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Soul of the 60’s and 70’s: Sounds Of The Soul (Third Ed.)

 

This blog is no longer being updated. Please visit my new blog here.

I’m sorry …

but I’ve had it. I just received a copyright warning from mediafire. So, I will no longer volunteer to promote half-forgotten, under appreciated artists and their music —  it apparently is not in the interest of the industry.

Thanks for your interest in my blog and for the many contributions, inspirations, and responses I received from my followers.

Thanks

Raggedy

 

 

Lee Dorsey — Tears, Tears, And More Tears

Lee Dorsey’s better known work is without a doubt the material he released for the Amy label in the 60’s. Everybody knows his “Working In a Coalmine,” that much is for sure. I myself love his early 60’s “Ya Ya” and the 1965 single “Get Out Of My Life, Woman.” But that was all that sprang  to mind when I heard his name — which is, I admit it, a crying shame.

Lee Dorsey was born in New Orleans on christmas eve 1924 but moved to Portland, Oregon as a child. Before meeting Allen Toussaint, who became his producer and had him signed to the Fury label, Lee had already served in the US Navy and, as Kid Chocolate, had established a successful career in boxing.

“Ya Ya,” his first recording, went straight to # 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. As so often in music history, the label folded, and Lee, a golden disc in the pocket,  returned to his mundane job as an auto mechanic.

When Allen Toussaint began to work with him again on the Amy label, Lee had a string of Hot 100 songs, including “Working In The Coal Mine” in 1966, his second top ten title.

Toussaint and Dorsey continued their collaboration and released two more albums. “Yes We Can” for the Polydor label in 1970 and “Night People” in 1978. These albums have been reissued on one disc by the Australian Raven label.

The backing band, by the way, on these albums was The Meters.

Lee Dorsey died at age 61 in 1986  in New Orleans.

Enjoy!

Calvin Scott — I’ve Made A Reservation

Get it here.

Here, too.

Enjoy!

From allmusic. com:

“Soul singer and pianist Calvin Scott started out as a partner of Clarence Carter before moving to record as a solo artist for Stax. Born in Tuskegee, AL, on January 6, 1938, Scott began playing the piano at age five, and first met Carter while attending a school for the blind in Talladega. Scott played several instruments in the school band, and formed a partnership with Carter. With the help of some older friends they’d impressed, the two got a record deal with Fairlane in 1961, but soon moved on to Duke. In 1965, recording under the name Clarence & Calvin, the duo cut several songs at the famed Muscle Shoals studios, one of which — the ballad “Step by Step” — was given a wider national release by Atlantic. The two assembled a small backing band and played regularly in Birmingham in 1966, but unfortunately, their partnership soon ended. Scott was seriously injured in a car accident after a gig one night, and wound up taking Carter to court for help paying his medical bills. Upon his recovery, Scott switched to the organ, formed his own band, and gigged around the South. He landed a solo deal with Atlantic, recording four songs over 1968-1969, and in 1971 he switched over to Stax. The following year, he recorded his first and only full-length album, I’m Not Blind, I Just Can’t See, with Clarence Paul (Stevie Wonder, etc.) producing and members of the Jazz Crusaders supplying studio backing. Discouraged by the lack of promotion for the attendant singles “Shame on the Family Name” and “A Sadness for Things,”Scott quit the music business and returned to Alabama, where he took a job with the state government and continued to perform on a local basis. Scott‘s son, Calvin Scott Jr., went on to become a smooth jazz saxophonist.”

Calvin and Clarence, “I Like It.”

Lloyd and Glen — That Girl


Enjoy!

Time To Tune In To The Vintage Soul Radio Show …

Sunday, June 24, Barry Fowden will be on the air again with another great Vintage Soul Show. Take a look at his playlist, and you will get a first taste of the treats waiting thee for you.

For more info and the playlist, please go here!

Otis Redding — Keep Your Arms Around Me

Howdy everyone from Raggedy’s patio on another beautiful Saturday morning in Texas. Besides the noisy birds, Big O. keeps me company today, while hubby is out jogging.

Before I close my eyes now for 2 minutes and 53 seconds to soak up the sound of the heavenly horn section, I’ll turn up the volume, though … and here goes your ol’ Raggedy.

Oh, and by the way, this is how a saxophone is supposed to sound!

“Keep your Arms Around Me” is from Otis’s second LP,“The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads” (Volt, 1965.)

Enjoy!

The Village Soul Choir — The Cat Walk

Friday is just right for the Funk. “Cat Walk” from the album Soul Sesame Street (Abbot, Original recording reissued) is a fine piece of music by The Village Soul Choir. The original album by the New York based quintet was released in 1970.

Get the album here.

Enjoy!

Blues on Thursday!

Albert Collins’ (see previous post)  Texan style blues is today’s pick.

The track is from the “Complete Imperial Recordings,” Disc  2 which is an excellent compilation. So go and get it here!

Enjoy!

