Category Archives: 60’s Soul

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.


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.)


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.


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.


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

I told you: “Get this compilation!”

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.


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


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



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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 …


James Brown — Shout and Shimmy


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


George Jackson — I Found What I Wanted



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)



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.

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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.


Judy Clay — Bed Of Roses


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.

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.


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 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.



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 …



Bobby Moore — You’ve Got To Live For Yourself

When I first heard this song, I thought truer words have never been spoken — or sung. It reminded me on the Herman Hesse poem which claims that no matter how many friends you have and how many of them stand by you during good times, the hardest things in life you have to do all alone …



A Candle For Etta James … Sweet Memories

I meant to post Etta James’s candle right after I was back from my break. Today I noticed, though, that I have not done it. So here it is: a candle for the legend. R.I.P Etta. You will always be remembered.


Val Martinez — Someone’s Gonna Cry

Popcorn Soul? What the heck is that? I was quite surprised when I found out that I am about the only one who hadn’t heard about this genre … Well, my chief music scout didn’t know either.

Having researched and, most importantly, listened to a few Popcorn tunes, I kind of understand what it is all about. Popcorn Soul is the bouncy cousin of Northern (blue eyed) Soul in my opinion. Somewhere the sound has been described as mimicking the noise of popping corn — which is a great comparison.

Here are two examples:

A big Thank You to my “ozee” friend Jimmy who sent me this track.


WRAG/Radio Raggedy: February, Month of L.O.V.E

And here we are again in the middle of the month of love, hearts, and romance. Your old Raggedy is all for these things and so we’ll have a few songs relating to the positive sides of the one emotion that will leave your head up in the very same clouds  your feet are walking on  …


The Mad Lads — So Nice

Joe Tex — Baby It’s Raining

June Conquest — No One Else

Younghearts — I’ve Got Love For My Baby

G. C. Cameron — The Joy You Bring

Winfield Parker — Oh My Love

Project Soul — Sweet Things Of Life

Homer Banks — Ain’t That A Lot Of Love

Little Milton — I’ll Never Turn My Back On You

Spencer Wiggins — That’s How Much I love You

Ray Quarles — Ain’t Love Good When It Rains



The Miracles — Brokenhearted Girl, Brokenhearted Boy

Today’s song goes out to the brokenhearted people out there who will most likely be glad when all the Valentine’s Day hype will be over. There are not too many of us who haven’t been in the same situation … Just remember that broken hearts won’t stay broken always.



Elmore Morris Update

There are times when blogging couldn’t make me feel any better. It is always uplifting to shine a light on songs or artists who have not received their well deserved laurels like Elmore Morris, for example.  But it is simply exhilarating to hear from family or friends of  these artists. That’s why today a heartfelt Thank you goes out to Rebecca, the wife of Elmore Morris’s grandson.

She was kind enough to send me two pictures of Elmore Morris because I couldn’t find any to post. Also, she told me that her husband is about to re-record some of Elmore’s material. What do you say to that? “He sounds so much like Elmore, it’s very eerie,” she says. Now that is a wonderful tribute to the man.

It would make me so proud to be among those who help spreading the word about the re-recordings by Elmore’s grandson.

Here’s the link to the original post: Deepie

Paul Kelly — Let Your Love Come Down (Let It Fall On Me)

I promised to share the music I found while I was on a break … And Jeez — did I find some great songs. One of them is today’s post. It’s one of the irresistible feeling- happy-and-good-all-over songs I love so much.

Paul Kelly, of course, is a superb vocalist, and his understated, subtly sexy squeals are simply unrivaled.

For a detailed bio and discography, please visit Soulbrother Barry Fowden’s outstanding website:

Today’s pick is from the 1974 album Hooked, Hogtied & Collared (Warner Bros.) 



WRAG/Radio Raggedy — Random Desktop Selection …

James Carr — You Didn’t Know It, But You Had Me

Thelma Jones — I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love

Ovations — Happiness

Stylistics — Ebony Eyes

Superiors Band & Their Soul Sisters — Amateur Lover

Sweet Inspirations — Oh What A Fool I ‘ve Been

The Impliment — I Wish It Were Me

Winfield Parker — Oh My Love

Percy Sledge — Out Of Left Field

Lindell Hill – Ramone

Bobby Womack — Point Of No Return

Candi Staton — All I Had




Watts Line — I Never Meant To Love You

Lol Things not always go as planned … I Never Meant To Love You just came up in my i-tunes playlist. It kind of reminded me to not make too many plans for the new year. Most of the truly important issues cannot be planned anyway. They just happen and develop a dynamic of their own.



