A four-part biography show where artists posed as stardom lose it all. TV One
and A. Smith & Co. Productions announced the production of eight new episodes of "Unsung"
, the acclaimed series of one-hour biographies that celebrates the lives and careers of successful artists or groups who, despite great talent, over the years have been under-recognized or under-appreciated. The episodes will be executive-produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions. Mark Rowland will serve as Co-Executive Producer. (Source:
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Rick James is the final R&B, soul singer to be covered on "Unsung"
in 2014. His real birth name was James Ambrose Johnson, Jr. who passed away on 6 August 2004 from pulmonary failure and cardiac failure. In 1978 he released his very first single titled "You and " and it went all the way to #1 on the R&B charts. This was followed up in the same year with "Mary Jane" that peaked at #3. He went on to have 3 more #1 hits on the R&B charts up to 2006. His other #1 hits were "Give It To Me Baby" in 1981, "Cold Blooded" in 1983 and finally "Loosey's Rap" featuring Roxanne Shanté in 1988. He also had 2 #1 hits over the years on the Billboard Dance charts in "Super Freak" in 1981 and "Glow" in 1985.
"Peaches & Herb"
are an Disco, Funk, R&B and Soul duo who formed in Washington, D.C. in 1966. The duo are Francine "Peaches" Hurd Barker who passed away in 2005 and Herb Fame. Seven different female singers have played the role of Peaches over the years. The duo's only number 1 hit was released in 1978 in the song "Reunited". They also had a #5 peaking hit in "Shake Your Groove Thing" in the same year. These 2 hits were with the R&B artist Linda Greene as Peaches.