Gladys Knight and The Pips, Screamin' Jay Hawkins
and The Five Satins are among the 12 artists who will split $205,000 in grants
from The Rhythm & Blues Foundation as winners of that organization's 1998
Gladys Knight and The Pips, who recorded such classics as "Midnight Train to
Georgia," "Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" and a fast version of "Heard It
Through The Grapevine," will receive the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the
non-profit organization. The Foundation, which seeks to promote and preserve the
works of R&B's early masters, announced the winners of the grants on Nov. 17.
The awards will be granted at a ceremony at the New York Sheraton on Feb. 26,
1998, according to Lindajo Loftus, spokesperson for the Foundation.
The awards are divided into four categories -- "Lifetime Achievement,"
"Individual Artists," "Side Men" and "Performance Groups."
In the "Individual Artists" category, blues wailer Faye Adams ("Shake A Hand"),
James Brown's Fabulous Flames leader Bobby Byrd ("Baby, Baby, Baby"), emotional
pleader Tyrone Davis ("Turn Back The Hands Of Time"), celebrated eccentric
Screamin' Jay Hawkins ("I Put A Spell On You"), soul singer Ernie-K-Doe ("Mother
In Law") and Marvin Gaye duet partner Kim Weston ("It Takes Two") will all
receive grants or have grants given to their heirs.
The "Side Men" being honored are Atlantic Records co-founder Herb Abramson and
longtime saxophonist for Ray Charles, David "Fathead" Newman.
The winners in the "Performance Groups" category are doo-wop group the Five
Satins ("In The Still Of The Night"), jazz-influenced vocalists the Harptones
("Life Is But A Dream"), and legendary soul singers the O'Jays ("For The Love Of
The Rhythm & Blues Foundation was founded in 1988 and is dedicated to the
recognition, financial support and historical and cultural preservation of
rhythm and blues music through a variety of grants and programs. The non-profit
organization has awarded grants to artists and their heirs since its inception;
a reward for many who signed terrible royalty contracts way back when but have
continued to give great performances over the years.
Previous winners of the grants include Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Johnny
"Guitar" Watson, the Four Tops and The Spinners, among others. -- Randy
Reiss [Mon., Nov. 24, 1997, 9 a.m. PDT]