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It's been over 30 years since
"James Brown Live At The Apollo" was recorded by the legendary "Godfather of
Soul" at the equally legendary Harlem landmark. Now comes "Daryl Hall and
John Oates Live At The Apollo With Special Guests David Ruffin and Eddie
Kendrick" as the historic theater's followup live concert record, and it's a
special one that brings together two of contemporary pop music's finest
descendants of the great soul tradition with the two lead vocalists from one
of that tradition's best loved groups.
This new "Live At The Apollo" LP documents the May 23 (1985) closing
performance of the "Apollo Week" celebration, which commenced with the
extraordinary Apollo television special hosted by Bill Cosby. Hall & Oates
were expressly chosen by the Apollo's new ownership to be the first act to
headline the newly refurbished theater because of their unique ability to
blend their black and white musical influences. Not only did they play
plenty of their own pop/soul hits at the show, they also featured Ruffin and
Kendrick in a traditional soul vocal quartet medley of the Temps' greatest
hits, all of which are included in the album.
The History of THE APOLLO
The release of "Daryl Hall & John Oates Live At The Apollo With David Ruffin
And Eddie Kendrick" marks the resurgence of one of New York's— and the
world's—most fabled cultural centers. Dormant since Parliament/ Funkadelic
closed the house on March 1,1980, the Apollo has only now reopened to once
again assume its legendary stature.
Located on 125th Street in Harlem between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, The
Apollo, formerly Hurtig & Seamen's Burlesque House, opened on Jan. 26,1934
with "Jazz a la Carte" featuring Harlem showman Ralph Cooper, Aida Ward,
Benny Carter and his Orchestra, and 16 Gorgeous Hot Steppers. For the next
five decades the Apollo was home for every major black performing artist in
every field of entertainment, as well as the stomping ground for many top
white acts and entrepreneurs who borrowed heavily from the immense array of
talent on stage.
On June 29,1983, the Apollo was declared a cultural landmark. Following a
$10.5 million renovation, it is now called The Apollo Theatre Television
Center, its primary function being television and video production. But the
Wednesday night amateur shows and Friday night concerts have been
reinstituted at the Theater, in keeping with cherished tradition.
DARYL HALL • JOHN OATES
The most successful duo in rock history, Daryl Hall and John Oates have
accomplished the remarkable feat of topping all four record industry charts:
Pop, Dance, Adult Contemporary, and Black. They have done it by masterfully
combining their first love of classic soul music with an unfailing melodic
sense and Hall's patented "blue-eyed soul" lead vocals.
Native Philadelphians, the two first met in 1967 during "battle of the bands"
competition at the Adelphi Ballroom, where Oates' group the Masters went up
against Hall's Temptones (named after his idols The Temptations). Steeped in
'60s soul music from frequenting the Uptown Theater (Philly's equivalent of
The Apollo) and absorbing the city's own developing soul sound, the duo,
after three albums for Atlantic, began a long run of gold and platinum LPs
for RCA in 1975 with "Daryl Hall/John Oates." As "Daryl Hall & John Oates
Live At The Apollo With David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick" amply demonstrates,
every song in their concert repertoire is a bona fide, category crossing
The Story of RUFFIN and KENDRICK
When you think of the greatest soul groups from the Motown era, the
Temptations is surely one of the first to come to mind. Besides handing down
more than 20 gold singles and albums during their 1964-1971 heyday, the
Temptations also provided two of the music's most enduring vocalists in
David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick.
Born in 1941 in Meridian, Miss., Ruffin was part of a family gospel group as
a teenager and toured with all of the biggest spiritual groups at the time.
His 1964-1968 tenure as lead singer of the Temps resulted in some of their
biggest hits, including "My Girl," Ain’t Too Proud to Beg," and "I wish It
Kendrick, who grew up in Birmingham, moved to Detroit after graduating high
school to pursue a singing career. His ethereal high leads and harmonies
graced such classic Temps tunes as "Get Ready," "Just My Imagination," and "I'm
Gonna Make You Love Me" (with the Supremes).
Both Ruffin and Kendrick had successful solo careers after leaving the Temps,
but it was their work with that group which became signposts for a
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