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Unsung

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  • Gary Anthony Williams

Unsung

This documentary series takes a look at some of the top R&B and soul artists of the last several decades, many of whom are not household names. Narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams, the NAACP Image Award-winning program features interviews with people who know the musicians well enough to tell the ups and downs of their careers. Episodes usually start with the story of an artist's upbringing before moving into the trials and tribulations faced as the subject searched for the big break early in his or her music career. The pinnacle of the performer's career plays out next, before a turning point that led to each one's career beginning a downward trend.

Premiere:
Nov 27, 2008
Original Network:
TV ONE
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The Debarge Family

S01, E04  (First Aired: Dec. 3, 2008)
The Debarge Family was poised for success before changing musical trends, family squabbles and deadly addictions led to their end.
  • Thu 1/19
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Shalamar

S02, E03  (First Aired: Jun. 21, 2009)
The constant changing of members takes its toll on Shalamar's (``The Second Time Around''; ``A Night to Remember'') long-term viability.
  • Thu 1/19
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Howard Hewett

S09, E06  (First Aired: Aug. 24, 2016)
Former member of Shalamar, Howard Hewett, is a trendsetter, sex symbol and owner of one of the most legendary voices in R&B.
  • Thu 1/19
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Mary Wells

S04, E09  (First Aired: Aug. 15, 2011)
R & B diva, Mary Wells; ``You Beat Me to the Punch'', ``Two Lovers'' and ``My Guy.''
  • Fri 1/20
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Marvelettes

S05, E08  (First Aired: Jul. 23, 2012)
Girl group in the early to mid 1960s; Motown Records; number one single ``Please Mr. Postman.''
  • Fri 1/20
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Chi-Lites

S07, E08  (First Aired: Sep. 17, 2014)
The Chi-Lites are profiled.
  • Fri 1/20
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Jon B

S10, E03  (First Aired: Jan. 18, 2017)
Jon B. breaks barriers with his Blue Eyed Soul in '90s R&B but clashes with his record label; turmoil in his marriage puts music on hold.
  • Sun 1/22
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Big Daddy Kane

S04, E04  (First Aired: Jun. 27, 2011)
Hip hop artist Big Daddy Kane from the 1980's; ``I Get the Job Done'', ``Warm It up Kane'', ``Another Victory.''
  • Tue 1/24
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Kid `N Play

S08, E07  (First Aired: Jul. 15, 2015)
The full story of Kid 'N Play with laughs and tears.
  • Tue 1/24
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Full Force

S04, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 30, 2012)
The story of Brooklyn's Full Force.
  • Tue 1/24
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

George Clinton

S03, E10  (First Aired: Oct. 11, 2010)
Funkmaster George Clinton.
  • Wed 1/25
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Whodini

S05, E03  (First Aired: Mar. 12, 2012)
One of rap's first superstars during hip hop's golden age; hits ``Friends'', ``Big Mouth.''
  • Wed 1/25
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Fat Boys

S03, E11  (First Aired: Oct. 18, 2010)
The Fat Boys become one of the most successful groups of the 1980s.
  • Wed 1/25
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Lenny Williams

NEW
S10, E04 
Lenny Williams goes from Oakland preacher to national R&B star in the '70s, recording one of the greatest love songs, ``Cause I Love You.''
  • Wed 1/25
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Sly and the Family Stone

S05, E04  (First Aired: Jun. 26, 2012)
Sly & the Family Stone's great music group.
  • Wed 1/25
  • 9:00PM-10:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Billy Preston

S04, E07  (First Aired: Jul. 25, 2011)
R & B artist Billy Preston.
  • Wed 1/25
  • 10:00PM-11:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Lenny Williams

S10, E04  (First Aired: Jan. 25, 2017)
Lenny Williams goes from Oakland preacher to national R&B star in the '70s, recording one of the greatest love songs, ``Cause I Love You.''
  • Wed 1/25
  • 11:00PM-12:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Sly and the Family Stone

S05, E04  (First Aired: Jun. 26, 2012)
Sly & the Family Stone's great music group.
  • Thu 1/26
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Lenny Williams

S10, E04  (First Aired: Jan. 25, 2017)
Lenny Williams goes from Oakland preacher to national R&B star in the '70s, recording one of the greatest love songs, ``Cause I Love You.''
  • Thu 1/26
  • 1:00AM-2:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Billy Preston

S04, E07  (First Aired: Jul. 25, 2011)
R & B artist Billy Preston.
  • Thu 1/26
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Miki Howard

S03, E13  (First Aired: Nov. 1, 2010)
Miki Howard becomes one of the great hit-makers of the '80s and '90s.
  • Thu 1/26
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Gerald Levert

S05, E10  (First Aired: Aug. 20, 2012)
Eddie's journey with his father's band; R&B trio LeVert.
  • Thu 1/26
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Johnny Gill