Percy Sledge — Love Me All The Way

Get the collection here. GET IT! You will be surprised at what this man’s voice was capable of … I just love his renditions of Any Day Now and the live performance of Come Softly in South Africa — and of course his take on I Found A Love. Other instant favorites: Hard To Believe, Same Old Lover Man, Blow Out The Sun, and Cotton Mill Man  … 

Life is not easy — especially when you have to choose between two of your favorite guys. I hope my main man David Ruffin will forgive my getting all mushy about my main man Percy Sledge … But this is a song by Percy I had not heard before. And what can I say? Percy has won me over one more time.



I guess you all know what I’m going to listen to the rest of the day.

White Christmas — Otis Redding

I’m dreaming of a white x-mas too. Alas, that’s a steady on my list of wishes not granted … Listening to Big O. singing the classic, however, is almost as good as the real thing …



Joe Tex — I’ll Make Everyday Christmas (For My Woman)

Get it here.

My Joe Tex favorites are actually among his little known songs. A few days ago, I was able to expand my Joe Tex collection — I mean expand — by adding the 4 CD collection of his singles. So be prepared to find a few Joe Tex tunes posted soon. The first one in this series is I’ll Make Everyday Christmas is from Vol. 2 (1967 -1969.) This is Joe Tex’s velvety voice pure …

Time for some x-mass music.


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Clyde McPhatter Special

One of my all-time cry-your-eyes-out favorite deepies is Percy Wiggins’ Book Of Memories. I never even bothered to look for someone else’s version of the song until — well until I’ve heard Clyde McPhatter sing this beauty of a tune. I still love the Wiggins version best. Nevertheless, today’s Special was inspired by Clyde Mc Phatter’s version: bittersweet like the memories he’s singing about.


Book Of Memories

I Found My Love

You’re For Me

Before I Fall In Love Again

The Name Of The Game Is Love




Percy Wiggin’s version of Book Of Memories (This song is from Atlantic Unearthed, Soul Brothers)

Going To Church Today …

and guess who’s there also?

R.I.P. Howard Tate

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I just found out today that Howard Tate passed away on December 2, 2011.  I’m very sad to hear about this today.  I felt that he was criminally under appreciated and you don’t hear his name mentioned enough.

You can say he had two singing careers.  First, starting out on Verve in the mid 1960’s recording the classic album, “Get It While You Can”  with producer Jerry Ragovoy, which was released in 1967.  He later released in 1970, “Reaction” on the Turntable label.  Then on Atlantic in 1972 he released one of my favorite albums,  his “Self Titled album“, also produced by Jerry Ragovoy  He would soon leave the music business behind after feeling that he was not being treated right or probably paid.  From the 1970’s into the 1980’s, he would go through a lot of personal challenges.  By the mid 1990’s though, he would rise above his hardships, becoming a minister in Willingboro, NJ.

He would then return to singing in 2003 with the album “Rediscovered” reuniting with Jerry Ragovoy who produced the album. 

As I stated in the beginning of my post, Howard Tate deserves to be mention along side of all of the other Soul Legends from that era.  He will be missed.

Here is my favorite song by him from his Atlantic self titled album called “The Bitter End”

The Bitter End

Ain’t Too Proud To Mix


I Need You — Otis Leavil (Dakar Records, 1969)

Walk On In — Merry Clayton (Merry Clayton, Ode Records 1971)

Our Love Song — The Joneses (Keepin’ Up With The Joneses, Mercury 1974)

Seems Like The Love We Had Is Dead And Gone — Skip Mahoney and The Casuals (Your Funny Moods, Avi Entertainment 1995)

You’re Driving Me Crazy — Ray Algere (from Confessing: Deep Soul from New Orleans, Grapevine 2006)

One For The Road — Greg Perry (One For The Road, Soubr 2000)

Deep Inside Of Me — The Futures (The Futures, Westside UK 1999)

First Thing On My Mind — The Delfonics (First Thing On My Mind)

I Just Love You — Belita Woods (Epic 1973)

One For The Road — Greg Perry (One For The Road reissue, Soul Bros. Records 2000)

Leave My World  — Johnny Bristol (MGM 1975)




Don Covay and The Goodtimers — Now, That I Need You

Today’s pick is not quite as uplifting as yesterday’s session. It is, however, a very fine tune by one of my favorite singers, Don Covay. For the longest time , the only song by him I knew was I Was checking Out … Admittedly, that song deserved its fame; but after I got acquainted with more of his material, I realized how versatile this artist actually was.

Here’s a nice Doo-Wop  title by Don and The Goodtimers. This will be a joy for everyone who appreciates some fine harmonizing.



Energy Boosting Instrumentals


Spunky — Johnny Jenkins (Handle With Care, The Orchard, 2001)

Soul Train parts 1 & 2 — The Ramrods (The Soultrain 45, Rampage, 196?)

The Swag — Link Wray (Best of Link Wray, Rhino, 1993)

A Woman, A Lover, A Friend — Booker T and The MG’s (Green Onions, Atlantic, 1962)

His Girl — The Budos Band (The Budos Band, Daptone, 2005)

Hung Over — The Martinis (Bar Records ?)

