1957 — The Fidelitys traveled to NYC to get on Apollo Theater's famed amateur showcase. Instead, Apollo bandleader Reuben Phillips agreed to manage The Fidelitys, securing them an audition with booking agent Ben Bart of Universal Attractions. Bart in turn landed The Fidelitys an audition with Baton Records, which signed the quintet on the spot!
DIGABLE PLANETS After five years apart, the world was elated to learn that the seminal alternative hip-hop group Digable Planets reunited last year for a hometown Seattle show and subsequent tour.
The jazz-rap trio of of Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira , and Craig "Doodlebug" Irving produced the breezy, catchy mega-hit with"Rebirth of Slick." Between the pulsating bass and infectious "I'm cool like dat" refrain, it's no wonder the single hit the Billboard Top 20. Savvy Nineties-rap fans rejoiced when Digable Planets member Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler resurfaced more than 15 years later with the heady, avant-garde-leaning Shabazz Palaces.