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New Season of UNSUNG starts January 2, 2012!

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2012 5:24:07 PM PDT
mediaagent says:

You are right! I said the same thing, but everyone said Robin wasn't there...hmmmm. And yes, I do remember the rumors...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2012 2:36:27 PM PDT
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BrooklynBorn says:
LMAO! Media, that was my favorite line too! But I did want Oprah to ask Pat when and how she became Whitney's manager. Because wasn't Robin her manager when rumors were swirling that Robin and Whitney were romantically involved? And soon after that, you heard nothing else about Robin. And I do believe I saw her at the funeral.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 7:07:17 AM PDT
Lade says:
I missed it! (when did it run?)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2012 8:39:49 PM PDT
mediaagent says:

Oprah's interview with Whitney's family produced one great line. When asked about what he thought about Bobby Brown, Whitney's brother answered: "Bobby was a great guy"...when asked about did he interfere in his sister's marriage: "Relationships are like scissors, get in between them and you get cut"...

End of the discussion on Bobby....

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2012 8:37:11 PM PDT
mediaagent says:
LMAO @ Mr. P!

I'm telling you! I can't deal with R-uh anymore...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2012 1:11:24 PM PDT
Mr. P says:
He shoulda stayed in the closet.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2012 1:28:44 AM PDT
Lade says:
Media (Mr P): Priceless for real! That line - Pied Piper ... is one we will all remember well into our 90's (God willing!). Some things might be legal to do, but there also gots to be some room for good judgement - like why would a family which dislikes Bobby Brown so much, invite Kelly up to perform a funeral tribute on their behalf - a sober, nationally televised event? Its not like they don't have a rolodex filled with world class phone numbers! I know its "apples and oranges" but IMO, there's a greater likelihood that Orenthal might not have been the real killer - at least there wasn't any videotape! (wow, its been 18 years!). Ditto to the Grammy organizers - asking Chris Brown to perform a live set at their showcase award show. Nobody else returned their calls? Did anyone notice how CB kind of looked around at the audience after working thru his song and dance routine, like - "people - where my standing ovation at?". Cue all the kids on "Different Strokes", Miley, Macaulay ... It sucks when they grow up. I guess life must go on and The Kels is somewhat of a talented music "genius" - has a real career filled with multiple hits, has outlasted pretty much all his peers in the business - and always comes up with a fresh vibe. Still, you wish he had just sat his (very) lucky behind down. Just saying'.

... and on a better note!!! I always knew that Sheila E was a drummer - but I guess I didn't know she could really DRUM!! Like lights out, knockout, tap-tap-bang-bang-boom. Watching her energy and co-ordination has been a thing of joy. That stuff is hard! I've spent the last few days going thru different Sheila E youtubes. Thanks to the series for bringing her back into consciousness!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 10:42:40 PM PDT
LOL@ Mediaagent....
"The Pied Piper Of Piss" !! (Priceless!)
Tooo funny! (-;

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 8:37:00 AM PDT
Mr. P says:

Cant think of a musician I admire on an artistic level that aint a f*** up on anotha level. And heck, we ALL got issues! But I hear u, there are some 'deal-breakers'.....and while I only ever liked one tune he done, 'The pied piper of piss', is persona non-gratia. Period. [My jaw dropped when he turned up at Whitney's funeral.]

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 6:56:02 AM PDT
Ms. 90 says:
I'm biased - I loved the Whodini episode. It brought back fond memories of my teenage years.

Grandmaster Dee with the green eyes...swoooooooooooooon!

They didn't say what happened to Larry Smith - Jalil's writing partner and the guy who put that second LP on the map.

Did Jalil seem to have a speech issue - like he may have had a stroke or something?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2012 6:37:03 PM PDT
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mediaagent says:

That's true...but sometimes you just don't wanna know. I wanted to know more about David the singer, not the abuser....

That's like R. Kelly. Used to love him. When I see him now, I have the urge to go to the throw up. The pied piper of piss disgusts me now...

I can't even play his records anymore....

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2012 6:34:48 PM PDT
mediaagent says:
"Born and raised in the the streets of Brooklyn, there's three of us and we're all good lookin'...
-- Funky Beat

Those were my boys! LOOOOOOOVED THEM! Can't wait!

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 4:03:21 PM PDT
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Ms. 90 says:
Ecstacy used to rock those cute lil shorts and the big hat. Oooooohweee!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2012 2:49:36 PM PDT
BrooklynBorn says:
Ms. 90, you were diggin' the tennis shorts they use to sport back in the day huh? LOL!

