TV One’s award-winning documentary series UNSUNG features funk and disco sisters Skyy this Sunday, March 15 at 10 p.m.
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Skyy was formed in 1973 by songwriter/guitarist Solomon Roberts, Jr. and producer/songwriter Randy Muller. The fabulous Dunning sisters—Denise, Delores, and Bonne— joined the group and solidified the band’s place as one of the premier dance and funk outfits of their day. Signed by Salsoul Records in the late 70s, Skyy became wildly popular in New York’s emerging disco scene with a series of early hits like “First Time Around,” “High” and “Here’s to You.” The band then scored its biggest success with the crossover hit “Call Me” in 1981. With the death of disco and rise of hip-hop, Skyy took a tumble in the mid-80s and lost their record deal when Salsoul closed its doors in 1986. Years later, however, the group miraculously rebounded with two number one hits, “Start of a Romance” and “Real Love.” Unfortunately, the band couldn’t keep up the newfound momentum and disbanded in 1992. The Dunning sisters got back together four years later, forming the Ladies of Skyy, and today continue to perform the band’s signature hits with the joy and exuberance that won them countless fans throughout their career.
The season continues with memorable stories of influential artists including “Mother of Freestyle” Shannon; Grammy Award-winning crooner behind the 1972 number one single “Me and Mrs. Jones,” Billy Paul; vocal powerhouse Betty Wright, best known for the 70s hit single “Clean Up Woman;” multi-Grammy Award-winning musician Al Jarreau; and Atlanta hip hop quartet Goodie Mob.
UNSUNG, winner of the 51st Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding News/Information- (Series or Special), celebrates the lives of trailblazing musicians whose full stories and journeys have yet to be explored. Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode weaves a tale of the highs and lows of a life in the limelight.
UNSUNG is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton with Executive Producer Mark Rowland and Co-Executive Producer Kysha Mounia. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Brigitte McCray is Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production.
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