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The Godfather of Vocal Groups Marshall Thompson, Last Man Standing’ Of The Original Chi-Lites. And The Late Great Mary...

Posted by Marshall Thompson on Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Here is the BIG news:

Marshall with the BBC (Facebook)

The legendary Chi-Lites are to be honoured with a (2021) Hollywood Walk Of Fame star. Marshall wishes to thank everyone for their support.
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The legendary Chi-Lites formed in 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, with the soulful blues melodies of the band with their leader, Marshall Thompson, and the remaining Chi-Lites, their songwriter and lead singer Eugene Record, Robert "Squirrel" Lester and Creadel "Red" Jones. Known first in the early '60's as the "Hi-Lites," they changed the name to the "Chi-Lites" in 1964 to pay tribute to their hometown - Chicago. Sweeping the nation with #1 hits, "Oh Girl" and "Have You Seen Her," the Chi-Lites became an instant sensation on the R&B, Pop and Soul charts. Marshall Thompson, The Last Man Standing, tells his personal story from childhood to the bands origination, its rise to fame, and the many struggles along the way. "With the good times, came the misery," recalls Marshall. Losing a member of the band, his best friend, and beloved wife in a terrible automobile accident. This is the story of the personal side of a man who sang about love, romance, and dreams. It will have you laughing out loud one moment and tear at your heartstrings the very next. Last Man Standing, like the songs the legendary Chi-Lites delivered, will keep your pulse beating from the first rhythmic verse until the final note.

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Every Time It Rain Crazy In Love
The Chi-Lites, what can I say!! Over the years they have been sampled by the biggest names in the business even Beyonce & Jay Z ...The Chi-Lites are amongst the names from the past and present in what they do including the legendary Jackie Wilson, The Temptations, Four Tops. Marshall Thompson is the only surviving member of the incredible Chi-Lites, he's the man with the plan from 1959 to now to hold the show together and "Boy he does" a fantastic showman with the fortitude, resilience, charisma for the entertainment industry. He is one of a kind!! I'm so proud of you and what you have achieved. Your dear friend Brownie x ........................................ My Man, Marshall Thompson. I was introduced to Marshall & the Chi-Lites by one of the greatest promo men ever, Mr. Melvin Moore, way back in 1971 when I was the afternoon drive Jock on WANT 990AM Radio in Richmond. I took a liken to both of them and I became the best of friends with Marshall Thompson and the Chi-Lites. The Chi-Lites records were always played in Richmond, Va. If The Chi-Lites were on a show within 250 miles of Richmond, I was there to hang out with them. Our friendship went beyond radio & records. Even when the Chi-Lites were gong through a dry spell Marshall and I still stayed in touch. Now that am retired from a long career in radio, Marshall and I are still the best of friends. My man, Marshall Thompson, the last man standing of the Chi-Lites and one of the greatest friends I've ever had. Keep on setting the pace in the music race, Marshall! Kirby Carmichael .............................................Marshall Thompson! He is the rock, has kept the group on solid ground since day one. I have never seen a person work so hard for the group. He has all the qualities of a entertainment genius.He carrys his stage personality with him 24 hours a day. Everybody loves him, so humble and down to earth super star. We will always love him. Eddie Thomas and Verlene Thomas.....................................Given the history of Marshall Thompson, who is considered by many as 'Mr. Chi-lite' himself, the late Justice R. Eugene Pincham and I, were more than privileged many years ago to become acquainted. Marshall and the famous Chi-lites, would often visited the Judge Pincham's Chicago courtroom in effort to be of encouragement to the youth who were sentenced to the noted Probation Challenge program conducted under my auspices. While there, youth were ecstatic and most time in disbelief that persons of such grand status could relate and be touched - The Chi-lites could. Now, for many years, The Chi-lites take time out of their busy travels and give back to the community through the annual Probation Challenge program, via their talents. A broad-community of people love not only the Chi-lites and their splendid talents - but the way Marshall Thompson thinks! Rev. Harold E. Bailey, founder and president of Probation Challenge, Inc.
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