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 12:31:22 PM PDT
Ms. 90 says:
Whodini tonight - Lawd, those brothers were phoine!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2012 11:17:37 AM PDT
Lade says:
Small secret Brooklyn: I hardly ever use that TV! (it's why I wasted so much time trying to hook the thing up that day). I usually just have another TV on in the background, rotating the same 2-3 channels (without sound) playing different kinds of music - until something catches my eye on screen. Usually some over-reported disaster!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012 12:43:43 PM PST
BrooklynBorn says:
Lade, I've learned that alot of the full episodes, even past seasons, are on YouTube. But you are the YouTube king so you should have known that. LOL! I say that cause you had access to YouTube on your TV long before others. DirecTV actually just added it so I can now watch on my TV.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2012 11:32:18 PM PST
Lade says:
Amen HWFBTR!! (and Nicholas) Big talent gets big breaks (see R Kelly, who incredibly is a free man). Just imagine if you or I had been in the same situation .... I know, "it wasn't him on tape". You've put it well. Thank goodness for the music! Everybody has flaws. I've come late to the Unsung party. Love the genius of David Ruffin - Gucci cars and all.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 9:39:54 PM PST
People always seem disillusioned or somehow betrayed (on some level) when they find out
that someone who they idolized or admired greatly, like an entertainer, doesn't live up to the
image that they had of them through their music. The image and the real person are two different things.
There are some entertainers whose lives match the image that they project, while some are far from it.
When you hear about the true life antics of people like David Ruffin, Ike Turner, James Brown, etc.,
how they beat up their women, were cold, ruthless, & dominating characters...
This knocks some for a loop, and they simply don't want to except it.
But, as with all people, everybody has light and dark within themselves...
Some move in the light, while some can never escape the darkness.
But in a weird way, it's what fuels their genius, and made them who they were.
I just thank goodness for the music they made...and let the other stuff fall to the side.
Nobody's perfect after all.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 7:58:05 PM PST
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Gosh; sometimes, those episodes, despite the truths being told; does indeed does more harm than good to my appreciation of some of those people; as characters. After watching the Angela Winbush episode, I've learned Rene Moore might've struck her (hey, if he showed up for the program, there's his defence - yet he chose not to). Through the Atlantic Starr episode, learned the Lewis brothers gradually resented their female lead singers, even one slammed completely on Barbara Weathers that "she can't sing". Now, David. I already knew he had a thing goin' with Tammi Terrell, but did not know it was between her with two other women.

For the record, I have absolutely no compassion for any mistreaters of the fairer sex. But I shall still heavily listen to my old David Ruffin: Ultimate Collection CD, at least in re-awakened appreciation of his voice, rough yet vulnerable.
And, come on, "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)" and "Walk Away From Love" may have been his big big hits, but he also had "I've Lost Everything I've Ever Loved", "I'm So Glad I Fell For You", "Heavy Love", "Everything's Coming Up Love", "You're My Peace of Mind", and "Just Let Me Hold You For a Night"; now that one's a killer.

Also of note: how come Van McCoy's name was slighted from that episode; he was largely responsible for most of his 1975-1977 hits, after all.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 7:28:25 PM PST
I agree with you guys in that this UNSUNG showed the dark side of David Ruffin with only glimpses of stellar moments on stage with the Temptations. It left a bitter taste in my mouth. The disturbing accounts of abuse suffered by son and the women in his life marred what could have been an incredible tribute to a voice like none other.

David Ruffin simply could not escape his addiction, His Jekyll. The monster that tragically destroyed him. So sad to see the sadness in his son's eyes as he tried to describe his father, a man who needed love, sang about love and in the same token could not show love to those closest to him.

I didn't know much about David Ruffin but I'd like to remember him for the legendary singer and performer that the world loved. When I tell you UNSUNG brought the pain last night, I mean it. Man.

And yes, that one daughter looks so much like him it's not even funny. Wow.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 6:37:52 PM PST
mediaagent says:
ehh, it could have been better, focusing on him as a singer. But i get the impression that besides his singing, he was really a bastard. Sorry to put it that way, but that's how the show portrayed him. The fact that the son talked about how he beat him and then said "My father did not die in a crack house, he died at the hospital"...says the person who brought him in, who left him there, who in my opinion was questionable. The chick who has his last name but isn't really his wife David Jr's mom, I mean really why do we have to hear all of this? You sued Motown and Otis Williams (who had some kind of Bootsy Collins/George Clinton meets Curtis Mayfield look, what was that?); for defamation of character and false portrayals of your father in the TV miniseries (to which they won), only to go back and pretty much tell the same bits of information on David anyway. It was pointless.

I put on FB last night that the manager "Shelly" said last night:

"There was never one particular lead singer of the Temptations; "It could have been David, it could have been Eddie, it could have been Paul or it could have been Melvin."

I thought to myself: Well one thing for sure, according to The Temptations movie, David got it right: "Ain't nobody checking for you Otis!" <--#check! Score one for David! LMAO!

The Temptations movie put him in a better light!

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 6:13:35 AM PST
Ms. 90 says:
I didn't find this episode that interesting. I agree with you guys, it was very dark and did seem to focus more on his personal troubles. They showed some clips from an interview with him - I would have liked to have seen more of that. And that one daughter - looks like David spit her out.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2012 10:38:39 PM PST
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BrooklynBorn says:
I'm really not familiar with who is baritone or first and second tenor, but I've always thought Paul and David had alot of similarities, with David edging out Paul a bit. And I loved the direction they went because not only were the Temptations known for their vocals, but they were equally known for their showmanship. And tonight's show reminded me that while in clips I listened to David or even Eddie's vocal's on a particular song, I paid just as much attention to what Paul was doing in the background. I personally preferred to see him stepping while the others sang lead.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2012 10:21:45 PM PST
BrooklynBorn says:
Yeah Nicholas, I think I have to agree. Don't think I really saw much about why he was so bad. If I were a youngster or someone who knew nothing about David Ruffin, I might walk away from this show saying, he did "My Girl", "Ain't Too Proud Too Beg", and had drug problems and tons of demons. Yeah, it was probably true, but I wished there was more focus on what a great soul singer he was.
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