Maxx Kidd a Living Legend...

Not only is Maxx Kidd a living legend, he is a bridge who links the soul music of the 60's to the go-go and hip hop sounds of today. As a young man in West Virginia, Maxx was inspired to start a career in music after meeting Nat "King Cole in the night club his father owned. He soon acquired a job at a local drive-in restaurant as a Calypso singer, and except for a brief stint in the Army, he has worked in the music field ever since.

Maxx arrived in Washington, DC in 1960, and quickly earned a reputation as a devoted, professional music talent. He caught the attention of Curtis Mayfield, who was then heading his own record company, Curton Records. At Curton, Maxx began to produce recordings by artist such as Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, and the Stridelles. Some of the hits that feature Maxx's trademark sound are "Teacher to Preacher", by Gene Chandler, "I Like Candy," by the Stridelles, " I Need Money" and "Blow Your Whistle" by Chuck Brown.

In the late 1970's , Maxx helped to pioneer a brand-new sound that became known as "Go-Go" music. Working with bands such as Troubled Funk, EU, and Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Maxx Kidd's production techniques became legendary. A movie entitled "Good To Go" told the story of Maxx's contributions to the evolution of this highly charged music. At the same time, Maxx was starting his own record company, Tedd Records. He was also a founder of the Black Music Association (BMA).

As an independent promoter and marketer, Maxx Kidd's list of clients includes the O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Van McCoy, Johnnie Taylor, the Temptations, Kerry Lucas, and Shalimar. He has worked with nearly every major record label, including Columbia, Motown, MCA and Polygram.

Maxx's achievements in his field have been recognized by the Mayor Sharon Pratt-Kelly of Washington, DC, who placed him on the Task Force for Entertainment, which helps promote the city as a place where national acts and companies will find an eager audience. Maxx has led seminars at Howard University, the University of DC, American University, and the city's public schools. He has already won awards from Jack the Rapper, the Black Music Association, Black Radio Exclusive (BRE), and Living Legends Foundation. We are very honored to present him with our tribute to his achievements.

Thursday, April 21, 1994 BALLY'S Park Place Casino Hotel and Tower, Atlantic City, NJ.

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