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The promoter of an Old School" concert in Atlanta has apologized after ticket holders called the show a "disaster" and demanded refunds.

People who attended the "Saturday Nite Old School Music Festival 2021" at Home Depot Backyard in Atlanta on Sept. 11, expected to see Johnny Gill (pictured), The Commodores, and Frankie Beverly & Maze.

Other artists in the lineup included Kool & the Gang and The Whispers.

The crowd started booing when Johnny Gill finally emerged onstage and told them he wasn't performing.

People who left the concert early complained that they did not get what the promoter promised.

Many said the concert began two hours late and unknown artists took up a lot of time on stage.

The promoter of the show, SEMG, has issued a statement apologizing and promising "partial refunds" on a case-by-case basis.

The promoter told Channel 2's Tom Jones that he is considering offering partial refunds.

However, when Jones set up an interview with the promoter to give him an opportunity to give his side of the story, he never showed up.

He also stopped answering the phone calls and texts from Jones.

"This was one of the biggest rip-offs I've ever seen," concertgoer Reggie Nelson told Jones.

Other concertgoers include the wife of Shelley Wynter, co-host of WSB Radio's "Word On the Street," who received her ticket as a gift from her husband.

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Fans who bought tickets to attend Saturday night's old school concert in Atlanta are demanding refunds after advertised artists failed to show.

People who attended the "Saturday Nite Old School Music Festival 2021" at Home Depot Backyard in Atlanta on Sept. 11, expected to see The Commodores and Frankie Beverly & Maze.

Other artists in the lineup included Johnny Gill, Kool & the Gang, and The Whispers.

But many fans who attended the concert say their experience was horrible, and most of the performers were unknown artists.

A video on social media shows people chanting "REFUND!"

"This was one of the biggest rip-offs I've seen," Reggie Nelson told Channel 2's Tom Jones. "Everybody feels like they've been ripped off. A lot of people got up to leave before things were done."

People who left the concert early complained that they did not get what the promoter promised.

Many said the concert began two hours late and unknown artists took up a lot of time on stage.

The crowd started booing when Johnny Gill finally emerged onstage and told them he wasn't performing.

"They must have said Johnny we don't have all your money, but we will give you something if you just go out and say hi to the crowd," Cheryl Shiver told Channel 2 Action News.

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'90s R&B singer Sam Salter has passed away at age 46. His death was reported on August 28. No cause of death was released.

Salter's debut album, It's On Tonight was released in 1997 on LaFace Records.

The album's first single "After 12, Before 6" was released in early 1997 and became a Top 20 R&B hit.

His sophomore album entitled Once My Sh.. (Always My Sh..) dropped in 1999.

Salter's follow-up album, titled Little Black Book, was never released, but a few of the songs were recorded by other artists. Boyz II Men recorded his song "Color Of Love" and Sisqó recorded "Incomplete."

Salters said his vocal style was influenced by R&B legends Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.

He was also a songwriter, and worked on songs for 98 Degrees, Aaron Skyy, and Kandi Burruss' solo debut album.

According to Eurweb.com, Salter's death was first reported by the blog Youknowigotsoul.com.

"We are saddened to share the news that R&B singer Sam Salter recently passed away at age 46. Confirmed in posts by his family. A special and often overlooked talent gone too soon."

"I was floored," said L.A. Reid, who signed Salter to his first record label in Atlanta.

"He's a great singer. I mean, we live in an era where you don't necessarily have to be, but he is!"

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James Burke, pictured right, of the R&B group The Five Stairsteps, died Friday, Feb. 19. He was 70.

His death was confirmed to the Rolling Stone on Tuesday by his brother Dennis Burke, who said the cause of death was pneumonia, according to Variety.com.

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The group was comprised of five of Betty and Clarence Burke Sr.'s six children. (L-R): sister Alohe Jean, and brothers Clarence Jr., James, Dennis, and Kenneth "Keni" Burke.

The R&B group once regarded as "the First Family of Soul" served as inspirations for sibling R&B groups such as The Jackson 5, The Sylvers and the Brighter Side of Darkness.

