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My Time to Shine: The Story of the Fabulous LCB Paperback – 8 Oct 2019


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Books (8 October 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1946664707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1946664709
  • Boxed-product Weight: 503 g
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For the pre-MTV generation, fans of The Temptations, The Platters, and The Drifters are familiar with the names Glenn Leonard, Joe Coleman, and Joe Blunt. Now collectively known as LCB, these respective ex-frontmen of the aforementioned bands reverberate in the annals of the suave early rock and roll era with their distinctive sounds that introduced a new genre with roots that trace to R&B. J. Michael Willard's My Time to Shine is a humble autobiography that pays homage to the legacy of these three legends. Written with as much finesse as its subjects, it gives us an up close and personal look at the highs and lows not only of the LCB as a collective but also on their individual struggles and how they emerged triumphant against the pervasive system in the music industry that puts more emphasis on commercialism than music.

Mr. Willard, in retrospect, is earnest and objective. He wastes no time in getting into the dynamics of failure and success that is revealing but reserved. It is a ripe testimony to the power not only of music but of the human spirit. The LCB as soul brothers withstood the test of time and though they may not be aware of it, their brand of music broke through the status quo that confined men and women of their color. A heap of photographs of former bandmates, friends, and acquaintances amplifies the reader's trip to the past. To listen to LCB and to read their life story are flirtations with nostalgia. --Reviewed By Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

J. Michael Willard has written the story of three men who impacted Motown in a way that many kids these days cannot imagine. In My Time To Shine, we read about the lives of three important men in the history of three of the most iconic groups of the 50s to today; The Platters, The Drifters and finally the most renowned, The Temptations. What started out as a group called True Reflection didn't get the outrageous stardom that they hoped for. Eventually Joe Blunt became a part of The Drifters, Joe Coleman a member of The Platters for twenty-three years and finally, Glenn Carl Leonard answered the call to become one of the Temptations. It's also the story of how these amazing men later have come together once more to make music.

I found My Time To Shine a delight to read. As a youngster in the early nineties, this was the music I fondly remembered playing in the background as my mother would get her hair permed by her friend. It was the music of her teenage years and, in turn, I inherited the same love. Reading about musicians and how they got their start and just overall where they come from is so interesting. Maybe it's because I've always been a buff of all kinds of history in general or because I love to see how far the individual came to make it where they are today. There were so many things that I didn't know about these groups until I read this book! I had NO idea that there were about 60 members throughout the years with The Drifters! Also that there were so many Platters and just how many people came and went with these groups! You listen to the songs and you have them on your playlist but how many people really stop and think 'wait, what year was this song recorded and who was in the group at this time.' It's so mind-boggling but I think J. Michael Willard did a great job telling each of their lives. After reading this book I also downloaded Leonard, Coleman, and Blunt's EP album and loved it. The song which this book is named after, My Time To Shine, has lyrics so deep and raw with emotion. --Reviewed By Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

My Time to Shine is delightful reading indeed. Learning about each of these performers, who gave us so many songs as we were growing up, is illuminating and powerful. And while older boomers may get the most out of this marvelous work, I doubt there's anyone out there who hasn't stopped to listen to the songs these three men sang. I loved learning more about the Drifters, The Platters, and the Temptations and the way legacy groups such as these differed from other groups. I also found Willard's interleaving of the stories of Leonard, Coleman, and Blunt gave the reader a seamless and moving account. The photographs included work quite well at refreshing the memory, as well. As I reached the part of the book that concerns their new group, I couldn't resist going to YouTube and watching their introduction to the group. Reading My Time to Shine left me feeling enriched by the experience. It's well written and has heart. My Time to Shine: The Story of the Fabulous LCB is most highly recommended. --Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

About the Author

Michael Willard has had a varied career as a newsman, political and policy advisor to U.S. Senators, senior public relations and advertising counselor, author, publisher, artist and entrepreneur. His primary emphasis today is writing both fiction and non-fiction and representing and raising the profile and enhancing the reputation of promising authors and leading business executives.

Over the years, Willard has written 16 books, equally divided between novels and books on marketing and public relations. Willard spent 22 years at the helm of advertising and public relations companies in Eastern Europe and Turkey. He is a former executive vice president of the worldwide PR firm Burson-Marsteller. Willard was director of U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd's Democratic Leader's office when Byrd held that position. Willard also served as communications director to then Gov. John D. Rockefeller in his successful Senate bid.


Early in his career, Willard was a reporter on various newspapers, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Tampa Times. He is a native of Vidalia, Ga.


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