Four decades strong, these Brooklyn-born soul disco divas still delight
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Three soulful sisters! Since they officially formed as SKYY in 1973, the Dunning clan (Dolores, Denise, Bonnie) have been delighting audiences with soulful hits. With numerous R&B albums already recorded, SKYY sashayed into the mainstream/pop milieu with their 1981 LP Skyy Line, which featured the Top 40 gem “Call Me.” After buoyantly bouncing around for a few years, the resilient sisters and their bandmates would release the ’89 album Start of a Romance, which contained an eponymous single and the now-classic “Real Love.” The dynamic Dunnings have thrilled crowds at Soul Train and the Apollo – and various stages around the world. Today they continue to perform with grace and élan, adding depth to their fan-favorite tracks, spread out over a dozen sparkling studio albums.
Brooklyn resident Felix Hernandez is a college radio-show host turned all-star DJ event and mega concert producer. He launched his career while still at school in the 80’s, with the creation of an independently produced radio series named BluesStage, which was so wildly popular, that NPR picked it up for a six-year run, with a whopping 200+ station distribution. The show gave a platform for both established and nascent R&B and rock artists to deliver live performances, to an ever-widening fan base. By 1986, Felix had carved out such a name for himself in the business, that he was invited to join WBGO in developing the now-famous classic soul & dance program Rhythm Revue. As the show took off to stratospheric heights, it would go on to air on New York’s WBLS, WRKS (“Kiss-FM”), WTJM (Jammin’ 105) and Sirius/XM. Rhythm Revue would metamorphose into a legendary live dance party, held at some of NYC’s most notable clubs. Now an indelible name in the world of party-throwing and concert crafting, Hernandez continues to coordinate acts that light up NYC’s premiere stages, and personally DJ some of the most exalted fests in the metropolitan area.