[ Big Crown / LP ]
Release Date: Friday 16 August 2019
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A reissue of one of Brooklyn's most sought after "holy grail" soul records, YIA Talent Hunt Winners. Youth in Action, Inc.
Youth in Action was formed in 1963 when the Central Brooklyn Coordinating Council received a grant to develop a youth services program in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. It was originally organized to identify and address the social problems that were leading to the high crime rate in Bed-Stuy. Recently the Smithsonian Museum of African American History released an archive of footage filmed by a community activist, which shows the real-world effects of the group's efforts: young people engaged in sports, the arts, and other activities to better themselves and their world. The appearances by Jackie and Bobby Kennedy point to the group's relationship to the Great Society programs of President Lyndon B. Johnson. What there is no mention of in either the NMAAHC's collection of YIA materials nor in the Brooklyn Public Library's also extensive collection is this talent show and the record that came to be because of it.
Local vocal groups chose tunes to cover from the era (1964 - 1968) ranging from The Rascals to The Intruders, from The O'Jays to Billy Stewart. All these groups were backed by a local act called The Thrillers Band. The winners of the talent contest were then invited into the studio to record their versions which would be pressed up on this record and given away to local radio and TV stations. The hope of the whole thing was that this would help the young groups get discovered by producers and record labels and start their professional music careers.
A1. The Thrillers Band - The Thrillers Band Theme
A2. Carla & The Carlettes - Love Makes A Woman
A3. The Channels 4 - I Wish It Would Rain
A4. Sharon Seabrook & The Starlettes - Come & Get These Memories
A5. The United Souls - I Want To Be Sweeter To You (Than I Was Yesterday)
B1. The Destinations - Cowboys To Girls
B2. Carla & The Carlettes - Grooving
B3. The Channels 4 - Cross My Heart
B4. The United Souls - The Way You Do The Things You Do
B5. The Starlettes - Dry Your Eyes