The Sweethearts of Soul

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Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting the legendary Sweethearts of Soul.... At long last the Rock and Soul Foundation is honoring Ruth Thomas, Adeline Lights, Venus Jones and Brenda Wade with a place in its hall of fame. So music reporter Legs Diamond gets the assignment to interview the members of the group. And what a story she hears––from their start singing gospel to their fame and fortune in the 1960s and after.

This is a witty, big–hearted, and irresistible story as only the incomparable Evelyn "Slim" Lambright can tell it.

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Evelyn "Slim" Lambright, in her own words, says, "I've been a waitress, a bartender, a go-go-dancer, a model, a singer, and a numbers runner, among other things, and am now employed freelance, but the less said about that, the better." She is the author of The Justus Girls, and she lives in Philadelphia.

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Bass player Barton Coleman's death under mysterious circumstances at a New Jersey motel sparks a search for the true story behind the Philadelphia-based 1960s singing group SOS, the Sweethearts of Soul, in Lambright's light, heartwarming second novel (after 2001's The Justus Girls). Black Music magazinereporter LaVerne "Legs" Diamond sets out to interview the four former members of SOS, all foster children who began singing in church and achieved stardom before the age of 18: ruthless Ruth Thomas, who's still performing; Addie Lights, the glamorous owner of Busy Bee Realty; Venus Jones, who once ran a bridal shop; and the elusive Brenda "Birdie" Wade. As the women talk to Legs about the men in their lives and the star-crossed loves of their talented children, the secrets of the past begin to unfold, despite attempts to keep a certain family secret under wraps. The interviews don't flow clearly from one to the next at first and the format renders the action rather distant, but the author—herself a member of a Philly girl group back in the '60s called the Sweethearts of Soul—presents an enchanting portrait of a place and time that will particularly appeal to readers who like uplifting tales about strong African-American women.
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