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    Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:34:26

    "Superstars of '70s Soul Live" to Air in March on PBS - Patti LaBelle to host

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    Superstars of '70s Soul Live, the very first installment of the acclaimed MY MUSIC series, will return to PBS stations nationwide in March 2012 by popular demand. Hosted by Grammy award winner Patti LaBelle, Superstars of '70s Soul Live is a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of R&B legends performing some of the greatest hits of the decade.

    This emotional concert special, captured live in Atlantic City in November 2003, features performances from some of the biggest names in R&B, soul, disco and funk. Highlights include two numbers from host Patti LaBelle, including her chart-topping smash "Lady Marmalade"; The Commodores' hard-funk classic "Brick House"; the get-up-and-dance anthem "We Are Family" by Kathy and Joni Sledge of Sister Sledge; "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" by McFadden & Whitehead – the duo's last performance together, recorded months before Whitehead's passing; and a historic reunion of the Chi-Lites with original lead singer Eugene Record, in what was to be the group's last performance with Record before his passing in 2005.

    "This special is a dream come true, to gather the original voices and talents that define the '70s soul era," says MY MUSIC executive producer TJ Lubinsky. "You may not remember all their names, but you know each and every one of their songs as the music that defined the soul of the '70s."

    Lubinsky spent two years tracking down the artists for the special, finding Yvonne Elliman ("If I Can't Have You") retired in Hawaii and convincing her to perform again in public for the first time in 27 years.

    In addition, Lubinsky has produced a new CD collection exclusively for PBS titled MY MUSIC: POP SOUL MASTERS SERIES. The 7-disc set, available exclusively at PBS.org, represents the most comprehensive hits package of '70s soul ever compiled, all mastered from first generation tapes and featuring many remixes plus New York and Philly club rarities from the era.

    Superstars of '70s Soul Live is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning March 3, 2012. Check local listings for stations and times.

    Will you be watching?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    02.27.12



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