Enjoy!    (link should be working now)



Bobby McClure — You Bring Out The Love In Me

The way it looks, Bobby McClure has released singles only. His first two releases (1965) for the Checkers label were duets with Fontella Bass. Today’s pick is a release from 1975 for Island Records, a British label. The label was founded by Chris Blackwell in 1959  in Jamaica.  You’ll find a quite interesting article about Island Records here.



Also check out this clip of Bobby McClure singing the JT classic “Just Because.” He’s doing a fantastic job … Amazing, how some artists keep their voices fresh and clean over the years. And the guitar solo sure makes this old Raggedy quite happy.

WRAG San Antonio: Radio Raggedy …

Here I am — owning my own radio station now: WRAG San Antonio, TX — Radio Raggedy. Of course the programs are available only to SOUNDS  OF  THE  SOUL followers. They know if it’s from Raggedy, it’s only the best. Never ever like the rest! Free to you — and lots of fun for me.

… presents Easy Sunday songs:

Honey Dove — Lee Fields feat. The Expressions (My World, Truth and Soul Records )

I’ll Do It For You — Toussaint McCall (Nothing Takes The Place Of You, Fuel Records)

And My Heart Sang — Brenda and The Tabulations (Top and Bottom Records, 1970)

My World — Sam Dees (Lost Deep Soul Treasures Vol.4)

Ain’t It Good — United Eight

Always — Tommy Tate (I´m So Satisfied (Complete Ko Ko Recordings)

All Because Of You — Tee Fletcher (Eccentric Soul, Eccentric Soul: The Tragar & Note Labels)

Next Time I See You — Greg Perry (One For The Road, Soubr)




Bertha Tillman — I Wish

I found this track on a great compilation CD, Huggy Boy Presents, which, judged by the cover, doesn’t look like much of a find. But you’ll find some amazing songs on this CD.

Bertha Tillman, of whom I haven’t heard up to now, apparently has released only two singles, I Wish and Oh My Angel. If I interpret Bertha Tillman’s Discogs discography correctly, Oh My Angel, was the flip side of James and Bobby Purify’s I’m Your Puppet. Looks kind of weird, but see for yourself.



The Dynamics — What A Shame


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Detroit natives Isaac “Zeke” Harris, George White, Fred Baker, and Samuel Stevenson were the Dynamics. Another group member, Zerben Hicks, left soon after the group’s first album, First Landing, was released in 1969. Their manager was then Aretha Franklin husband, Ted White.

Ice Cream, their second release for Cotillion in 1969, made it into the charts, but that was about all the success they had. Altogether, they released four singles for the label. They had three lead voices, including a great falsetto singer.

Other labels they were recording for were  ARC, Bethlehem, Big Top, Black Gold, Brainstorm, Capri, Cindy, Delta, Do-Kay-Lo, Do-Re-Mi, Dynamic, Dynamic Sound, Em Jay, Herald, Impala, Imperial, Li Ban, Loma, Mala, RCA, R J, Seafair Bolo, Steel City, Top Ten, USA, Warner and Wingate. Looks like they did some extreme label hopping. Their first 7 ” single  Misery b/w I’m The Man was released in 1963 on the Big Top Records label.First

The Dynamics released 3 albums:

First Landing (Cotillion Records, 1969) ,What a Shame (Black Gold Records, 1973.) Most tracks on this record arranged by Paul Riser, and First Landing  (HackTone Records, 2007) – reissue


Prince Phillip Mitchell — Highlight Of My Life

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Audioblog Special — Covered By The Tops …

This post was inspired — once again — by my good friend DC. Many thanks go out to him for his support. He suggested that I do a special on songs The Four Tops have covered. Of course, there are way too many such recordings — and all of them are great. It was quite difficult to chose only a handful of covers I thought were not only done well but also in the best of Tops quality.

The Tops truly belong up there with the best male groups of all time; they never settled for second best performances, and that clearly shows in their material.

Below is a clip of an early Four Tops performance that, in my opinion, encapsulates the phenomenon Four Tops: charisma, talent, and enthusiasm .

And here’s my choice of cover versions the Four Tops left their mark upon:

Honey (I Miss You)

Little Green Apples

Echoes Of My Mind / Everybody’s Talking

If I Had A Hammer

Eleanor Rigby

Elusive Butterfly





Bobby Goldsboro, Honey

Roger Miller, Little Green Apples

Harry Nilsson, Echoes of My Mind/Ever’ybody’s Talking (from Midnight Cowboy)


The Weavers, If I Had A Hammer

The Beatles, Eleanor Rigby

Bob Lind, Elusive Butterfly

Whew! Now, I hope you all are thoroughly educated.

