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In 1969, Dayton, Ohio native Stephen Shockley formed the Young Underground after exiting the Monterreys. Vocalist Mark Woods, who was a member of the local band the Nomads, joined up with Shockley to form a more mature-sounding Young Underground. While in Chicago the group renamed itself Lakeside Express.
The group signed a deal with Griffey, and released their first Top Ten hit on Solar Records, "It's All the Way Live," which peaked at number four on the Billboard R&B charts.
In 1980 they went storming up the charts again with their smash number one single, "Fantastic Voyage," which was produced by the self-contained band. The group continued their success with the Billboard Top Ten singles "Raid," "Outrageous," and a string of R&B party songs and ballads.
The group is currently on a US tour taking audiences on a “Fantastic Voyage”. They are docking at WDKK Radio to talk about their continued success.
Called the" Prophet of Soul " in the 80's, Howard Johnson can still wear that moniker with honors. His distinctive style has earned him a spot that will go down in history. Time and again, Howard Johnson’s music productions and performances are critically acclaimed. As time unfolds, this artist is identified as one of music's most versatile entertainers. Starting as Lead singer of the group Niteflyte on Arista Records with several pop hits, then as a solo artist on A&M Records, to his current status of being an independent performer, Howard is still wowing fans around the world as a solo artist making music.......
Joining me for this anniversary show is the legendary "Whispers." The Whispers were the first artists featured on the newly formed Soul Train label (co- owned by the TV show's creator and host Don Cornelius and entrepreneur Dick Griffey (Solar Records).
Carolyn Griffey is an American female soul vocalist, and member of the soul funk group Shalamar. She is the daughter of Carrie Lucas and Solar Records boss Dick Griffey, who worked with Don Cornelius in the television program, Soul Train.
Griffey grew up around The Whispers, Shalamar, Midnight Star, Dynasty, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and James Brown, who all appeared on Soul Train or who were signed to Solar Records.
She has been the lead female vocalist of Shalamar since 2001. She appeared on ITV’s Hit Me, Baby, One More Time in 2005, and has been touring the world with the Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel.
She also sings with the Andraé Crouch Gospel Choir, who are known for their work on Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror", "Keep the Faith" and "Will You Be There".
The Stylistics were the perfect example of the term 'Sweet Soul', during the early Seventies.
Their association with Thom Bell and Linda Creed produced some of Soul Music's finest songs covering the previous half century. They were originally formed by the merging of certain members of the two Philadelphia based groups, The Percussions and The Monarchs.
They Stylistics have become one of the best-loved and longest enduring R & B in the world. Join us for a great time of conversation and music.
Rachael is a Los Angeles based singer- songwriter. She grew up dancing & singing to the radio and acting in musicals. She wrote her first song on the piano at age 12. At the age of 17, she started playing guitar and straight out of high school joined a Rock band called Higher Ground.
Her musical influences at this time ranged from U2, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Madonna, The Beatles, Prince, Lauryn Hill and Joni Mitchell.
Her music can be described as soulful pop, mixing smooth vocals and classic songwriting with an eclectic musical style.
While he's never been as commanding an R&B/urban vocalist as he was in his gospel days, Glenn Jones has nevertheless managed a successful switch from spiritual to secular material. Norman Connors helped Jones make the move in 1980, featuring him on a song for his LP Take It to the Limit. Jones later toured with Connors, and also sang on Mr. C. He signed with RCA in 1983, and issued a mini-album, which garnered a Top 30 R&B single in "I Am Somebody."
Take the offspring of New Jack Swing, infuse with funky rock, add high energy performances, and you get the music of Farrad — a potent performer and songwriter who leaves crowds mesmerized, inspired, and bumping in unison to the beat.
His influences include Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and contemporary artists such as Beyonce, Prince and Andre 3000. Farrad commands a stage with precise choreography, unbridled passion, boundless energy and the singular focus to give the crowd more than they bargained for — infusing every song with power, theatrics, and ridiculously catchy hooks.
Jeffrey Osborne began his professional singing career in 1969 with a popular funk and soul group called Love Men Ltd. The band moved to Los Angeles in 1970 and changed its name to L.T.D. Osborne was originally brought on as the drummer and eventually became the lead vocalist. After more than ten years with the band, he decided to pursue a solo career, which produced such Top 40 hits as "Don't You Get So Mad," "Stay With Me Tonight," and "Love Power," which he performed with Dionne Warwick.Osborne's solo career has brought him five gold and platinum albums, including Stay With Me Tonight and Only Human. He also recorded an album of duets with popular singer James Ingram, and scored an international hit with "On the Wings of Love" in 1982. Osborne's touring and recording continue to keep him busy much of the time, but he also devotes some of his time to charity work.
Instant Funk burst on the ’70s disco scene with the million-selling single “I Got My Mind Made Up. The Trenton, NJ, band started out with the core lineup of bassist Raymond Earl, drummer Scotty Miller, and guitarist Kim Miller.It later expanded to include keyboardist Dennis Richardson; lead singer James Carmichael; horn players Larry Davis, Eric Huff, and Johnny Onderlinde; and percussionist Charles Williams.