Deepies on a Wednesday

00:00 Joe Perkins — Try Love

  4:04 Rose Davis — Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

7:24  Robert Earl — Love Will Find A Way

9:44 Phil and Del  — These Feelings

Enjoy!

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John Edwards — It’s A Groove

This title is probably better known sung by Wilson Pickett. Although I adore Wilson Pickett’s  delivery, I thought I should post the version by John Edwards. He put the seventies into that song, so to speak.
Please check out my other posts on this artists.

The track is from the 1973 album “John Edwards.” It can also be found on this great comp.

A happy Father’s day to all dads who deserve to be called father. Cheers!

Enjoy and have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

Well, here’s the one and only, the incomparably wonderful, fantastic (lol) Wilson Pickett.

Thanks Dad Part 1 – Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul

Posted By Soultaker

For all the Fathers out there.

 

Enjoy

In Memory of Birgit

Rest in peace

June 14, 1951 – June 14, 2006

This Gift Of Life

***

After great pain a formal feeling comes–
The nerves sit ceremonious like tombs;
The stiff Heart questions–was it He that bore?
And yesterday–or centuries before?

The feet, mechanical, go round
A wooden way
Of ground, or air, or ought,
Regardless grown,
A quartz contentment, like a stone.

This is the hour of lead
Remembered if outlived,
As freezing persons recollect the snow–
First chill, then stupor, then the letting go.

(Emily Dickinson)

Reuben Bell — Asking For The Truth

This is one of the saddest songs ever. How desperate must you be to willingly believe a lie because you don’t want to lose someone?

I didn’t find much info about this artist. On the Soulful Kinda Music website I’ve read that he was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Until his death in 2004, he seemed to have lived under less than favorable circumstances.
Although he was without a doubt one of the great voices of Southern Soul and had several records to prove it, he never made it to the top. Reuben Bell also is credited as composer on many recordings, including some of Bobby Blue Bland’s and Geater Davis’.

Today’s pick was first released on the Alarm label in 1975 as the flip side to “I’ll Be Your Woman.” “Asking For The Truth” was written by Reuben Bell and Jerry Strickland. having listened to the so-called “A-side” of the 45, I honestly wonder whether Reuben Bell was sabotaged. That track was lame at its best.

Enjoy!

Ray, Goodman and Brown — Pool Of Love

Here’s the mystery song I mentioned in the HELP! post earlier today.

Get the album here.

Marc already mentioned that the song can be found on the group’s “Greatest Hits” album. Originally, “Pool Of Love” was on Stay,  simultaneously released by Mercury, Polygram Records (Australasia), and Polydor (U.S.) in 1981.

Enjoy!

Tank — I Can’t Make You Love Me

I just heard this cover of the Bonnie Raitt song  this morning, and I thought I should share it with you. I never thought it possible that anyone but Bonnie could  sing “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” It is one of those titles that no one should ever even try to touch. To me it was another “My Girl” that simply couldn’t be made more immortal than it already was with David Ruffin’s voice — if you know what I mean.

So, here your old Raggedy by chance comes across the cover version by Tank. And my ears pricked up the second I heard this voice. I don’t know who’s on the electric piano, but it doesn’t sound as if it were Bruce Hornsby … The electric piano’s softer sound is the only thing I liked better in the original.

Of course, I listened to Bon Iver’s and Adele’s covers. They are not bad, and Bon Iver’s being the one I liked better — but the one that has the power to touch something inside me is this one:

By the way, the voice reminds me of Lemar’s …

HELP!

Does anyone know:

– who sang: I Took A Dip In The Pool of Love?

– the title and artist of this song:  listen

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Paul Kelly — Soul Flow

You definitely should get this compilation. Even if you don’t like my pick of the day, this compilation bears witness to the most fertile era ever in Soul music, the 60’s and 70’s. There’s the crisp Northern Soul flavor (‘You Don’t Know, You Just Don’t Know”)  on the same platter with that sweet sweet taste of Deep Soul (“Cryin’ For My Baby.”) And then there is the gem I’m posting today. It will make  every Woodstock veteran’s heart beat faster … The flip side of “Hangin’ On In There,” “Soul Flow” was released in 1971 on the Happy Tiger label.

Enjoy!

Also on the comp. “It’s My Baby” and “Only Your Love”

I told you: “Get this compilation!”

