This week kicks off the anniversary of the "The Group Harmony Review," which celebrates 51 years on the air at the end of March, and Women's History month too. The first hour will be a continuation of the focus on 1950s rock 'n' roll and R&B's transition into soul harmony. Artists will include the Temptations, Carla Thomas, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the O'Jays and the Marvelettes.
On The Group Harmony Review at midnight, the first hour will dwell on the transition of 1950's R&B and rock 'n' roll into soul harmony. Artists include Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Main Ingredient, The Chi-Lites, and many more.
During the second hour, special guest Connie Questell of The Decoys joins me. He's an early to mid-1960's R&B artist from the Bronx.
At midnight on the Group Harmony Review, I'll have a special presentation of the ladies of R&B, including their roots, related areas and influences. Expect a dazzling lineup that includes Ruth Brown, Little Esther, Ella Fitzgerald (pictured), Vicki Burgess, Ruth McFadden, Bette McLauren, Candy Rivers and many more. Throughout February, the focus has been on Black History Month too.
At midnight, I begin the first of four February shows celebrating Black History Month and the roots of 1950s R&B vocal group harmony, examining its influence on pop, blues, gospel, jazz and swing on the musical landscape. Expect to hear classics from the Five Keys, Ravens, the Delta Rhythm Boys (pictured), Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots, the Charioteers, the Marshall Brothers and other Group Harmony Review favorites.