They started out as a high school band called The Sinceres in the 60’s, but the Kansas City-bred band Bloodstone has never stopped performing after all these years.
Rev. Charles Love was one of the founding members of the band in 1962, when a group of friends at Central High in Kansas City started performing at school talent shows. Since then, they have performed with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Elton John.
Love remembers when they made their first big break in London, performing along side artists like Al Green and Curtis Mayfield for an audience of European record companies.
“We were spot on,” Love said. “They said we were better than Al Green and Curtis Mayfield. That’s what the critics said.”
It was after that performance that the group got it’s first deal with British label Decca Records. When they returned to the states, they started hearing their songs play on the radio.
“It was going crazy on the charts,” he said. “So I can truly say that it was fulfilling, when you hear yourself on the radio for the first time.”
Bloodstone’s membership has changed a bit over the years, but the group has never stopped performing. They’re releasing a new album this summer, called Fly Away. They’ll also be performing at Crown Center on June 28.