Category Archives: male singers

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.

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.


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)


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

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.


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

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.



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

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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.


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 …



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.



Tommy Tate — If You Got To Love Somebody

Tommy Tate, like so many other underrated singers, has achieved a cult-like status as the “best singer you have never heard.” Deep Soul and Southern Soul lovers as well as Northern Soul fans consider his one of the true great voices in soul music (myself included.)

A native of Mississippi, which earns him a few extra points with me anyway, he was recording for Okeh, Verve, Atco among other labels. In 1970 he  signed with STAX where he sang lead for The Nightingales.

In the following years, he made it to R&B charts, but the great breakthrough success kept eluding him. While he was with the Koko label he was considered more “useful” as a song writer than singer.  and he ended up writing songs for Luther Ingram, for example.

As a song writer he was rather successful, however, writing for Luther Ingram, Johnny Taylor, and Bobby Blue Bland.

Today’s choice is from the Complete KoKo Recordings (Kent Records UK, 2007.)



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.


Kool Blues — I Want To Be Ready

“Once part of vocal group The Enticers, Tennessee natives John Primm and William Gilbert eventually made up the duo the Kool Blues, who originally bought Capsoul some inspiration from the duo’s home state heroes at Stax with their first single “Keep On Loving You.” While it’s absurd that the single was ignored, the b-side saw life again years later on the northern soul scene. Their second single featured two excellent ballads: “Can We Try Love Again,” a funky, mid-tempo rug slasher, was backed by the eerie, contemplative “I Want to Be Ready.” Among the last singles on the Capsoul label, it barely even attracted the marginal attention of its predecessor.”             (

Thief by The Enticers. The song has been sampled by Mos Def  (2006) and a few other (to me) unknowns …


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.) 



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.

The Persuasions — You’re All I Want For Christmas


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Stu Gardner — Added To A Broken Heart

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Anyone who has difficulties explaining what a true soulful voice should sound like, should cite Stu Gardner as an example. His is a powerful, expressive voice.  Bill Cosby recognized the talented singer at a performance at the Moulin Rouge club in Virginia.

Added To A Broken Heart from his 1974 album, Sanctified Sound, has made it on my favorites list the first time I’ve heard it.

If you buy this album, you’ll be happy to have added it to your collection. This is a fine production with excellent musicians and not a single weak song on it.

Get it!



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)

R.I.P. Howard Tate

Posted By Soultaker

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

Howlin’ Wolf — Who’s Been Talking

“Well, good bye baby, hate to see you go …”

From the Wolf’s London Sessions album, one of my all-time favorites.  This is quite a glamorous assembly of musicians playing on this record. Steve Winwood plays the organ, Charlie Watts the drums, Bill Wyman Shaker and Cowbells, and Eric Clapton guitar.

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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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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.



Gaturs feat. Willie Tee — Sweet Thing

Alright, enough tears shed … I finally entered into peace negotiations with my i-tunes library, and it looks as if we’re reaching an agreement — kind of what-the-heck,-it-is-as-it-is deal. Problem solved.

And because life is good again, I’ll post some great New Orleans Funk by the Gaturs feat. Willie Tee from their 1970’s album Wasted (Funky Delicacies, 1994). This is a fantastic album — so get it. I would describe the Gatur’s music as gourmet funk; the kind of funk that stays close to soul, adds a generous portion of jazz and never loses the touch of the blues.

Willie Tee was born Wilson Turbinton on February 6, 1944 in New Orleans.  Despite a long career in the music business, he never experienced the success he without a doubt deserves. For a detailed bio, please go here. He died September 11, 2007, only one month after his brother Earl, whose music had influenced Willie from early childhood on.





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!



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 Pips — If I Could Bring Back Yesterday

I didn’t even know the Pips had an album of their own out. So, when I stumbled upon it, I was quite happy — I always thought they were a fantastic background ensemble and deserved much more praise for their work. The albumAt Last … The Pips was released in 1977 on Casablanca Records.



This is a funny performance by the guys.

Jimmy Jackson — Freedom To Express Yourself

And the battle continues. Yesterday, the Department of Deep Soul (DSD) wanted the disco music to stop. Today, the disco department of fun music (DDFM) defends its right to free expression …

I just love Jimmy Jackson’s passionate approach to all his songs. Also see my other post on him here.





