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Chattanooga music legends celebrate 50 years of music

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- From the Empress of Blues Bessie Smith to singers like Usher, the Scenic City has been a stepping stone for some soulful performers.

One legendary group is getting the chance to headline with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

The Impressions have been performing for fifty years. They are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and even have a highway named after them here in Chattanooga.

This weekend, the group is returning to its roots. The legendary impressions are headlining with the Aretha Franklin for the N'digo Gala in Chicago on Saturday night.

Fred Cash and Sam Gooden are two of three original members of the legendary impressions. Both Gooden and Cash are Chattanooga natives, but got their start in Chicago where they met their third original member, singer and songwriter Curtis Mayfield.

The impressions lived in Chicago for twenty years and their hits included "People Get Ready" and "Gypsy Woman".

Mayfield later left the group and began a successful solo career. In December of 1999, Mayfield died but his music lives on.

After fifty years, The Impressions' music reaches people of all ages, genres, and even internationally. But they are most proud of the support they receive from their hometown.

Currently, The Impressions are working on a new album that they hope will reach audiences of all ages.


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