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Documentary covering a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with performances by Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Dramatics ...
Themselves
The Staple Singers ...
Themselves
Kim Weston ...
Herself
Jimmy Jones ...
Himself
Rance Allen ...
Himself
The Emotions ...
Themselves
William Bell ...
Himself
Louise McCord ...
Herself
Debra Manning ...
Herself
Eric Mercury ...
Himself
Freddy Robinson ...
Himself
Lee Sain ...
Himself
Ernie Hines ...
Himself
Sonny Warner ...
Himself (as Little Sonny Warner)
The Newcomers ...
Themselves
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Documentary with a selection from a non-stop 7-hour musical event at Watts, the Los Angeles Coliseum, August 20, 1972. It's a sort of Woodstock event but with black artists, namely the groups Dramatics, Staple Singers, Rance Allen Group, Emotions, Bar Kays, Mel & Tim. Written by Artemis-9

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Originally 'The Bar Kays' were going to enter the L.A. Coliseum riding in horse-drawn chariots. However, when the executives of Stax Records heard what the group had planned they ordered them not to do it. It turned out that the reason they didn't want the group to do it was so that they wouldn't upstage the concert's headliner, Isaac Hayes. See more »

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Edited into Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! (2003) See more »

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Respect Yourself
Written by Mack Rice & Luther Ingram
Performed by The Staple Singers
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The best of Richard Pryor in a slice of Watts ghetto life
16 August 2003 | by (Belvedere, CA) – See all my reviews

This rarely seen gem has Richard Pryor running on all twelve cylinders, stashed in a Watts bar, rapping with his buddies, the high point of a fascinating unvarnished view of ghetto life that slid down a black hole. This is one of a kind.


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