This Labor Day will be a cool one in Chicago. Monday, September 5 might be called a "Old School Day." In a free concert on the Millenieum Park stage we can revisit the days of Soul Train. Soul Train was the show that came about in 1965. It was a black American Bandstand starring Don Cornelius. He was absolutely wonderful as he presented the Black talent of the day. Motown had a sound but Chicago did too. The Chicago sound was cooler and more soulful.
Herb Kent will give us a real touch and feel as he spins records before the concert beginning at 4:30 The battle is live and on. Herb is a legend. He is the oldest playing DJ in the world. A group that reflecting the music of the time was The IMPRESSIONS. A local group founded in 1958 originally as The Roosters . They moved to Chicago adding Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield, both of whom when on to starring solo golden voice careers. The Impressions are best known for their string of hits from the 60's. Theirs was the musical anthems for the Civil Rights Movement. Remember, People Get Ready.
Their first hit single was in 1958 with For Your Precious Love. It is a signature song that Butler still highlights in his performances. Butler was the lead singer for a short while and Curtis Mayfield was the guitarist. He played the guitar uniquely and changed music history. Curtis became a prolific songwriter as well as the group's lead singer. "It's All Right" produced by Johhny Page became a hit and gave the group a "lush soul sound." Other hits include "Gypsy Woman." "Keep on Pushing, " "Woman's Got Soul and "Amen."
These gentlemen of soul are credited as pioneers of the "soul sound." Their music has universal appeal as the lyrics are always uplifting and motivational, reflecting a gospel music base. They were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003. Their hit, "People Get Ready" is considred one of the Top 10 Best Songs of All Time. Today the group consists of Fred Cash , Sam Gooden and Reggie Torian. The Impressions are one of the best groups ever.
They perform on stage at 6:30 p.m to celebrate of Soul Train's 40 years of magic. It is a great time to see a wonderful act along with other Chicago favorites, Jerry Butler, Chi Lites, The Emotions and Gene Chandler. It will be a wonderful day in Millenieum Park and a great way to end summer.