Soulful R&B Singer Ada Dyer & the A Band at B.B. King Blues Club
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The last date listed for Ada Dyer & the A Band was Sunday January 12, 2014 / 9:30pm (Doors Open at 9:00pm).
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Vocalist Prentiss McNeil of The Drifters and Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne from Wilson Pickett's Midnight Movers head up this high-energy salute to the best R&B music of the classic soul era. Get ready to groove to hits from greats like "The Godfather" and "Queen" of Soul -- James Brown and Aretha Franklin -- not to mention Motown and Stax artists galore. From Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder to the Jackson 5 and Sam & Dave, you'll hear these hot tunes performed live on stage. McNeil performed for close to 30 years with doo-wop group The Drifters, who were known for classics like "Save the Last Dance for Me," "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Under the Boardwalk" and "Up on the Roof." Learn More
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Great singer sang alot of good hits from Arethea , Chaka, Marvin Gaye and others . Did a beautiful version of Image by the Beetles ............Really enjoyed the show . Friendly crowd danced the evening way . The venue is also very nice. Is clean and the service was good.
Ada Dyer (given name Adaritha) made her recorded debut on eminent jazz drummer Norman Connors' album Invitation (1979) after her drummer discovered her talents singing the title track. In addition to "Invitation," she was also featured on "Handle Me Gently." Connors invited the vocalist back for his next album, 1980's Take It to the Limit, on which the two scored a Top 30 R&B hit with the title cut. After returning home from a tour with Connors, Dyer auditioned and was promptly hired as the understudy to the lead in a production of The Wiz. In 1981, she relocated from Chicago to New York City, where she continued her work in both jingles and recording. Notably, she became part of the lineup of electro-dance trio Warp 9, best remembered for their trend-setting club hits "Nunk," "Light Years Away" and "No Man Is an Island."
In 1983, Dyer took a break from recording to do yet another production of The Wiz. Soon after, she began a prolific career as a background vocalist, both on tours and recording sessions. Her first prominent road gig with Chaka Khan led to interest from James Anthony Carmichael, noted for his work with Lionel Ritchie, the Commodores and Atlantic Starr. Carmichael had an ongoing relationship with Motown Records, which promptly signed Dyer. By 1987, the two commenced work on what would become Dyer's debut solo album, Meant to Be.
Released in spring of 1988, Meant to Be quickly picked up steam, driven by the single release of "I Bet Ya I'll Let Ya," which reached No. 33 on Billboard's R&B singles chart. A second single, "I Don't Feel Like Crying," penned by Babyface and L.A. Reid, served as the follow-up. Dyer was soon given a chance to record a second album under Motown's new presidency. Unlike Meant to Be, on which she had been given no creative input, she selected all of the songs and co-wrote several for her eponymous 1990 release. This album effectively showcased Dyer's abilities as an across-the-board singer, equally at home with powerful soul and pop ballads, jazzy R&B tunes and funk jams.
Since that incredible start to her career, Dyer has gone on to work with such artists as Sting, Roberta Flack, Lenny Kravitz, Cher, the J. Geils Band, Boz Scaggs, Michael Bolton and Luther Vandross, just to name a few.