African Music Machine — Black Water Gold (Pearl)

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[-]by Steve Huey

Black Water Gold
The African Music Machine was an eight-piece funk outfit from New Orleans led by bassist/songwriter Louis Villery. They got their start as a house band for the Jewel/Paula label axis, playing on records by the likes of Fontella BassLittle Johnny TaylorRoscoe RobinsonTed TaylorTommie Young, and singer/producer Bobby Patterson, among others. From 1972-1974, they cut several of their own singles for thePatterson-owned Soul Power subsidiary. Most of their work was done in a heavy, James Brown vein, sometimes with a bit of Creole influence mixed in. Their original 45s — including “Black Water Gold,” “Tropical,” and “The Dapp” — later became highly prized items among funk collectors, fetching outlandish prices; a compilation of singles, also titled Black Water Gold, was reissued in 2000. In 2001, Villery assembled a new version of The African Music Machine and released an eponymous album on Singular.”   (allmusic.com)

Friday Night Lovers Rock

And the party goes on … It’s Lovers Friday with a lot of Lovers Rock. So, let’s take it easy with lots of ice cold  drinks and some rocking Reggae …

Playlist

Moonlight Groover — Winston Wright

My Whole World — Beres Hammond

Teenager In Love — Bob Marley

All My Loving — Prince Buster

What Does It Take — Alton Ellis

Spanish Lace — Byron Lee and the Dragonaires

You Make Me Feel Brnad New —  Boris Gardiner

My Precious Love — Desmond Dekker

Dreams To Remember — Toots and The Maytals

To Love Somebody — Busty Brown

Guava Jelly — Johnny Nash

Love At First Sight — Brentford Rd. All Stars

Whine And Grine — Prince Buster

Prisoner of Love — Prisoner of Love

Enjoy!

Skip Mahoaney and The Casuals — I Need Your Love

Enjoy!

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Neither the muffled sound nor the annoying ad can destroy the magic of this clip.

The Manhattans — Baby I’m Sorry

“Baby, I’m Sorry” is one of the Manhattans’ hopelessly under-appreciated early recordings. To me, it sounds as though their signature 70’s sound is just around the corner somewhere. The trademark background harmonizing and the understated pleading lead vocals are already there …

George Smith is singing lead, and he does a wonderful job. For a detailed bio of the artist, please go here.

Enjoy!

Laurel Aitken Special

I’m in a Ska mood today. So, let’s hear some Laurel Aitken.

Something’s Gotta Be Wrong (Superstar, CD 2005, Liquidator)
Take Off My Pyjamas (Godfather of Ska, Grover, 2000)
Woman Is Sweeter (Raggedy says: Yessssssss!) (Godfather of Ska)

Reggae on!

A Candle for Herb Reed of the Platters

It is all over the news — and deservedly so — that Herb Reed, the founder of the Platters, has died at the age of 83.

R.I.P Herb Reed


.. and a favorite of mine

For a great article about Herb Reed, please go here.

Soultaker’s Treasure Chest – Summer Heat

Posted By Soultaker

The hot season is here and with that comes BBQ’s and get togethers.  With get togethers and BBQ’s you usually have good music to go along with the festivities.  Seeing that Mrs. Raggedy has opened up the pool and started the party this year, I figure I open up the tent for those that are drying off and are ready to get something to eat and drink.  Summer is just starting so might as well keep the party going.
 

1.      Right On – Syl Johnson – Twinight

2.      Funky Driver On A Funky Bus – Charles Leonard – Loadstone

3.      Make It Good To Yourself – James Brown – Polydor

4.      Evil Vibrations – Mighty Riders – Sun Glo Records

5.      Put The Music Where Your Mouth Is – Olympic Runners – London

6.      (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop – The Fatback Band – Event

7.      You’re The One – Little Sister – Stone Flower

8.      Zero Point (Pt. 1 & 2) – Kashmere Stage Band – Now Again

9.      World Spin – A Taste Of Honey – Capitol

10.   I Love Music – O’Jays – Philadelphia International

Now personally I’m not usually a Summer person, but…………….

anything that let the ladies dress like this I can tolerate.

 

On a side note, a big Happy Birthday to Mrs. Raggedy.  I hope you enjoy your day.

 

A Birthday Gift To Myself

One Life …   (The Originals)

Slow, Soft, and Deep Soul Saturday at Raggedy’s (Love’s A Funny Thing)

Playlist

Rockie Robins — For The Sake of A Memory

Seems Like The Love We Had Is Dead And Gone — Skip Mahoney & The Casuals

Fool Of The Year — Tavares

Bishop & The Wallace Bros. — Sad Man

Glen Miller — For The Good Times

Willie Hobbs — I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
Darnell Pittman — You Hurt Me
George Freeman — My Darling, My Darling
Willie Dishmon — I’m Walking Out On You
Thelma Jones — Salty Tears
Yvonne Elliman — She’ll Be The Home
Joe Simon — Magnolia

The Dells — I’m Drowning For Your Love

Enjoy!

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R.I.P. David Ruffin (Jan. 18, 1941 – June 1, 1991)

The Temptation with an unforgettable voice left us way too early. He is dearly loved by his fans.

May his soul rest in peace.

