R&B Legends Set for Upland Performance
R&B Hall of Famers Headline ‘Legends’ Concert at Upland’s Highlander Auditorium
Fresh from their August induction into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame, R&B legends Mary Wilson of the Supremes and Eddie Holman will be among the great musicians who will fill the star-studded “Legends of R&B and Doo Wop” concert lineup at Highlander Auditorium in Upland on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Mary Wilson’s musical story began in the 1950s as a Detroit teen, when she and elementary school friend Florence Ballard made a pledge to remember each other if they ever joined a singing group. Years later that happened as members of The Primettes, a quartet that also included Wilson’s neighbor Diana Ross. The renamed group became a trio and changed its name to The Supremes, setting the stage for one of the most successful singing groups in recording history. “Where Did Our Love Go” reached No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts in 1964, followed by five consecutive No. 1 hits: “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Stop In the Name of Love,” and “Back in My Arms Again.” Wilson has gone on to perform on dozens of hit records, while also enjoying a career as a best-selling author, stage and screen actress and much-requested lecturer.
Vocalist extraordinaire Eddie Holman is among the most listened-to artists in the field of popular and classic R&B music. His falsetto voice is on the love song “Hey There Lonely Girl” is one of the most unforgettable musical moments of the 1970s. Holman’s venture into show business began as a child and eventually blossomed during his teen years, leading him to Cheney State University, where he released the first of a caravan of hit songs. “This Can’t Be True, Girl” signaled the beginning of his prolific love ballads, followed by “Don’t Stop Now,” “This Can’t Be True” and “Since I Don’t Have You.”
With a combination of vocal group styling with jump blues, gospel and swing, The Clovers were one of the earliest and most important R&B singing groups of the 1950s. Between 1950 and 1959, The Clovers had more hits than any other singing group, including three No. 1 hits on the R&B charts, four No. 2 hits and 11 other top 10 hits. “Love Potion No. 9” was the group’s biggest hit; its first No. 1 song was “Don’t You Know I Love You.” Their list of hits includes “Lovey Dovey,” “Blue Velvet,” “Devil or Angel” and “Love, Love, Love.”
The Tymes’ recording of “So Much In Love,” a No. 1 Billboard hit in 1963, is considered by many to be one of the greatest pop ballads of all time. Their other most requested chart toppers include “Wonderful Wonderful,” “Somewhere,” and “Trustmaker.” Today known as “The Original Tymes,” the group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005.
Tickets are $49, $59, $69, $79 and $89. There are no service fees and parking is free. Highlander Auditorium is located at 850 N. San Antonio Avenue (at Foothill Boulevard) in Upland.
For more information, contact Don Goethals at (951) 317-2155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.