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Notations

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When: Fri., June 10, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $10-$20
Chicago wasn’t lacking for vocal groups in the 60s and 70s. The Notations, for one, formed in high school in 1965 and in late 1970 broke through nationally with their quintessential soul ballad for the Twinight label, “I’m Still Here.” They stayed together for about seven more years, releasing an album on the Curtis Mayfield-owned Gemigo imprint, and though they only had one other soul Top 40 hit (1975’s “It Only Hurts for a Little While”), they continued to release classic records that defined Windy City soul—on the funky “Super People” lead singer Clifford Curry duplicates Mayfield’s falsetto down to the last syllable. A re-formed version of the Notations has been performing sporadically since the 90s, including a highly successful 2009 appearance at Park West as part of the Numero Group’s Eccentric Soul Revue, where they joined Syl Johnson, Renaldo Domino, and a score of others from the Twinight stable. Here they’ll strut their stuff for a full set. Seemingly the only Chicago vintage soul singers who still gig regularly are the ones who are partially blues influenced. This is good for veterans like Holly Maxwell and the recently departed Otis Clay, but we haven’t seen enough of the sweet harmony groups around town. For that reason, this Notations show is an Event.
— James Porter
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