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To Our Valued Customers:
  • Late June New Releases from the Ad Lib Series
    This month Arkadia DVD releases a pair of new additions to our rapidly expanding Ad Lib Series of music DVDs, this time featuring jazz/pop/R&B legends O.C. Smith and Freda Payne.
    The Ad Lib Series is a collection of 46 concert TV programs presenting the best jazz, pop and blues artists showcasing their skills with a jazz flair. Seen on TV internationally, Ad Lib (filmed in 1980) was the first musical television series recorded in Stereo.

O.C. Smith:
How Sweet It Is
With special guests Scatman Crothers and Judy Carmichael.

O.C. Smith developed his reputation working as the lead singer for Count Basie. His first solo hit, the 1968 song, “Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp,” exploded into the Top 40. Smith's follow-up, a cover of the Bobby Russell song “Little Green Apples,” which won the 1968 Grammy Award for Song of the Year, not only made him a star, but cemented his place in the world of music.
Now incorporating R&B into his repertoire, Smith’s success continued with hits such as “Daddy’s Little Man,” “Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife,” and “Together.” Despite his success, Smith retired from music after finding his true calling as a minister. When he passed away in 2001, O.C. Smith left behind not only a spiritual legacy to his community and church, but also an archive of classic recordings cherished by his numerous admirers. O.C. Smith's wonderful voice and magnetic personality made Smith one of the premiere artists of the 1970s.

"His husky, bass-baritone voice has lost none of its distinctive appeal"- The New York Times


  • O.C. Smith Biography
  • Scatman Crothers Biography
  • Judy Carmichael Biography
  • Ad-Lib Highlights Reel (16 min.)

1 Hour Including Bonus Features
ARKADIA DVD #72039  SRP:$19.98
UPC: 602267203998    ISBN 0-8030-7039-8

Freda Payne:
High Standards
With special guests Stanley Turrentine and Jerome Richardson.

Freda Payne grew up with sister Scherrie Payne of the Supremes, listening to intoxicating jazz singers like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. She moved to New York City to begin her career, working with a Who's Who of entertainers such as Quincy Jones, Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis Jr. and Pearl Bailey. When she released "Band of Gold," the song immediately shot to the top of the charts, transforming Freda from an unknown talent into an international Pop celebrity virtually overnight.
With a career full of success, accolades and fame, Freda Payne will forever be in the public's consciousness from the memory of her smash hit. However, her supreme talent and genuine musicality have made her a mainstay in the music scene.

"Freda Payne has a truly unique voice that hits an amazing number of notes with a smoky, unusual quality... and a genuine depth of feeling" - Variety

  • Freda Payne Biography
  • Bonus Video Clip
  • Stanley Turrentine Biography
  • Jerome Richardson Biography
  • Ad-Lib Highlights Reel (16 min.)

1 Hour Plus Bonus Features
ARKADIA DVD #72040  SRP:$19.98
UPC: 602267204094     ISBN 0-8030-7040-3


  • April New Releases from the Ad Lib Series
    In case you missed them, in April Arkadia DVD released two other vocal additions to the Ad Lib Series, this time featuring blues legends Jimmy Witherspoon and Linda Hopkins.

Jimmy Witherspoon:
Goin' Down Blues

Blues legend and Arkansas native Jimmy 'Spoon' Witherspoon (1920-1997) was one of the premiere Blues musicians of the post-WWII era. He became a member of Jay McShann's band with T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner, during which time they recorded "Ain't Nobody's Business," which became a massive hit and his signature song. He had numerous other hits including "Big Fine Girl," and "Times Gettin' Tougher Than Tough," which exemplified his musical style as a "blues shouter." Witherspoon's authentic and honest songs, and emotional vocal styling, propelled him from his humble beginnings into a genuine musical icon.

"Jimmy Witherspoon is a big, burly blues singer with a big, burly voice that matches his stature."
- John S. Wilson, New York Times

  • Jimmy Witherspoon Biography
  • Marshall Royal Biography
  • Ad Lib Highlights Reel (16 min)

1 Hour Plus Bonus Features
ARKADIA DVD #72037  SRP:$19.98
UPC: 602267203790     ISBN 0-8030-7037-3

Linda Hopkins:
Deep In The Night

Linda Hopkins fell in love with Blues music after seeing Bessie Smith perform, later noting that whether you were moved by God or life, the singing came from the soul. Hopkins starred in Broadway musicals such as Jazz Train, celebrating African-American music, Black and Blue, a tribute to Harlem's Cotton Club, and Inner City, for which she won a Tony Award. Her one-woman show, entitled Me and Bessie, was performed in honor of her idol Bessie Smith. With a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hopkins has been recognized as one of the premiere voices of her generation despite never receiving the household name-recognition worthy of one of the world's great talents.

"Linda Hopkins was born to be an entertainer... She comes alive on stage, her smile and spirit infectious as she rouses her audience to join her on this blues journey. She's simply sensational." - Myrna Daniels, LA Jazz Scene

  • Linda Hopkins Biography
  • Paul Smith Biography
  • Eddie Harris Biography
  • Ad Lib Highlights Reel (16 min)

1 Hour Plus Bonus Features
ARKADIA DVD #72038  SRP:$19.98
UPC: 602267203899     ISBN 0-8030-7038-1


OTHER AD LIB DVDs AVAILABLE:   Dianne Reeves: The Early Years          Willie Bobo: King Conga
Dorothy Donegan: Pandemonium    Mark Murphy: Murphy's Mood
Tanya Maria: The Beat of Brazil    Freddie Hubbard: One of a Kind   
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