Soul Extravaganza – 1973 Save The Children Film
One night in September 1972 (Deep Breath) Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Nancy Wilson, Ramsey Lewis, Curtis Mayfield, Sammy Davis Jr, The Jackson Five, Jerry Butler, Quincy Jones, The Main Ingredient, Cannonball Adderley, Gladys Knight and The Pips, The O’Jays, Roberta Flack, The Temptations and Isaac Hayes all performed at a Chicago concert for the charity Save the Children.
The event was also recorded for a film release the following year. Now, if you’re a fan of soul music you may be thinking “How have I missed this” and “where can I get the Blu Ray or DVD” well unfortunately the Save the children film has never seen the light of day on DVD. You may find the odd copy taken from a ripped video, a small specialist cinema might show it for one night or you can watch the various clips that have been uploaded to the internet over the years.
It seems the documentary film which was also known as “Brothers and Sisters in Concert” hasn’t been released for legal reasons. There’s also a rumour that the film hasn’t been released because it shows Sammy Davis Jr being booed, the crowd weren’t happy that the entertainer had recently supported Richard Nixon. Whatever the issues are, hopefully one day someone will dig it out from the vaults and give it an official release.
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