The lead singer of The Temptations from 1975-83, Glenn is a native of Washington, DC. He successfully established 3 groups by the time he was in his early 20’s: The Chancellors, The Instant Groove, and The True Reflections. He was also a member of another popular and successful recording group from DC called The Unifics. He recorded his first record with his first group, The Chancellors, on Cap City Records. He later would record with The True Reflection on Atlantic Records.
With the success of his groups, Leonard soon would come to the attention of the world renowned Tempts in 1975, who were looking for a new lead singer. Glenn had a long, illustrious career as the first tenor and lead singer of the Tempts from 1975-1983. He sang on 10 albums with them, and appeared on television specials world-wide. Most noted for songs like I’m on Fire; Go for It, The Best of Both Worlds, Eyes, Ever Ready Love, and the Christmas classic, Silent Night, from their esteemed Christmas album. He also recorded Power with the Tempts — the song that is currently showcased in the Blackberry world-wide television commercial campaign.
One of Glenn’s most memorable moments with the group was when they did the “Reunion” tour and album. Sharing the stage and recording with the likes of Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Dennis Edwards, Richard Street, Otis Williams and the greatest bass singer to ever live, Melvin Franklin.
After leaving The Temptations in 1984, he became a born again Christian. He entered into full time ministry and was licensed in 1986. He became ordained and received a doctorate degree in the early 90’s.
In 2002, Leonard decided to reunite some of the great former members together, to share the history and to give back to the fans. Some of this all-star cast included Damon Harris, Ali Woodson, Barrington Henderson, GC Cameron, and the late Ray Davis and Harry Barry. As a tribute to the super talented supporting cast, Joe Herndon, the current bass singer with the Tempts, came from Glenn’s group.
Mr. Leonard had recently released a solo album that is garnering attention world-wide, and also performs with his long time group, Glenn Leonard’s Temptations Revue.”
Due to his vocal talent, showmanship on stage, and personality off-stage, Glenn is always a fan favorite! He currently resides in Washington, DC, and is a 2013 inductee into the R&B Music Hall of Fame!
CARLTON FLONNOY, SR – lead and background vocals
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Carlton has been a lifelong singer. His father, Joseph Ray, Sr., was a Gospel singer with the Dixie Wonders. Sam Cooke was a good friend of Carlton’s father and was a regular in their home rehearsing. Flonnoy was a permanent fixture at these rehearsals where he learned everyone’s parts and how to harmonize. At the age of 4 was his first time ever being on stage, which was with Sam Cooke and the Soulsters. Ever since, the stage has been a part of his life. His first road band was at the age of 24 with “Elegance” opening for acts such as Teddy Pendergrass, The Chi-Lites and the Pointer Sisters. Carlton toured Japan twice as lead vocalist with “Elegance”.
In 1982, Carlton was recruited by a Florida band called Hi Octane and relocated from California to Florida. After Hi Octane broke up, Carlton has performed as lead vocalist with Florida bands such as West of Cairo, Catch 22, Richie Kicklighter, The Worx, G-Force and Earl Wise & Friends. Every Sunday you can hear Carlton singing for the Lord at the Center for Positive Living in Sarasota, Florida. He is presently awaiting the release of his recently recorded gospel CD.
YAHALOMA RAMOS – lead and background vocals
A multi-talented recording artist, Yahaloma was born to multi-Platinum, international recording artist Evelyn Thomas. At a young age, she toured with her mother, dancing, acting and singing on stage and on television in New York, London, Paris, Brussels, and other points around the world. Yahaloma has played with bands such as Natures Vibe, and opened up for George Clinton and P-Funk, Shabba Ranks, Mary Mary, and is always highly requested throughout the SE United States. She co-wrote an album with The Commodores’ “Brick House” Walter Orange and Craig Deanto (Child Activist). She has also performed honoring the mothers of celebrity artists T-Pain, Neo, and Little Wayne, for their contributions to the community.
