From: MO, United States
Genre: R&B, Soul, Dance
The true legacy of Bloodstone is it is its own legacy; it's still standing, many of the original members are still at its core, and the group sounds as good today as it did in the early 60's when it began in Kansas City as a local group known as "The Sinceres". Founding members Charles Love, Charles McCormick, and lead singer Harry Williams, along with Donald Brown, the most recent addition to the group, can be found wooing crowds on stages around the world, singing their never-to-be forgotten hits like “Natural High”, “We Go a Long Way Back”, and “Cry”, and dazzling audiences with an array of contemporary music as well.
The history of Bloodstone reads like a fairytale. Local group enchants local crowds, strikes out for Los Angeles and the big city, big lights only to discover their light is hard to find among so many vying for the same space. Not to be denied, believing in themselves and their extraordinary talent and sounds, they take a road far less traveled by R&B Soul artists of their time by crossing the pond and making London their base in 1972.
It was not only a stroke of genius, but the kind of serendipity that lights the path of true stars. An unanticipated opportunity in the form of a very short performance at the Roundhouse Auditorium in London was the magic key. This warm-up performance before that of Carla and Rufus Thomas, and all time great Al Green, to a sold out house became a thing of legend. It was touted in Britain's Blues and Soul Magazine as "a history-making performance". Bloodstone had the Roundhouse Auditorium audience spellbound and on their feet, adoration and ovation continuing throughout the intermission, and when it was over Decca Records recognized these young men from Kansas City had what it took. From there they became an indelible part of music history.
The group recorded for Decca, Epic-CBS, and Motown, performed with a list of artist that read like a who’s who, including Marvin Gaye, Elton John, Temptations, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan and many more. Despite the deaths of founding members Roger Durham, Melvin Webb, and Willis Draffen through the years, the ultra rich, magnetic Bloodstone sound never faltered nor lost its magic.