Linda Jones — If Only (We Had Met Sooner)

Although this gifted singer had only 28 years to live, she left her unmistakeable mark on many soul singers who came after her. The way of spreading a  syllable over several notes, using a technique called melisma, became her trademark. And

Linda Jones (Jan. 14, 1944 – March 14, 1972). At the age of six, she joined her family’s gospel group, the Jones Singers, and in 1963 she released her first record, Lonely Teardrops, as Linda Lane for Cub Records. Success eluded her until she signed up with Loma Records in 1967 where she released her biggest hit, Hypnotized.

Unfortunately, she was not able to enjoy her breakthrough; she died way too young of complications from diabetes.



Marcia Griffiths — Gypsy Man

Alright! This one is for us ladies, girls, women who still remember the time when the sparks were flying and ’em little devils were stirring inside us at the sight of a guy that caught our attention … I mean way, way back in the day, of course.

The queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths, is one of my all time favorite female singers. I just like her straightforward way of delivery; no over-singing, no over-dramatizing, no girly oohs and such — but all woman. Listen to her telling the story. She’s painting such a convincing picture of what is happening in front of her, you almost feel like watching the scene yourself.

Here’s Marcia’s take on the Curtis Mayfield classic Gypsy Woman, the song he  composed for the Impressions in 1964.



Northern Soul Special


Little Richard — Get Down With It

The Profiles — Take A Giant Step

Donnie Elbert –What Can I Do

The Artistics — This Heart Of Mine

The Vonns — So Many Days

Vernon Garrett — Shine It On

Cody Black — Mr.Blue

Falcons — I’m A Fool (I Must Love You)

The Four Tops — There’s Something About You Baby

Homer Banks — Ain’t That A Lot of Love




G. C. Cameron — It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday

G. C. Cameron is a widely known and highly regarded artist with a career that spans almost 40 years. He’s also known for having “six different voices.”

He started out at Motown with the Spinners and it was he who sang the original lead on “It’s A Shame.” (Phillipe Wynne joined the group once they had left Motown for Atlantic Records.)

Today’s title is from his self titled album, released in 1976 on the Motown label. The song was written by Freddie Perren and Christine Yarian for Cooley High, the 1975 movie. Boyz II Men covered it in 1991;  their cover version made it to # 1 on the Hip Hop charts.

While I definitely like the Boyz II Men rendition, I do love G.C’s original. He’s simply at his best when he’s able to emote without pushing it.



Feel-Good-Tuesday: Kolettes — Who’s That Guy

Looks like I’m going to have a great week, since I’m feeling kinda crazy already. Monday was over before I even noticed it, and, today, I feel like finger snapping and boom-booming through the day. Feelin’ crazy is the main ingredient of any feel-good-day … The rest I’ll leave to some Northern Soul from a powerful girl group, the Kolettes.



Tuxedo — Please Don’t Leave

Today’s selection is taken from a truly marvelous Kent Soul compilation for ACE Records, In Perfect Harmony.

You got to get this CD!



Radio Raggedy — It’s Crying Time


The Dramatics — I Cried All The Way Home

Anthony Hamilton — I Cry

Bobby Blue Bland — I Ain’t Gonna Be The First To Cry

Sam Baker — Sometimes You Have To Cry

Joe Simon — Your Time To Cry

Luther Ingram — Dying and Crying

Ruby and The Romantics — I’ll Cry Alone

Sam and Bill — I Feel Like Crying




Willie and Anthony — One Hand (Wash The Other)

It took me a while to find some info about the duo who can be heard on this recording. And while there’s at least some biographical info available on Willie, I couldn’t find anything on Anthony. This jewel of a deepy was written by Walter Simmons for  Jerry Butler and Gene Chandler, and it can be found on their 1970 album Gene & Jerry – One on One (Mercury).  


” Willie (Hill) and Anthony (Fontain) were one of the last of the great breed of male duos that used to be such a feature of the 60s soul scene. I don’t know of an earlier 45 than this superb ballad. Taken at a dead slow pace, the song’s structure and arrangement gives the gospel-drenched vocals centre stage. And given the commitment and lack of inhibition Willie & Anthony display that’s got to be right – a great performance! I always thought Molly Jo was a Georgia concern but the presence of Simtec and Wylie on the disc label argues a Chicago connection. Whatever – there wasn’t much soul as raw as this around the turn of the 70s and they continued to display this uncommercial approach on their 3 Blue Candle 45s later on that decade. The pick of these is “It’s never too late”, another crude and unpolished record at a time when Southern soul seemed to be losing it’s capacity to take listeners straight to the church. They came back with an 80s 45 on Soul-Potion, another tiny Georgia independent and I thought that was it until Ichiban released a CD by Willie Hill, “Leavin’ won’t be easy”, late last year. And how pleased I was that it was really very good indeed. Welcome back Willie we’ve missed you!”                             (

An here’s the link to a fairly recent article about Willie Hill. 

