Charles Love (Bloodstone) Memorial Service Friday, March 14

Charles Love passed away March 6 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a 1964 graduate of Central High School and founding member of the R&B group Bloodstone. Originally named The Sinceres, the group began while they were in high school as a cappella doo wop group around 1962. Other original surviving members of the group are Charles McCormick and Harry Williams. When Bloodstone relocated to London in 1971 they teamed up with Mike Vernon and the Blue Horizon label that also produced albums for Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown. Vernon produced the first five Bloodstone albums that garnered seven Top 20 R&B singles. In 1973 Bloodstone released the single Natural High which became their defining song. That and other songs like We Go a Long Way Back scored TOP TEN hits on the R&B charts. Bloodstone was a 2012 inductee into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame. They’ve continued to tour the country with groups like the Manhattans, the Dells and the Stylistics after playing together for 50 years. Over those years Bloodstone recorded for Decca, Epic-CBS and Motown. They performed on Dick Clark Bandstand, Soul Train and performed with Marvin Gaye, Elton John, Temptations, Gladys Knight and many more. Services for Charles Love will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 14, at St Steven Baptist Church, 1414 E. Truman Rd., Kansas City, MO 64106. For more information about Charles or the memorial service, please contact Harry Williams (Bloodstone) at 816-519-1917.

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