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Rose Royce, original Manhattans for Mother's Day concert

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Rose Royce and the Manhattans

Downsound Records CEO Joe Bogdanovich has joined forces with Supreme Promotions and Golden Productions to stage a special Mother's Day concert.

The event which is dubbed 'To Mom With Love', will be headlined by two legendary R&B groups, Rose Royce and the original Manhattans. The line-up will also feature Karen Smith, John Holt, Nature, Tahj and the Silver Birds Steel Band.

According to Bogdanovich, 'To Mom With Love' will be a spectacular event.

"I'm all about the upliftment of the entertainment business and the music industry in Jamaica and I see the staging of this event as a part of that process. Last year, I partnered with Supreme Promotions for Sting and together we transformed that event into something magnificent. This time around we will be working together with Golden Productions to give Jamaica one of the greatest Mother's Day shows ever. I guarantee you that 'To Mom With Love' will be spectacular."

He also stated that the quality of the line-up for 'To Mom With Love' will make the event a hit.

"With a line-up that features Rose Royce and the Manhattans, we expect to have a sold-out event. These are two of the greatest R&B groups of all times, plus we have John Holt and Karen Smith who are two of Jamaica's finest singers, I mean the whole line-up is just amazing," Bogdanovich added.

The Manhattans emerged on the musical radar in the 1960's with a string of rhythm and blues hits that later crossed over to the mainstream pop charts. The group enjoyed its most prolific period in the mid-to-late 1970s scoring hits such as Shining Star, Kiss and Say Goodbye (their only number one single and their only Grammy win for Best R&B Performance by a duo or Group with vocals); Hurt, I Kinda Miss You, We Never Danced to a Love Song, Here Comes the Hurt Again and Just One Moment Away.


Originally comprising George Smith, Winfred 'Blue' Lovett, Edward Bivins, Kenneth Kelly and Richard Taylor, the group has undergone several personnel changes following the deaths of Smith and Taylor. Gerald Alston who took over lead vocals in the 1970's, left the group in 1988. He occasionally performs with the group.

Rose Royce, the funk, rhythm and blues outfit from Los Angeles, California has seen a frequent turnaround in its female lead. After original member Gwen 'Rose' Dickey left in 1977 (she would later return to the band in 1978), Rose Norwalt stepped in. Ricci Benson replaced Dickey in 1980, while Lisa Taylor replaced Benson six years later.

Rose Royce's biggest hits include I'm Going Down, I Wanna Get Next to You and Car Wash (all three songs were featured on the soundtrack to the movie Car Wash starring Richard Pryor and Franklin Ajaye), Ooh Boy, Wishing on a Star (which became a Top 10 hit in 1990 for Cover Girls); Golden Touch and Love Don't Live Here Anymore.

Backing band for the acts will be Lloyd Parks and We the People, while MC will be Ron Muschette.