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70s Soul Jam Valentines Concert
February 16th, 3:00PM
February 16th, 8:00PM
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Feel the love at the 70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert featuring The Stylistics, The Delfonics, Bloodstone, Blue Magic & The Manhattans! on Saturday February 16th at NYC’s landmark Beacon Theatre, with shows at 3pm and 8pm.ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
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 former band member Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the lush yet graceful productions of Thom Bell. This enduring act is a favorite for their showmanship, harmony and style and features the talented line-up of Airrion Love, Herb Murrell, Eban Brown and Jason Sharp.
Known for their sleek, soulful Philadelphia sound, this trio has been performing for nearly 40 years. Their first chart topper, La La Means I Love You, was released in 1968, followed by hit singles including You Get Yours, I’ll Get Mine, I’m Sorry, and Ready or Not. In 1971, the group received a Grammy for the single Didn’t I.
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.
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.
Jersey City natives, The Manhattans, sold millions of records over four decades. Honors include winning NATRA’s “Most Promising Group” in 1969. In the late 70’s recorded and released the songs they are are still best known for — “Kiss and Say Goodbye” and “Shining Star”. Through the years, the group has persevered through numerous management and personnel changes to continue performing and recording.
Note: lineups may be subject to change.
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