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TV One's "Unsung" Series

Posted on Sun, Jul 08, 2012 at 8:27 PM

The lives and careers of Supremes founding member Florence Ballad, Minnie Riperton, Shalamar and Melba Moore will be the focus of TV One's second installment of its "Unsung" series.

Coinciding with the start of Black Music Month (June), the one-hour biography program will return Sunday, June 7 with Riperton as the first episode. Premiering Sunday, June 14 will be the Moore episode, followed by Shalamar on June 21 and Ballard on June 28.

Among those interviewed for the various segments are the Supremes' Mary Wilson, Shalamar's Jody Watley and Ballard's sister Maxine Ballard. Each episode is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams. Four additional new episodes of "Unsung" are due to air in November 2009.

The TV One series debuted in fall 2008, chronicling the careers of DeBarge, Donny Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman and the Clark Sisters.

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By : Andrew Vaughan

As the whole world begins to focus on The United Kingdoms capital city the evangelical music fan in me has ben reminded of the feature I wrote here a couple of years ago on a few of London’s rock and roll hotels. A lot of questions followed, mostly music fans and tourists wanting more specific information.

So, with the Olympics here and with thousands of you heading to London for the sports fiesta, this American based “Londoner” doesn’t want anyone to miss out on a huge opportunity to discover some of London’s greatest musical landmarks. So the next few Music City 411 blogs are going to see me waxing lyrical about the music heritage of my hometown. And for anyone visiting for the first time and wanting to spend some time exploring London’s musical history I’ve highlighted some safe and top-rated music-flavored hotels to make your trip as easy and rewarding as possible. I’ve stayed, eaten and drank in all the places I talk about and traipsed every street been in every venue mentioned and ridden every bus train and taxi recommended.

So let’s start where it all started. The Beatles!

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