Little Scotty — Slow That Disco Down

Well, here we go. Can’t please everyone, I guess. Having had all that disco music yesterday prompted a complaint from the Deep Soul department (DSD) whose director, Mr. Little Scotty, demanded to Slow That Disco Down or else  …

The title is from  Lost Deep Soul Treasures, Vol. 2, another beautiful compilation of true gems.



Please check more music by Little Scotty out here and here.

Old School – New Tool: Lemar — Let’s Stay Together

Lemar is one of the very few contemporary artists I actually do love. His voice has the velvety quality that makes love songs sound so authentic to me. Lemar Obika, that’s his full name, is a native of Great Britain, and his career was anything but smooth sailing. Just when he had closed his first record deal, “internal changes at the label” caused the contract to be cancelled.

Disappointed and disillusioned, Lemar returned to his learned trade as account manager. But some dreams just won’t die, and in 2002 the singer/songwriter participated in a talent show on TV. He finished on third place — and was once again on his way …

You’ll find Lemar’s cover version of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together on his 2003 album Dedicated.



I’m sorry, but I can’t post the song because it is SONY material.

This YouTube clip from a 2005 concert in Poland, however, showcases his talent even better than the studio version of Let’s Stay Together. The second song in the clip is If There’s Any Justice — another one of Lemar’s great songs.


D. J. Rogers — It’s All Over



Blues on Thursday: Jimmy Reed — Honest I Do



The song was first recorded in 1957 for the Vee-Jay label. You’ll find it on Blues Masters: The Very Best of Jimmy Reed.

Willie Smith — I Got A New Thing

Today’s title is from The Sound Of  Funk, Vol. 9, which is a great compilation, and every serious Funk fan should have in their possession. Funk doesn’t get any funkier. The subtitle, Serious 70’s Heavyweight Rarities, says it all.




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!

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Sam Dees — Con Me

The first tune I’ve ever heard by this artist was Lonely For You Baby and ever since I am looking for more of his material. When I finally heard him perform One In A Million (written by Sam, but best known sung by Larry Graham) in a YouTbe clip, he had conquered my heart for good.

Today’s pick is from his Kent release Heritage Of A Black Man. Con Me is as soulful as a song can possibly be.



Happy Saturday!

Reggae Sunday at SOTS: Dennis Brown Special


Lips of Wine
Rock With Me Baby
Going To A Ball
Money In My Pocket
To see the post that inspired today’s special, please go to Distinctly Jamaican Sounds 

Ed Summers — I Can Tell

I ‘d bet I had posted this song before, but I can’t find it in the archives … I guess my brain suffers from SOTS overload.

This is the biography I found on YouTube where today’s pick is posted:
“Born in Detroit, Mich in 1955. Father “Marion W. Summers” passed away in 1966. Mother remarried in 1969 to Cato Weatherspoon. Father of William Weatherspoon writer of such hits as “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”, and Johnny Weatherspoon; Comedian and Actor. Learned a great deal from William while developing own style of production, writing and artistry. Played Cello and Bass Violin in High School. 1973 – Graduated from Highland Park High and spent time at the University of Michigan. Played Bass Guitar and sang background and some lead in a group called the “Testimonial Singers”. Recorded an album that was never released. Left the group (kinda’ got booted out) that would eventually become the “Winans”. Picked up the acoustic guitar. Began to write songs on a continual basis. Began to sing solo in the Detroit area.

Worked as Staff Producer and Writer at “Sound Suite Recording Studio”. Met wife who was already a writer at same studio. Got married in 1980 to Deborah Dickson. Three children (Faith, Eddie and James.) Recorded “I Can Tell” and “Prepare yourself” on a 45 single. Dropped out of music industry to gain consistent support for family. Worked with artist such as; The Funk Brothers, General Johnson, Gladys Knight, Dennis Edwards, The Clark Sisters… and many more..

Supported self as computer technician and building websites. Stepped away from music completely for about 3-4 years. In 1986 began to work on a project called “Songs of Deliverance – Peace”. Completed the project in 1989. The album was given away by request as part of a ministry. Later because of expenses (postage), you could download the mp3’s from the website but could no longer get the cassette. The tapes and mp3’s are all over the world. 1990; moved to Tampa, Fla to become A&R Director of new record company. Company folded. Decided to stay in Florida. Built a Recording Studio for hire on Nebraska Avenue in the Carl Hankins and Assoc. building. Paid for lease by cleaning building. Closed studio to start new job as Systems Analyst. 1999 was out-sourced.

