70S SOUL JAM with The Stylistics, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes and Blue Magic Set for MPAC, 7/17
Get down with the best of 70s Philly soul, featuring The Stylistics ("You Make Me Feel Brand New," "You Are Everything," "Betcha By Golly, Wow"), Harold Melvin's Blue Notes ("If You Don't Know Me By Now," "The Love I Lost") and Blue Magic ("Sideshow"). 70s Soul Jam comes to the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8 pm. Tickets are $39-79.
The Stylistics, with their charisma, style and harmony, evolved into one of the best-selling soul groups ever. The Philadelphia-based quartet recorded a remarkable 10 straight-top ten hits during the early 1970s. In 1971, the group released their debut self-titled album. The Stylistics would capture the imagination of the nation and the hearts of its women with their first single, "You're a Big Girl Now", which immediately became a top-ten hit. They went on to produce 12 consecutive top-ten hits from 1971 to 1974, culminating with their Grammy-nominated hit, "You Make Me Feel Brand New." They continue to perform as only they can, bringing with them the sweet, soulful memories of year's past.
Harold Melvin was one of the driving forces behind Philadelphia soul, leading his group the Blue Notes to the top of the charts during their stint on Philadelphia International label. Despite Melvin's billing out front, the Blue Notes' focal point was lead singer and onetime drummer Teddy Pendergrass, whose surging baritone graced the Blue Notes' recordings during their glory years of 1972-1975 and gave them a truly distinctive sound. They never really disbanded, and by the time Melvin passed away in 1997, he'd been leading the Blue Notes for over four decades.