One Hand (Wash The Other)



Don’t you like the guitar? Absolutely wonderful … 

Joe Haywood — Warm And Tender Love

Everyone who has ever been in love knows the feeling Joe Haywood and Percy Sledge are singing about. Warm and Tender Love is without a doubt one of the most beautiful love songs ever. Of course, it’s a Percy Sledge classic, written by Irral Ida Berger and Bobby Robinson. The original, however, belongs to Joe Haywood who released it on the Enjoy label in 1964. (It was also released a little later on the White Cliffs label.)

The original version has a less elaborate instrumentation, but, in my opinion, the guitar alone makes up for the missing signature organ part of the original. In regard to the singing, Percy substitutes in his version a lot of tenderness for the passion in Joe Haywood’s version. I love both versions — of course.

Joe Haywood — Warm And Tender Love



And here is Percy Sledge’s version which is impossible to trump. I’ll always love you, Percy!

The Mad Lads — Patch My Heart

This one goes out to all the folks who need a little mending of the heart …




Merry Clayton — After All This Time


“Best known for her background vocal work on the Rolling Stones‘ legendary single “Gimme Shelter,” Merry Clayton had a long and successful career as backup singer, solo artist, and actress. Born December 25, 1948 (hence the rather “holiday” feel of her first name), in New Orleans, LA, Clayton recorded tracks with Elvis Presleythe SupremesRay Charles, and Joe Cocker, as well as being a member of Ray Charles‘ Raelettes in the early ’60s. Her solo debut, “The Doorbell Rings,” was released in 1963, and she eventually found success as a session singer for the aforementioned artists. She followed up her best-known work — the appearance on “Gimme Shelter” — with a solo album of the same name, and during the ’70s managed some minor R&B hits with tracks like ‘After All This Time” in 1971 and “Oh No Not My Baby” in 1973. After a brief hiatus from the music business, Clayton did minor acting work, appearing in the film Maid to Order and Cagney & Lacey. Clayton returned to the music side of things in 1994, albeit as a gospel singer, with the album Miracles. In 1996, Clayton performed with Marianne Faithfulland Darlene Love in the show 20th Century Pop, a performance of “20 rock-era standards.'”   (  



Here’s the lady performing Gimme Shelter live


Gloria Walker — Please Don’t Desert Me

I found this title on one of the wonderful comps over at South Side Souldies. I think I should share it with you …






The Chi-Lites — To Change My Love

When I first heard The Chi-Lites in the mid seventies, the group had been around with different lineups and under different names for over 10 years. What made them the Chi-Lites most of us think of when the name comes up, is without any doubt the voice of Eugene Record. I remember when I first heard him sing on Oh Girl, I couldn’t believe that there actually was a human voice like his possible …

Those were the times when romance and sweetness and tender feelings were still associated with being in love. Things have changed tremendously since then.

Here are two YouTube clips of the Chi-Lites with Eugene Record on lead. One glance into the audience suffices to prove that neither the group nor the songs have lost their power over the years.

My pick for today is from their Give It Away album (Brunswick, 1969).



Audioblog: Party On I-10 W — Al Green Special

 Life is good, if the music is good  …

“Hey guys — Raggedy made me wear this hat … I swear!”



Let It Shine (Full Of Fire)

Love Ritual (Al Green Is Love)

Perfect To Me (Definitive Greatest Hits)

All I Need (Lay It Down)

Keep On Pushing Love (Your Heart’s In Good Hands)

What’s It All About (Full Of Fire)

I Didn’t Know (Al Green Is Love)

Stop And Check Myself (Back Up Train)

Bonus (lol) Sha La La (Make Me Happy)



Have a great Saturday everybody!

Get his music.

AudioBlog# who cares? Friday Kind Of Love


I’m in such a Friday mood today, looking forward to attending the annual Crossroads Mall Jazz Festival this afternoon. So, my Friday promises to be perfect. I wish the same kind of Friday to you all …


 Johnny Adams — Thinking About You (Introduction To Johnny Adams

The Whispers — You Fill My Life With Music (Love Story, 1972)

Oscar Toney — Ain’t That True Love (For Your Precious Love)

Eddie Kendricks — All Of My Love (The Thin Man, Vol. 2)

Joe Simon — Coming Down With A Bad Case Of Love (Bad Case Of Love)

Theola Kilgore — The Love Of My Man (Southern Soul Classics)




The Van Dykes — Doin’ The Best I Can

And we’re going slow today too .. It’s going to be 103 F today — so any action has to be kept at lowest speed.

Thr song can be found on Tellin’ It Like It Is: Mala Sessions 




Audioblog: Funked Up Friday!


Webster Lewis — Go For It

George and Gwen McCrae — I’m Coming At You

Rose Royce — Funk Factory

Bobby Boyd Congress — Dig Deep In Your Soul

Edwin Starr  — Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On

The Meters — Funky Miracles

Willie Tee — I Can Feel It

Sir Joe Quarterman — You Know It’s True



The Magics — Let’s Do The Boogaloo

I have heard tons of songs mentioning the boogaloo. To be honest, however, I have no clue about how that dance might look like. The YouTube clips I found seem to be about some other, newer dance with the same name.

