and Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne's sister). The book is co written with Bob Baker, who played the clip on Barry Smolin's Grateful Dead show on KPFK a few weeks ago.

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