Raggedy’s Pool Party 2012

A brand-new summer, the same old pool, and, of course, great  hand picked  classic Soul and Reggae music to move to. Everyone is invited. Let’s have fun again …

Playlist

James Brown — Shout and Shimmy

(Intro)

Aretha Franklin — Think

Cornelius Bros. and Sister Rose – Treat Her Like A Lady

Ivory Joe Hunter — Don’t You Believe Him

Val Martinez — Someone’s Gonna Cry

The Contours feat. Dennis Edwards — I’ll Turn To Stone

Harold Burrage —  Betty Jean

The Kingstonians feat. Jackie Bernard — Mix It Up

Toots and The Maytals — Doctor Lester (African Doctor)

UB40 — Here I Am, Baby

The Temptations — Since I Lost My Baby

Johnny Adams — Stand By Me

LaBelle — What Can I Do For You

(Dedication)

George Jackson — I Found What I Wanted

 Listen

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Blues On Thursday: Rosco Gordon — Hey Hey Girl

Roscoe Gordon was born 1928 in Memphis and would become one of the legendary Beale Street Blues men. He created the beat that became known as the Rosco Rhythm which is referred to as the foundation of Jamican Bluebeat and Reggae.

His early recordings were for Sun Records.  He later signed with Chess, VeeJay and RPM records.

Rosco Gordon died of a heart attack in 2002 shortly after filming a documentary about Blues musicians who returned to Memphis t pay tribute to Sam Phillips.

Enjoy!

George Jackson — You’re At The Right Table

George Jackson was born 1936 in Mississippi. He began recording in 1963 for Ike Turner’s Prann label, but “No One Wants To Ch-Cha With Me”only made enough waves to get him signed with STAX Records.

Although he has a very expressive, soulful voice and the material to match it perfectly, he was never achieved the success he should have had. He sang with the  Ovations for whom he wrote their hit “It’s So Wonderful To Be In Love.”  And as a song writer, George Jackson would remain most successful for the rest of his career.

He later recorded for various labels under pseudonyms, but the big success as a singer kept eluding him. He was quite successful though as a writer and producer, writing for such greats in southern soul as Clarence Carter and Candi Staton. During the 70’s he recorded for Verve, MGM, and HI Records. And in the 80’s he was a producer and writer for Malaco. According to an article on Soul Cellar, “George’s successful compositions for the label included the huge seller for the late Z.Z.Hill, ‘Down Home Blues’, which he originally wrote some 10 years earlier.With the likes of Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Latmore and Denise Lasalle all recording for Malaco, Jackson’s brand of southern soul songwriting had plenty of scope.”

For a detailed discography, please visit Sir Shambling’s.

Today’s pick is from the “Don’t Count Me Out” compilation (KENT, 2011)

Enjoy!

Anacostia — I Can’t Stop Loving Her

Does this song sound a bit like a Chi Lites title? Nevertheless, it is a gem of a composition. Written by Ronald Sinclair, Thomas Williams, and Tony Boyd —  no Eugene Record involved.

Get their music here.

Anacostia started out as The Presidents, best known for their “5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love).”  Produced by Van McCoy, the song reached #11 on the Pop charts. After a handful other releases that were not as successful, they changed their name to Anacostia after a housing development in D.C.

Anacostia released two self- titled albums. The first one in 1977 for MCA and the second one for Tabu Canada and USA. “I Can’t Stop Loving Her” is from their debut album.

Listen!

Time To Tune In To The Vintage Soul Radio Show …

Sunday, May 27, Barry Fowden will be on the air again with another great Vintage Soul Show. Take a look at his playlist, and you will get a first taste of the treats waiting thee for you.

For more info and the playlist, please go here!

Wishing everyone a contemplative Memorial Day …


“Think well of us, oh land for which we fell …”  

(from a British war poem.)

Vergissmeinnicht

Three weeks gone and the combatants gone
returning over the nightmare ground
we found the place again, and found
the soldier sprawling in the sun.

The frowning barrel of his gun
overshadowing. As we came on
that day, he hit my tank with one
like the entry of a demon.

Look. Here in the gunpit spoil
the dishonoured picture of his girl
who has put: Steffi. Vergissmeinnicht
in a copybook gothic script.

We see him almost with content,
abased, and seeming to have paid
and mocked at by his own equipment
that’s hard and good when he’s decayed.

But she would weep to see today
how on his skin the swart flies move;
the dust upon the paper eye
and the burst stomach like a cave.

For here the lover and killer are mingled
who had one body and one heart.
And death who had the soldier singled
has done the lover mortal hurt

(Keith Douglas)

WARNING: EXTREMELY DISTURBING IMAGES!

The Genies (feat. Roy C. Hammond) — I’m Falling In Love Again

Roy “C” Hammond is best known for his classic “Shotgun Wedding.” I just laugh every time I hear that song … And although the video seems not to relate to the song or issue of being in a hurry to get married, I was wondering how many of these happily dancing young people may have had a shotgun wedding …

Today’s pick is … not going to happen after I have visited the artist’s website.

Gladys Knight and The Pips — Giving Up

I said it before, I know. But I’ll say it again, Gladys Knight is my favorite lady in the world of soul. She’s got the voice, the looks, the charm, the class … In short, she comes closest to being perfect. In addition, with The Pips harmonizing in the background, she has one of the best groups supporting her.

