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70’s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert at the Beacon Theatre




Saturday, February 16, 2013 3:00PM

Saturday, February 16, 2013 8:00PM

70’s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert

Saturday, February 16th – 2 Shows: 3pm & 8pm


The Stylistics
The Emotions
The Manhattans
Blue Magic
Cuba Gooding, Sr

About the Acts…

The Stylistics: The leading Philly soul group in the early ‘70s, this enduring band enjoyed twelve straight Top 10 hits from 1971-1974, 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. The act is a favorite for their showmanship, harmony and style.

The Emotions: This Chicago-based trio of sisters with a strong gospel base, was 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. 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. Two years after Best of My Love, Maurice White and the Emotions collaborated on “Boogie Wonderland” which was both a #2 R&B and #6 pop hit.

One of the early 1970s most popular smooth soul groups of the didn’t hail from Philly or Memphis. Instead, the Chi-Lites were from Chicago, a city better known for its gritty urban blues and driving R&B. Led by vocalist Eugene Record, the Chi-Lites had a lush, creamy sound distinguished by four-part harmonies and layered productions. During the early ‘70s, they landed 11 Top Ten R&B singles, ranging from the romantic ballads like “Have You Seen Her” and “Oh Girl” to protest-themed songs like ’s Sake) Give More Power to the People" and “There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated at the Conference Table).”

The Manhattans: Jersey City natives The Manhattans sold millions of records over four decades. Honors include winning NAFTA’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 though numerous management and personnel changes to continue performing and recording.

Blue Magic: 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.

Cuba Gooding, Sr:
*Cuba Gooding, Sr" is perhaps best known for his impassioned lead vocals for The Main Ingredient during their prime hit-making years, when the group released 1972’s classic “Everybody Plays the Fool” followed by many other fine singles in the early 70s.

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