I know I’m late. Unsung started their new season last week with KC and The Sunshine Band. The new season also includes Kashif, Chante Moore, Lakeside, H-Town, Jennifer Holliday and Nate Dogg.
KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND Premiere: Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET Through the disco era and beyond, KC and The Sunshine Band forged a sound of funk-filled happiness led by Harry Wayne Casey, a white singer/songwriter, who grew up in south Florida entranced by the sound of R&B.
KASHIF Premiere: Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. ET From growing up an orphan in New York City and shuttled through a total of eight different foster homes to a rising star in Hollywood, Kashif’s life has mirrored that of a phoenix rising from the ashes.
CHANTÉ MOORE Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. ET Chantè Moore made a name for herself first singing back-up for Toni Braxton. With her sultry looks and powerhouse voice, she soon became a household name with hits such as “Chante’s Got a Man” and “Love’s Taken Over.”
LAKESIDE Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. ET A mixture of crisp musicians and sleek vocalists forged in the land of funk – Dayton, Ohio – Lakeside’s nine members gave show-stopping performances that became legendary and created radio classics such as “It’s All the Way Live” and “Fantastic Voyage”.
H-TOWN Premiere: Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. ET H-Town exploded on to the R&B scene in 1993 with their No. 1 song “Knockin Da Boots.” The platinum-selling single from their debut album “Fever for Da Flavor”put both the group and their hometown of Houston on center stage. On the cusp of a comeback in 2003, H-Town was devastated when lead singer Dino was killed in a hit-and-run car accident.
JENNIFER HOLLIDAY Premiere: Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET Jennifer Holliday has a voice unlike any other. The original “Dreamgirl,” she rose to instant fame at the age of 21 after her unforgettable performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in the 1981 Broadway production of “Dreamgirls.” However, she fell into a state of depression due to personal struggles and the release of the 2006 “Dreamgirls” film without her participation.
NATE DOGG Premiere: Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET Since crashing the pop and hip hop charts in the early 1990s with Death Row Records, Nate Dogg became the “go to” R&B singer with a soulful hook.
I had a nice long holiday weekend which gave me a chance to catch up on my very busy dvr. One show I caught up on was Unsung’s KC and The Sunshine Band episode. They were very popular during the 1970’s. One of my favorite songs from KC and The Sunshine Band is Keep It Comin’ Love. This song was released in 1977 and is from the Part 3 album/cd.
Check out Keep It Comin’ Love.
Singer Al B. Sure will be featured on the next episode of TV One’s Unsung tomorrow night (Wednesday August 26, 2015) at 8:00pm.
Al B. Sure helped popularize the New Jack swing sound in R&B, and his story will be featured on the next episode of TV One‘s Unsung.
Talk about luck! Albert Joseph Brown III, known to fans as Al B. Sure, won first place in a singing competition held by the one and only Quincy Jones, and went on to work for the legendary producer. He released his debut album, In Effect Mode in 1988, which spawned the mega hit, “Night and Day.” No girl could escape Al B. Sure mania in the ’80s, and every teen wanted to marry him, even young soon-to-be houshold names, Faith Evans and Kelly Price.
Tv One’s Unsung starts the new season this evening at 8:00pm ET. I love this show. It took me forever to find the new schedule. Finally found it at The Futon Critic.
In a special episode, “Unsung Revisited,” viewers will receive an update on artists, including Full Force, Zapp & Roger, Sylvester, and Miki Howard, who following their features on the series, have experienced profound changes to their lives and legacy.
Episode Lineup Includes Ike Turner, Otis Redding, DJ Quik, Chuck Brown & The Story of Go-Go, Xscape, Kid ‘n Play and Special Unsung Revisited
Silver Spring, MD (May 27, 2015) – TV One’s award-winning series Unsung, returns with an all-new season of hitmakers and game changers starting Wednesday, June 3rd at 8PM/ET. 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 including Ike Turner, Otis Redding and the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown as well as return to hip-hop’s golden age with Kid ‘n Play, DJ Quik and Xscape.
Here’s the new schedule for June and July:
June 3, 2015- Ike Turner
June 10, 2015- Otis Redding
June 17, 2015- DJ Quik
June 24, 2015- Chuck Brown and the Story of Go-Go
July 1, 2015- Unsung Revisited featuring updated info on Full Force, Zapp & Roger, Sylvester and Miki Howard
July 8, 2015- Xscape
July 15, 2015- Kid ‘n Play
The schedule is always subject to change when it comes to dates. This happened last year. Check out The Futon Critic for more info on each show.
Speaking of TV One I read that they renewed their distribution deal with Verizon and will launch the network’s HD Channel. It’s about time TV One had a HD channel on Verizon.