Listen to them on this track! They deserve attention in their own right.

Listen!

The song is on the Essential Collection 

Willie Nix — Trucking Little Woman

Willie Nix, born 1922 in Memphis, TN, started tap dancing as a child and in the 40’s worked as both  dancer and comedian in a number of variety shows. He recorded for Memphis and Chicago labels (RPM, Sun, Chess and Chance) but never saw the success he definitely deserved.

Willie Nix played with such Blues greats as B. B. King, Joe Hill, Elmore Morris and Sonny Boy Williamson.  He played the drums and guitar.

His trademark driving beat tunes and witty lyrics can be found on numerous compilation albums.

Trucking Little Woman

Lee Charles — Standing On The Outside Looking In

Here’s the proof: You’re never too old to fall in love. I just fell in love with this song. The strings just did it … “Standing On The Outside” is one of these songs that want me to spread my imaginary wings and just fly.
I have to admit, though, that the artist’s name didn’t sound familiar. But, thank goodness, I found an informative article about him here. The article ends with the sad conclusion that, “he seems to have just vanished into thin air. And that’s all I can tell you about the late Lee Charles Nealy. His legacy comprises twelve solo releases, all worthy of a place in your collection, a couple of mystery 45‟s that probably don‟t exist (there always are!), and a host of co-writer credits.”
Thank God for all the vinyl junkies who dig out such gems as Lee Charles’ songs and share their treasures with us.

Here’s a song he recorded for the Brunswick label, “Wrong Number.” It took me a while to find out whose voice it reminds me of: Al Wilson’s? Right?

Standing On The Outside

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Freddy Henry — The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind)

Up to now, I didn’t know of any other version of the Dells song “The Love We Had Stays On My Mind.” Then I came across a version by one mysterious Freddie Henry. He’s released an album, “Get It Out In The Open” for Clouds Records in 1979. And that’s about all I know about this artist.

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Here’s another one of Freddy Henry’s cover versions of a well-known song.  The original is by the great  Otis Clay.

And finally, the original Dells version of “The Love We Had Stays On My Mind.” (Just in case there’s someone out there who hasn’t heard it yet.)

Now listen to Freddy Henry’s  cover.

Enjoy!

A Candle For Robin Gibb

Another battle lost. Robin Gibb died May 20, 2012 following a long battle with cancer.

R.I.P. Robin

Calvin Leavy — Is It Worth All That I’m Going Through?

Most of us probably have asked themselves this question at one point in their lives. And it is exactly this type of question that makes us aware of the significance of two very short, very simple words: yes and no. I couldn’t agree more with the 17th century Spanish Jesuit Balthasar Gracian who said that “No and Yes are words quickly said,” and that “they need a great amount of thought before you utter them.”

Back to the music, though. Calvin Leavy’s is a sad story. He was born in 1940 in Arkansas as the youngest of 15 children. He was off to a good start, first locally with his band The Leavy Brothers and later even nationally. His most famous song is “Cummins Prison Farm” whose lyrics draw from one of the Leavy Brother’s prison experience. The song, clearly a Blues tune, reached the R&B charts in 1970.

“Is It Worth All That I’m Going Through” was recorded in the late 70’s with his new group The Professionals. It is more of a Deep Soul than a Blues tune. You find his riveting electric Blues titles on two compilations. “The Best of Calvin Leavy ,”(TAM, 2000) and “Cummins Prison Farm,” (P-Vine 2003).

Unfortunately, Calvin Leavy was arrested in a drug related offence and sentenced to a life behind bars. He died in 2010 only 18 months before being eligible for parole. May his soul rest in peace. He truly left a legacy of wonderful Blues and Soul music behind.

The big question

Reggae Sunday at SOTS

Have a happy Sunday — Reggae Sunday that is — everybody. I hope I will be able to post regularly again. It’s been quite busy around here, but as it looks now, things are back to normal.

So here we go!

Playlist

John Holt — Ali Baba

Bob Marley & The Wailers — Keep On Moving

Eric “Monty” Morris — Jenny

The Gladiators — Big Boo Boo Day

Enjoy!

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Roscoe Robinson — One More Time

Roscoe Robinson’s tenor voice is at home in many genres. He sang with the finest of Gospel groups, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama as well as The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. He has the know-how that keeps a Deep Soul ballad from becoming a schmaltzy tune. And he knew how to put the right amount of urgency into a Soul piece like “I’m Burning and Yearning For You.” In a nutshell, Roscoe Robinson has talent galore.

Roscoe Robinson was born 1928 in Arkansas. In the late 30’s his family moved to Indiana where, now in his early teens, he began singing with several Gospel groups. He started recording in 1951.
After switching to secular music in the 60’s, he had his first major hit, “That’s Enough,” for Wand in 1966. Before that happened, however, he was trying to make it through a dry spell by founding his own record label named after his wife, Gerri. (You’ll find the story here.)

