Detroit Definitive. Finally got a chance to absorb The Dramatics Unsung episode. It was great to see the surviving members share wisdom and their climb to iconic longevity that put them in a class of their own..unchallenged. The prolific writing and production team of Tony Hester and Don Davis got an honorable mention which was one of my favorites highlights. They as a creative powerhouse seemed to have chosen the reclusive route while keeping their head buried in musical books to create a rich catalog that still stands to this very day. It was also great to see their musical peers make a surprise appearance while giving their insight on the magnitude for their body of work. #thedramatics #unsung #unique74
Finally braced myself to watch the profile episode. On a lighter note, is it just me or does Phillip (feather perm) seems like he was saying during the interview segment “oh that’s nothing..that’s just the half of it”! lmfao He was one of the funniest and candidly honest. There were some other funny highlights..Jody: “siiiiign the mathafacka!!”..lmfao!! I need to see the unedited interviews for the culture..lol I don’t wanna give away too much. On a musical note, Phillip was a great lead vocalist as well, I had no idea that was him all these years (it’s in the genes as well..look up: Ingram Kingdom). Tommy is indisputably a beast bass player.. he had some serious thumps on all those recordings. Looking back makes me appreciate them more. For the record and as a fellow historian who personally witnessed that era, “Best Beat In Town” was irrefutably one of their staple jams..everybody had to turn in a “Dance Record”..even Rock bands. Knock it off…that song was huge in the hood. I can’t allow shade to be thrown on one of the best party jams of all time. Dont be putting a remix on history…go get your old Billboard stats..ijs #switch #unsung #unique74
I recently saw the Teddy Pendergrass episode of TV ONE’s “UNSUNG” series. In the segment, they made reference that Teddy’s main contenders during the late 70’s was PEABO BRYSON and AL GREEN. I heavily disagree. For the record, I was 5 yrs old when TP hit his prime with “Turn Off The Lights” and everybody had the Teddy jeans while eating Reggie Jackson candy. At that time, Peabo Bryson was making waves with his strong Gospel infused sounds while Al Green during that period went heavily into the ministry (only to return in the mid 80’s with his strong comeback hit “Everything Is Going To Be Alright”). During this period, it was Peabo Bryson and Michael Henderson that were his strong contenders (the vets..Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Barry White, etc were revamping their sounds and adjusting to the disco sound). MICHEAL HENDERSON was coming off the heels of writing and producing for artists such as The Dramatics, Norman Connors and Jean Carn just to name a few in addition to being a multitalented artist and performer with a plethora of hits. Just an FYI. Peace.