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Chi Drummer (chidrummer)
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Post Number: 138
Registered: 5-2004
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Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2004 - 1:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Attention all SDFers and all the ships at sea...

The PBS station in your area will be broadcasting Wattstax on the POV show on Tuesday September 7. Check your local listings for the exact time. For us Chicagoans, that would be 10pm.
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soulseeker (soulseeker)
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Post Number: 104
Registered: 7-2004
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Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2004 - 2:04 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank You!
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Charise (mistrivia1)
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Post Number: 487
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2004 - 3:20 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chi, thank you, thank you for that info!:-):-):-):-)
I will be checking for this so that I can tape it!
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dvdmike (dvdmike)
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Post Number: 338
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 65.208.234.85
Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2004 - 4:52 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My friend Theresa Davis, who at the time was a member of The Emotions is in the film.
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DyvaNaye (westside314)
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Post Number: 863
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 209.212.74.198
Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2004 - 4:56 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

YES! It's on!
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Don (don)
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Post Number: 737
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 68.75.185.5
Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2004 - 8:31 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Don in Chi is on the move!!
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Gil (gil)
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Post Number: 129
Registered: 5-2004
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Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2004 - 10:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks! I'll be checking my local listings.
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Charise (mistrivia1)
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Post Number: 550
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - 12:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey Everyone(who's interested)! Don't forget tomorrow if you are up, if not set your vcrs and dvd recorders. I kinda panicked, because I remembered I was supposed to watch something, so I started searching and realized it is only the 6th!!:-):-):-) It airs here in CA at 11:00pm
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everettinct (everett860)
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Post Number: 38
Registered: 5-2004
Posted From: 206.213.209.31
Posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - 9:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

DVDMIKE, How is Theresa doing these days? Is she still singing? Does she ever talk about her days as an Emotion?
When Songs of Innocence & Experience was first scheduled to be released last month, it originally included solo tracks by Theresa, but they had to be cut due to the length of the cd.

Anything you can update us on with Theresa would be appreciated.

Thanks
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Reese (reese)
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Post Number: 164
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - 10:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Its also due to be released on dvd today.
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soulseeker (soulseeker)
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Post Number: 107
Registered: 7-2004
Posted From: 192.94.3.10
Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 3:08 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh Charise!! Its not scheduled to air down south here (L.A.) until Sat 9/11. That sucks.
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Don (don)
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Post Number: 781
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 68.75.49.231
Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 3:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Plan on seeing it tonite.

Mike, Can you ask Ms. Davis does she remembers Larry Montgomery from The vows or majors from chicago?

DON
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dvdmike (dvdmike)
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Post Number: 359
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 4:57 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I haven't talked with T in a couple of years, I might be able to get her phone number from a buddy she sings with. We used to work a 9-to-5 together several years ago and she would tell me stuff about her days as an Emotion .
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Rich (richk)
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Post Number: 24
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 9:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chi Drummer - Thanks very much for the heads up!! Caught the program last night. Absolutely fascinating. I enjoyed the way it was edited. Anybody notice the Love Boat bartender was featured in several of those "man on the street" interview type thangs?
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drums (drums)
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Post Number: 21
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 9:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I saw that! "Isaac" as a street brotha! :-) Did anyone else notice LaWanda Page's "Sanford & Son" husband as well?

Did anyone else catch an actor or two?

D
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Chi Drummer (chidrummer)
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Post Number: 146
Registered: 5-2004
Posted From: 67.173.136.166
Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 10:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I hope everyone that wanted to see the film caught it. It was amazing to see the people, fashions and attitudes that were apart of those days. The high point for me was watching the Bar-Kays do, Son of Shaft(I've waited 32 years to see them play that!)

For me, the film could have been much longer. I would have like to have seen more of the performances from just about everybody. Lastly, was that at least part of ConFunkShun playing behind Rufus Thomas? The drummer looked alot like Louis McCall.
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dvdmike (dvdmike)
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Post Number: 361
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Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 11:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I saw it at the theatre when it originally came out and I look forward to seeing it again,
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Soul Sister (soul_sister)
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Post Number: 1507
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 65.43.165.74
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 12:36 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I saw it last night in part. The actor from the Love Boat was talking alot in his younger days, and saw a few other actors giving their comments. Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis were in the audience. Jesse Jackson was awesome back then. I missed alot of the acts while on another channel but caught Luther Ingram, Kim Weston, The Staple Singers, & Isaac Hayes in his chain-link vest!
I'm sure it will be repeated many times on PBS. I liked seeing the atmosphere from back in the day!
Did anyone see "The Manhattans" on 'Showtime at the Apollo' over the week-end?
I only caught them when they sang "Kiss and Say Goodbye".
S.S.
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SDF (handsome)
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Post Number: 508
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 170.118.158.14
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 12:56 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Chi-Drummer!
What's up with you?