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The Five Stairsteps's hits included "Ooh Child", "World of Fantasy," and "Don't Change Your Love.

"Ooh Child" was their only single to crack the Top 40 chart in 1970.

The song was ranked at No. 402 by Rolling Stone magazine on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time List.

"Ooh Child" was covered by Nina Simone, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Kelly Rowland, the Spinners, and more.

Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer and guitarist for The Five Stairsteps, died in 2013 at his home in Marietta, Ga. He was 64.

The youngest brother, Cubie, who briefly joined the group at age 3, died in 2014 at age 49.

Clarence Burke, Sr., died on July 16, 2020, the day before his 91st birthday, in an Atlanta area hospital.

The surviving siblings: Alohe Jean, 73, Dennis, 69, and Keni, 67, all live in the Atlanta area.
 

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Rapper, radio personality and producer Prince Markie Dee, real name Mark Morales, passed away a day before his 53rd birthday. His cause of death is not known.

Dee's friend, Louis Gregory, confirmed the sad news via Twitter on Thursday, hours after Morales death.

"Prince Markie Dee was more than a rapper; he was one of my very best and closest friends," Gregory wrote. "My heart breaks today because I lost a brother. I'll always love you Mark and I'll cherish everything you taught me. Tomorrow is your birthday, swing my way big bro."

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SiriusXM's Rock the Bells, where Dee hosted a daily show, also tweeted a tribute: "The Rock The Bells family is heartbroken to learn of the passing of Mark 'Prince Markie Dee' Morales earlier today. That voice and his presence can never be replaced. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones."

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Born in Miami, Dee (center) formed The Fat Boys, originally named Disco 3, with Brooklyn, New York natives, Darren "Buff Love" Robinson (left), aka "The Human Beat Box", and Damon "Kool Rock-Ski" Wimbley (right), in the early 1980s.

The group released seven studio albums and enjoyed hits with songs like "Wipeout", which was recorded with The Beach Boys.

Dee left The Fat Boys in the early 1990s and released two solo albums, while working as a songwriter and producer for Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige.

"Typical Reasons (Swing My Way)" was the second single off Dee's first solo album after leaving Fat Boys. It topped the Rap Songs Chart in 1993.

Dee was once engaged to Sandra "Pepa" Denton, of Salt-N-Pepa in the mid-1980s. He did not have any children.

Chuck D and Juicy J were among the first hip-hop stars to pay tribute on Thursday evening, after the news of Dee's death broke.

The Public Enemy leader wrote: "Man... such a good dude a @hiphopgods legend," while Juicy J added: "Wow I did a zoom interview with the legend a month ago R.I.P. Prince Markie Dee of The Fat Boys."
 

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Soul and R&B legend Betty Wright lost her battle with cancer at home in Miami, Florida on Sunday. She was 66.

Her family confirmed her death to Billboard. No cause of death was revealed.

Wright died a week after close friend Chaka Khan urged fans to pray for Betty via Twitter.

"Calling all my #PrayWarriors," Khan tweeted. "My beloved sister, Betty Wright @MsBettyWright, is now in need of all your prays."

Born Bessie Regina Norris in Miami in 1953, Wright was the youngest of seven children of Rosa Akins Braddy-Wright and her second husband, McArthur Norris.

Wright kicked off her career with her family's gospel group Echoes of Joy in the late 1960s. In 1965, following the group's break-up, 11-year-old Betty switched musical styles from gospel to rhythm and blues.

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Singing in local talent shows, she was spotted by a local Miami record label owner, who signed her to her first label (Deep City Records) in 1966 at age 12. She released the singles, "Thank You Baby" and "Paralyzed", which became regional hits in Miami.

She released her debut album, My First Time Around, as a teenager and scored a U.S. top 40 hit with "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do."

She first hit the Top 10 in 1971 with her single "Clean Up Woman".

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She also had huge hits with "No Pain, (No Gain)", "Tonight is the Night" and "Where is the Love", which scored her a Grammy Award for for best R&B song in 1975.

