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TV One’s Unsung has been upping its game each season, featuring groups and artists who’ve faded from public view but have been anything but forgotten. The next season, which begins on June 25, is no exception. The network has released its lineup, and we can’t wait to hear what these folks have been up to.

This summer, Unsung will profile:

– Con Funk Shun

– The Marvelettes

– Angela Bofill

– Sly and the Family Stone

– Kool Moe Dee

– Gerald Levert

– Lou Rawls

– Arrested Development

We love the gradual mixture of hip-hop groups like Kool Moe Dee and Arrested Development with the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s acts we’ve come to expect. Last season’s feature on the rap/r&b collective Full Force was one of the funnest episodes aired. This season, we’re most excited about Sly Stone, Angela Bofill, and Arrested Development. Sly’s famed elusive nature and battle with addiction will be highlighted. Bofill’s devastating health struggles (two debilitating strokes) and her tentative return to the stage will be chronicled. And we just want to hear about the beef between Arrested Development members that left them playing Telephone between agents and managers, rather than talking directly to each other.

Unsung will air on Mondays at 9pm. For more detailed descriptions of each episode, visit TV One’s Unsung site.

Will you be watching? Does this line-up excite you? In whose episode are you most interested?

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  • David Heath (Musician)

    Unsung is a great series that tell the true stories of all these great entertainer’s and setting the record straight from all the rumors we always here from mostly people who was not there.
    Here’s my wish list of unsung stars.
    1. Isley Brothers
    2. James Brown & The Famous Flames
    3. The Five Stairsteps
    4. Gil Scott-Heron
    4. The Dramatics

  • I agree on having and UNSUNG program on The Famous Flames.They just got inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME… yet today, no one knows who they are !! People have lied about them for years , saying that they were James Brown’s Band (they weren’t..they were really a singing group) , and James Brown stiffed them out of millions of dollars,stripped them of their fame, and even insisted that only HIS face was on the group’s album covers, instead of the entire group….Bobby Byrd, Bobby Bennett, “Baby Lloyd” Stallworth and Johnny Terry are truly “UNSUNG”!!

  • topkat

    *****THE MIRACLES*****

    I think that “Motown’s First Group” ,The Miracles , should be profiled on Unsung . They are the most “unsung” group EVER!! Why ?? Because , almost since their inception, the media, the listening public, the music writers and so-called historians,(who should know better) ,and the Dee-Jays, have chosen to focus only on ONE MEMBER of the group. SMOKEY !! They gave HIM a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame….alone. They inducted HIM into The Rock and Roll hall of Fame…alone !! They gave HIM SOLE CREDIT for everything that THE GROUP ever even did….alone !!! It’s only been in recent years that the other Miracles have received their due. Yeah, they FINALLY got their Walk of Fame Star (in 2009) and their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction(in 2012) But, look at how LONG it took !! because EVERYBODY ONLY FOCUSES ON SMOKEY !! Half of the original members are now DEAD… and people are STILL focusing only on SMOKEY. Bobby Rogers, Marv Tarplin, Pete Moore, Ronnie White,and Claudette Rogers-Robinson TRULY personify the word “UNSUNG”

    THE MIRACLES should be profiled. NOW.