Category Archives: Playlists

Friday Night Lovers Rock

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


Moonlight Groover — Winston Wright

My Whole World — Beres Hammond

Teenager In Love — Bob Marley

All My Loving — Prince Buster

What Does It Take — Alton Ellis

Spanish Lace — Byron Lee and the Dragonaires

You Make Me Feel Brnad New —  Boris Gardiner

My Precious Love — Desmond Dekker

Dreams To Remember — Toots and The Maytals

To Love Somebody — Busty Brown

Guava Jelly — Johnny Nash

Love At First Sight — Brentford Rd. All Stars

Whine And Grine — Prince Buster

Prisoner of Love — Prisoner of Love


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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Audioblog: Favorite Live Performances (1)

Nothing beats the live performances of  seasoned  artists who literally take over the stage. Unfortunately, way back when I saw Maze, Al Jarreau, Kool and The Gang, and Chaka Kahn for example, recording a concert with a cellphone was not an option because that technology was still in its earliest developmental phases …

This is one of the best live performances ever. The Temptations with Louis Price singing lead: A Song For You.

Here are a few tracks now for you to listen to. Just imagine (as I do) you’d be in the middle of the cheering crowds — and enjoy!




Al Green — A Change Is Gonna Come

Syl Johnson — Take Me To The River

Billy Paul — Me And Mrs. Jones

Brook Benton — Rainy Night In Georgia

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



Happy Reggae Sunday! Sweet Reggae on a Cold Day …

It is cold here in San Antonio — which makes this Sunday a perfect enjoy-your-couch day. An upbeat Reggae medley will take the edge off the chill and brighten the dreary day with a ray of Jamaican sunshine. So, after all, this Sunday will be a perfect one.

I need some sweet Reggae music. How about you? Oh yeah — don’t forget to get off that couch and dance!



Desmond Dekker — Trample

The Heptones — Party Time

The Mighty Maytones — Madness

Toots and The Maytals — Higher Ground

Justin Hinds and The Dominoes — Never Too Old

Toots and The Maytals — Know Me Good







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




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)

A Bag O’ Toots and The Maytals

I couldn’t wait until tomorrow for my weekly Reggae fix. So, here we go with Toots and his Maytals; they always manage to get me out of the dumps …


Are You Mine

I Shall Be Free

Never You Change






Blues On Thursday — Blue To The (T-)Bone

Everyone knows by now that I am somewhat partial to the blues guitar. So if two greats like T-Bone Walker and BB King are playing together on the same stage, I am in blues heaven …

And here’s the master playing Stormy Monday

And here are a few of my T-Bone favorites:

Long Lost Lover Blues

The Sun Went Down

Blues Is A Woman




Reggae Sunday at SOTS


Bob Marley — Midnight Ravers

Ken Parker — Only Yesterday

Pluto — I Man Bitter

U-Roy — I Can’t Love Another




WRAG Radio Raggedy — Parting Ways

Here I go again: listening to deepies, heartbreak songs, and love-gone-wrong songs … I can’t help it. It has to be like this sometimes.


Can’t Get Over Losing You — Baby Washington and Don Gardner

The Love I Lost — Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes

It Hurts Me So Much — Barbara and The Browns

My World Is Empty Without You — Barbara McNair

I Know I’m Gonna Miss You — Lattimore Brown

Our Thing Is Over — Jimmy Cliff

Someday We’re Gonna Love Again — Barbara Lewis

How Do You Say Goodbye — Heartbreakers

Pain — Pat Hervey

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long — Ben Atkins

After Loving You — Rockie Robbins

It Really Hurts — The True Reflection

It Tears Me Up — Percy Sledge

Kiss And Say Goodbye — The Manhattans


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)




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)



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)




Reclaiming The Magic …

 Hubby and I were watching an old movie last night: Shawshank Redemption. The movie stars Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins and is about a young banker, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who is falsely convicted of having murdered his wife and her lover. The movie deals among other things  with Andy’s — and his co-prisoners — experience with prison life.

