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Initial post: Jun 22, 2012 9:50:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012 9:56:57 AM PDT
70s Soul says:
In this article, it states Angela Bofill was only 17 when she wrote "I Try." Was she only 17 when she recorded it?

http://www.blackamericaweb.com/entertainment/screen/angela-bofill-unsung

Episode schedule:

June 25 - Sly and the Family Stone
July 2 - Angela Bofill
July 9 - Con Funk Shun
July 16 - Kool Moe Dee
July 23 - The Marvelettes
July 30 - Gerald Levert
Aug 13 - Arrested Development
Aug 20 - Lou Rawls

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 10:04:27 AM PDT
Where is CeCe Peniston in this lineup? :)

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 7:56:24 PM PDT
mediaagent says:
dvr is set!

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 4:35:58 AM PDT
70s Soul says:
Which comes first, drugs or mental illness? I think Sly's bipolarism went unrecognized when he was a child. Beatings wouldn't fix it.

His Unsung is awesome! Could have been longer. Either I missed it or they didn't mention their television appearances. Anyway, I want all The Family Stone's albums now.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 6:06:28 AM PDT
Ms. 90 says:
I didn't really enjoy it - mostly because I couldn't understand a word Sly was saying. Maybe I'll appreciate it more after a second viewing.

I'm looking forward to Angela Bofill's episode.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 10:48:32 AM PDT
Mr. P says:
Mental Illness. Then drugs.

And, always.....all are preceeded and most profoundly by ...The Childhood. And the relationship with the Parents.

We always.....

Reap What You Sow - Billy Stewart
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuBQkjekQwo

Now there's someone who is truly overdue an episode of Unsung.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 11:38:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 26, 2012 7:55:25 PM PDT
I am fairly new to these boards, (or maybe I should say seldom do I post) but it just seemed kind of odd that not much was mentioned about Larry Graham. I know he and Sly aren't on the best of terms and I was not expecting an appearance from him, but it just seemed weird that much wasn't mentioned about his style of Bass playing or much wasn't said about Rose aside from her being introduce into the band, and though I know it wasn't on a album I don't think "Hot Fun in the Summertime" ever came up.

Overall I thought it was pretty good, since much isn't seen or done about Sly & The Family Stone. I am in agreement that I had hard time understanding Sly, though I was already expecting that. And the bits with him and his laptop playing his music, made me cringe a little bit =(
I wasn't sure if Cynthia means still to this day that's HER MAN! Maybe she does, which in a way it's cute but at the same time i don't know lol.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 4:55:31 PM PDT
mediaagent says:
OK, I'm going to watch the episode then come back to comment....

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 3:28:08 PM PDT
Leelee says:
Looking forward to seeing Gerald Levert. The tributes on the award shows have not been the same without him.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 7:57:37 PM PDT
It was very hard to understand Sly and the wigs/shades were really throwing me off, but I got through it.

Sly and the Family Stone had some bad azz hits. "Everyday People", "If You Want Me to Stay" (funkiest bassline ever), "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)", "Hot Fun in the Summertime", "Stand", and of course the epic "Family Affair" are all still classics.

It was interesting learning about the band, The "integrated" membership was groundbreaking and clearly caused quite a stir back then. Definitely having Larry Graham as a bassist was phenomenal. That band was the epitome of real musicianship. I wonder what's behind his absence on the show. Did he have that serious of a falling out with Sly? UNSUNG surely needs to devote a show to Larry Graham. Legendary bass player with an extremely unique style,

On another note, to hear the trumpet player exclaiming, "I DON'T CARE HOW MANY WOMEN HE'S WITH, THAT'S MY MAN!" was a trip, and the pitbull attack was horrifying to hear about.

Sadly, this was another case of drugs and ego and whatever other curses that often plague bands. I'm really looking forward to Angel Bolfil and Lou Rawls.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 10:06:29 AM PDT
mediaagent says:
OK, here's my take...

I absolutely loved the fact that someone finally got him down to talk (however difficult it was to understand him), but I wish this show was an extra hour longer...

What I came away with this episode, which is why I wish there were some extra footage or something, is that Sly was just a tormented genius; I think that his drug use not only is attributed to the time period, but also because of the issues that surrounded the bands racial make up and being subjected to being in a world that was being torn apart by racial/political strife of the '60's.

This is the only time where I could see that an artist really had some inner struggles going on based on the "social" structure of the world around him.

That's why I wish this show was longer...someone's not asking the right questions, OR someone is leaving the heart of the story on the cutting room floor. I'll wait for his documentary...hello PBS are you listening?

I wish someone would release Sly and The Family Stone footage on DVD, cause they were kicking butt and taking names in late '60's! I have to say, I now understand Prince's lineup of the Revolution much better because of the clips of Sly.