S05, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 20, 2013)
Johnny Gill in New Edition; first solo album in his musical journey.
  • Thu 1/26
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Wilson Pickett

S07, E07  (First Aired: Sep. 10, 2014)
Wilson Pickett is profiled with a dual emphasis on his career and wild life.
  • Fri 1/27
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Teddy Pendergrass

S03, E06  (First Aired: Sep. 13, 2010)
The story of the legendary Teddy Pendergrass.
  • Fri 1/27
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Otis Redding

S08, E02  (First Aired: Jun. 10, 2015)
Otis Redding's life and legacy is profiled.
  • Fri 1/27
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Sly and the Family Stone

S05, E04  (First Aired: Jun. 26, 2012)
Sly & the Family Stone's great music group.
  • Sun 1/29
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Billy Preston

S04, E07  (First Aired: Jul. 25, 2011)
R & B artist Billy Preston.
  • Sun 1/29
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The O'Jays

S03, E14  (First Aired: Nov. 8, 2010)
Classic R&B group, The O'Jays.
  • Sun 1/29
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Lenny Williams

S10, E04  (First Aired: Jan. 25, 2017)
Lenny Williams goes from Oakland preacher to national R&B star in the '70s, recording one of the greatest love songs, ``Cause I Love You.''
  • Sun 1/29
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Jon B

S10, E03  (First Aired: Jan. 18, 2017)
Jon B. breaks barriers with his Blue Eyed Soul in '90s R&B but clashes with his record label; turmoil in his marriage puts music on hold.
  • Sun 1/29
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Fat Joe

S10, E02  (First Aired: Jan. 11, 2017)
Born and raised in the Bronx, Fat Joe takes a journey from street gangster to music mogul, and helps put Latino rappers on the map.
  • Sun 1/29
  • 3:00PM-4:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

SWV

S10, E01  (First Aired: Jan. 4, 2017)
Mixing celestial gospel harmonies with street swagger, SWV brings an edgy sound to female R&B groups that helps define the '90s decade.
  • Sun 1/29
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Miki Howard

S03, E13  (First Aired: Nov. 1, 2010)
Miki Howard becomes one of the great hit-makers of the '80s and '90s.
  • Tue 1/31
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Gerald Levert

S05, E10  (First Aired: Aug. 20, 2012)
Eddie's journey with his father's band; R&B trio LeVert.
  • Tue 1/31
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Johnny Gill

S05, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 20, 2013)
Johnny Gill in New Edition; first solo album in his musical journey.
  • Tue 1/31
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

SWV

S10, E01  (First Aired: Jan. 4, 2017)
Mixing celestial gospel harmonies with street swagger, SWV brings an edgy sound to female R&B groups that helps define the '90s decade.
  • Wed 2/1
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Fat Joe

S10, E02  (First Aired: Jan. 11, 2017)
Born and raised in the Bronx, Fat Joe takes a journey from street gangster to music mogul, and helps put Latino rappers on the map.
  • Wed 2/1
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Jon B

S10, E03  (First Aired: Jan. 18, 2017)
Jon B. breaks barriers with his Blue Eyed Soul in '90s R&B but clashes with his record label; turmoil in his marriage puts music on hold.
  • Wed 2/1
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Lenny Williams

S10, E04  (First Aired: Jan. 25, 2017)
Lenny Williams goes from Oakland preacher to national R&B star in the '70s, recording one of the greatest love songs, ``Cause I Love You.''
  • Wed 2/1
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Case

NEW
S10, E05 
With hit singles ``Happily Ever After'' and ``Missing You'', Case's music set the soundtrack for a love that was meant to last.
  • Wed 2/1
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

H-Town

S08, E16  (First Aired: Nov. 4, 2015)
H-Town on the R&B scene in 1993 and their platinum-selling single from their debut album Fever for Da Flavor.
  • Wed 2/1
  • 9:00PM-10:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Hi-Five

S07, E02  (First Aired: Aug. 6, 2014)
Featuring the story of Hi-Five.
  • Wed 2/1
  • 10:00PM-11:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Case

S10, E05  (First Aired: Feb. 1, 2017)
With hit singles ``Happily Ever After'' and ``Missing You'', Case's music set the soundtrack for a love that was meant to last.
  • Wed 2/1
  • 11:00PM-12:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

H-Town

S08, E16  (First Aired: Nov. 4, 2015)
H-Town on the R&B scene in 1993 and their platinum-selling single from their debut album Fever for Da Flavor.
  • Thu 2/2
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Case

S10, E05  (First Aired: Feb. 1, 2017)
With hit singles ``Happily Ever After'' and ``Missing You'', Case's music set the soundtrack for a love that was meant to last.
  • Thu 2/2
  • 1:00AM-2:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Hi-Five

S07, E02  (First Aired: Aug. 6, 2014)
Featuring the story of Hi-Five.
  • Thu 2/2
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne