TV One’s ‘Unsung’ is Back with 6 Brand New Episodes in June Starting With Deniece Williams

Posted at 05/12/2011 by 32 Comments

Attention all music lovers: TV One is celebrating Black Music Month by airing 6 brand new episodes of their critically acclaimed series, “Unsung.”

The series will begin airing these new episodes on TV One beginning June 6th at 10pm ET with a profile of singer Deniece Williams.

Here’s a list of entertainers in the other 5 episodes:

Deniece Williams (premiere episode June 6) – Deniece Williams is a singers’ singer, whose five octave range thrilled listeners on songs that ranged from ballads like ‘Black Butterfly” to gospel standards like ‘God is Amazing’ to pop hits like ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy.’ She’s a songbird whose career started in Gary, Indiana, cutting local singles at age 17, then moving on to make her mark with Stevie Wonder’s band Wonderlove, and ultimately emerging as a songwriter of uncommon gifts, as evidenced by modern day standards like “Silly” and “Free”. But Deniece’s refusal to compromise her ideals and put music first came with a heavy cost – ostracized from her church, three marriages that ended in divorce, and ultimately the dissolution of her career as a pop star. In this personally revealing episode of Unsung, Deniece tells her story with poignancy and humor, and is helped along by exclusive interviews with an all-star cast of her admirers that includes Johnny Mathis, Ray Parker Jr., Phillip Bailey, Verdine White, George Duke – and Stevie Wonder.

The Spinners (June 13) – The vocal group that may be the greatest of them all never quite got the recognition of their peers, in part because they blended together so seamlessly that no one was ever quite sure who was the star. But Henry Fambrough and Bobby Smith, who helped form the Spinners nearly sixty years ago, weathered triumphs and tragedies to make some of the most beloved pop standards of our time – R&B evergreens like “I’ll be Around”, “One of a Kind”, “Sadie”, and “Could it be I’m Falling in Love.” They spent nearly a decade at Motown driving cars for the label’s top stars while waiting for their own shot, then survived the abrupt departures of two lead singers, without ever missing a beat, or a show. And in 2010 they’re still on the road, a group that just keeps on keepin’ on. In Unsung, the core members of this remarkable band, along with ace arranger and collaborator Thom Bell, tell the long and winding journey of a group that’s become an American treasure.

Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle (June 20) – They were the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell of their time – an unlikely pairing of opposite personalities that made musical magic together. Alexander O’Neal grew up poor and troubled in Mississippi, while Cherrelle was the pampered daughter of a successful attorney in Beverly Hills. He sang ballads with the gruff-voiced soul of a Teddy Pendergrass, while she showed off an appealing voice and good looks on infectiously fast paced dance hits. But both artists, whose most popular songs were often produced by the stellar team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, really took off when they were teamed together on unforgettable duets like ‘Saturday Love.’ Then, poised on the brink of superstardom, both of their careers abruptly fell apart, a casualty of both self-destructive acts and unforeseen tragedies. On this remarkably candid episode of Unsung, Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle tell the stories of two extraordinary characters whose legacies will forever be entwined.

Big Daddy Kane (June 27) – With dizzying wordplay, upbeat, conscious lyrics and a chocolate Hugh Hefner-like mojo, Big Daddy Kane revolutionized hip hop’s style and sound in the 1980′s. Best known for his songwriting skills and sizzling stage shows, Kane could rock the party a la “I Get the Job Done”, battle rap with cuts like “Warm It Up Kane” or craft politically inspiring joints like “Another Victory.” But mostly, Kane was all about the ladies, on stage and off. The smooth operating native of Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy would exert a direct influence on Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z, both of whom took notes on his easy flow and take no prisoners style. (Indeed, Kane put Jay-Z on stage early on, giving the future Roc Nation mogul one of his early breaks) But as the West Coast sound crowded out stars from hip hop’s ‘Golden Era’, Kane seemed to fade from view. Or did he? In this episode, Kane and a slew of stars – including Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante and Kool Moe Dee – chronicle the surprising life and times of a charismatic rap kingpin, who always did it his way.