Well, until I find someone who can teach me how to boogaloo I’ll do some freestyle dancing (as usual.) One thing I know for sure, though. The boogaloo is good for the mood.

” … Hey you! Are you ready?”



Deepie: Elmore Morris — It Seemed Like Heaven To Me

Elmore Morris, a cousin of BB King, was one half of Double Soul; the other half was Charles Cooper. As a duo they released only one single on Minaret. Both artists released more recordings of their own. Charles Cooper in another duo: Chuck and Mariann.

I agree with Sir Shambling that It seemed Like Heaven To Me (CrackerJack, 1962) is most likely Elmore’s best solo effort. To listen to more of his material please go here.

Sorry. There’s no pic. of the man — but his voice definitely makes up for it.



Jean Battle — Unsatisfied Woman

I don’t know why, but somehow I’ve switched into the bittersweet mode, and what kind of music could be better suited to that kind of mood than some sweet Deep Soul?

Jean Battle’s Unsatisfied Woman is one of the songs that squeeze the heart so hard it really hurts to listen to them. There’s hardly any other voice more qualified to sing this song — rich, warm, feminine, soft, and pleading. (If you ask me, her guy must have been a moron lol)

The song is a Sam Dees composition through and through and was released on Clintone in 1971.



Here’s another great recording of the song by Barbara Stant


The Big Hangover — Post Fiesta Tunes

Johnnie Taylor — A Fool Like Me

Enchantment — Where Do We Go From Here

David Ruffin — Break My Heart

Portrait — Hold Me Close

The Younghearts — Queen Of My Heart

Anacostia — I Don’t Need

Debbie Taylor — I Don’t Wanna Leave You

Billy Jones — Birds Of The Sea

Jean Plum — I Love Him

Sterling — Come And Love Me

The Choice Four — Angel Don’t Fly Away





Pool Party Day Two: Relax!

Wow, look at all the people! They’re all waiting for the party to continue. Today’s objective is relaxation … and of course the music sets the mood.



The Elgins — It’s Been A Long Time

Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes — If You Love Me, Really Love Me

Lou Rawls — Need You Forever

The Dells  — Since I Found You

Big Daddy Green — You Gave Me A Reason To Live 

Freddie Scott – Cry To Me

Otis Clay — Let Me Be The One

Kenny Carter — What’s So Wrong With You Loving Me

Al Johnson — Let Me Love You (Like You Want  To Be Loved)

Al Sharp — Gentle Is My Love For You

Alex Brown — I’ll Still Be There




Pool Party at Raggedy’s (Day One) Link fixed!

I wish someone should turn this Texan heat off … I am getting lazier by the day, and I think it’s about time for a morale boosting party by the pool side. It’s going to be a 3-day-all-the-way party. Splish Splash, Music and Margaritas — you know.


 Part One: The Warm Up

David and Jimmy Ruffin — Turn Back the Hands of Time

Mary Wells — The One Who Really Loves You

The Equals — Baby, Come Back

Arthur Conley — Sweet Soul Music

The Temptations — Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

Eddie Kendricks — Shoe Shine Boy

PJ Proby — Hold Me

Willie Mitchell — That Driving Beat

Doris Troy — Just One Look

Wilson Pickett — Don’t Knock My Love

Part Two will be more of a relaxing kind … I’m accepting requests (hint, hint!)

Part Three will be the slow-mo dancing day.


Let’s Go!


Alice Clark — I Keep It Hid

Not much is known about this rarely mentioned singer. Three session recordings that resulted in an album and two singles is all she left us. BGP’s The Complete Studio Recordings: 1968-1972, from which this track has been taken, presents all those recordings on one album for the first time, including her previously unreleased material.

The album is available here. I highly recommend buying it.




Wilson Pickett — Something Within Me

Today’s pick is by the incomparable Wilson Pickett — the man who to me embodies the soul of Soul. There never were and still aren’t very many soulmen of his caliber around: handsome, sexy, sizzling and with talent to spare.

I may have posted this song before, but even if I did, this is such a great composition, it bears to be re-posted. I can’t get enough of the horn section and the subtle guitar interludes … and of course Wilson’s gritty voice brimming over with soulfulness.

(I think Wilson deserves some big-time hearts.)



(Buy the album here)

Everyone have a great weekend!


The Staccatos — Cry To Me

I thought I had already posted this cover of the Solomon Burke classic. But I didn’t. It’s, in my opinion, a well done cover with a powerful lead voice that does the song justice.

The Staccatos formed  in 1961 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Another group with the same name, according to allmusic. com, formed in 1969 in Toronto, Canada.) Info on the group turned out to be rather scant. But the lead singer seems to be Steve Lonsdale.

