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Northern Soul Connections #27 - Teens With Talent - Chicago


Northern Soul Connections #27 - Teens With Talent - Chicago magazine cover

The latest (#27 no less) in the long running series of 'Northern Soul Connections' from @Kenb

Teens With Talent 

Guests on the late Bob Abrahamian's Sitting In The Park radio shows would occasionally mention Teens With Talent (TWT). 

The show of that name was first presented Sunday 17th Feb 1963 at the Studebaker Theater, in the Fine Art Building, sponsored by Sears Roebuck Y.M.C.A. The main principles behind that first TWT were Al Johnson & Johnny Nixon. Al Johnson was an Illinois Bell Telephone company employee long associated with youth work in Lawndale and other areas of Chicago's West & South sides 

Started in 1965 with $500, Act IV Productions grew out of TWT to be self-supporting/profit making for the 40-60 youngsters making up the TWT 'troupe'. Al Johnson, Ernie Jenkins and James (Jimmy} Hudson (a volunteer worker at the A.B.C. youth center} all took roles. Act IV made records, staged productions, wrote & produced plays and published sheet music. Act IV Productions had offices above ....

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@DANIEL NOOGER...thanks, yes. And If you listen to Bob's interview with Syl, Bernard is with him and Syl describes him as 'his Bass player'

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On 25/10/2021 at 11:15, DANIEL NOOGER said:

Bernard Reed (mentioned as a member of the Constellations) became a top-ranked studio bass session player in Chicago; there's a fairly extensive bio posted at: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/bernard-reed-mn0000389568?1635185090933

Reed was a major songwriter and sometimes arranger for Carl Davis, especially for The Artistics, Chi-Lites, Billy Butler, and Barbara Acklin at Brunswick, and Davis' Dakar an Bashie labels.  I think he may have sung on several Artistic cuts, too.  He was also in the Pieces of Peace group.

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