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Where Are They Now: Shirley Murdock

Where Are They Now: Shirley Murdock

Shirley Murdock started her career as a singer in Toledo, Ohio by singing gospel music. In 1984, she was hired by Roger Troutman to be a background singer for Troutman’s G-Funk group, Zapp. The funk group had several popular hits with Warner Brothers Records. Based on this success, Troutman began recording with Murdock. Murdock and […]

Where Are They Now: Club Nouveau

Where Are They Now: Club Nouveau

As the creative force behind the Timex Social Club’s R&B chart-topper single “Rumors”, producer Jay King decided he could find success by forming his own funk group. He named the group Club Nouveau, and consisted of Jay King, Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Samuelle Pratter, and Valerie Watson. The group was brought together in 1986 in […]

Where Are They Now: Undisputed Truth

Where Are They Now: Undisputed Truth

During the 1960s and ’70s, Motown changed the way people thought about and recognized the R&B/soul genre. In 1970, the record producer of the most successful Motown act, The Temptations, decided to experiment with his psychedelic soul production techniques. Norman Whitfield called his new group Undisputed Truth. Undisputed Truth consisted of members Joe Harris, who […]

Where Are They Now: Charles Wright

Where Are They Now: Charles Wright

Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band is known for the soulful sound that were formed in the 1960s. They received the most recognition between 1967 and 1973 when the reached the Billboard charts with nine singles and released their 1970s single “Express Yourself.” Some of their most known hits include “Do Your […]

Where Are They Now: Atlantic Starr

Where Are They Now: Atlantic Starr

Atlantic Starr was a known for their biggest hits, “Always” and “Secret Lovers.” They originally formed in 1976 by Duke Jones who was the trumpeter for the group. Other members of the group included drummer Porter Carroll Jr., bassist Clifford Archer, percussionist and flutist Joseph Phillips, guitar Sheldon Tucker, David Wayne, and Jonathan Lewis. As time went on the […]

Where Are They Now: Roberta Flack

Where Are They Now: Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack is known as one of the best story telling artists ever. Growing up with a musical background in North Carolina and with her father and mother both being church organists, Flack took an interest in piano. At the age of nine, Flack was taking classical piano lessons and mastered the art. She received […]

Where Are They Now: The Whispers

Where Are They Now: The Whispers

The Whispers will go down in history as one of R&B music’s most beloved vocal groups. The Whispers began their infamous and timeless career in 1963. Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, Gordy Harmon, and Twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott joined forces to form a singing group. They began singing together, calling themselves, “the Eden trio” […]

Where Are They Now: Deniece Williams

Where Are They Now: Deniece Williams

Deniece Williams is an American Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, and producer. Williams’ success comes from a phenomenal four-octave range and her distinct soprano voice. Her style is known to be influenced by funk and soul music. Williams’ success in music came quickly when she became the backup vocalist for Stevie Wonder in the 1970’s as a […]

Where Are They Now: The Temptations

Where Are They Now: The Temptations

When it comes to music, there are few groups that can be defined as legend. One of those is without a doubt The Temptations. Formed in 1960, The Temptations are one of the most successful music groups of all time having sold tens of millions of records to date. The group is noted for its […]

Where Are They Now: Tower of Power

Where Are They Now: Tower of Power

If it came down to deciding who were some of the greatest R&B, soul, and funk bands of all time , at the “TOP” is where you would find the Tower of Power –formerly known as The Motowns. They have been performing since 1968 and hailed straight out of Oakland, California. What sets them apart […]

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To all WERS Members & Volunteers

THANK YOU! We had an awesome Live Music Week because of you! We exceeded our goal of 1000 donors and we couldn’t have done it without your support! We are working on sending your gifts now and you can expect to have them in 4 to 6 weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, […]

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