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Garland Green 

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R & B vocalist Garland Green made his name in the late 60s as one of the most eloquent purveyors of Chicago "soft soul," a style that mixed pop romanticism with sensuality and longing. Unlike some other soft-soul artists, however, Green--who spent his childhood singing spirituals in Mississippi--never sacrificed his emotional intensity. Though he followed up his biggest hit--1969's million-selling "Jealous Kind of Fella"--with a couple of strong efforts ("Plain and Simple Girl" in 1971 and the local smash "Let the Good Times Roll" in '74), he never again achieved nationwide top-ten status. Even so, he's a significant contributor to Chicago's R & B legacy, a man who melded several stylistic traditions into a unique and satisfying sound: think of Tyrone Davis's sweat-drenched bedside manner filtered through the understated pop eloquence of the late Dee "Raindrops" Clark. Also on the bill are southern blues/soul chanteuse Lynn White and longtime Chicago blues favorite Artie "Blues Boy" White. Saturday, 9 PM, East of the Ryan, 914 E. 79th; 874-1500.

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