And yes, I too think it is somewhat  difficult to understand that a group of white guys from South Africa (of all possible places) should cover a song by the soul man Solomon Burke. In the early 60’s! But when I found out that the composer of this soulful song was the son of Jewish immigrants to the USA, I thought it made perfect sense. There are actually no boundaries to what music can do.

Here’s the link to Bert Berns’ bio, the composer of Cry To Me and lots of other beautiful, soulful songs. It’s sad that he has been all but forgotten despite the many beautiful songs he gave us.



Don Covay — There’s Nothing A Young Girl Can Do

Friday has arrived which, for me, means that I have survived another week of Texan pre-summer heat. I already feel tired and exhausted … kind of like this time I will not make it through June even. Imagining July and August is mental torture …

So, I am in need of something that is easy on the spirit and focuses on the positive sides of being an older woman. I always liked Don Covay; he’s, in my opinion, a great singer with an expressive style. His material ranges from sweet and romantic to raw and funky. Somewhere in between there are even some light and funny titles such as today’s pick.

What can I say — I feel somewhat better after these uplifting words.



I only found this wonderful Do-Wop title by Don Covay today. You have to hear this one.

AudioBlog#26_Hidden Beauties

My friend ((DC)) has encouraged me to keep the audioblogging going. And what can I say? It feels so good to hear that someone likes them enough to ask for them … Thanks ((DC))!

So, since there were still a few tracks left in my Rare/Obscure folder from which the last Audioblog was created, I decided to post these songs today. It turned out to be a nice selection with a heavy summer feel to it.

If anyone is interested in individual tracks, just let me know.


Rising Sun — Do What You’re Doing

David Simmons — Once In A While (Hear me Out, Fantasy 1978)

The Dells — Do What You Gotta Do Babe (Sweet As Funk Can Be, 1972)

Arthur Conley — Complication # 4 (Swamp Dogg Anthology)

Westwing — Falling In Love Is A No No

The Elements — Save It For A Rainy Day



C and The Shells — On Your Way Home

Today’s track comes from The Swamp Dogg Anthology 1968 -78 (Kent Records, UK, 2008) which is a great compilation of early compositions by “Swamp Dogg” Jerry Williams Jr. 



Here’s more from and about C & The Shells

Happy Friday! — Syl Johnson — Black Balloons

Get the album here.




R.I.P  “My” David Ruffin Today marks the 20. anniversary of David Ruffin’s death.  “Without you The Morning sun looks blue” Enyoy!

Frederick Knight — If You Love Your Baby

You’ll find the album here.

How about some middle of the week disco tune? Well, here comes one that has not been played ad nauseam.

The track is from Let The Sunshine In (Juana, 1978). If you like your music with a dash of Disco, this album will not disappoint you.

Frederick Knight was born August 15, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama. The singer, songwriter and producer began his recording career with Mercury and Capitol. In 1972 he joined STAX Records and hit the UK single charts with his best known song I’ve Been Lonely For So Long. Because this single should be his one and only hit, he’s known as one of the many one-hit-wonders. In 1975 he scored another hit with Betcha Didn’t Know That whose single version has become one of my all time favorites. (Thanks Soultaker!) There’s a long, somewhat slower, smoother version of the song on his 1987 Knight Kap album which isn’t bad at all, yet it lacks the immediacy of the single version, in my opinion.

After STAX had folded, he founded his own label Juana Records, continuing to write and produce. In 1979, Anita Ward with Ring My Bell, written by Frederick Knight, scored a # 1 hit on the UK single charts.



Betcha Didn’t Know That

Weepy Wednesday — Deepies

I am in the mood for a deepie or two. And I found  two tracks from the Lost Deep Soul Treasures that suit my mood perfectly. This collection of beautiful Deep Soul titles encompasses 5 volumes, and I encourage  all you Soul lovers — not only the Deep Soul fans — to check them out. You will see a myriad of unfamiliar artists’ names, but, trust me, you will enjoy hearing them.

I Won’t Cry — Pete Cook (Vol. 3)

Weep No More — Terry and Tyrants (Vol. 2)

Friday’s Child  — Billy Dearborn (Vol. 5)




Marvin L.Sims — What Can I Do

Happy New Week!

I’ll start the week with one of the many obscure artists who have released some notable recordings, but never achieved the success they deserved.

Todays title, What Can I Do, was written by Donnie Elbert and was one of the softer and sweeter titles the Northern Soul singer recorded in the 60’s. He released several 45’s between 1965 and 1972. After that he vanished from the scene to focus on his education and earn a degree in psychology.

In 1998, he finally returned with his debut album, Heart Talk, which was produced, arranged and written by Marvin himself. It was released by Rivertown records.



Now, everybody start your week on a mellow note.

5 Degrees Fahrenheit — Vibrations

Get the album here



AudioBlog#25 — Obscure, Rare, Underrated Gems

Lately, I haven’t had time to work on SOTS the way I would love to.

