98.6

Your New Favorite Group

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ALL ABOUT 98.6

A Musical Beginning

During the mid 1970's, 98.6 opened huge arena concerts with legendary groups such as:

  • Marvin Gaye

  • Sly & the Family Stone

  • Kool and the Gang

  • The Ohio Players

  • The Manhattans

  • New Birth

  • The Chilites

  • Mandrill

  • Roy Ayers

  • Ronnie Laws

  • Millie Jackson

The band toured towns in the southern states in summer 1974, known as "Unity", then introduced the name 98.6 to the public in December 1974 at a concert in Norfolk Va. headlined by Kool and the Gang.

98.6” has recently reunited to renew pursuit of "A Dream Deferred" for a period of nearly four decades! If this  herculean task of world renowned recording success is accomplished, it would rival the ancient mythical, legendary feat of "The Phoenix Phenomenon!"

 
 

NEW VIDEO - "THANKS TO YOU"

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THE 98.6 DISCOGRAPHY

 

2016

Dr Willie Jolley presents 98 6 and The Amazing Tribute to Michelle Obama!

Tribute to the former First Lady of the United States of America - Michelle Obama!
98.6 has resurrected a musical work written by 98.6 band member Bradley A. Thomas in 1976 called "Ebony Lady". Now with the Obamas nearing the end of their term in the White House, 98.6 felt that this song would be a fitting tribute to the First Lady.

Aspiring to become an exceptional band, 98.6 Band have worked hard throughout the years, enriching a long musical repertoire and improving musical abilities all the time. Those years have payed off, and Ebony Lady is proof. Fun, exciting and undoubtedly original, these songs will never leave you.

1976

98.6 (Theme Song)

98.6 Theme
Feel your temperature raising …
Cause you got the bug and you’re feelin’ blue …
So you try disguising …
The way you feel but still you know it just won’t do 
Say you’re under the weather …
When you don’t respond to the sounds you hear …
Well maybe it’s not the weather …
Maybe just the sounds all around you feel
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Get your mind together and plan to take the cure (vocal ad libs)
You best believe that your fever is easy to fix.
(When you do it, yea , gonna get to it now ya’ll)
If you dig our prescription you know you’re well for sure …
(There ain’t no doubt about it … no no)
When you’re up on your feet again, and gett’in down
To 98.6!

1976

Thanks to You

Thanks to You

We all are members of the human race …

Makin’ people happy is our thing …

And when the world lets you down …

Just seek and find the joy king!

He’ll make you happy, just confide in him …

He’ll take away all your pain …

And when you just can’t seem to find yourself …

He’ll be right there to do … Yea, Yea, Yea, Yea!

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Thanks to you, I’ll never be alone again …

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PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

98.6 Band love interacting with the media. Here you’ll be able to receive press information and promotion materials you may need in order to write about this incredible band. Learn everything there is to know about these exciting musicians, and get in touch if you need more material.

 

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The Group That Everyone’s Talking About

98.6 has worked hard to get to where they are now. Their music style has created quite the buzz in the music industry, and they’re only getting started. Here you’ll be able to download media offerings, promotional materials and so much more. If you’d like to write about 98.6, feel free to download everything you need. Get in touch if you’d like to learn more.

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The Information You Need

If you’d like to learn more about 98.6, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll be able to receive all the information you need about the music of this modern day musical miracle, as well as download media tracks, promotional materials and a full biography. If you need anything else, feel free to get in touch.

98.6 Story

Making Music

98.6

In the spring of 1971, several young Washington, D.C. musicians who were then active members of existing groups came together to form "The Forces of Unity".  The "Forces" began by performing at occasional community activities until the fall of 1972, when with the arrival of two key members, the group began to assume the dimensions of a serious local act.  The following spring, first prize in the D.C. Recreation Department Annual Talent Contest was awarded to The Forces of Unity, a tribute to the long hours the group had already begun to devote to rehearsal.  Shortly thereafter, in keeping with the emerging theme of the group, the name was shortened to "Unity".


The name 98.6 was introduced to the public in December 1974 at a con­cert in Norfolk, Va. headlined by Kool and the Gang.  The group, by then under the exclusive management of Virginia Music Distributors, performed numerous concert and club dates over the next two years alongside  Roy Ayers, Ronnie Laws, Mandrill and The Manhattans to name a few.


The focus of attention during that period began to swing heavily toward recording. After writing a least two dozen original tunes, 98.6 went into the studio to record three of them, two of which ("Thanks to You" and "98.6") were released on the Mercury label, February 13, 1976.

98.6 continued to operate under the auspices of its Richmond based Management Company until the fall of 1977 when the group became a self managing, self-promoting organization.  Our group had exhibited extreme discipline, diligently -- like clockwork -- rehearsing every Monday thru Friday evening from 6:30 till about 9:00 or later and occasionally Saturday mornings, from spring 1974 till spring 1980.

On October 7, 1978,  Billboard Magazine announced the summer signing of 98.6 with a New Jersey based record company.  By then, we had composed an extensive list of at least 4 dozen songs, which we narrowed down to a select dozen in preparation for studio recording. Our music style was a fusion of several genres including R&B, Funk, Jazz, Pop and Disco.

By early November, the group had completed its first LP at the Englewood Cliffs NJ, record company's studio.


Aided by the concert sounds and visual special effects mastery of "Thunder and Lightning", the 98.6 show has earned rave responses from audiences from Connecticut to South Carolina while the group's repertoire of original music is a blend of creative flair and commercial appeal.

Our dream was deferred for nearly 36 years after the New Jersey record company shelved our music and refused to release it to the public. Led by the diligent efforts of now attorney Bradley A. Thomas, we are fighting to regain full rights to our unreleased music.


"The Phoenix Phenomenon"

No one in our group can recall ever before in our lifetimes such a situation of a ten member musical ensemble who all remain alive after nearly 36 years split, reuniting, forming a company, and then resuming their aspirations of successful music careers.

We view our revived mission, should we achieve this feat, as historical, almost as amazing and unbelievable as aforementioned 'The Phoenix Phenomenon', but instead of ancient and mythical, it would be modern era remarkable. 

We would then be in the prominent position and possess the business savvy, success and experience to share our knowledge and entrepreneur strategies, not to mention realistic hope of dream achievement with adolescents through social security recipient age folks whom also aspire successful music careers.  We hope our story will inspire countless others to not relinquish their dreams.  Join us as fans of 98.6 to share in the dream!

Never assume never!

A Dream Deferred LLC
1629 K Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC, USA

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98.6 Band Theme Song

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