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70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Day Weekend Concert
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
February 16th, 7:00PM
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Make It a Weekend of Love…
This Valentine’s weekend, cozy up to the amazing sound of classic R&B and Soul – catch the 70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Day Weekend Concert at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Sunday, February 16th at 7pm.
ENJOY FIVE LEGENDARY ACTS, ALL ON ONE BILL!
Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes
ABOUT THE ACTS:*
During the early ‘70s, the Stylistics were the leading Philly soul group. The band had 12 straight Top Ten hits, including “You Are Everything” “Betcha by Golly, Wow” “I’m Stone in Love With You” “Break Up to Make Up” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New” Of all their peers, The Stylistics were one of the smoothest and sweetest soul groups of their era. All of their hits were ballads, graced by the soaring falsetto of Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the lush yet graceful productions of Thom Bell. This enduring act is a favorite for their showmanship, harmony and style.
The group formed in Detroit, Michigan in the late 1960’s. They signed to Stax-Volt records and are best know for their #1 R&B hits “In the Rain” and “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get”. Their disc, “Whatcha See Is Watcha Get” was awarded gold disc status by the R.I.A.A. in 1971. The band appeared on Soul Train multiple times through the 70’s and their music has been featured in the films Sunday Driver, Wattstaz, Darktown Stutters and Talk To Me.
Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes
Although group founder and original lead singer Harold Melvin had top billing, the Blue Notes’ most famous member was Teddy Pendergrass, their lead singer during the successful years on the Philadelphia International label. In 1975 the group was joined by female vocalist Sharon Paige. They then went on to release one of their most critically acclaimed albums, “Wake Up Everybody”. Except for a brief absence in the early 1980’s, Sharon Paige continued to toured with the group. Today, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes is comprised of Donnell Gillespie, Rufus Thorne, Anthony Brooks and John Morris. Their dynamic sound is just as evocative, alluring and just as soulful as the group has been in the past.
R&B vocal quintet,Blue Magic was formed in Philadelphia and signed to Atlantic Records in 1973. They hit the Top 40 of the R&B singles chart with their first three 45s before breaking through and crossing over with “Sideshow” released in April 1974. The song went gold, topped the R&B charts, and became a Top Ten pop hit. Their next single, “Three Ring Circus” made the R&B Top Ten and the pop Top 40. Over the next 3 years Blue Magic became known mostly for their smooth ballads, and the group stayed high on the Soul charts with “Stop to Start” and “Chasing Rainbows” before landing a big hit with the dance tune “Magic of the Blue.” They returned with R&B chart singles in 1981 and 1983 and made their comeback album, From Out of the Blue, in 1989.
Formed by Tony Churchill and music-industry veteran Harvey Fuqua, New Birth was originally named the Nite-Liters. The roots of the band lie with Leslie and Melvin Wilson, gospel singers living in Muskegon, MI. Moving to Detroit in the late ‘60s, Melvin Wilson eventually met the Nite-Liters, who were then backing Motown artists, and expressed the possibility that he and his brother Leslie could perform with them. Fuqua had three groups under his tutelage: Love Peace & Happiness (of which Leslie and Melvin became members), the Nite-Liters, and New Birth. All but two members of New Birth had left the group around this time, leaving just Londee Loren and Bobby Downs. The three groups toured, backed each other up, and ultimately merged into one, taking New Birth as the name of the new group. Leslie, with his feisty vocals, and Melvin, with his more serene appeal, emerged as the primary lead singers. New Birth’s first release was the R&B Top Ten single “I Can Understand It.” Led by Leslie Wilson’s intense vocals and reminiscent of Bobby Womack, the single zoomed up the charts, peaking at number four after only 12 weeks. In January of 1974 they released “It’s Been a Long Time,” one of their celebrated hits and another Top Ten entry. That single was followed by the classic, soulful ballad “Wildflower.” In mid-1975 the group signed with Buddah Records and immediately recorded number one R&B hit, “Dream Merchant.” They recorded just one album for Buddah, however, before signing with Warner Bros. and later Ariola, continuing to record throughout the remainder of the ‘70s. In 1994, Leslie and Melvin re-formed the group and began performing at venues around the nation.
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