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Rapping with the Bluenotes
Program 615
Original Airdate: 5/14/1976

Subject Keywords
Afro-American musicians
Afro-American singers
Afro-Americans in the performing arts
Mime

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Cummings, Jerry
Johnson, Dwight
Johnson, Fred (Halim Adbur Rashid)
Melvin, Harold
Spratley, Bill

Corporate Names
Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes (musical group)
Internationals, The (musical group)
Philadelphia International Records

Program Description
Program focuses on three members of the musical group Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. Host Barbara Barrow and intern Brian Clarke interview Bluenotes musicians Jerry Cummings, Dwight Johnson, and Bill Spratley, all from the recording label Philadelphia International Records. Topics discussed include their new featured musician, vocalist Sharon Paige, the links between Philadelphia International Records, Harold Melvin Enterprises, Inc., and Melvin and the Bluenotes, the Internationals, a music group Cummings belonged to prior to the Bluenotes, the Bluenotes' new recording, Wake Up Everybody, their current tour, and their recent four-day engagement in Boston. Program includes two performances by mime Fred Johnson (Halim Adbur Rashid). Original air date estimated.

Producer
Marita Muhammad Rivero

Associate Producer
Barbara Barrow

Director
Conrad White

Writer
Dighton Spooner

Host
Barbara Barrow
Brian Clarke

Guests
Jerry Cummings
Dwight Johnson
Bill Spratley

Performers
Fred Johnson (Halim Adbur Rashid) (mime)

Others
Lydia Allen (intern)
Wendell Bourne (intern)
Kissette Bundy (intern)
Bill Charette (camera)
Basil Chigas (stage manager)
Brian Clarke (intern)
June Cross (production assistant)
Keith Handyside (video)
Pat Kane (videotape editor)
John MacKnight (videotape editor)
Will Morton (audio)
Kathy Smith (switcher)
Lee Smith (camera)
Dighton Spooner (researcher)
John Sullivan (lighting)

Formats
Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-03311
Preservation master digital beta cassette AB-01267A
Preservation master beta SP cassette AB-01268
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy VHS cassette (item number not yet assigned)



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