2005-02-18 / Community

70’s Soul Jam At NorthFork Theater At Westbury

Stylistics, Delfonics, Manhattans And JJ On Tap

70’s Soul Jam, starring The Stylistics, The Chi-Lites, The Manhattans, The Delfonics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Carl Carlton, and Hosted by Jimmie “JJ” Walker will appear at Westbury Music Fair on Saturday, March 12 th at 8 pm. Tickets are $45 and are available at Westbury Music Fair’s box office, select Ticketmaster locations and online at CC.com and musicfair.com

The Stylistics with all their charisma and style became one of the best-selling soul groups ever. “You’re A Big Girl Now” was their first single, which immediately became a top-ten hit. After that first album was out they produced 12 more records, which also became top-ten hits. “Heavy” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New” are just a couple of their many hit songs.

The Chi-Lites first national hit “Give it Away” climbed to the No.10 spot on the R&B charts. Some other hits are “Give More Power to the People” and the 1972 release “Have You Seen Her.” The Chi-Lites were pioneers for the sound of Chicago-soul.

The Manhattans most recent CD was released in October, 2001. Their latest single is “Nites Like This.” The group achieved a platinum-selling #1 pop and R & B hit in 19676 with their ballad “Kiss and Say Goodbye.” They performed at President Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Ball. In 1980, they received a Grammy for “Shining Star.” They were inducted into the R & B Hall of Fame in 1999.

When The Delfonics first came on the scene they were automatically accepted and loved. Their first single ever released was “He Don’t Really Love You.” In 1970, their single “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time” reached number one. The Delfonics continued growing in the 1970’s, when they were awarded a Grammy for “Didn’t I,” recognizing it as the top soul hit of 1971.

Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes consists of Donnell Gillispie, Rufus Throne, Dwight Johnson, Tony Brooks, and Nate Brown. Donnell has been singing with Harold Melvin since 1990, and was in the studio with him recording some vocals before he got sick. Rufus has been a part of Harold’s camp since 1980; he came to Blue Notes as a tenor and is said to be one of the best. Dwight, originally from D.C. has been a member of Harold’s camp since 1976, and has recorded 5 albums with the Blue Notes. Tony, from D.C. as well, was a part of a group Harold managed called “The Wonders.” Nate, originally from Philadelphia, is a talented vocalist and pianist, who contributed wonderful sounds to the new album.

Carl Carlton has been a dynamic entertainer for over four decades. Carl started his career in the 60’s. “Competition Ain’t Nothing” was his first hit, receiving a Golden Mic Award. In the 70’s “I want to be your main squeeze” was a top 20 R&B hit and “Everlasting Love” was a #2 Pop hit and hit #11 on the R&B charts. His music has recently been featured in hit films How to Be a Playa and Undercover Brother. Carl’s voice is stronger than ever and his new Bad Mama Jam Band is hotter than ever.

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