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Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul’ coming to ABC TV; expanded soundtrack LP coming in June

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Want to watch Questlove‘s Oscar-nominated documentary Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), but don’t have Hulu or Disney+?  You’re in luck.

The acclaimed film, which documents the six-week-long, star-studded 1969 event The Harlem Cultural Festival, will have its broadcast television premiere on Sunday, February 20 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. 

The festival, the tapes of which sat on a shelf for decades, featured huge stars of soul, blues, Latin, jazz and R&B. Among the artists you’ll see performing in the film are Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Sly and the Family Stone, The 5th Dimension, The Staple Singers, B.B. King and more.

In related news, while a digital and CD version of the movie’s soundtrack is out now, an expanded two-LP version of the soundtrack will be out June 17.  It includes 17 songs selected by Questlove. Target will offer a single LP version pressed on red vinyl. You can pre-order both now.

The LP’s track listing gives you an idea of how varied the lineup was at the festival, which was all but forgotten because it was overshadowed by Woodstock, which took place around the same time:

The Chambers Brothers — “Uptown”
B.B. King — “Why I Sing The Blues”
The 5th Dimension — “Don’t Cha Hear Me Callin’ To Ya”
The 5th Dimension — “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)”
David Ruffin — “My Girl”
The Edwin Hawkins Singers — “Oh Happy Day”
The Staple Singers — “It’s Been A Change”
The Operation Breadbasket Orchestra & Choir Featuring Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples — “Precious Lord Take My Hand”
Gladys Knight & The Pips — “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”
Mongo Santamaria — “Watermelon Man”
Ray Barretto — “Together”
Herbie Mann — “Hold On, I’m Comin’”
Sly & The Family Stone — “Sing A Simple Song”
Sly & The Family Stone — “Everyday People”
Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach — “Africa”
Nina Simone — “Backlash Blues”
Nina Simone — “Are You Ready”

 

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