I happened to be channel surfing, and ran across the Emotions singing, "Peace Be Still". I saw everybody except The Dramatics & Kim Weston. It was kool, and the outfits were, "out of sight", ha ha, especially Rufus Thomas with his hot pink ensemble and these white boots are made for walking!

PBS may air this again, as they are sometimes notorious for showing programs again.

Handsome
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Leo B (leo_b)
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Post Number: 53
Registered: 4-2004
Posted From: 68.41.108.65
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 1:32 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Detroiters,
Here is the WTVS schedule for Sat. evening's showing:
http://www.wtvs.org/watch/sche dule.shtml?keywordPBS=wattstax &includeOld=on
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Reese (reese)
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Post Number: 168
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 2:19 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Soul Sister:

I caught that SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO episode that you wrote about. If I'm not mistaken, the Manhattans only sang once.

This past season, there's been a segment devoted to veteran acts, who get to sing one of their hits. So far I've seen the Delfonics, the Persuaders, Darlene Love, etc.
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Chi Drummer (chidrummer)
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Post Number: 152
Registered: 5-2004
Posted From: 24.15.231.253
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 6:57 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What's Up Handsome!

Just doin some gigin' at the Abbey with the Kit Kat Honeys and in Gurnee and Glen Ellyn. Meanwhile, missed all of the Jazz Festival and a soulfest on the south side. Thrilled I finally got see Wattstax (how's that for a transition back to the thread?).
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Soul Sister (soul_sister)
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Post Number: 1508
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Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 7:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Reese;
Thanks, didn't know if I missed anything, caught it from "Kiss" on... when we got into the hotel from the club on Saturday night or I should say Sunday morn! :-).
S.S.
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Destruction (destruction)
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Post Number: 356
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Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 7:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

To those in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area, it's on tonight, Wed on channel 26 at 9 and again on 22 at 10 on Friday.
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Don (don)
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Post Number: 787
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Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004 - 10:41 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I remember seeing it at The Alex over on Madison. Mike I've always known about Teresa Davis being an Emotion. I would have probally forgotten if you hadn't spoke of her. I remember before that got hit records, I mean they got hits while at STAX, they would be still perform for Churches cause I caught a few.

Alot of the interviews we're done also with some of the bkgrd vocalist for some of the acts that appeared in the film. Ted Lange from That's My Mama fame, Woody_____ from Sanford & Son, and a few other actors & actress from the Black Action Movies from the 70's. I remember first seeing the film, I would later remember seeing the same faces as regulars in all the TV & Film roles. They we're all in attendence in the audience in the actual making in the film.

Also Isaac Hayes' guitarist from The Isaac Hayes Experience would become the Bar-Kays guitarist later. I can't think of his name. I would rank him among Eddie "Maggot Brain" Hazel, Michael "Kid Funkadelic" Hampton of P.Funk and Ernie Isley of The Isley Bros.

The highlights of Staxwatts was Kim Weston, The Emotions. I think The Late Rufus Thomas stole the show in my opinion. I do miss Albert King and Johnnie Taylor. In my opinion I liked Little Milton's Stax & Malcaco material over his Chess recordings. I remember seeing Hot Butter Soul cause I didn't see them in The PBS airing.

After Chicago, Detroit, and Philly (was still holding on), Stax/Volt and Hi Records was our music. But Stax was innovative because not only they sold funky r&b soul, they put out and released blues and gospel and sold like wildfire. I ought to know I worked at alot of record shop to say that.

Don
Chicago
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Garo (gary_james)
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Post Number: 35
Registered: 5-2004
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Posted on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 8:43 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My wonderful PBS station scheduled it, but for some unknown reason, didn't run it!
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yoyoshep (yoyoshep)
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Post Number: 25
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Friday, September 10, 2004 - 1:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just recieved the Wattstax DVD! It's great! Great picture quality and in widesreen! The standout is the original ending with Isaac Hayes singing Shaft and Soulsville! Also includes complete version of Albert King singing "I'll Play The Blues For You."
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motesartsound (uncle_derrald)
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Posted on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 12:57 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The other actor who played Woody (Woodrow) Anderson on Sanford & Son (we all saw in the film) is Raymond Allen. No question as of now is he still living or deceased.

Derrald
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Don (don)
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Post Number: 904
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Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2004 - 1:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think PBS afilliate WTTW ch #11 here in chicago should rebroadcast it one mo' time. When it was aired the first time as it was posted by Chi Drummer. I was quite curious, because they'll usually show an airing during the week and will usually air it again during the weekends.

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