Sunday, January 19, 2014

Kitoto Von Hebb, Lulu, Dionne Warwick, Mary Wilson, Lulu, Barbara Harris and Margaret Ross Williams all Legendary Singing Starlets added to Apollo Concert Feb. 6

For Immediate Release:

Kitoto Von Hebb  / Bobby Hebb EP to be released on February 6 at the Apollo Theater

First release from Bobby Hebb / Sunny boxed set due on Feb. 6


"TWIST & SHOUT: New York Celebrate The Beatles" at the legendary Apollo Theater, has announced the addition of Dionne Warwick, Mary Wilson (Supremes), Lulu, Barbara Harris (The Toys) and Margaret Ross WiIliams (The Toys) to the Thursday, February 6 star-studded charity concert being held as part of "NYC FAB 50: Celebrating the Music of The Beatles" 50th Anniversary Celebration. Tickets now on sale through Ticketmaster, ranging from $20-150.00.

Dionne Warwick, five-time Grammy Award winning music legend and a 2014 Grammy Award nominee once again, has been a conerstone of American pop music & culture. Dionne's career, which spans more than 50 years, has established her as an International music icon and concert act. She has earned more than sixty charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records, including more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles. A friend to The Beatles in the 60's, Warwick was part of some of the most famous fund-raising musical events in history, including “We Are the World,”"Live Aid” and “That’s What Friends Are For.” She became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a U.S. Ambassador of Health.

Mary  Wilson is a founding member of the world’s most famous female trio THE SUPREMES, who recorded twelve #1 hits from 1964 to 1969. Back in 1964 the Supremes' “Where Did Our Love Go” reached #1 in the U.S. pop charts, and they released four more number one hits, “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Stop In the Name of Love,” and “Back in My Arms Again,” making them the only group to have five consecutive #1 hits.The legendary singer’s career did not stop there, and she continues to soar to untold heights. Mary is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, businesswoman, former U.S. Cultural Ambassador, the recipient of an Associate Degree from New York University in 2001, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia.In 1988, Mary Wilson accepted the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Supremes when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1994, the Supremes received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 1998 they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Lulu is in her fifth decade entertaining, and the Scottish dynamo has put her unmistakable stamp on some of the soul songs that meant the most to her with a new album executive produced by Sir Elton John. Lulu, who had hits in the 60s with “Shout” and “To Sir With Love,” has recorded landmark songs originally recorded by the artists who helped to write the dictionary of soul. “Shout,” Lulu’s debut hit in 1964, first charted for the Isley Brothers in the US in 1959 and then again in 1962, while “‘To Sir With Love” entered the Billboard Hot 100 in the same week in 1967 as Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man,” and a few weeks later kept it off the No.1 spot.

Margaret Ross Williams is the lead singer of the legendary girl group THE COOKIES. Margaret Ross Williams sang lead on many classics. The Cookies scored their biggest hits with the King/Goffen-penned "Don't Say Nothin Bad About My Baby" and "Chains." "Chains" was covered by The Beatles. Formed in Brooklyn in the 50s, The Cookies were a staple of the Brill Building. Aside from their close association with Carole King & Gerry Goffen, they sang on such hits as Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," Little Eva's "The Locomotion" & many others. Photo is with Carole King. 
Barbara Harris of The TOYS - In September of 1965 a record was released on the DynaVoice label that was to become an international, all-time classic. "A Lovers Concerto" by "The Toys" entered the charts and in just six short weeks surpassed the likes of The Beatles, Supremes, Elvis Presley, Rolling Stones, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, etc. The song reached reached #1 and sold millions. The voice singing lead was that of Barbara Harris, and she sounds just as great today as she did half a decade ago.