In the 80’s he returned to his Gospel roots and recorded several albums.

His early recordings spanning from 1965 – 1965 are available on the fantastic collection “Why Must It End.” It was released in 2009 by Soulscape.

Today’s pick is the flip side of “That’s Enough,” the song he first recorded for his own Gerri label in 1965 but only  became a hit  after being released by Wand a year later.

Enjoy!

A Candle For Donna Summer

I wish I never had to light another candle again. Unfortunately, however, every life has to come to an end.

Donna Summer, the most beautiful, sexy  singer of the disco era has passed away May 17th.

R.I.P Donna Summer.

A Candle For Louisiana Red



It is such a shame! I heard only a few days ago of his passing. A German Blues fan  keeps me informed about such things.  Louisiana Red died Feb. 25, 2012, at age 79 at a hospital in Hannover, Germany. He  lived  there since 1981 with his wife Dora.

With him, another through and through traditional and genuine blues man is gone.

RIP Louisiana Red

My Mama – Rick James

Posted By Soultaker
 
First, I just want to wish all the Mothers out there a Happy Mothers day.
 
For your special day, here is a rare Rick James song dedicated to the very subject of the day. 
 
This was release on A&M records in 1974, four years before he would hit it big with You and I on Motown.  Produced and written by Rick James, this would song would show hints of what will come later on.
 
 
 

Sidney Joe Qualls — I’m Being Held Hostage

Unfortunately, Sidney Joe Qualls sounds too much like his idol, which in my opinion, might have contributed to his lack of success. Honestly, who appreciates a copy of the original as long as the original is still available?

It would be interesting to know why a talented singer with a voice that can stand on its own merits decides to become a mere sound-alike.

Enjoy!

Here’s a track on which Sidney Joe Qualls sounds like himself.

Judy Clay — Bed Of Roses

Enjoy!

Judy Clay had such a strong  voice it surprises me she was better known for her duets with William Bell, for example, than for her own solo material.

Born September 12th, 1938 in St. Pauls North Carolina, she began performing at age 14 with the Gospel group The Drinkard Sisters, which at that time also starred the not yet famous Cissy Houston, Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick. The Drinkard Sisters later achieved fame as The Sweet Inspirations.

Afer leaving the Sweet Inspirations, she recorded several solo singles. Unfortunately, they received not much recognition.

The Temprees — Something So Right

“Something So Right” is on The Temprees’ Album Love Maze. The album was released in 1973 by We Produce Records, a subsidiary of Stax Records. The song was written by Paul Simon (yes the Paul Simon). The Temprees added the soulful touch and — what we hear is a beautiful tune with perfect background harmonies accompanied by an unobtrusive, minimal instrumentation: something that sounds so right.

Get the album here.

Enjoy!

Deepie: Jimmy Armstrong — You’re Getting Next To Me

Jimmy Armstrong is one of the many artists who should have been rewarded with a successful career, but never was. His singing is as soulful and intense as it can get. He released several 45’s between the early and late 60’s.

I’m posting my favorite song by him. If you would like to hear more of his music, please check  him out at Sir Shambling’s.

Enjoy!

The Three Degrees — Lonelier Are Fools (A Woman In Love clip)

Back  in the day, I could not get enough Three Degrees music. These ladies’ singing, class, and elegance fascinated me. I remember listening to “When Will I See You Again” on most Mondays because the next weekend — and seeing him —  seemed light years away.

So when I came across this video, I couldn’t help but dedicate a post to these three graceful women. I must admit that this version  of “A Woman In Love” sounds so much more convincing and rings so much truer than it did 40 years ago.

And here is one of my favorites by the group.

Enjoy!

You’ll find the song here.

Reggae Sunday @SOTS with Laurel Aitken — Soul Jerker

… and your old Raggedy is back again with some fine Reggae.

 You have to get this album!

Enjoy!

Soultaker’s Treasure Chest – In Remembrance Of Keith Elem aka Guru 1961-2010

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Something a little different this time around. This will be a post about not a soul music artist, but of someone well respected in the Hip Hop world who passed away on April 19, 2010. So to answer the obvious question, why a post about a MC on a soul music website?

The reason is that from about 1980 when I was 6 and my Mom brought my first Hip Hop 12″( “That’s The Joint” by the Funky Four + 1) to about the mid 90’s, I listen to and was a part of the Hip Hop culture no stop. I had a few favorites, but at the top of the list would be Gangstarr. A group that included DJ Premier and the late great MC known as Guru( Gifted, Unlimited, Rhymes, Universal ).

In addition to Gangstarr, Guru also spearheaded a project known as Jazzmatazz that had him working alongside with such legends as Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers, Ramesy Lewis, Freddie Hubbard, Chaka Khan and Issac Hayes.