 I won’t write a review here, but there was one scene where  Andy abuses his hard (and smartly) earned privileges when he plays a beautiful female duet of a Mozart composition over the prison intercom.

The moment the inmates hear the almost angelic tune, they drop whatever they do and listen to the music. The beauty both of the voices and the music seems so out of place in an environment dominated by barbarousness and  corruption. Completely enchanted and oblivious of their harsh surroundings, the prisoners experience for a short while what the rest of the world takes for granted; for a moment, they reclaim a treasure they left outside the prison walls. They caught a glimpse of the magic of music.

I had planned a post on the magic of a while ago — before I saw the movie — and had completely forgotten about it. So, that magic moment in the movie had me dig it out and finally get it done.


The Gaslight — It’s Just Like Magic (Polydor 1975)

Willie Hutch —  The Magic Of Love (Season For Love, RCA 1970)

Greg Perry — Love Is Magic (One For The Road, Casablanca 1975)

Lou Johnson — This Magic Moment (Sweet Southern Soul, Water 2004)






Reggae Sunday


Wishing everyone a very happy Sunday. I, for my part, couldn’t be any happier — fall is here to stay; it’s raining, and the temperatures have dropped to a very pleasant level.


Alcatraz — Count Machuki

Dat — Hanley Banton

Fire Fire (Flames) –Flora Adams

Knowledge is Power — The Ethiopians




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.

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




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




Reggae Sunday at SOTS: Love On

After the wildfire scare, that old Reggae motto “Love Life” has a new meaning to me. So, your old Raggedy loves life even a little more than before: love on, groove on, dream on, reggae on …


The Chosen Few — Do Your Thing

The Upsetters — Dreamland

Kingstonians — Easy Ride Reggae

Slim Smith — Stand Up And Fight

Dennis Brown — Go Now


Enjoy! (DivShare down)



A Bag o’ Deepies

I guess it’s time for me to get off the disco and funk trip … So, for all you Deep Soul fans: here’s a bag of deepies. These tracks had been waiting on my desktop to be used someday in a themed Audioblog. Alas, at the moment time is bit tight around here; but I think you’ll like the tracks anyway …


Oh Dreamy Me — Dicky Williams

He’s Down On Me — Betty Green

Cloudy Days — Jim Coleman

That’s Where It’s At — The Hesitations

I Still Love You —  Jean Stanback

Don’t Let Go — Sweet Berry




Funky Friday!

Wishing everyone a funky Friday.


Bloodstone — Do You Wanna Do A Thing

Average White Band — Person To Person

Betty Davis — They Say I’m Different

Bobby Boyd Congress — Straight Ahead




Put Some Pep Back In Your Step — It’s Friday

Melba Moore — Make Me Believe In You

Eugene Record — Overdose of Joy

Frederick Knight — My Music Makes Me Feel Good

George McCrae — Look At You

Exportations  —  Kiss Me Love

The Futures  — Do Onto Others




Audioblog: Disco Party — Music In The Bones

I was listening to some Joe Simon music yesterday, and when his Music In My Bones came up, I knew today’s post would be about dancing.  I switched into to reminiscing mode immediately, grabbed a handful of Disco tunes I used to dance to — and there it was: the perfect little disco party!




Tavares — Don’t Take Away The Music

Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes — Bad Luck

The Trammps — Disco Inferno

Joe Tex — I Gotcha

Wild Cherry — Play That Funky Music

Joe Simon — Music In My Bones

Thelma Houston — Don’t Leave Me This Way

A Bag Of O’Jays

I am a bit behind with my posts — I guess I’m in a bit of a slump. Blame the heat! With the help of some good music, I might survive this hellish summer. The O’Jays seem to be a good choice: relaxed, smooth, and melodic …


Don’t Let The Dream Get Away,  (Let Me Touch You, Capitol 1990)

Your True Heart (And Shining Star),  (My Favorite Person, PIR, 1982)

Survival  (Survival, PIR 1975)

I Wanna Be With You Tonight (Love Fever, PIR 1985)

It’s Too Strong (The O’Jays in Philadelphia, PIR 1973)

To Prove I Love You (The Year 2000, PIR 1980) 


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)




Blues Thursday at SOTS: Johnny Copeland Special

Does this happen to you too? Sometimes when the telephone rings, I am afraid to answer because it might be a neighbor complaining about the music being too loud. That’s what happened when I was writing today’s post. I just can’t listen to a blues guitar at what others consider a tolerable volume … Wasn’t a neighbor calling, though.