The Ohio Players (July 4) – The Ohio Players were one of the most successful funk outfits of all time, scoring monster crossover hits in the 1970s like “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster.” They took funk into uncharted territory, bringing a jazzy, free form feel to chart-toppers like “Skin Tight,” “Heaven Must Be Like This,” and “Sweet Sticky Thing.” Along the way, The Players – with monikers like Sugarfoot, Diamond, and Rock – lived up to their names, with super-sexy album covers that got nearly as much attention as their songs, and by lifestyle excess that led to a major drug bust; not to mention a notoriety so extreme that the group was rumored to have killed someone during a recording session that included the dying screams in the grooves of a song. Ultimately, it was the I.R.S., and funky financial dealings among the Players themselves, that brought the group down. But not before they scored three platinum albums and 18 Top 40 hits over an eight year span, and left an indelible mark on the history and evolution of funk.

Evelyn “Champagne” King (July 11) – Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King’s rise to fame and fortune in the music business is as close to a ‘Cinderella story’ as you can get. The R&B & disco diva was discovered while singing at age 15 in the bathroom at Philly International Records, where her parents worked on the maintenance crew. When producer T. Life heard her, he assured the girl he would make her a star. And he did. Her 1979 debut single, “Shame” was an instant crossover smash and disco anthem. For the next decade, Evelyn turned out a wide ranging slew of hits including “I’m in Love,” “Love Come Down,” and “Betcha She Don’t Love You, ” while establishing her reputation as a live performer who gave fans all she had. But those same high spirits left her vulnerable, not only to the slings and arrows of the music business, but to real life episodes of personal tragedy. Now, thirty years out and still going strong, Evelyn King reveals to ‘Unsung’ the unvarnished tale of a showbiz survivor.

32 Responses to “TV One’s ‘Unsung’ is Back with 6 Brand New Episodes in June Starting With Deniece Williams”

  1. Gary says:

    I would love to see an unsung on Angela Bofill

  2. Lois Valentine-Gladney says:

    Love Unsung. My Monday night date!…Would love to see…The Five Stairsteps and also The Soul Children. Is it possible to buy episodes?…..Like a club u can receive 1 dvd a month. A dvd subscription. Thank you for all you do.

  3. Mike says:

    I would like to see Unsung episodes on the following artists:

    Eric Gable, Freddie Jackson, Anita Baker, Taja Sevelle, Shai, Silk, Intro, Hi-Five, H-Town, Eugene Wilde, Mary J Blige, Tracie Spencer, Shanice, Riff, Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osborne, Stephanie Mills, Chaka Khan, and D’Angelo

    I always look forward to watching Unsung each week. You all do an excellent job. Keep up the good work!!!

  4. Sly says:

    i would love to see Atlantic Starr

  5. S.Paige says:

    Please do a show about the following:

    The Chilites
    The Main Ingredient
    The Four Tops
    The Tempations
    The Sugar Hill Gang
    Slave
    Ray Goodman & Brown
    GQ
    Stephanie Mills
    Candi Staton
    A Taste of Honey
    Chic
    Sister Sledge
    Jennifer Holiday

  6. Ivan says:

    Id like to see one on the Legendary Butch Lewis!

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  7. shawnie jay says:

    An unsung about O’Bryan would be great. What ever happened to him?

  8. yolanda says:

    I would like to see an episode featuring “Ready For The World”

  9. Debra Flores says:

    I would LOVE to see GQ, Brother’s Johnson, Surface, Lakeside, The Stylistics, Blue Magic, Ray Goodman and Brown, Stephanie Mills, Bill Withers, Sylvia (Pillow Talk), Anita Ward (Ring My Bell), the Blackbyrds, The Moments, Vesta Williams

  10. sheila j says:

    I’d like to see Phyllis Hyman,The Dells and most of all The Five Stairsteps….please!

  11. Debi says:

    Unsung should have a DVD at some point with all of the episodes. I would love to see Brenda Holloway, George McCrae and Friends of Distinction in future episodes.

  12. Akos says:

    Xscape,zhane,Envogue,changing faces
    Troop
    Guy
    H-Town
    Silk
    Shai
    Soul IV Real
    DRS
    Intro

  13. Akos says:

    Jade,hifive,color me badd and riff.