Among many awards she has garnered, her song “Can’t Wait” received Honorable mention for the Billboard World Song in 2010, and her album “Who Hears The Cries” was nominated for a Grammy in 2003. She has a recently released album titled “Beautiful” as a well as a single which has received rave reviews. She has recorded with the likes of Carlton Coffie, Lord Metatron and Joseph Israel.
Hitsville Live is blessed to have the beautiful and talented Yahaloma on board!
TOMMY LOBUE – lead guitar and vocals
LoBue was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and began playing professionally in 1979. A true music and guitar afficianado, Tom enjoys Blues, Rock, Jazz and R&B, and was influenced by the likes of Steve Morse, Robben Ford, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, and Wes Montgomery. Tom is proud of his guitar collection; his favorites being a 1971 maple neck Fender Stratacaster, a 2006 rosewood fretboard Stratacaster, a 1968 Gold Top Les Paul, a 1998 Parker Nitefly and an Ibanez Hollowbody Archtop. Tom only plays through tube amplifiers and has a hand built Fender Deluxe Reverb and a Roccaforte Custom 40. Tom produces a sound that is uniquely his. He is well known through the SW United States for not only his sound but for is outstanding guitar work.
GARY DAVENPORT – bass
Beginning in kindergarten with an eighth size violin, Davenport added trumpet and piano before finding his primary instrument in junior high: the electric bass. Focusing on electric and doubling on upright, Gary received an AAS in Music and continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
National touring came with a twelve piece R&B review that exposed Gary to his musical home of Memphis, TN. Upon moving to Memphis, he became an in-demand player on the local scene, holding a house gig with his own band on Beale Street. He soon would be called to Los Angeles, where he worked as bassist and co-producer with Mike Post, best known for his volumes of television music. Branching out on his own, Gary produced and co-wrote songs for the original band 13 Curves. This combination created a strong indy release with tracks used in the movie “Soccer Mom” and ABC Family’s hit show “Make It Or Break It.”
Davenport has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe. A personal highlight of service was performing in Kuwait and Baghdad, Iraq for our troops in 2008 as part of the first-ever blues show brought to US soldiers by Armed Forces Entertainment.
TAN MART SELBY – keyboards
Selby is the keyboardist/connoisseur of fine cuisine for Glenn Leonard’s Hitsville Live show, and holds a Bachelors in Commercial Music via Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL where he rubbed elbows with record producer/composer Michael Zager, songwriter Jolyon Skinner, Surfer Blood frontman John Paul Pitts and Barry Manilow. Living in Sarasota, FL has put him in touch with the music of Gulf Coast Florida. His work behind the keys and the mixing console has given him a unique perspective on music and a wider breadth of experience. Tan fits right into the Hitsville Live Show with his unique style.
LOREN BERRY – drums
The heartbeat of The Hitsville Live Band, drummer Loren Berry is a native of the St. Louis, Missouri metroplex. The traditional blues and jazz sounds, well-known in the St. Louis area, as well as the Motown Sound, had a huge musical influence on him.
At age 15, Loren played his first professional gig with a local country group. He enjoyed playing the different genres of music in the area and his ability to adapt to the various genres soon earned him many calls from a variety of groups when they needed a drummer on short notice. At 22 Loren hit the road to Denver, Colorado seeking a career in music. Within just a few months, he was touring the Northwest United States with a regional act. On May 18th, 1980 Loren got up close and personal with Mt. St. Helens as it erupted while doing a show in the state of Washington with a touring national act. This event sent him back to Denver and ultimately back to St. Louis.
Over the next ten years he worked the area with a few local groups who were house-hold names in the region. In the early 90s Loren moved to Sarasota, FL. After a brief hiatus he formed a song writing project with Capitol Recording artist Jeff Adams. Loren’s co-efforts can be heard on several CDs available on the internet.
In the late 90s he was recruited to be the drummer for a well known group in Punta Gorda, FL. called BNX. The group disbanded in 2003, and in 2004 Loren founded and hand picked the lineup for one of SW Florida’s most popular show & dance bands, The Crashers. Loren will be the first to tell you that The Hitsville Live Band contains the best line up of musicians he has ever worked with and he is very proud to be a part of it.
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