Going to check out for the book "I Want To Take You Higher"...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012 10:25:21 AM PDT
MsBeige says:
No she was older like either in her 20s or 30s. The guy(Buddy Williams) she wrote the song about actually played the drums in the song when they recorded it. When you watch the episode they are not clear on how old she was when she recorded it but it gives you an idea that she wasn't 17.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 7:49:10 AM PDT
Ms. 90 says:
I really enjoyed the ConFunkShun episode. I didn't even know that was Michael Cooper - he doesn't look the same to me. How come I thought "Shake and Dance With Me" was called "She Can Dance With Me" and "Chase Me"...I didn't even know what Mike was singing...Save me, Shake Me...LOL. I'm mad they didn't mention my favorite ConFunkShun song "Straight From The Heart."

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 1:01:42 AM PDT
70s Soul says:
Yeah, it was recorded/released in 1979. She was around 25. I thought the voice was a bit mature for a 17 yr old.
She seems like an adorable person.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 1:14:49 AM PDT
70s Soul says:
ConFunkShun was cranking out albums late 70s/early 80s. Hits in the same year, off different albums. Although I always liked their music, I didn't know much about them.

LOL, Ms. 90, I guess you can hear those words (?) [slightly raised eyebrow]

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012 4:24:22 AM PDT
Lade says:
For years I've always thought "Too Tough" (Angela Bofill) and "Sneakin' Out" (Stacy Lattisaw) kinda sounded like they had borrowed from each other. Thanks to Unsung for finally clearing it up - its the Narada Michael Walden effect! I believe he produced, played on (maybe even wrote) both songs).

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 8:36:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 14, 2012 8:38:12 PM PDT
Great to have more helpings of UNSUNG again! So far, absolutely loved the Sly Stone, Angela Bofill, and Con Funk Shun (truly awakened a whole new awareness of that group, as prior I mostly knew them for "Love's Train"!). Got a feelin' next episode, I'll probably watch to the extent of the Treacherous Three (IF there will be any mention of them!) otherwise, still not much on rap - although the Fat Boys episode was most enjoyable.

For the longest time, if there's anyone I genuinely hope to see given the UNSUNG recognition that haven't been treated yet; I really, really, hope Patrice Rushen - seriously, what's takin' UNSUNG? She has to be THE ultimate old school jammer of the late seventies-late eighties ( Haven't You Heard, Look Up, Forget Me Nots, Remind Me, Breakout!, Feels So Real (Won't Let Go), Watch Out, ect) with a writing-producing-piano genius in the level of Stevie Wonder, and absolutely wearin' those braids!

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 10:17:22 PM PDT
Reggie says:
I too enjoyed the Confunkshun show. I always enjoyed the group but knew very little about them. There albums were must have during the late 70's.

Reggie

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 9:13:01 AM PDT
Ms. 90 says:
Two thumbs up for the Marvelettes episode. Those girls could work.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2012 3:31:37 PM PDT
BrooklynBorn says:
Yeah Ms. 90, I knew I always preferred their music over the Supremes, but I have to admit even as a Motown fan, I did not know they were so great on stage. They were almost like the female Temptations. That episode was probably my favorite Motown related episode, just as the Kool Moe Dee episode was probably my favorite Hip Hop episode.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 8:02:26 AM PDT
Ms. 90 says:
Hey, BB! Speaking of Kool Mo Dee, I'm reading his book, "There's God On The Mic." He mentioned it in his episode. I'm loving it so far.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2012 9:46:51 AM PDT
BrooklynBorn says:
Oh yes! Thanks Ms. 90 for reminding about the book because I meant to look for it. Where did you find it?

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 11:35:05 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 27, 2012 11:35:17 AM PDT
Ms. 90 says:
PG Library. Call them to have a copy sent to your branch. There're only a couple of copies available throughout the system and there may be a waiting list.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2012 2:51:41 AM PDT
Mr. P says:
Gotta love The Marvelettes.....as a fan of that Blues/Doo Wop sound they had...their few hits are still timeless classics.

Just a damn shame as the R&B morphed into Soul at Mowtown in 63 they couldnt continue to have success....but same ol same ol story with Gordy....eclipsed in popularity by his flagship group The Supremes.

The Soul of the Supremes was the pop end of the market that Gordy wanted so badly 2 cross over with. Compared to this sickly sound....the Marvelettes Doo Wop was gritty...and 2 my ears way more soulful.

There's always still a day when I dig out and spin some Marvelettes, Shirelles, Ronetts and Chantels...thats when my apartment sounds like a Scorseze movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2012 5:57:04 PM PDT
mediaagent says:
just put it on my library list..
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