 Kitoto Von Hebb, the daughter of two musical parents, one being "Sunny" author/singer Bobby Hebb, is from a family with deep and impressive musical roots. Her great uncle, Harold "Hal" Hebb was a member of the Marigolds, the group that performed for Elvis Presley at the Governor's Mansion in Tennessee. Bobby Hebb toured with The Beatles and was a friend of theirs. His biggest hit, "Sunny," was recorded in New York City. Released as a single, it reached #3 on the R&B charts, #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. When Hebb toured with The Beatles in 1966, "Sunny" was, at the time of the tour, ranked higher than any Beatles song then on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. BMI rated "Sunny" number 25 in its "Top 100 songs of the century."

Also on the bill are

Lloyd Price, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame artist, is one of the legends and pioneers of rock & roll. He is known worldwide for his hits "Personality," "Stagger Lee" and "Lawdy Miss Clawdy." “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” topped the R&B charts for seven weeks and was covered by the likes of Elvis Presley (who performed it on his 1968 NBC-TV special), John Lennon and Elvis Costello.
Bettye LaVette is a Grammy Award nominee who has performed at the Kennedy Center Honors and is heralded for re-inventing songs from the British bands who were initially influenced by American R & B music. She joined Todd Rundgren, Patti Austin and others for a Hollywood Bowl concert dedicated to The Beatles, and has thrilled audiences at the annual John Lennon charity tribute concert held in New York.

Gary U.S. Bonds is an honoree of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, a “favorite son” of the Blues Brothers and his classic recording “Quarter to Three" appears on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll" list. His first hit was “New Orleans” and he teamed with Bruce Springsteen for his comeback hit “This Little Girl.” The Beatles backed Bonds on an early European tour, but were actually fired from the tour.

Melvin Van Peebles is the ultimate Renaissance man: actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, visual artist and composer. Best known as a revolutionary film-maker (and to younger movie-goers as the father of Mario Van Peebles), his music has run the gamete from soul, funk, jazz rap and improvisational. An album released on The Beatles U.S. label, Capitol, was described as “filled with stylistic curveballs, Broadway-like compositions, and his animated verbal delivery.”

Barrence Whitfield is a Boston-based, internationally-followed R & B vocal powerhouse best known for his live concerts as the front-man in Barrence Whitfield & the Savages. Delivering soul, blues, funk, roots, jump and even rockabilly, Barrence has been described as "a soul screamer in the spirit of Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke. Anyone who can be compared to one of The Beatles' greatest influences, Little Richard, is a singer who had to be part of this tribute.

Roseanna Vitro is the Grammy-nominated vocal stylist and reigning member of the jazz community who has served as an official Jazz Ambassador sponsored in 2009 by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Dept, and in 2004 by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She was inducted in the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame.

Franke Previte is the Musical Director for the concert under the supervision of Producer Dennis D'Amico. Franke won an Academy Award for best Achievement in Music; Best Song for Dirty Dancing's "(I've Had) The Time of My Life, and has sold over 50 million records. He is the leader of The Brotherhood," a band of master musicians performing for the Apollo audience of "Twist & Shout: New York Celebrates The Beatles." Pianist for The Brotherhood is Roger Kellaway, a jazz/pop/classical pianist & composer who has worked with everyone from Elvis to Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie to Yo-Yo Ma, Joni Mitchell to Mancini and Quincy Jones to Michael Tilson Thomas. His discography runs more than two hundred and fifty albums. Kellaway’s most prized composer credit, “Remembering You,” is the closing theme for the TV’s “All in the Family.” He has written (and conducted) twenty-nine film scores including Barbara Streisand’s “A Star is Born,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Roger’s most recent commission, a twenty-two minute piece for two pianos, bass & drums, is a jazz exploration of nine songs by Sir Paul McCartney.

The Apollo Theater at 253 West 125th Street, is one of the most famous live music venues in the world, and even hosted a memorable Paul McCartney concert in December of 2010.

100% of net proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Food Bank for New York City. Artists subject to change. The production is not affiliated with Apple Corp Ltd or The Beatles.
About Food Bank For New York City:
Food Bank For New York City recognizes 30 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs.  As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of  community-based member programs citywide, Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank’s hands-on nutrition education program in the public schools reaches thousands of children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamps, free tax assistance for the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit put millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence. Learn how you can help at
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