44TH ANNUAL UNCF GALA CONCERT
Featuring The Whispers
Sponsored by Valero
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
255 N. Main Street, Memphis TN 38103
This grand affair has featured such nationally known speakers and entertainers as Randy Crawford & Joe Sample, Isaac Hayes, Maya Angelou, Susan L. Taylor, Nancy Wilson, The Four Tops, Roberta Flack, The Stylistics, and The Manhattans. This year, partygoers will enjoy the R&B sounds of The Whispers. College officials also will present the annual Beacon of Hope Award that is given to individuals or organizations that have shown outstanding support to the College over the years. Valero proudly sponsors this event. All proceeds benefit the United Negro College Fund and LeMoyne-Owen College
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased online or at LeMoyne-Owen College in the Office of Institutional Advancement, 807 Walker Ave. Memphis, TN 38126.
At a time when a college degree is what a high school diploma was to previous generations—the minimum entry-level requirement for almost every well-paying career—UNCF plays a critical role in enabling more than 60,000 students each year to attend college and get the education they need and that the nation needs them to have.
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ABOUT THE WHISPERS
One of R&B music's most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, The Whispers, initially consisting of twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, Gordy Harmon, and Marcus Hutson, began their legendary and timeless career over 40 years ago. The group added Leaveil Degree in 1971 following the departure of Harmon. Hutson passed away in 1989 and the group vowed never to replace him. Today, The Whispers are the Scott twins, Caldwell and Degree. Between 1969 and 2006, they released 2 platinum albums, seven gold albums, and 12 Top 20 singles, winning accolades and prestigious awards along the way. They produced a string of hits in the 70s and 80s that solidified their emergence as the leading romantic singers of their generation. Racking up one gold album after another and charting numerous R&B hits, their hit albums in the 70s were "One For The Money", "Open Up Your Love", and "Headlights," which featured two singles that hit Billboard's Top 20 R&B Charts: "(Let's Go) All the Way" and "(Olivia) Lost and Turned Out". In 1980 they released “The Whispers”, their first platinum album, which featured their biggest hit “And The Beat Goes On”, along with the fan favorite “Lady”. The album went double-platinum, making it their most successful album to date. In 1987, The Whispers released the album "Just Gets Better with Time" that also went platinum. It featured the R&B No. 1 and US Top 10 pop entry "Rock Steady", collaboration with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. They continued their momentum in the 90s with such hit albums as "My Brother’s Keeper", a critically acclaimed duet album in 1993 that featured the R&B hit "I Wanna Know Your Name." They released "Toast to the Ladies" in 1995 and "Songbook, Vol. 1: The Songs of Babyface" in 1997. The Whispers waited almost a decade to produce a new CD in 2006. This independent product, the first venture of their newly formed company "Satin Tie Productions", is entitled "For Your Ears Only". In the new millennium the group, now consisting of Walter Scott, Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, and Leaveil Degree, continues to perform around the world to thousands of loyal fans.