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"The Band That Upset New Birth ..."

98.6 formed in 1971, initially known as The Forces of Unity, first playing at high school talent shows and gymnasium dances, as well as churches. In August of 1972, bass player Kenny Jones and drummer "Ronnie T" Thomas joined the group. Then in summer of 1973, as "Unity", was a featured band in Washington DC's "Showmobile", outdoor stage-concerts, mostly in parks, recreation centers and school playgrounds. Later, in January of 1974, guitarist George Porter joined the band, and during the summer of that year, the music ensemble was hired by a duo of promoters, to be the opening act on several weekend concerts of well known, superstar artists. These shows took place primarily in Virginia, and


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