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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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Rick James

S07, E09  (First Aired: Jan. 14, 2015)
Rick James' family and friends discuss the man behind the frame.
  • Wed 7/26
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Nate Dogg

S08, E18  (First Aired: Nov. 18, 2015)
R&B singer, Nate Dogg as the leader of the G-funk movement's story of how he fell victim to a series of strokes.
  • Thu 7/27
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Kurupt

S09, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 23, 2016)
One of the most influential rap lyricists, Kurupt, achieves numerous successful hits while enduring label drama and addiction.
  • Thu 7/27
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Switch

S11, E04  (First Aired: Jul. 23, 2017)
Switch, the multi-talented, multi-instrumental Midwestern powerhouse band bursts onto the black music scene as newcomers to the legendary Motown roster in the mid-'70s.
  • Fri 7/28
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Ike Turner

S08, E01  (First Aired: Jun. 3, 2015)
Ike Turner is the focus.
  • Fri 7/28
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Isaac Hayes

S05, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 23, 2013)
Isaac Hayes and his romantic legend.
  • Fri 7/28
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Whispers

S05, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 6, 2013)
The Whispers as an all-time iconic group of R&B; top ten hits through three decades.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Sheila E.

S05, E01  (First Aired: Feb. 27, 2012)
Oakland's first musical family, the Escovedos.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

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.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Switch

S11, E04  (First Aired: Jul. 23, 2017)
Switch, the multi-talented, multi-instrumental Midwestern powerhouse band bursts onto the black music scene as newcomers to the legendary Motown roster in the mid-'70s.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Wyclef

S11, E01  (First Aired: Jul. 9, 2017)
Wyclef Jean skyrockets to fame with his group, The Fugees, in the late '90s; hits like ``We're Trying to Stay Alive'' and ``Gone Till November.''
  • Sun 7/30
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Jagged Edge

S11, E02  (First Aired: Jul. 9, 2017)
The melodic harmonies of Jagged Edge dominate the early 2000s with back-to-back No. 1 hits and two double-platinum albums.
  • Sun 7/30
  • 5:00PM-6:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Marvin Sapp

S11, E03  (First Aired: Jul. 16, 2017)
Marvin Sapp spreads the Gospel through song for over three decades; dominating the gospel charts in the 2000s with seven Top 10 hits.
  • Sun 7/30
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Whispers

S05, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 6, 2013)
The Whispers as an all-time iconic group of R&B; top ten hits through three decades.
  • Sun 7/30
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Johnnie Taylor

S08, E22  (First Aired: Mar. 2, 2016)
Johhnie Taylor's hits from gospel to soul to disco.
  • Sun 7/30
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Switch

S11, E04  (First Aired: Jul. 23, 2017)
Switch, the multi-talented, multi-instrumental Midwestern powerhouse band bursts onto the black music scene as newcomers to the legendary Motown roster in the mid-'70s.
  • Sun 7/30
  • 9:00PM-10:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Dramatics

NEW
S11, E05 
Through the '70s, The Dramatics take the five-man vocal group to another level by seamlessly mixing powerful and piercing lead vocals with silky harmonies.
  • Sun 7/30
  • 10:00PM-11:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne
  •  
  • 11:00PM-12:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Switch

S11, E04  (First Aired: Jul. 23, 2017)
Switch, the multi-talented, multi-instrumental Midwestern powerhouse band bursts onto the black music scene as newcomers to the legendary Motown roster in the mid-'70s.
  • Mon 7/31
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Wyclef

S11, E01  (First Aired: Jul. 9, 2017)
Wyclef Jean skyrockets to fame with his group, The Fugees, in the late '90s; hits like ``We're Trying to Stay Alive'' and ``Gone Till November.''
  • Wed 8/2
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Jagged Edge

S11, E02  (First Aired: Jul. 9, 2017)
The melodic harmonies of Jagged Edge dominate the early 2000s with back-to-back No. 1 hits and two double-platinum albums.
  • Thu 8/3
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Dramatics

S11, E05  (First Aired: Jul. 30, 2017)
Through the '70s, The Dramatics take the five-man vocal group to another level by seamlessly mixing powerful and piercing lead vocals with silky harmonies.
  • Fri 8/4
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Marvin Sapp

S11, E03  (First Aired: Jul. 16, 2017)
Marvin Sapp spreads the Gospel through song for over three decades; dominating the gospel charts in the 2000s with seven Top 10 hits.
  • Fri 8/4
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Switch

S11, E04  (First Aired: Jul. 23, 2017)
Switch, the multi-talented, multi-instrumental Midwestern powerhouse band bursts onto the black music scene as newcomers to the legendary Motown roster in the mid-'70s.
  • Sat 8/5
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Ohio Players

S04, E05  (First Aired: Jul. 4, 2011)
R&B group, The Ohio Players is featured; ``Fire'' and ``Love Rollercoaster''; three platinum albums; evolution of funk.
  • Sat 8/5
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The O'Jays

S03, E14  (First Aired: Nov. 8, 2010)
Classic R&B group, The O'Jays.
  • Sat 8/5
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Spinners

S04, E02  (First Aired: Jun. 13, 2011)
The Spinners are still on the road.
  • Sat 8/5
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Dramatics

S11, E05  (First Aired: Jul. 30, 2017)
Through the '70s, The Dramatics take the five-man vocal group to another level by seamlessly mixing powerful and piercing lead vocals with silky harmonies.
  • Sat 8/5
  • 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.
  • Sun 8/6
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Teena Marie

S02, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 1, 2009)
Singer Teena Marie helps overcome long-standing racial barriers between white singers and black audiences and launches an initiative that revolutionizes the relationship between musicians and record labels.
  • Sun 8/6
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

KC and the Sunshine Band

S08, E12  (First Aired: Oct. 7, 2015)
A sound of funk-filled happiness led by Harry Wayne Casey with classic songs that topped charts around the world.
  • Sun 8/6
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

S06, E02  (First Aired: Nov. 6, 2013)
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam's scene in the mid-80's.
  • Sun 8/6
  • 9:00PM-10:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Shanice

NEW
S11, E06 
Shanice exploded on the worldwide stage in the early 90's with the four simple words ``I Love Your Smile.''
  • Sun 8/6
  • 10:00PM-11:00PM
  • 178
  • TVOne
  •  
  • 11:00PM-12:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

Chante Moore

S08, E14  (First Aired: Oct. 28, 2015)
The profile of sultry R&B singer Chante Moore.
  • Mon 8/7
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne

The Dramatics

S11, E05  (First Aired: Jul. 30, 2017)
Through the '70s, The Dramatics take the five-man vocal group to another level by seamlessly mixing powerful and piercing lead vocals with silky harmonies.
  • Wed 8/9
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
  • 178
  • TVOne