The other night I told a colleague about the movie idea for Soul Untold: The Life & Times of Soul Legend Harvey Scales.

His response? “Who’s Harvey Scales?”

I sat back and thought for minute.  Who is Harvey?  Performer.  Producer.  Soul singer. Songwriter.  Easily one of the coolest muthafuckas to come out of Milwaukee.  His resume goes back more than a half century and contains industry names like Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Al Jarreau, Ken Adamany, Don Davis, Johnnie Taylor and Etta James. He’s written songs for The O’Jays, The Dells and co-wrote the first ever platinum single, Disco Lady.  Hell, The J. Geils Band even had a rockin’ number one with Harvey’s Love-itis.  He was going at it in 1961 and is still getting at it today!

Simply put, Harvey Scales is the hardest working man in show

business you’ve never heard of.  We hope this film changes that. 

​It’s the story of Harvey’s journey through the music business.  The ups and downs, hits and near misses of one of the industries blue-collar heroes, as well as his music’s resurgence among young collectors and DJ’s.  From his racially integrated band against the backdrop of the politically charged 1960’s, to his California disco "daze", Harvey’s story is very much one of the times, told through the prism of a true survivor.

The other element of the film is a Harvey Scales concert.  A showcase of his life’s work, backed by a band that will groove the room and special guests to sit in along the way.  Sort of a “Last Waltz” style show that we will produce, film and weave into the narrative of the movie.  Harvey’s story is his music, so what better way to tell it?

Paul Mollan