Mr & Mrs Hillson's Magical Musical Tour Honeymoon

Tony and Kathrine Hillson Start Date: Jan 11, 2017 - End Date: May 13, 2017
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My Travel Story

by: Tony and Kathrine Hillson Start Date: Jan 11, 2017 - End Date: May 13, 2017
While we do not expect this Magical Musical Tour/Honeymoon to be entirely funded by our friends and family, any contributions at all towards flights or accommodation would be a huge help in making this dream trip come true. Thank you!

Here's who we're hoping to see in one magical trip;

Mavis "Bubbles" Staples: Born in 1939, one of the world's most influential and inspiring Rhythm & Blues and Gospel singers. Also an actress and civil rights activist throughout her career. Performing at Martin Luther King campaigns and festivals along with her family as the Staple Singers and she still sings those songs today as believes they're still relevant. Her biggest hits were "Ill take you there" and "Lets do it again". Prince brought her out of retirement in the 80's and wrote 2 albums for her (she called him her son). She has opened for Prince and during that tour she met David Bowie who she couldn't believe wanted to meet her as much as he did. She called him a true gentleman and didn't sleep the night he came to meet her to introduce himself and shake her hand. She has also performed with and been produced by the likes of Wilco, Arcade Fire and Bob Dylan (who wanted to marry her in the 60's). Nick Cave has also written songs for her, among many others.

Larry Graham Jr: Born 1946, credited for inventing the slapping in slap bass (he called it "thumpin and a pluckin"), a sound which became the archetypal sound of modern funk, influencing the likes of Bootsy Collins (Parliament), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten to name a few. Graham was the bassist for one of the greatest funk bands of the 60's/70's, Sly & the Family Stone from 1966 - 1972. He went on to form Graham Central Station and produced albums for Betty Davis (Miles Davis ex wife). In 1975 he became a Jehovah Witnessa and introduced Prince to the faith. He collaborated with Prince on the album "GCS 2000" where they both performed most of the instruments and vocals on the album. Graham also toured extensively with Prince. Prince quotes him to be one of, if not the, most influential bass players of our time.

George Benson: Born 1943, at the age of seven he first played the ukulele in a corner drug store. At the age of eight he played guitar in an unlicensed nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights. At the age of 10 he recorded his first single record, "She Makes Me Mad". He learned how to play straight-ahead instrumental jazz during a relationship performing for several years with organist Jack McDuff. One of his many early guitar heroes was country-jazz guitarist Hank Garland. By 21 Benson recorded his first album as band leader, "The new boss guitar" featuring McDuff. Miles Davis employed Benson in the mid 1960s, featuring his guitar on "Paraphernalia" on his 1968 album "Miles in the sky". While Benson was primarily a guitarist over being a singer he went on to sing on and sell millions of albums after his most famous "Breezin" in 1976. He is responsible for songs like "The greatest love of all" which was written for the first movie on Mohamed Ali's life but later made famous by Whitney Houston. "Give me the night" was produced by Quincy Jones and is one of Kathrine's favourite albums to this day. This album was the beginning of George Benson exploring his vocals more through such influences as Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and Donny Hathaway. Benson recorded his own successful version of Donny's famous hit "The ghetto". Benson has sold multiple platinum and gold albums throughout his career although recently he has returned more to his jazz roots.
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