Men of Soul
In many ways Soul music is America’s music. This unique blend of Gospel, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz came of age in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s and has redefined our listening patterns ever since. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is “music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying. Its undeniable power, unique message and call to get up and move have been the theme running through all the great Soul music artists and songs from the beginning. On the 2018 Soul Train Cruise we are blessed to have three towering figures of soul music-Eddie Levert, and Gerald Alston. They will each be performing their hits and then coming together for some special combined performances.
Eddie Levert is a founding member of the pioneering 1970s Soul/R&B group and 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, The O’Jays. Today, almost 50 years later, Eddie continues to perform with The O’Jays entertaining enthusiastic audiences around the world. Eddie is also pursuing solo projects including the show he titled “Timeless Voices” which is a collaboration of fellow vocalists whom Eddie feels made significant impact on R&B and Popular Music as well as having the experience and talent to pay tribute to some of the great singers and songs of the past.
As any R&B enthusiast will attest, the name Gerald Alston has always been synonymous with soul, elegance and sophistication. Alston took over as lead singer of The Manhattans in 1970. The group enjoyed enormous success in the 70s and 80s with songs such as: “There’s No Me Without You”, “Wish That You Were Mine”, “Hurt’, “We Never Danced To A Love Song”, “Don’t Take Your Love From Me”, “I Kinda Miss You”, and “It Feels So Good To be Loved So Bad”. Their 1976 single “Kiss and Say Goodbye” was both a number one R&B and Pop hit.