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Title: Deep City

Year Of Release: 2014

Review Date: September 30, 2014

Rating: PG

Running time: 56 minutes

Box Office Gross: N/A

Site Rating: 7 out of 10 stars

Deep City is the documentary film about 1960's music producers Willie Clarke and Johnny Pearsall, who founded Deep City records in Miami, Florida. Deep City Records was the first black owned record label in Miami and their top artist was soul singer Betty Wright. Later, in the 1980s hit Miami music artists the Miami Sound Machine (whose leader Gloria Estefan later worked with Betty Wright on the song "Coming Out Of The Dark") and Expose, among others, were domestically and internationally referred to as "the Miami sound." However, Deep City Records is where the Miami sound originated in the projects, but morphed and was modified over the years.

In the 1960s Clarke and Pearsall mixed black American (soul) and white American (garage band) music, with sounds from Jamaican, Bahamian and Cuban musicians, who had immigrated to Miami, peppering the mixture with marching band styled beats, popular in predominantly African American high schools in America. The end result became the Miami sound and a stack of hit records that have a classic, soulful sound.

The documentary also discusses the impact the Miami sound had on artists from other parts of America, such as Marvin Gaye and Dionne Warwick, who would visit local clubs that played records in this genre, after facing segregation at other venues. This documentary also features heavyweight boxer, Muhammad Ali, who spent a significant amount of time in Miami training. This was a very interesting and entertaining documentary that is definitely worth watching.


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