Artists

The Chi-Lites

The group that became the Chi-Lites in 1964 was originally made up of four school friends from Hyde Park High School in Chicago plus a young singer who attended Englewood High School. They were Robert “Squirrel” Lester, Clarence Johnson, Burt Bowen, and Eddie Reed, plus Eugene Record. By 1960 a few […]

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Diana Ross On Screen Part 4

Following the commercial failure of her third film “The Wiz”, Diana Ross returned to making music. “The Boss” album was released in 1979, becoming the first album by Diana Ross as a solo artist to receive a gold certification from the RIAA, awarded on 17th July 1980. The album was the […]

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Diana Ross On Screen Part 3

The third feature film starring Diana Ross was released in 1978. It is a reworking of L. Frank Baum’s story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, with an all-black cast, loosely based on the Broadway musical version of 1974. It was produced by Rob Cohen for Motown Productions and directed by Sidney Lumet, with […]

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Diana Ross On Screen Part 2

After the success of her first film “Lady Sings the Blues” in 1972, Diana Ross returned to the day job. Three Diana Ross albums were released in 1973, “Touch Me in the Morning”, “Diana & Marvin” (with Marvin Gaye) and “Last Time I Saw Him”. The second of Ross’ three […]

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Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson was born in Detroit in 1934. He left school at fifteen, joined a gospel group, got into trouble with the police, started drinking and got married by the age of seventeen. Not a great start to his career in music. Fortunately, he really could sing! His first taste […]

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Professor Longhair

The roots of the fabulous body of music that was produced in New Orleans in the twentieth century can be traced back to the ensemble playing of the black funeral bands, the powerful rhythms of Mardi Gras parades, country blues from various areas in the Mississippi delta and the barrelhouse […]

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Rufus & Carla Thomas

Rufus Thomas was born in Mississippi in 1917 but his family moved to Memphis around 1920. As a teenager still at school, Rufus was helping out one of his teachers, who was a DJ at a local radio station, as a master of ceremonies for talent shows that were organised at […]

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Dave Prater and Sam Moore

Mr Prater and Mr Moore met in 1961 in Florida. They were both singers who liked gospel and who also used to sing in some of the clubs in and around Miami. One night they decided to team up and thus the duo of Sam and Dave was created. By […]

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