Love Her With A Feeling

Bye Bye Baby

St. Louis Blues




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



A Bag O’ Reggae

Happy Reggae Sunday!


What A Fire  — The Ethopians

Crying Over You  — The Heptones

Please Stop Your Crying — Larry Marshall and The Cables

Life — Laurel Aitken




Blues Thursday at SOTS

Dammit! Is it Thursday already? Time for some Blues again, I guess. To be honest, I feel like listening to Blues today is not enhancing my mood at all. I’m kind of down, and the worst thing to do in such a situation is to listen to someone singing the Blues. On the other hand, Blues Thursday is Blues Thursday, regardless of how I feel.


Tad Robinson — Dying From The Blues

Buddy Guy — Sit and Cry (The Blues)

Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley  — Going Down Slow



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





Raggedy’s Pool Party (Day Three): Let It Be Reggae!


It’s My Delight — The Melodians

Bangerang — Stranger Cole and Lester Sterling

Check Him Out — The Bleechers

Dynamic Pressure — Music Specialists

He’ll Have To Go — David Isaacs

My Lonely World — Desmond Dekker

Here Again — Johnny Nash

And I Love Her — Bob Marley and The Wailers

Soulful — The Upsetters

Some Sweet Day — Zap Pow

It’s Been A Long, Long Time — Eric “Monty” Morris

So Long Baby — The Marvels

Moonlight Lover — Joya Landis

Peace and Love — Justin Hinds and The Dominoes




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!


Reggae Sunday!

Happy Reggae Sunday to you all!

Im and David — Midnight Soul

Stranger and Patsy — Down By The Trainline

The Upsetters — Man From MI5

Reggae on!


Blues on Thursday: Birthday Bash for Emmeni

I was terribly lazy this week. Blame it on the crazy heat. But I wouldn’t want to miss treating my very first blog fan to a well deserved b-day party. Emmeni I hope you enjoy the show.


John Lee Hooker — You Know, I Know (The Real Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues)

Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughn — Prideand Joy (In Session)

Muddy Waters — She’s 19 Years Old  (Chess Years, Disc 4)

Champion Jack Durpree — Tell Me When (Women Blues)

Bobby Blue Bland — I’ll Be Your Fool Once More (Reflections in Blue)

Etta James — Don’t Cry, Baby (Essential Etta James, Disc 1)

Howlin’ Wolf — Cause of it All (The Power of the Voice)



The Tuesday After: Feelin’ Good


The Mighty Bop — Feeling Good

Tavares — Feel So Good

Leroy Hutson — Don’t It Make You Feel Good

The Moments — I Feel So Good Again

Shirley Brown — A Mighty Good Feeling

Bobby Wilson — You Make Me Feel Good All Over



Memorial Day 2011 — When Will We Ever Learn?

Warning: If you don’t have a clue about what war really is about, don’t watch these clips!

Memorial Day is one of the holidays that seem to make much sense while at the same time they make no sense at all. There is the tribute we attempt to pay to the soldiers who gave their lives, health and idealism to the wars they fought in the name of many a false god. Even those who have not been physically hurt were emotionally scarred, and for them their war will never be over; many a soldier’s family can attest to that fact. So, the rest of us wants to show the soldiers both our gratitude and admiration for offering their own existence to the angry war gods to save others’ lives.

Yet, all over the world, soldiers are still fighting and falling, atrocities are still taking place, innocent people are still being terrorized, maimed, and killed. What are such holidays good for? What good does it do to repeat such empty rituals year after year, if the horrors remembered don’t keep us from repeating them?