While I’m not going to be playing any Gangstarr stuff here, I do have a little set I made that focus on the soul music that inspired some of material Gangstarr would put out though the years.

ENJOY

1. Bring It Up – James Brown – King

2. Changin’ – Brass Construction – United Artists

3. Four Play – Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns – Atlantic

4. California Soul – Marlena Shaw – Cadet

5. Give It Up – Kool & The Gang – De-Lite

6. It’s A New Day – Skull Snaps – GSF

7. Young, Gifted And Black – Aretha Franklin – Atlantic

8. I Got Some Pt. 1 – Billy Garner – BGP reissue

9. It’s Time To Break Down – The Supremes – Motown

10. Deliver The Word – War – United Artists

For more information about Gangstarr and Guru, you can check out these sites.
http://www.gurutributes.com/
http://www.djpremierblog.com/

***One a side note, don’t forget that this Saturday, April 21st, 2012 is the 5th Annual Record Store Day. So go out and support your local record shop.
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Latimore — The Cat Got MyTongue

Latimore has a new album out from which this cut is taken. I am impressed by the   way this artist still sings. I’d say his voice sounds wonderful now that it has mellowed to a lush baritone.

Nolan Chance — She’s Gone

Nolan Chance was born Charles Davis in Louisiana in 1939, and was raised in Chicago. He started singing in his early teens with a group of high school friends.

He sang with several other groups, among them The Dukays where he replaced Gene Chandler. He also sang with the Artistics .

She’s Gone, today’s pick, was his debut single for the Constellation label which he joined in 1964. According to allmusic.com the “ballad that attracted considerable attention and did well on numerous local charts, even though it failed to register nationally.” Unfortunately, the label folded just as Nolan’s career began to blossom with the release of his next single  Just Like The Weather.

In the late 60’s he was signed to Curtom and released another beautiful single  “I’ll Never Forget You.” After his producer at Curtom had left the label, Nolan joined Scepter where he released Sara Lee. Bad luck, however, struck again. Scepter closed its doors and the single never  received the recognition it deserved.

(Source allmusic.com)

Enjoy!

Happy Easter To All Of You!

The Brooklyn Allstars — No Cross, No Crown

Enjoy!

Blues on Thursday: Billy Love — Hart’s Bread Boogie

When I first read the title of the track, I thought it might be a misspelling. “Hart’s” instead of “Heart’s” maybe. But that didn’t make much sense either. “Hard Bread” maybe? Well, I found out that there used to be a place in Memphis,   the Hart’s Bakery, which explains the title … Especially since Hart’s Bread Boogie was recorded for Sun Records in Memphis. Of course, it is a commercial for the company.

I also found some info on Billy Love, who’s probably better known as Billy “Red” Love. He was born on Dec. 8, 1929 in Memphis and died May 2nd, 1975 in Colorado Springs. His real name was Milton Morse Love.

Billy Love not only played the piano but also was a songwriter and arranger for Sam Phillips’ Sun Records. According to the Black Cat Rockabilly site, Billy also”did some session work for Phillips, backing Walter Horton, Rufus Thomas and Willie Nix, before he got the chance to cut his own record as a singer-pianist.”

Enjoy!

Lindell Hill — Used To Be Love

(Lindell Hill and Steve Cropper at Stax in 1968)

It is so sad that all Lindell Hill  has to show for with  a voice like his is three singles. The one I’ve ever heard is a great one, though. I posted the A-side, Remone, a little while back here. When I came across the B-side, I thought it was pretty darned good also. So, I’ll post it today.

Lindell Hill, born on 1st July 1945, hails from St. Louis, Missouri but lives in Dittmer, Missouri nowadays.

He’s an outstanding blue-eyed soul singer, and his best known recording was done for Arch Records. The small North St. Louis record label was owned by a white DJ, Nick Charles, from Memphis who operated from  his basement studio. There, Hill met Jim Stewart, a friend of Charles’ who was recording for Stax in its early years. And according to a very short biography, Hill’s daughter, Kelly Lemon, said that  “they did the basic rhythm tracks in St Louis with the voice & drums and then sent them down to Memphis with Steve Cropper to put the background vocals and horns in. The song “Used To Be Love” was redone with Wilson Pickett and Wilson named it “Mini Skirt Mini”. (http://staxrecords.free.fr/lhill.htm)

Under the name Lyndon, he recorded another 45 for Hi, “The Very First Time” b/w “I Love My Baby.” He did another recording on the Bright Star label.

Attention Vinyl Collectors

Hey all,

I just wanted make you all aware of a upcoming project focusing on a hobby that allot of us hold dear to our hearts. 

DJ Prestige of Flea Market Funk dot com and Eilon Paz of Dust & Grooves are teaming up for a photo road trip documenting vinyl collectors and other projects focusing on the hobby. 

They would like to create some awareness for this project and you can check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dustandgrooves.

I am looking forward to what these two are cooking up for us.

