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The 18th Annual Old School & Blues Festival Honors U.S. Military Service Members
The 18th Annual Old School & Blues Festival Honors U.S. Military Service Members and Veterans who protect our security and freedom.
By: Jeremy Schmidt
To prepare for over 15,000 fans the 2014 Old School & Blues Festival will be held at a larger venue for 2014-- the Huntsville Dragway on May 24th 2014-- located at 502 Quarter Mountain Road Harvest, Alabama.
Featuring National Recording Legends
The Manhattans got together not in their namesake location, but in nearby Jersey City, NJ, in 1962. The group was centered around lead singer George "Smitty" Smith and bass (and sometime lead) vocalist Winfred "Blue" Lovett; the other original members were Kenny Kelley, Richard Taylor, and Edward "Sonny" Bivins, the latter of whom sometimes co-wrote material with accomplished songwriter Lovett. In 1964, The Manhattans signed with the Newark-based Carnival label and teamed up with producer Joe Evans; they scored their first hit in early 1965 with "I Wanna Be (Your Everything),"
R&B singer Mel Waiters was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, where in 1974 he began his performing career at local teen clubs; after a stint as a radio deejay, he was awarded a government contract to entertain at military bases across the southwest. Debuting with 1997's Suki-Suki Man, he quickly followed with the LP I'm Serious, notching a hit with the single "Hit It and Quit It." Upon signing with Malaco/Waldoxy, Waiters returned with Woman in Needin 1998; Material Things followed a year later, and in mid-2000 the singer resurfaced with I Want the Best.
His first national hit was a cover of Gladys Knight’s “If You Were My Woman” (#70 R&B). His biggest success came in 1974, with “Let’s Straighten It Out”, an R&B chart #1 which also reached #31 on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 charts. He followed it up with more hits including “Keep The Home Fire Burnin’” (#5 R& B, 1975) and “Somethin’
Latimore moved to Malaco Records in 1982, resulting in seven albums worth of modern soul music. He briefly left the label in 1994 and released a song for the J-Town label (“Turning Up The Mood”) before returning to Malaco in 2000 with “You’re Welcome To Ride”. Next he recorded one album with Mel Waiters’ label Brittney Records called “Latt is Back”.
Shirley Brown Born January 6, 1947, in West Memphis, the Browns (http://www.allmusic.com/
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