Patti Labelle, SOS Band
Midnight Star and Regina Belle
@Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavilion
Saturday 1/20/2018 6:00 PM
This Woodands concert brought to us by Urban One's 102.1 FM radio station, calls the event Majic 102.1 Under the Stars, featuring Patti Labelle, SOS Band Midnight Star and Regina Belle. This concert is a great throw-back to the 80's when Labelle, SOS Band, Midnight Star and Regina Belle ruled R&B and mass appeal (Top 40) radio airplay.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native Patti Labelle has been entertaining us for over fifty years. LaBelle began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, eventally they would change their name to LaBelle. Their big hit that made Labelle music celebrity was "Lady Marmalade" a song written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan. The song is famous for its sexually suggestive chorus of "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?", which translates into English as "Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?". LaBelle's group became the first African-American's to land the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Ms Labelle went on to be nominated and win Grammy awards and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for her work on
Atlanta, Georgia's, SOS Band (Sounds of Success) got together in 1977, when keyboardist and vocalist Jason Bryant, saxophonists Billy Ellis and Willie "Sonny" Killebrew, guitarist Bruno Speight, bassist John Alexander Simpson, drummer James Earl Jones III, and lead vocalist Mary Davis formed a group called Santa Monica that played at Atlanta nightclub the Regal Room.
They are best known for the songs "Take Your Time (Do It Right)," "Just Be Good to Me," "Tell Me If You Still Care," and "The Finest."
Midnight Star's popularity
began to fade around 1990.
The group reunited in 2000 with many of the original members (including all of the singers)
and released the album
15th Avenue two years later.
Midnight Star started was started at Kentucky State University by trumpeter Reggie Calloway, vocalist Belinda Lipscomb, guitarist/drummer/vocalist Melvin Gentry, bassist Kenneth Gant, multi-instrumentalist Bill Simmons, keyboard player/vocalist Bo Watson and guitarist/keyboardist Jeff Cooper, as a self-contained group. They later added non-KSU student trombonist Vincent Calloway (Reginald's younger brother).
Midnight Star's popularity began to fade around 1990. The group reunited in 2000 with many of the original members (including all of the singers) and released the album 15th Avenue two years later. Since then, the group has toured sporadically, most recently with a lineup that includes Belinda Lipscomb, Kenneth Gant, Melvin Gentry, Bo Watson, and Bobby Lovelace, with Bill Simmons sometimes joining as well.
Regina Belle, known for her singles, "Baby Come to Me" (1989) and "Make It Like It Was" (1990) were chart toppers back then.
Did you know, Belle studied opera at the Manhattan School of Music. While at Rutgers University, she became the first female vocalist with the school's jazz ensemble. Belle says hermusical influences include Phyllis Hyman, Billie Holiday, Shirley Caesar, Patti LaBelle, and Nancy Wilson. She was introduced to the Manhattans by New York radio DJ Vaughn Harper and began working as their opening act. She recorded the duet "Where Did We Go Wrong" with the group which helped to attract the attention of Columbia Records. They eventually signed her to a record deal.
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