September marks one year since The Chi-Lites officially became part of California’s Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Chi-Lites with Marshall Thompson, who close the 2022 summer concert season on September 4 at the Country Club Hills Theater, celebrate the group’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Marshall Thompson’s 80th birthday. The outdoor show is produced by 100 Street Sam.
“A friend of mine called me and said, ‘Why don’t you take your star back to Chicago so all your friends from school and everyone else can see the star? They saw the star in television but they’ve never seen her in person,” said Thompson, who splits her time between Southland and Las Vegas.
“We are showing a two-minute film on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Next we have Jeff Foxx from SiriusXM radio. We had him play bass during “Jungle Boogie”. Then he will take us on stage.
Foxx, a host of “Soul Town” on SiriusXM, first performed at a July 2022 Chi-Lites concert in Oakland, Calif., and was one of two guest speakers for the September 2021 dedication of the 2,702nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Recording category.
Actor Jimmie Walker was also a guest speaker at the ceremony honoring the Chi-Lites, where Thompson accepted the band’s star and former original members from the late Creadel “Red” Jones, the late Robert “Squirrel” Lester and the late Eugene Record.
“I know we had #1 songs and singles on the Billboard charts, but I wasn’t looking for it. I wasn’t looking for that star. It really made me happy,” said Marshall Thompson.
“It was a dream come true.”
The Chi-Lites’ lineup for the Country Club Hills concert includes lead singers Mack Miller and Warren Tipton; bassist and background vocalist Fred Simon and background vocalists Tara Thompson, who is the wife of Marshall Thompson; Diane Simon; who is Fred Simon’s wife; and Anthony Thomas.
“They’ve done a great job on the road with me and I really appreciate them,” said Thompson, who sings on all songs, plays melodica on “Oh Girl” and also plays keyboards for The Chi-Lites.
“We’re going to go through 75 minutes of hits.”
Playing rhythm and blues as well as soul, The Chi-Lites are known for songs such as “Oh Girl,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard’s Best Selling Soul Singles Chart, and “Have You Seen Her,” which peaked at number three on the Hot 100 and number one on the best-selling soul singles chart.
The group also recorded several other singles, including “The Coldest Days of My Life (Part 1)”, “(For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People”, “Give It Away”, “A Letter to Myself” and “Stoned out of my mind.
“We just want everyone to come out and support local talent with the Hollywood Walk of Fame star,” Thompson said of the South Suburb show, which he called a homecoming.
He added that he is grateful to the fans who have long supported The Chi-Lites, which was born from the combination of members of The Singers and The Desideros while still in high school and was known as the Hi-Lites. as well as Marshall & The Chi. -Lites before settling for The Chi-Lites as the name of the group.
“I’m glad they bought all of our records to help us get on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I wish my mom and dad were here to see this because they were artists themselves. foreground,” Thompson said.
In recent years, younger audiences have discovered the Brunswick Records artist through the character of Tony Soprano singing along to “Oh Girl” on an episode of TV show “The Sopranos” and Beyoncé’s hit “Crazy in Love.” “sampling The Chi-Lites” Are You My Wife (Tell Me).
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The Chi-Lites with Marshall Thompson
When: 7:00 p.m. September 4
Where: Country Club Hills Theater, 4150 183rd St., Country Club Hills
Tickets: $30 to $50 two for one in advance; $72 the day of the event
Information: 708-798-2616; eventssmarter.com/thechilites
Jessi Virtusio is a freelance journalist for the Daily Southtown.