But, at last, I managed to put another AudioBlog together.

This is number 25, and it consists of songs and artists

that are not well-known — which 

as so often is the case — and 

is a crying shame.

These recordings are so very beautiful; 

I hope you all will enjoy them as much as

I do.






Bobby Burn — I Am A Dreamer

Allspice — She’s a lady

Marilyn Barbarin — Believe Me

Andy Butler — Hold Back The Night

Answers To Love — It Was Real

Alex Brown — I’m In Love

Sad News: John Walker of the Walker Bros. dead

This is so sad …  R.I.P John Walker.

There will never be another beautiful voice like his.

Musician John Walker, 67, dies of liver cancer


John Walker, Gary Walker, Scott Engel, The Walker BrothersAP – FILE – A March 31, 1967 photo from files showing the group known as The Walker Brothers, left to right: …

JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press – Mon May 9, 6:35 am ET

LOS ANGELES – John Walker, the American-born musician who was the frontman for the Walker Brothers, one of the most successful bands of Britain’s Golden Age of rock `n’ roll, has died at age 67.

Walker died Saturday of liver cancer, his personal assistant, Polly Klemmer, told The Associated Press. He had continued to work until just a few weeks ago, making his last concert appearance in Los Angeles in March, Klemmer said Sunday.

He had his greatest success as the guitarist and vocalist for the Walker Brothers, which produced such 1960s hits as “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” “Love Her,” “Make it Easy on Yourself” and “My Ship Is Comin’ In.”

While the Beatles and other British groups were remaking the face of rock `n’ roll during the so-called British invasion of America in the mid-1960s, Walker moved from the United States to England instead.

There, he and two other Americans, bassist Scott Engel and drummer Gary Leeds, called themselves the Walker Brothers and each adopted Walker as his surname, although they were not related. They had instant success with their first British recording, 1964’s “Love Her,” and a string of hits quickly followed.

Walker, who was born John Maus, had begun using the name Walker professionally when he was 17, adopting it, according to some accounts, so he could obtain a fake I.D. that allowed him to play at nightclubs he was too young to legally enter.

He, Engel and drummer Al “Tiny” Schneider, first used the name Walker Brothers when they worked as the house band at the Hollywood nightclub Gazzari’s, shortly before he and Engel moved to Britain and joined Leeds.

As part of the Walker Brothers, he toured the world and sold more than 23 million records, according to his website.

The group also appeared on numerous British television shows in the 1960s, including the popular music programs “Ready, Steady, Go,” “Top of the Pops” and the “Billy Cotton Band Show.” He also appeared in the film “Beach Ball,” the German music series “Beat Club” and other shows.

Walker, who took up the guitar at age 14, began performing professionally in the late 1950s. By the early 1960s he was a regular at such popular Hollywood clubs as Pandora’s Box on the Sunset Strip and on the college circuit.

During those years, he worked with such musicians as Ritchie Valens and Glen Campbell, with producer Phil Spector and songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, who wrote for the Monkees and other groups.

Although he returned to the United States in the 1980s, Klemmer said Sunday that Walker continued to tour England every year as part of a “Silver 60s” show until his health declined last year. He was diagnosed with cancer in December.

“He had put together an LA-based band and had planned to do more performing here,” she said.

Walker is survived by his wife, Cynthia; a sister, Judy Hoyt; children Jamie Maus Anderson, Nickoletta Drew Maus, Adam Sarrazin and Heather Stewart, as well as several grandchildren.

Percy Sledge Special

Spring time without a Percy Sledge special is simply unfathomable for me. I have said it probably a dozen  times before — and I will say it again — it was him who got me interested in soul music. I used to listen to Percy’s music on balmy spring evenings, the windows wide open, the evening breeze playing with the curtains, and me just drifting off into another world … Life was just good.

Back home in Germany in the 60’s and 70’s only a handful of soul singers were played regularly  on the radio stations.  Percy was one of the most played ones. The others were Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, The Four Tops, and  The Supremes. Oh, I forgot Arthur Conley and Aretha Franklin. As most of you may have guessed, what we got to hear were mainly these artists’ biggest hits.

Nevertheless, When A Man Loves A Woman, Sweet Soul Music, and I Can’t Help Myself  had me hanker for more of these tunes and buy whatever Soul records I could find. Most of them were compilations, I remember.

There is much talk about the Deep Soul genre, that peculiar cross between gospel, blues, soul and country. But hardly ever is Percy Sledge mentioned as the artist who ought to be considered it’s source. I don’t think there are too many Deep Soul singers who can compete with Percy Sledge when it comes to intensity and urgency.

Anyway. I will always love Percy and his smooth and creamy yet soaring tenor voice. First loves never really die …

So here we go:

A Sweet  Woman Like You

You’re All Around Me

Out of Left Field

Hanging Up My Heart