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Rhythm, Love & Soul

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Hosted by Aretha Franklin, Gloria Gaynor, Lou Rawls, Mary Wilson and Jerry Butler

National broadcast on PBS stations March 2003

Icons of America's music assembled on November 26 and gave plenty to a thankful, sold out crowd in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Who wouldn't enjoy a concert featuring Aretha Franklin, Gloria Gaynor, Jerry Butler, Lou Rawls, Mary Wilson and others? American Soundtrack: Rhythm, Love & Soul, is the upcoming all-new, all-star concert of WQED Multimedia's immensely popular American Soundtrack concert series.

This show brings together the "giants" of R&B singing their hits from 1960s and 1970s. The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, leads an all-star line up that includes Gloria Gaynor, Lou Rawls, Mary Wilson, Jerry Butler, The Spinners, The Manhattans, Blue Magic, Former Ladies of the Three Degrees, Dennis Edwards' Temptations, Edwin Starr & The Originals, Peaches & Herb, Hues Corporation, Tavares, Hugh Masekela & The Friends of Distinction, Bobby Purify, Barbara Mason, Billy Paul, Freda Payne and Thelma Houston.

Aretha Franklin &
Lou Rawls

Jerry Butler

Blue Magic

The Spinners

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WQED/Blaine Stiger.

Valerie, Helen & Cynthia, formerly known as
The Three Degrees

Host Lou Rawls

The Originals

Aretha Franklin &
Lou Rawls

Peaches & Herb

Aretha Franklin

Gloria Gaynor

Thelma Houston

Lou Rawls

Marquee at the Benedum

"This is about preserving the legends of R&B, Motown and Soul for history," says American Soundtrack creator and executive producer T.J. Lubinsky, "and what's just as important is keeping the production here in Pittsburgh. The entire nation looks to our city as the keeper of our American pop music preservation."

Pittsburgh's premiere broadcast of American Soundtrack: Rhythm, Love & Soul will air Monday, February 3, 2003 on WQED TV13. The show will air nationally on PBS stations in March 2003.

American Soundtrack Concert Series is a production of WQED Multimedia, Executive Producer, T.J. Lubinsky and produced in association with SHOUT! Entertainment.
US Airways is the official airline of the American Soundtrack concert series.
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