Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges


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This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” originally aied on April 22, 2014.


This edition of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” salutes the vintage R&B sounds of Northwest Indiana with stellar in-studio guests — R&B icons WILLIE ROGERS (Soul Stirrers), BILLY SHELTON (The Spaniels) & HENRY FARAG (Stormy Weather) along with Stormy’s Linda Walla and Eugene Stewart.

After turning away people last month during its regional debut performance at the historic Aquatorium in Gary, IN a the new musical production — “The Signal – A Rhapsody” — has been scheduled for a second (4pm) performance April 27 at The Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts (540 S. Lake Street) in Gary.   This live musical documentary traces Doo Wop and R&B music in Northwest Indiana from the 1950s thru the 1970s.

This edition of “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” came about after radio host Lounges attended that first performance and was knocked out by it.  Wanting to help get the word out about it, Lounges  invited cast members Willie Rogers (who with The Soul Stirrers performed and recorded with late R&B icon Sam Cooke), The Spaniels’ Billy Shelton and Stormy Weather’s Henry Farag to chat about “The Signal – A Rhapsody”, to share stories of their amazing careers and to do what they do best — SING!    Tom Lounges said this program is one of his all time favorites in the Midwest BEAT archives.


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