Betty founded her own record label, Ms. B Records, and released the album Mother Wit. She made history becoming the first Black female to earn a gold record in the 1980s.

The album was notable for the come-back hits "No Pain, No Gain," which returned her to the top 20 on the R&B chart for the first time in a decade, and "After the Pain".

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She enjoyed a career revival in 2006 after Sean "Diddy" Combs invited her to be part of his MTV reality show Making the Band.

Wright's career hit another peak in 2011 when she teamed up with The Roots for the album Betty Wright: The Movie, which featured guest appearances by rappers Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg.

On Christmas Day in 2005 Wright's son, 21-year-old Patrick Parker was shot and killed at a holiday party in Opa Locka, Florida.

Wright is survived by 5 children. She is pictured above performing with her granddaughter Cynthia Wright. She became stepmother to her third husband's son, Yusef, who posted a beautiful tribute to his stepmother on Instagram.
 

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My heart is broken I have been unable to move for my bed I feel absolutely stuck and paralyzed with thoughts of how someone so stable and so Constant and my families life can be gone now!! you were the glue that kept us all together before and after Daddy passed and now it on us to do the work on our own..thank you thank you thank you so much Mama Betty #Ms.B @therealbettywright for being there for us for loving us unconditionally and also our mothers you were truly a Rock for us all and i’m so blessed that I got to talk to you and tell you how much I loved and appreciated you! and no matter how tired you were you always had time to talk to me about Knowing my worth and my value in my career and all the things I had to offer whether it was music or beauty and I’m so grateful for that..I pray that you and Daddy are dancing in heaven because I’m sure he’s so happy to see you.???? rest well #bettywright i love you

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Queen Latifah turned 50 years old today (March 18). Born Dana Elaine Owens in Newark, New Jersey, Latifah signed with Tommy Boy Records in 1989. She released her debut album All Hail the Queen on Nov. 28, 1989. The album spawned the hit single "Ladies First".
 

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Latifah, pictured at age 18, sold over 2 million records in her illustrious career. She was dubbed the "Queen of Jazz-Rap" following her breakout role in the musical Chicago (2002) for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Latifah was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 and the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2011.
 

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Latifah posed with her mom, Rita Lamae Owens (née Bray), a former high school teacher. Rita Owens played her mother in Living Single. She passed away from heart failure on March 21, 2018.
 

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Latifah posed with Jaz-O, left, and a young Jay-Z with gold teeth at rapper Big Daddy Kane's Birthday Party in New York City in a photo dated September 10, 1989.

Latifah played the level-headed, but man crazy Khadijah James On the FOX TV sitcom Living Single from 1993 to 1998. Along the way, she released more albums as well as produced music for other acts such as Naughty By Nature.

She won a Grammy Award for her women's rights anthem "U.N.I.T.Y." which peaked at #23 on the Billboard chart.
 

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Latifah gained a new generation of fans when she played a butch lesbian in the bank heist film Set It Off (1996), also starring Kimberly Elise, Vivica Fox and Jada Pinkett.
 

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Latifah had longterm relationships with women over the years, including rapper MC Lyte, singer Monifah and actress Tichina Arnold. She is currently "married" to Eboni Nichols (pictured), but she has never officially come out of the closet.
 

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Queen Latifah and Wendy Williams re-enacted a scene from 'Mob Wives' during a special segment of 'Hairpiece Theatre' on the Wendy Williams Show in 2012.
 

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Latifah pictured with Jimmy Fallon on the set of the film Taxi in New York City in 2003.
 

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Latifah is surrounded by fans at her beach party during the Miami premiere of the comedy film 'The Cookout' held at The Delano Hotel on South Beach in 2004.
 

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Latifah with Cedric the Entertainer (left) and Ice Cube (right) on the set of Barbershop 2: Back in Business in 2004.
 

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Latifah honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California in 2006.
 

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Latifah attends the Los Angeles premiere of Hairspray held in Westwood, California in 2007.
 

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Latifah with music producer/rapper Missy Elliott (center) and Cardi B (right) at the 2019 Video Music Awards after party on August 26, 2019 in New York City.