The new season of TV One’s Unsung starts on Monday June 25. The new season includes such artists as Sly & The Family Stone, Con Funk Shun, The Marvelettes, Angela Bofill, Kool Moe Dee, Gerald Levert, Lou Rawls and Arrested Development. I’m really looking forward to watching Sly & The Family Stone and Angela Bofill.
Tv One usually asks Unsung fans who they would like to see in future episodes. One person that always gets mentioned is Stephanie Mills. Well wouldn’t you know it, Huffington Post has an interview with Stephanie and she states why she will not let Unsung do an episode on her career.
Stephanie Mills, R&B Diva, Refuses To Do TV One’s ‘Unsung’ Series
Since its debut in 2008, TV One’s hour-long music series, “Unsung,” has been one of the network’s crown jewels, covering the sometimes tragic careers of an array of celebrated music acts such as Teddy Pendergrass, DeBarge, Teena Marie, Melba Moore, Alexander O’Neal, Minnie Ripperton and Phyllis Hyman. Earlier this year the NAACP Image Award-winning series earned its highest rated, most successful season to date as it started airing in 27 percent more homes via various cable carriers.
Though the African-American targeted network is set to premiere the show’s sixth season with Sly and the Family Stone on June 25, one veteran music act who viewers will never see on the series is Stephanie Mills.
The Brooklyn-bred songstress, who catapulted to the top of music charts in the 1980s and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Michael Jackson and Pendergrass after acclaimed stints on Broadway in “The Wiz” and “Maggie Flynn,” seems to have a story that’s ripe for “Unsung,” which is often considered “the black version of ‘Behind The Music’ — VH1’s longtime biographical series.” But according to the sometimes reclusive Mills, the retrospective show is just not her cup of tea.
“I don’t like that show,” the Grammy Award winner revealed in a recent interview with The Huffington Post. “They have approached me quite a few times, but I [won’t] do that show.”
“I’ve always been very private and at 55 I don’t want to open up my life to that,” the “Never Knew Love Like This Before” belter continued. “They’ve done Angela Winbush and they even wanted me to say something about her on that show, and I love Angela, we’re sisters. But I had to tell her, ‘I don’t want to do that.’ … I’m not that girl.”
You can check out the entire article here.
Last year the Washington Post had a very interesting article about Angela Bofill.
Jazz singer Angela Bofill makes a comeback without voice that made her famous
By DeNeen L. Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 31, 2011
Angela Bofill waits in a plain, beige dressing room at the Birchmere, preparing to go onstage without something she has lost.
It’s not a small thing. Most people, says one fan of the ’80s R&B balladeer, would shut down, would be content to live out their lives offstage, out of the spotlight, wherever it is that old singers go to fade away. The music business demands perfection. A certain look.
At the least, it demands a voice.
“I love perform,” says Bofill, 56, her syntax fractured, her rhythm stop-and-start. She’s illuminated by bright lights but not an ounce of glitter or sequins. Instead, she wears a black-print blazer. A cane leans against the dressing table.
“I used to study opera. Used to teach voice. Used to have perfect pitch. Now, no pitch. Bad pitch. Frustrated – little bit. Half my life, singing. First time. No sing.”
She says she sounds like an old movie. “Me, Tarzan. You, Jane,” she jokes.
Outside in the dark, cold parking lot, a sold-out crowd lines up for Sunday night’s show: “The Angela Bofill Experience.” After two strokes and a five-year absence from the stage, Bofill’s name is again on the marquee. Fans have come from as far away as New Jersey, some cradling Bofill’s original albums, which show an absolutely gorgeous woman.
You can read the entire article about Angela Bofill here.
One of my favorite shows on TV One, Unsung returns for a new season on Monday, September 13.
The new season features Heatwave, Tammi Terrell, Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays and more. Previous season have featured Rose Royce, Stacy Lattisaw, The Bar-Kays, Teena Marie, Melba Moore, Phyllis Hyman and Debarge.
TV One’s signature music biography series sheds much-do light on some of the most influential, talented and yet, somehow forgotten R&B, Soul and Gospel artists of the last 30 years. While Aretha, Whitney, Diana, Stevie, Marvin and the Winans have been recognized over and over again-there are several artists like Phyllis Hyman and The Clark Sisters who haven’t been as honored.
This season, we’ll dig deep into the lives of Teddy Pendergrass, hip-hop notables The Fat Boys, songstress Tammi Terrell, The O’Jays and many, many more. Airing Monday nights, Unsung uncovers the hidden truth behind the fading of your favorite stars.
This new and exciting season will reveal the business and personal struggles that kept these artists from achieving the iconic commercial status they deserved. Don’t miss Unsung when it returns!
And here’s the radio edit version featuring the group.