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Tony Blackburn's Soul Night Out: Shakatak, Imagination, Lemar, The Real Thing, Tony Momrelle, The Edwin Starr Band - The Team featuring Angelo Starr, Lorraine Silver, Kenny Thomas, George McCrae, Tony Blackburn
BBC Radio London presents Tony Blackburn's Soul Night Out in aid of BBC Children In Need.
Tony is bringing back his Soul Night at Koko in Camden on Wednesday 15 November 2017. There will be live performances from the likes of Shakatak, Imagination featuring Leee John, Lemar, The Real Thing, Tony Momrelle, The Edwin Starr Band featuring Angelo Starr with special guest Lorraine Silver and Kenny Thomas.
Please note, this event is 18+
This event takes place at KOKO, which has achieved Silver Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Shakatak are still the vanguard of UK soul / funk, and their far-reaching fan base spans the globe. As a cult status band and a household name, these top flight musicians' instrumental-unison-vocal sound is so adaptable. Shakatak has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Dizzie Gillespie and Gloria Estafan.
Shakatak tour dates
Founded by Leee John, Imagination was one of the most successful funk bands of the early '80s, with chart hits in twenty eight countries, earning four platinum discs, nine gold discs and over a dozen silver discs around the world between 1981 and 1989. Their biggest hits include Just An Illusion and Body Talk.
Imagination featuring Leee John have toured the world extensively and also frequently appeared on BBC's Top Of The Pops with a distinctive exotic style. In the '90s Leee starred in the reality tv show Reborn In The USA, and has continued to tour and record.
Imagination tour dates
Lemar's unmistakable soulful voice and incredible talent for songwriting has enabled him to sustain a decade long career which has racked up an incredible seven Top 10 singles, over two million album sales and has taken him across the globe with heavyweights Justin Timberlake, Usher, Beyonce and Mary J Blige.
Lemar tour dates
The UK's own disco pioneers The Real Thing still whip up the crowds from the minute they hit the stage. Following the sad passing of Eddy Amoo, his brother Chris and Dave Smith have decided to continue as a duo backed by The Real Thing band.
Return to the glory days of dance music with the real music legends in a soulsational evening of non-stop, live dancefloor anthems including You to Me Are Everything, Can't Get By Without You and Can You Feel the Force. Backed by their critically acclaimed band, one of The Real Thing's original frontmen, Chris Amoo plus Dave Smith, revive the sensational 70s and 80s, performing all of the UK's most successful soul group's formidable repertoire.
Rainin' Through the Sunshine, So Much Love to Give and Love's Such a Wonderful Thing give way to the classic Children of the Ghetto famously covered by Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire. Also featuring a specially composed tribute to the biggest dance hits of their era, including Ladies Night, Ain't No Stopping us Now and Celebration, prepare to use up and wear out the dancefloor one last time!
" ... these guys are pure class, and really hold up their songs vocally, even after all these years" - Clair Woodward, Sunday Express
The Real Thing tour dates
Tony Momrelle has built a reputation as one of this country’s most assured singer-songwriters. He is as at home with jazz and gospel music as he is with classic R’n’B grooves. Momrelle looks back on a long association with British acid-jazz band Incognito, and has worked with artists including Sade, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston and urban gospel group Seven.
Tony Momrelle tour dates
The late great Edwin Starr's brother Angelo Starr is the original musical director of The Team. He has now taken over lead vocals performing all the fantastic Edwin Starr classics, plus dynamic performances of some great Motown & Soul covers. Edwin Starr's original 8 piece band The Team, who backed Edwin on all his shows are still intact, with sax, keyboard, lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion & female backing vocalist.
The Edwin Starr Band - The Team featuring Angelo Starr tour dates
Northern soul legend Lorraine Silver recorded “Lost Summer Love” when she was 13 years old in 1965. Now 53 years later she has been in the recording studios with legendary record producer Ian Levine to cut a brand new song ‘Standing At The Intersection’. This has been written especially for her after he saw her perform at the recent ‘Northern Soul Survivors Weekend’ at Butlin’s Skegness which had 8000 devoted Northern Soul fans in attendance.
Lorraine is on tour regularly appearing at Northern Soul festivals and theatres throughout the UK as special guest of the original Edwin Starr Band featuring Angelo Starr. She was also invited to appear for Children In Need on Tony Blackburn's Big Soul Night Out 2017 which was broadcast live by BBC Radio London.
Thanks to legendary Northern Soul DJ Russ Winstanley the single Lorraine recorded for Pye Records in 1965 ‘Lost Summer Love’ became an iconic track at the legendary Wigan Casino in the 70’s without her knowledge. Due to high public demand the single was re-released on Casino Classics label and sold in excess of 30,000 copies. The track was listed in ‘Blues & Soul ‘ Magazine in 1987 as one of the top 10 Northern Soul records of all time...
This kick-started Lorraine’s career as a Northern Soul artist. In 2004 she recorded a brand new album of Northern Soul anthems ‘The Northern Soul Sessions’ which still sells well on download today under the new title ‘Northern Soul Diva’. This includes her re-recordings of classic track ‘Lost Summer Love’ her follow up single ‘The Happy Faces’ and her versions of some Northern Soul classics including ‘Landslide ‘ & the Burt Bacharach / Hal David penned ‘Long After Tonight Is All Over‘.
’Lost Summer Love’ is still a much loved record on the Northern Soul & Scooter scene today and is featured on numerous download & CD compilations.
Find out more of her fantastic story & details of her tour dates at http://www.lorrainesilver.com
Lorraine Silver tour dates
A multi-platinum selling artist who dominated the commercial, soul and album charts in the 90’s, Kenny Thomas had been nominated for 2 Brit Awards by the age of 23, and had shared the stage with such luminaries as Edwin Starr, Freddie Jackson, Kool & The Gang, Incognito, Mica Paris, Lalah Hathaway, and Lonnie Liston Smith.
Kenny Thomas tour dates
Known as ‘The King’ of the soul revolution, George McCrae has been famous ever since his 1974 smash hit Rock You Baby stormed the charts worldwide. He is credited with creating the ‘Miami Sound’, which fast became the most fashionable disco sound of the seventies. His Rock You Baby track became the benchmark for disco artists around the globe, securing his place in disco history.
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