2003 built a studio in Tampa where the “Earth & Heaven” CD was completed in October of 2004.”


Could there be anything more uplifting than TSOP in the morning? No!



John Edwards — Walls That Separate Our Love

Don’t listen to this one if your heart is aching already. Edwards’ voice is so intense, it cuts right through to the soul. Walls That Separate Our Love can be found on Good Guys Don’t Always Win , yet another fantastic Kent compilation. More by John Edwards here and here.



Silk (Damon Harris) — Funday

Damon Harris joined The Temptations after the original replacement, Ricky Owens, had been extremely fast removed from the group. Today’s track is from his 1978 post Temptation album Silk.

On Silk, Damon seems to have found his own voice, a soft, warm high tenor, only slightly reminiscent of Eddie Kendricks’, his idol, after whom he had fashioned his own style.



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.



Billy Paul — I Trust You

I Trust You is taken from  Billy Paul’s Let ’em In album (PIR  1976).  Of course, my ears immediately pricked at  the smooth intro of the song.  But in the end, the lyrics are the real hook. No doubt, trusting a person is the foundation on which any healthy relationship rests; only where is that famous thin line — not between love and hate in this case — but between trust and naivte?   Well, I guess everyone has to find that out for themeselves.



Blues on Thursday: Johnny Guitar Watson — Those Lonely, Lonely Nights

Not much time today!



Johnnie Taylor — Party Life / I Am Somebody

Both the songs are on his 1970 album, One Step Beyond, (Stax). I’ve been looking for some J.T. material for a friend, and in the  process re-discovered this album. I had completely forgotten about it. But when I listened to it, I fell in love with it all over again.


Party Life

I Am Somebody

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!


Frederick Knight — I Bet You Didn’t Know That

Not so long ago, I ‘ve posted another song by Frederick Knight — one from the disco era. There’s no doubt about it — I liked that song. But nothing comes close to his ballads. Today I’ll post a song that showcases the sweet, tender tenor voice of this underrated artist. This is the single version  from the Complete Stax/Volt Singles, Vol. 3. There is another longer, somewhat slower version of the song on his 1987 Knight Kap album (Timeless, 1987) whose instrumentation is much crisper than the one on the single version. The album version does not come close to the single release, however, proving that tinkering with a perfect song, does not pay.

I found out about this dreamy, touching, uplifting song through my buddy Soultaker whose treasure chest holds many such beauties. This is the song to use whenever you’d like to kiss the blues goodbye …

‘kay, here we go.



More about Frederick Knight: here and here.

Blues on Thursday: Jimmy Reed — Hush Hush

Time for the Blues again. Today’s pick is by Jimmy Reed. More about/from this artist here.



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.

Happy Friday! — Syl Johnson — Black Balloons

Get the album here.



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

R.I.P. Gil Scott-Heron April 1 1949 – May 27 2011

Posted By Soultaker

We lost a great voice on Friday.  Gil Scott Heron name should be mentioned more when talking about the all time greats.  Besides Curtis Mayfield, there is no other soul singer as conscience with his lyrics than Gil Scott Heron.  Rest In Power Mr. Heron.

Take A Listen To His Greatness

1.  Shut ‘Um Down
2.  Superman (Ain’t No Such Thing As)
3.  We Almost Lost Detroit
4.  Angel Dust
5.  Show Bizness
6.   I Think I’ll Call It Morning

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.

Ronnie Dyson — A Wednesday In Your Garden

For Ronnie Dyson’s albums please go here.

I know it’s Friday again. It feels like Wednesday though. So, it’s not too far off tho post a title about A Wednesday In Your Garden.

Ronnie Dyson (June 5, 1950 – Nov. 10. 1990) was born in Washington and grew up in Brooklyn. He established his musical roots at church and sang his way through to the famous musical Hair in which he performed as lead actor.

My pick today is from his 1973 album, One Man Band. The album was produced by Thom Bell and includes  Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely, the song that, a year later,  turned out to be a success for the Main Ingredient.

