Grammy-winning Tavares to perform at CityStage on Friday night at CityStage, One Columbus Center, Springfield, MA
Winners of a Grammy for “More Than A Woman,” their contribution to the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack – one of the best-selling albums of all time – Tavares will bring their mix of up-tempo and laidback smooth soul sounds to CityStage on Friday.
“Our song on the album was a product of chemistry going on at the time. Al Coury, who was with our label at Capitol, switched to RSO Records, the label which released the soundtrack album. Our manager remained friendly with Al, who came to him with an offer from the Bee Gees to be a part of the record. We had just performed with the Bee Gees at Madison Square Garden where they asked us back to their dressing room. We hung out with them and they told us they had a song for us that we might be interested in,” said Perry “Tiny” Tavares.
Before they became Tavares, the brothers signed with Capitol Records in 1968 as Chubby & The Turnpikes and began to attract national attention. It wasn’t until changing their name to Tavares and returning to Capitol in 1973 that the hits began to mount up for them.
Tavares scored their first big hit with “Check It Out” and then embarked on a decade-long run at the top of the charts with hits such as “She’s Gone,” “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” and “Whodunit.” The group was recognized as pioneers in the evolution of R&B from the soul era into the modern funk and disco movements of the ’70s and ’80s. They placed eight singles on Billboard’s Top 40 – 12 on the R&B Top 10, including three Number One hits, as well as three Dance Chart toppers with two at Number One, and also had 10 hit albums.
This year Tavares were honored for their musicianship by being inducted in May into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. Founded in 2011, the nonprofit organization is dedicated to celebrating, honoring, and preserving the legacy of Rhode Island musicians, educators and industry professionals who have made significant contributions to both the national and Rhode Island music scene.
“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame was a great privilege. We were raised in Rhode Island, although some of us were born in New Bedford, we still grew up in Providence. It’s a special treat to know our peers and others we have known along the way recommended us for induction. And, it’s nice to know that those in the organization felt we were deserving of it…. it’s nice to have someone else put you on a pedestal and then move on from it,” said Tavares.
He noted the group is “looking forward to seeing Springfield again.”
“We still have a lot of family in Springfield…..nieces and nephews who pretty much grew up and were born there. And we have fond memories of once performing in area New England nightclubs, lounges and hotels,” he said.
For more info: Call (413) 788-7033 or visit citystage.symphonyhall.com
By Keith O’Connor | masslive.com