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  1. For five decades and counting Betty Wright has brought the “real” to R&B, with a powerful voice and sassy delivery that produced over ten top twenty hits. But those songs reflected aspects of a harder life, as label troubles and family tragedy threatened to silence her voice. Visit http://tvone.tv/ for more.
  2. Rose Royce is an American soul and R&B group. They are best known for several hit singles during the 1970s including "Car Wash," "I Wanna Get Next to You," "I'm Going Down", "Wishing on a Star", and "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" The Los Angeles-based group originally comprised Henry Garner (drums), Terral "Terry" Santiel (congas), Lequeint "Duke" Jobe (bass), Michael Moore (saxophone), Kenny Copeland (trumpet, lead vocals), Kenji Brown (guitar, lead vocals), Freddie Dunn (trumpet), and Victor Nix (keyboards). The group began in the early 1970s, when members of several backup bands from the Watts and Inglewood areas of Los Angeles united under the name Total Concept Unlimited. In 1973, this collective toured England and Japan behind Motown soul star Edwin Starr. Starr introduced them to Norman Whitfield, Motown's 'psychedelic shaman' who was responsible for bringing a progressive funk-rock slant to the company, via such productions as Starr's "War", The Undisputed Truth's "Smiling Faces Sometimes" and The Temptations' "Papa Was A Rolling Stone". Whitfield, after a decade at Motown, wanted to start a company of his own. He took the T.C.U. octet under his wing and signed them to his label. The group, now called Magic Wand, began working with Yvonne Fair and became the studio and concert band for The Undisputed Truth. During a tour stop in Miami, Undisputed Truth leader Joe Harris noticed a singer named Gwen Dickey, then a member of a local group called The Jewels. Harris informed Whitfield of his discovery and Dickey was flown to Los Angeles to audition. In Dickey, Whitfield found the ingredient he felt was missing in Magic Wand: a charismatic female singer. He gave her the stage name Rose Norwalt. The original band lineup, now complete, prepared their debut album.During this time Whitfield was contacted by film director Michael Schultz, fresh from the success of his first feature, Cooley High. Schultz offered Whitfield the opportunity to score his next picture, Car Wash. Whitfield would utilize the film to launch his new group, and began composing music based on script outlines. He and the band visited the film set, soaking up the atmosphere. This was one of the rare instances in Hollywood in which the music was composed concurrently with the picture instead of after the fact. In the spirit of the soundtrack, the band's name was changed one final time to 'Rose Royce'. The name not only referenced the movie's automotive theme, but it also placed Gwen "Rose" Dickey front and center. Further, it hinted at a touch of class the band strove to bring to 1970s soul-funk.
  3. 9/20/2010: Tammi Terrell Season 3, Episode 6 http://tvone.tv/shows/unsung.html
  4. Biography of B.B. King, the man who brought the blues out of the delta and into the mainstream, along with his guitar, "Lucille".https://tvone.tv/video/watch-unsung-b-b-king/
  5. Mike

    Unsung Spinners

    Episode 28- "The Story of The Spinners" June 13, 2011 Documenting the rise and career of R&B group The Spinners. Interviews with Henry Fambrough, Bobby Smith, G. C. Cameron, Charlton Washington, and Jessie Peck (of the The Spinners), Thom Bell, Dyana Williams, and Jerry L. Greenberg. The vocal group that may be the greatest of them all never quite got the recognition of their peers, in part because they blended together so seamlessly that no one was ever quite sure who was the star. But Henry Fambrough and Bobby Smith, who helped form the Spinners nearly 60 years ago, weathered triumphs and tragedies to make some of the most beloved pop standards of our time – R&B evergreens like "I’ll be Around," "One of a Kind," "Sadie" and "Could It Be I’m Falling in Love."
  6. One of the great Unsungs is back up.... Florence Ballard - Unsung Florence Ballard was the founding member and lead singer of one of the biggest girl groups ever, The Supremes. Originally The Primettes, Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diane Ross enlisted neighborhood friend Smokey Robinson to help them score a record deal with Motown. Barry Gordy signed the group but after several singles that didn’t break the Top 40, he shuffled Ross into the lead position. With the success of hits like "When the Lovelight Starts Shining,""Through His Eyes" and "Where Did Our Love Go," Diana Ross became the star. Ballard grew frustrated with her new role in the group and fell prey to depression and alcoholism, factors that weighed heavily in Gordy’s decision to abruptly and permanently dismiss her from the group in 1967. After an unsuccessful attempt at a solo career, Ballard spent the next few years raising her three daughters on welfare, while embroiled in legal drama with Motown. After cashing in a settlement from an accident, things began to turn around. Ballard purchased a home and began making public appearances. Sadly, in 1976, Ballard died of a coronary thrombosis at the age of 32. Her death has been called one of rock’s greatest tragedies
  7. In-group fighting, rotating group members and drug abuse. But through it all, the Dramatics kept making music and producing the hits we know and love. Tv Ones Unsung takes on The Dramatics
  8. Broadcast last year and the episode was featured in our news section, now added to the video section as the episode is still available online to watch in full to usa only UNSUNG Watch Unsung: Bobby Blue Bland 'See the story of the soul man whose songs may have become more famous than him'
  9. 'We explore the birth and rise of House music and the career of it's biggest legend, Frankie Knuckles' first posted via news article last month - now added to the soul music video feature as a reference
  10. Mike

    Unsung The O'Jays

    Unsung (Documentary) - The O'Jays The O’Jays are an amazing case study in survival, both in the music business and in life. Formed in 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio, as the Triumphs, and later re-naming themselves after popular local disc jockey Eddie O’Jay, the group has endured in one form or another for five decades, always anchored by the instantly recognizable voices of Eddie Levert and Walter Williams. Following several minor hits in the 1960s (such as "Lipstick Traces") the group struck gold in the 1970s with the great Philadelphia Soul producers Gamble&Huff. The partnership produced songs that mixed romantic and social messages, like "Backstabbers," "For the Love of Money" and of course, "Love Train." But along with their artistic achievements, the individual members of the O’Jays have struggled with challenges that included Williams’ quiet, decades-long battle with multiple sclerosis, and the untimely deaths of Eddie Levert’s sons, Sean and Gerald. Still putting on a show after a half century of performing together, the O’Jays tell the inside story of their journey on Unsung. https://tvone.tv/5601/o-jays/
  11. Unsung: Season 4, Episode 7 Billy Preston (25 Jul. 2011) Episode 33- "The Story of Billy Preston" July 25, 2011 Documenting the rise and career of the late recording artist Billy Preston. Interviews with Merry Clayton, Bruce Fisher, and George Johnson (of The Brothers Johnson). http://tvone.tv/category/shows/unsung/ This season is filled with trailblazing artists that dominated the charts, pushed the boundaries of their genre and inspired legions of fans with their legendary sound. Viewers will be able to reflect on the lives of innovative, soul stirring singers of the 60s and 70s


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