The theme of this year’s 24th Annual Down Home Family Reunion is “Soul Connections” and so we are excited to announce that Ray, Goodman & Brown will be set to take the stage on Saturday, August 16th.
Ray, Goodman & Brown originated as The Moments, who formed in the late 1960s and whose greatest successes came in the early 1970s with hits including “Love On A Two Way Street”, “Girls”, and “Look At Me (I’m In Love)”. In 1979, for contractual reasons, they changed their name to Ray, Goodman & Brown, and had further hits including “Special Lady”. A line-up of The Moments, featuring original member Mark Greene, also tours.
The first single under their new name, “Special Lady”, became one of their biggest hits, reaching #1 on the R&B chart and #5 on the pop chart in early 1980. They followed it up with a succession of further hits, including “Inside Of You” (#14 R&B, 1980). In 1982, following the release of their fourth and final album for Polydor, Ray left the group for a solo career. He rejoined Sylvia and Joe Robinson at their new venture, Sugar Hill Records, but after one album and a minor hit, Sweet Baby, he returned to the group for its comeback on EMI with the ballad “Take It To the Limit” which put them back on the charts in a big way (#8 R&B, 1987).
Ray died suddenly from a stroke in 1992. He was replaced in the group by Kevin “Ray” Owens, who had previously been a backing vocalist for Luther Vandross and had taken Harry Ray’s place when he had split from the group in the 80s.
Be sure to get your VIP Tickets for the ultimate show experience.
VIP Seating includes:
☀ Comfortable Chairs in the Gold Circle
☀ Service of Your Favorite Foods & Beverages
☀ Onstage Meet & Greet with the Festival’s Headliner,
Ray, Goodman & Brown
☀ Photograph of Headliner for Autographing