Ronnie Dyson’s beautiful natural tenor voice was silenced way too early in 1990. R.I.P. Ronnie Dyson.



For an informative article about the artist, check this site out.

Bobby Blue Bland — Friday the 13th Child

From His California Album (Geffen, 1973) Friday the 13th Child.



Happy belated Birthday, Jimmy Ruffin

Jimmy Ruffin had a birthday on May 7, and I’d like to wish him all the best: Happy belated birthday, Jimmy. Jimmy Ruffin’s best known song What Becomes of the Brokenhearted has long become a soul classic, and there’s hardly an oldie radio station that doesn’t play this Motown gem every day. I love the song — it is hard not to like it – but I wish I could hear more of his not so well known material.

One of my favorite songs of his is today’s pick, Boy From Mississippi. As a birthday bonus track I’ll post What You See Ain’t Always What You Get. Both songs are from 1973. That’s the Jimmy I love.


Lime Linx

Bill Brantley — A Little Bit More

Today is creamy voice appreciation day. Creamy voices rarely sing without beautiful string arrangements and harmonious background vocals; so they are included in the celebration, too. Unfortunately, there’s not much of a bio to be found about today’s artist, Bill Brantley.

Here’s what I found:

… Another slightly more successful duo than the aforementioned Pic & Bill was Van & Titus whose excellent “Cry Baby Cry” was a minor R&B hit in 1968 on Elf. A member of that duo, Bill Brantley also recorded for Richbourg. His first single in 1974 “Granddaddy (Loved To Share)” was issued first on Seventy Seven and then on Sound Stage 7 itself. The cut chosen here though is his second single which was released on Sound Stage 7’s third series in January 1977. It’s a stunning version of Captain Hook’s “A Little Bit More” with a tasteful string arrangement by Clayton Ivey and was presumably cut at Wishbone Studios. Its flip was the equally good “Love’s Sweet Vibrations” which Brantley co-wrote with his old Elf label mate Clifford Curry. (



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



>The Originals — One Life We Live


This is a beautiful song that deserves to played more often, I think. The singing is first class, and the message of the song couldn’t be any clearer. And this is my christmas wish: that the one life I live will be filled with love others feel for me and I feel for others. 
The track is from The Originals’ Baby, I’m For Real a.k.a. Green Grow the Lilacs album (1969) It is not on the Baby, I’m For Real album (Unidisc Import, 2001)


>Al Sharp — Gentle Is My Love For You


Happy new week, everybody! 
When I first heard this track, it immediately reminded me of Don Covay. 
Gentle Is My Love For You is  from 1973 and was  released on the Swedish label Four Leave Clover Records.

>O. V. Wright — Trying To Live My Life Without You Babe /Without


I always had a soft spot for O. V. Wright, and when I heard his take on Trying To Live My Life Without You, I knew I had to post it. O. V. does a great job with the song. Nevertheless, this song “belongs” to Otis Clay who recorded the original in 1972 for the Blind Pig label. (See my posts about Otis Clay here.)
The second song is simply a beautiful Deepie. And Deepies were O.V’s forte without a doubt. 

>Al Green — Nothing Takes The Place Of You

>This is one of those songs I love dearly — no matter who sings it. My favorite version is probably William Bell’s. His version stays very close to the original, written by Toussaint McCall in 1967. In fact both sound a little alike. William’s voice, though, has no rough edges whatsoever — it is smooth and polished to perfection. And of course as soon as Al Green gets his hands on it, he leaves his unmistakable stamp on the song.
Timi Yuro and Johnny Adams also delivered some outstanding covers of this classic tune.

Nothing Takes The Place Of You — William Bell  LimeLinx

Nothing Takes The Place Of You — Toussaint McCall  LimeLinx

Nothing Takes The Place Of You — Al Green  LimeLinx

>Randy Brown — It Scares Me So

>I know, I ‘ve just dedicated an entire AudioBlog to Randy not too long ago — but he has sung his way into my most-played list. He’s made his way into Raggedy’s VIP lounge, so to speak. And when  It Scares Me So from his Intimate album was playing while I had breakfast this morning, I took it as a hint …
His range and versatility never cease to amaze me … silk, velvet, sandpaper, chiffon — it’s all in one voice.
I think he deserves an encore on SOTS.