Hey yall I just saw a clip of Unsung on their website, about Billy Preston. The guy said "I don't think the world understands his talent." OK - if Billy Preston - who played with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, was a child star, a rock star, a gospel star - can get on Unsung - then surely.......surely.......those of us who love and understand David's talent can get this done! Come on yall! We need those signatures!!!!
Common, thanks for those details and I really appreciate your response. It helps me understand the issues that would have to be addressed. You are absolutely correct IMO that one half-hour segment would not be sufficient to tell the whole story. There is no way to fit it all into 30 min and be fair about it. As you pointed out, editing is everything. I also wish that there would be a longer-form program with which to work, i.e. a book, full-length movie, etc. I was thinking of the Unsung show as a way to get a foot in the door, get the ball rolling with generating attention and showing that there is still a huge amount of interest in David, and that hopefully someone else would come along and do a complete expose. Having said that, it would be imperative that the family get together and present a unified message to the producers, that these things are firm and cannot be in the show (e.g. David-bashing) and that perhaps certain facts must absolutely be included in the show. They would need to really all get together, be on the same page, and be represented by an attorney. I understand from what I've read that this is a big order, as it is with any context where emotions run high. My other thought was that this show would not try to be a complete story but to focus on a certain aspect of David, and how that side or sides of him was expressed through the various stages of his life (i.e. Tempts, solo career, hiatus etc) and I believe could be done w/o diving too deeply into all the details of those phases of life. It's all in what questions you ask the interviewees, and then how they're edited together. I think it could be thought-provoking, if done skillfully, and as I mentioned open the door to new possibilites. Those who knew him best could make suggestions about what aspect(s) of David to focus on. I guess what's driving me now is - and not to be insensitive - but Quincy is in his 80's, and Jimmy in his 70's. How much more time is there to hear their side of David's life story? It would be a shame to lose the opportunity to hear from them, as the footage that is shot of their interviews could also be later used in something bigger. Is the Unsung platform up to the task? Shouldn't we at least find out?
Unsung episodes are all an hour long (with commercials) for those who didn't know.
Yes the show with commercials is an hour slot. I've watched many of them on youtube, and the actual show is between 30-40 minutes long, in most cases.
For those who are uncertain about the fairness of how David would be treated, just think of how much interest was generated in the group, and David, by that mini-series. Many people, myself included only had their curiosity stimulated to find out more....and then the truth comes out!
I think the signings will increase over the next few weeks; it's only begun ... What I am hoping for -- if there should be a show about DR -- is that the myth about David's "inflated ego" as the reason for his treatment by Motown will be dispelled. People ought to know that there was more behind DR's story than what the movie showed.
I agree with you Raggedy about there being more to the story. I would still hope that a large part of their focus would be on David's awesome talent and contributions. Did you see the Unsung on Tammi Terrell? There is an interview with Jerry Blavat, radio DJ. He says that "Tammi Terrell, to the James Brown revue, was as important as my fingers are to my hand!" That level of importance to a band is just one of the many things that characterizes David's career as well. I want to hear an interview with someone who can make a similar statement for David!
I really want this to happen but I dunno. There are so many things that are probably open up that people don't want told. And one family member specifically (not saying any names) is gonna want more than a piece of this.
David Washington · Jared W. Finney Nov.13, 2011 I just completed a segment of TV One's "Unsung" featuring David Ruffin. We talked about David's recording career and his personal life. This is another voice that will never be replaced! David Washington, WPON RADIO-Detroit. Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · Yesterday at 4:02pm