70s Soul Jam this Valentines Weekend
Make it a Romantic — & Musical — Valentine’s Weekend!
Feel the love at the 70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert featuring The Stylistics, Enchantment, The Intruders, Bloodstone & The Emotions on Saturday February 15th at NYC’s landmark Beacon Theatre, with shows at 3pm and 8pm.
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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.
Detroit, Michigan’s Enchantment formed in the late ‘60s at Pershing High School. Best known for their hits, “Gloria”, “Sunshine” and "It’s You That I Need" in the mid-1970s, they were one of the most enjoyable yet underrated groups of the ’70s and early ’80s.
As the first group to score hits with the songwriting/production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the Intruders played a major role in the rise of Philadelphia soul. The Intruders were originally formed as a doo wop group in 1960. Hits include Cowboys to Girls: a template for what would become Philly soul’s trademark sound, topped the R&B charts and climbed to number six on the pop side, giving the group their biggest hit. The follow-up, ""(Love Is Like A) Baseball Game scored the group yet another Top 40 pop hit.
Bloodstone was a key group in creating the shift from the R&B and soul group concepts of the ‘50s and ’60s to the funk and black rock ideas of the ’70s and afterward. They teamed up with Mike Vernon, founder of the Blue Horizon label, who’d made his bones producing an album with the great Chicago pianist Otis Spann; white blues acts like Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown; and early Euro-rock with Focus. Vernon took Bloodstone into the studio and by early 1973, its debut single, “Natural High,” had cracked the R&B and pop Top Ten, becoming the group’s defining song.
Vernon produced the first five Bloodstone albums, which garnered seven Top 20 R&B singles, almost all of which made the pop Top 40. The group was a big concert draw, and its album sold well, if not spectacularly.
A trio of sisters with a strong gospel base, the Emotions (based in Chicago) were one of the leading female R&B acts of the ’70s. Lead singer Sheila Hutchinson and her sisters Wanda and Jeanette were only teenagers when they crashed the soul charts in 1969 with the engaging “So I Can Love You,” but they sang gospel as children and enjoyed secular fame locally before signing with Memphis-based Volt and working with producers Isaac Hayes and David Porter. When Stax folded in 1975, the group hooked up with Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, an association that led to the number one pop/R&B hit “Best of My Love” in 1977.