UK Soulster, writer, and label founder Dave Grodin has died
. "In the early Sixties, when soul music was unknown to all but a hip minority of the record-buying public in the UK, he championed the cause of Tamla Motown and helped to build it into a force on this side of the Atlantic. "
Across the pond, Free Press music critic takes prize
. Mark Stryker has won a prestigious 2004 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for outstanding music writing. Stryker, 41, won for a 2003 profile of jazz bassist Ron Carter.