William “Wee Gee” Howard — Don’t Make Me The Reason

Get the Mini Lp here

This is a track by William “Wee Gee” Howard, the former singer of the Dramatics.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, he started singing with The Sir Primes at high school. I love the horn section and the rather subtle string arrangment, eventually singing with one of the best R&B groups ever, The Dramatics. He left the group in 1973, and was succeeded by L. J. Reynolds.

Enjoy!

Soultaker’s Treasure Chest 03-31-2012

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After a few months away, I’m back with another serving of some soul and funk from the chest. I want to give a quick shout out to Larry Grogan over at Funky 16 Corners  for putting me onto “Gotta Find You Girl” by Bobby Rush. Just a banging 45 and I will be playing the flipside of it in a future post.

So here you go and hopefully I will be back again sooner with some more treats.

Enjoy

1. Time And Place – Lee Moses – Front Page
2. Everybody Needs Somebody – King Floyd – Chimneyville Records
3. Funky Street – Arthur Conley – Atco
4. I Can’t Stand It – The G-Clefs – Loma
5. She’s Just Another Woman – The 8th Day – Invictus
6. Uhh – Dyke And The Blazers – Original Sound
7. Gotta Find You Girl – Bobby Rush – On Top Records
8. Work On It – The T.S.U. Toronados – Ovide/Funky Delicacies
9. You Can’t Run Away From Your Heart – Judy Clay – Stax

Soft and Silky Saturday: The Moments — Lovely Way She Loves

Enjoy!

Darondo — Legs

Funkying up the Friday with a leggy tune. Nothing compares to a rrrrrrrresonating bass guitar. 

Get the CD here.

Enjoy!

Aside

Blogging is mostly a labor of love — at least for me. So when I get mail from artists saying “Thank you” for posting their material, I feel that blogging is not a case of “love’s labor lost.” Hearing from an artist in person is a rare and welcome reward as well as a huge honor for me.

A few days ago, I received mail from Mr. Darryl Grant, who sang  lead on “Peaceful Journey” with Fat Larry’s Band.

Please visit his website and see for yourself that Old School style never grows old …

 

Blues on Thursday: Little Milton — Lookin’ For My Baby

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Working My Way Back … Derrick and Freddie Hughes — The Woman I Want

No, I’m not going to post this song. I’m just using its title because I’m having a hard time (again) typing and sitting in front of the computer screen. I guess I’m getting old …

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More Of My Favorite Live Recordings

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Four Tops — Midnight Flower

Aretha Franklin — Bridge Over Troubled Water

Bobby Womack — Gypsy Woman

Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Otis Rush — Stormy Monday

The Temptations (Ali Woodson lead) — I Wish It Would Rain

Sealmakers — Pretty Face Girl / She Said She Loves Me

How about a Reggae Monday?

The story that comes with these songs is that the Sealmakers are actually no one else than the Gladiators.

Pretty Face Girl

She Said She Loves Me

Compliments — Falling In Love

If there ever was a series of collections that paid tribute to many  neglected artists, it is Soulful Thangs. Today’s pick is from Vol. 6 which has several more such gems to offer. So, go and get it!

Now, Temptations fans listen up. Is it just me or does the bass singer sound a bit like Harry McGilberry? Anyway, this is great singing.

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I was watching the movie Crossroads the other day and knowing I was not only hopelessly behind with my posts in general but even more so with the Blues tunes, I knew  I had to find the soundtracks I liked best and post them. So,  here we go.

You can find these and more great tracks here.

The movie is available on hulu.

This is my favorite tune from the movie

Jimmy Okera Hightower — I Can’t Have You

Jimmy Hightower is yet another artist whose talent has been overlooked  by the record industry. Therefore, we’re only able to enjoy a handful recordings of his warm tenor. Nowadays, his records are traded as collectors’ items with a big price tag.

The Detroit native started out singing with a group named Combinations. They recorded for various small record labels. He left the group and recorded a few 45’s between 1975 and 1989.

Today’s track is his first solo single, recorded in 1975 for the Westbound label.

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Cymande — One More

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Cymande is a first class British band whose music fuses African music, Soul, Rock, and Jazz and Calypso rhythms. The result is some fine Funk.

Although the group disbanded after only 3 years (1971 – 1974), it produced some outstanding tunes. Their best known song is most likely Bra of which I posted the YouTube clip.

My personal favorite so far is today’s pick, One More,  a beautiful slow piece which reminds me a bit of Fleetwood Mac’s Albatross. 

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A Candle for Jimmy Ellis

Jimmy Ellis of the Trammps died yesterday in South Carolina. I’ve just heard the news. He was 74, and suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease.

R.I. P. Jimmy Ellis



Little Grady Lewis — Soul Smokin’

Cloudy skies and grey days here in San Antonio — and I am in need of some upbeat tune to keep me going. The first minute I heard this funky piece, I knew I had found the right music to make me forget the dreariness of another totally un-Texan day.

Listen to that saxophone!

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