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My Time to Shine: The Story of the Fabulous LCB is a nonfiction memoir written by Glenn Leonard, Joe Coleman, Joe Blunt, and J. Michael Willard. Glenn Leonard, Joe Coleman, and Joe Blunt grew up in the same Washington DC area. While their mothers wanted them to concentrate their vocal gifts on singing in the church choir, the three boys found harmonizing on street corners and eventually in groups to be a logical extension of their craft. The sixties was in many respects a turning point for music, a perfect storm for talented singers who were willing to put in the work to make music their livelihood. The three seemed about to hit it big when the record company they had hooked up with put the project on hold. Glenn Leonard was eventually signed on by The Temptations and was the lead singer for that group through much of the seventies and eighties. Joe Coleman sang with The Platters for two decades as well as establishing himself as a songwriter and a playwright. Joe Blunt won Sony’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his decade spent performing with The Drifters. The three are now back again, singing together as LCB, and while they still sing the classic hits that make everyone stop and remember, they’re also adding on new classics as they continue playing together.
My Time to Shine is delightful reading indeed. Learning about each of these performers, who gave us so many songs as we were growing up, is illuminating and powerful. And while older boomers may get the most out of this marvelous work, I doubt there’s anyone out there who hasn’t stopped to listen to the songs these three men sang. I loved learning more about the Drifters, the Platters and the Temptations and the way legacy groups such as these differed from other groups. I also found Willard’s interleaving of the stories of Leonard, Coleman, and Blunt gave the reader a seamless and moving account. The photographs included work quite well at refreshing the memory, as well. As I reached the part of the book that concerns their new group, I couldn’t resist going to YouTube and watching their introduction to the group. Reading My Time to Shine left me feeling enriched by the experience. It’s well written and has heart. My Time to Shine: The Story of the Fabulous LCB is most highly recommended.