Singers whose chart-topping songs debuted during the 1960s and 1970s will be featured in the Solid Gold Concert Series at the 2012 San Diego County Fair.
Presented by Albertsons/Sav-on, the series is at 2 p.m. every Thursday on the San Diego Showcase Stage and is free with Fair admission.
June 14: Peaches & Herb and Maxine Nightingale
The late 1970s were big years for Peaches & Herb with their smash hits “Shake Your Groove Thing” and their 1980 chart-topper, “Reunited,” which also received a Grammy nomination. Maxine Nightingale’s 1976 hit, “Right Back To Where We Started From,” kick-started her career. Maxine hit gold again with 1979’s “Lead Me On.”
June 21: The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley
Bill Medley’s Righteous Brothers career began in the early ‘60s with the timeless classics, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration” and “Unchained Melody.” Medley, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, continued as a solo artist with a number of country hits in the early ‘80s. He scored a #1 pop hit with his 1988 Grammy-award-winning duet with Jennifer Warnes, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from the soundtrack of the movie, “Dirty Dancing.” Medley has three chart-topping hits, seven Top 10, and 13 Billboard Top 40 hits.
June 28: Ben E. King
Ben E. King is best known for “Stand By Me,” a pop smash twice as a Top 10 hit in both 1961 and 1986. King also was the lead singer of The Drifters, a group that charted #1 hits in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. King’s first solo hit was 1961’s “Spanish Harlem.” He has recorded many timeless classics, including “There Goes My Baby,” “This Magic Moment,” and “Save The Last Dance For Me.”
The 2012 San Diego County Fair will run for 24 days opening Friday, June 8, to Wednesday, July 4.
The Fair will be closed Mondays except July 2.
Gates open daily at 11 a.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and Monday, July 2; 10 a.m., Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesday, July 4. Admission is $13 for adults; $7 for ages 6-12 and 62 and older; free for ages 5 and younger.
For more information about the fair, visit www.sdfair.com.
*Contributed by San Diego County Fair