Mary Wilson/Chi-Lites, Sheffield City Hall

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WITH over a century of showbiz experience between them, two soul veterans were welcomed to the City Hall stage by loyal fans keen to remember some good times from the 60s and the 70s.

An evening with the Chi-Lites, led by the last founding member Marshall Thompson and original Supreme Mary Wilson inevitably produced plenty of classics - and one or two conundrums.

Why, for example, in a tight 35 minute set studded with standards like Oh Girl and Have You Seen Her?, did the Chi-Lites devote precious time to two Temptations covers?

The Mary Wilson set seemed more straightforward. Billed as the original Dream Girl, Mary opened with a fusilade of Supremes standards including Love Child, Reflections, Come See About Me, Back In Your Arms and more.

But later the doubts set in. A selection of 70s Supremes hits was welcome enough but inviting audience members on stage to dance seemed a bit cheesy.

After a few more diversions and dalliances (Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker covers) Mary, 67 this weekend, got back to basics with a sweet version of Someday We’ll Be Together.

Encores beckoned - surely it was time for Where Did Our Love Go, Stoned Love even?

But no - a medley of the Stones’ Satisfaction and Brown Sugar was followed by a version of the not-so-greatest Donna Summer hit Last Dance,

Perplexing, to say the least.

Mike Russell

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