& Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular
Reunites Legendary Performers on National Broadcast
and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular
all-new music program from WQED Pittsburgh, producers of the American
Soundtrack series of all-star concerts.
show brings together legendary artists of the 1960s and 1970s
for a once-in-a-lifetime event: Ben E. King returning to The Drifters,
Jerry Butler reuniting with The Impressions for the first time
since 1958, The Miracles rejoined by Billy Griffin, as well as
The Isley Brothers, Percy Sledge, Eddie Holman, Little Anthony
& The Imperials, The Chi-Lites and many more performers singing
their most memorable hits, rhythm & blues and soul classics from
the '60s and '70s.
salute to several more of the greatest artists of the time, Rhythm
and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular also broadcasts
rarely seen footage of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding,
James Brown, and others, performing some of their most unforgettable
program is co-hosted by Dionne Warwick, Jerry "The Iceman" Butler,
Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, each of whom also performs, and Richard
"Shaft" Roundtree and was taped before live audiences
at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's downtown cultural
district on November 26 and 27, 2001.
is the only record we have and we're trying get them recorded
before it's too late, most performers are in their sixties and
seventies," declares T.J. Lubinsky, the show's creator, executive
producer and WQED Pittsburgh's director of on-air fundraising.
program also marks the first-ever televised gathering of Motown,
Stax, Atlantic, Volt, Muscle Shoals and Philadelphia International
talents," Lubinsky observes.
L. Miles, Jr., CEO of WQED Pittsburgh, which produced the program,
adds "We've been able to produce quality television with historic
and cultural significance and pay tribute to the artists."
and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular is the newest
product of PBS' plan to broaden its programming and address the
interests of new audiences. This effort is the result of the immense
success of the PBS presentations of WQED Pittsburgh productions
of past all-star concerts, (more) Doo Wop 50, Doo Wop 51, and
Rock, Rhythm, and Doo Wop. The WQED Pittsburgh-produced "Doo Wop
Trilogy," also overseen by TJ Lubinsky, aimed at fans of '50s
music, has far exceeded the past's most popular pledge shows,
including Les Miserables and The Three Tenors, to become the highest-
grossing fundraisers in PBS history, garnering over $45 million.
"Our mission is to entertain, enlighten, engage and extend the
PBS and WQED Pittsburgh audiences." asserts George L. Miles, Jr.,
CEO of WQED Pittsburgh. "We've tapped into a whole new market
that loves music and no one else in television is offering it
embraces another generation, lovers of music from the 1960s and
early 1970s, with Rhythm
and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular, following
this unprecedented success and new-found public demand for popular
music. WQED's Miles says "We will continue to provide new PBS
and WQED Pittsburgh audiences with a venue for enjoying their
favorite popular music."
and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular airs on PBS
stations nationwide in March. TJ Lubinsky acknowledges that because
of "the great support from Pittsburghers, WQED members, and local
companies with Pittsburgh ties such as USAirways, The Renaissance
Hotel, Heinz Hall, 94.5 3WS and Rhino Entertainment we've been
able to record this concert event for the video history books."
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and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular.
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