  14. Baby Girl says:

    Hey TV One! Thank you for having the show Unsung! We really appreciate the updates. I would like to see these artists on the show in the future; SWV, The Boys, Envouge, and Guy.
    Thanks

  15. cheryl says:

    I absolutely love Unsung, I would love to see The Delfonics, The Chilites, The Tempress, The Escorts and The Whatnauts, and when does the new series start, hopefully before June

  16. sabrena says:

    i love unsung i would like to see an episode on Lisa Lisa

  17. Tomika says:

    I am a huge fan the series “Unsung”, and also of the network. I believe the show allows the new generation of artist a little insight of what can happen in the music industry and how one can fall to many of lifes obstacles if not careful. I also believe it lets them prepare a little more to make sure that this is what they truly eant to do in their life. Thank you for allowing me to have an opportunity to state my coomeents. I would love to view more stories of groups like “THE JETS”, LISA-LISA and CULTJAM,or such solo artists’ like SYBIL, TRACIE SPENCER,or rap-artist like “KWAME”.

  18. Toni says:

    I would love to see more ‘blue-eyed’ soul like Lady T.
    Paul Davis – I go Crazy, Bobby Caldwell – What you won’t do
    or Lisa Stansfield – Been around the world

  19. gloria king says:

    Where are the groups named Brownstone, honeycones and enchantment. Thanks. Looming forward to seeing these performers. And Larry Graham

  20. Patrice says:

    Next season I would love to see the stories of the Jets, 5 Star, Con Funk Shun, Slave, Dazz Band, The Moments, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the True Story of the Supremes

  21. Sonya Porter says:

    I would love for Unsong to show the Gap Band, Cameo,BarKays
    Mannhattans,Confunkshion,Midnight Star, Alantic Starr,The Deele,
    Guy,Today,Tony Toni Tone, Lakeside,Betty Wright, Mint Condition
    I know it is a lot but I am a music lover!!

  22. Jamal Williams says:

    I would like to see one done on Ready for the World, Full Force, Force MD’s & Glen Jones.

  23. Jamal Williams says:

    I would love to see one on Chuckii Booker, Mint Condition, Ready For The World, George Howard, Najee & Art Porter, Jr.

  24. Jamal Williams says:

    NEW BIRTH
    TOWER OF POWER
    MANHATTANS
    AVERAGE WHITE BAND

  25. Jamal Williams says:

    DEFINITELY Lalah Hathaway….she’s DEFINITELY UNSUNG.

  26. I would love for Unsung to do a show about NewBirth, Dramatics,Chillites

  27. Jackie says:

    My cousin is the founder of the group “Switch”, this group was very popular in the 70s with mega hits. It would be great if you can create an Unsung episode featuring Switch.

  28. Victor McBETH III says:

    I would like to see an episode on Barbara Mason,she deserves her props! and also the Delphonics originators of Philly soul.

  29. Conan G. says:

    Hi, like everyone else before me, im a real big fan of the show also.
    I would like to see the following artist’s if possible.
    Ollie ‘Ali’ Woodson, The Temptations: Melvin Franklin-David Ruffin-Paul Williams-Eddie Kendricks., Frankie Lymon, Ottis Redding, Sam Cooke, Aaliyah, Lisa ‘Lefteye’ Lopez, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Marvin Gaye, Rick James, Luther Vandross, James Brown, Barry White, Ray Charles, Gerald Levert, Isaac Hayes, Ike Turner, Bob Marley, The Staple Singers.

    Thankyou..

  30. Pam says:

    I love watching unsung and can not wait for it to return. I would like to see: Brothers Johnson, Anita Ward, and Sister Sledge.

  31. ANTHONY says:

    I love unsung,I been a can since day one,if I may make a request,would u do me the honors and feature THE TIME& THE REVOLUTION, thanks & I wish u all continued success.

  32. DCB says:

    (UNSUNG) NEW BIRTH A MUST ONE OF THE GREATEST GROUPS/BANDS OF THE 70′s

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