One soldier’s goal may be victory; another’s peace. Whatever their motivation is to fight for a cause, righteous or not, they deserve our respect.

Both my grandfathers fought in WWI, my father fought in WWII. To them especailly, and to all soldiers who have fought, or are fighting now, in one of the countless wars that disgrace the face of the earth, I dedicate this post.

First, the war poem that describes my own attitude towards war. It is by Wilfred Owen, a British soldier whose poems depict the horrors of war and the realization that he and his fellow men — friend or foe — had been lured into the death trap by an age-old lie: Dulce et decorum est/ Pro patria mori (Horace) “It is sweet and becoming to die for one’s country.”

Dulce Et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!– An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime.–
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,–
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

 Wilfred Owen (1893 – 1918)

For those of you who would like to dig a little deeper into the text, here’s a link to helpful notes on the poem.

While the poem focuses on the horrors of war, the music I’m posting today will focus on peace.

A Playlist Full Of Peace

Peace Pipe  – BT Express
Let’s Live In Peace — The Temptations
Peace To The World — B. B. King, Gene Harris, Morris, Philip Super Band
La la Peace Song –Al Wilson
Salaam Peace — Bongo Herman, Les Davis and Bunny
My Song Is Peace — Pulse
Peace and Harmony (So much Love) — Winston Jarrett
Peace — Jimmy Cliff

It’s Time For Peace — Bohannon

My heart is aching when I think of  the husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, children, grandmothers, grandfathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews, and friends whose hearts will be heavy this weekend with sadness and grief over the loss of a loved one to war. My thoughts are with all the soldiers on this planet, and I hope — against all odds — that they all will return from the battlegrounds unharmed in body and soul. And finally I wish that all the fallen soldiers will rest in peace and that they will be justly rewarded for their sacrifices.

Songs of Peace



Ann Peebles Special

Ann Peebles I daresay is the uncrowned queen of Memphis soul. What Carla Thomas is to STAX, Ann Peebles is to Hi Records. 

Here’s a clip of her most popular song which was later covered by many another artists: I Can’t Stand The Rain. She co-wrote the song with her husband Don Bryant, a staff writer at Hi Records.

My playlist contains less popular, but in my opinion, equally great songs — and a favorite of mine by her.

I’ve Been There Before

I Can’t Let You Go

Until You Came Into My Life

Doctor Love Power




Get her music here!

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.

>V-Day 2011 Songs


I‘m not a Valentine’s Day afficionado. In my opinion it is a superfluous and hyped-up, somewhat artificial and mostly commercial affair … But I am all for love and heart and feeling — and all of it to last forever (if possible.)

For all those who love Valentine’s Day and think it deserves Raggedy’s special attention, here we go with a list of songs to add some more love to the day (hopefully). 

My Love Is True — The Temptations
Wrapped Up In Your Warm and Tender Love — Tyrone Davis
Oh My Love, Sweet Love — Hill Sisters
Baby, Baby, Baby — Percy Sledge
So Deep In Love — Eddie Giles
No Stronger Love — Floaters
I Will Love You Always — Stylistics
Without Your Love I’ll Be Nothing — Lavorn Smith
Love Is Magic — Greg Perry

>The Ultimate Starlight Mix (or so) Part One — Sweaty

>Having just read Larry’s article (over at Funky16corners) on the phenomenon disco music, I felt like listening to some of the tunes that were considered Disco before some smart alecs created the genre that disgraced the entire disco era. Discotheques did not start out as the circus arenas they degenerated into.

Being a disco survivor myself, I can only say that discos (at least in Germany) started out as dance clubs where danceable music with a great beat and rhythm was played. Stevie Wonder, The O’Jays, The Temptations, Four Tops, James Brown, Aretha etc. supplied all the fantastic tunes to dance to. Honestly, how much better could music possibly get?

I think the genre “Disco” was created to make extra bugs. The afore mentioned artists and their music were going to sell anyhow, so why not create an additional need for special dance tunes and make even more money? 

I knew the disco era was over as soon as Donna Summers arrived on the scene and such high carat vocalists like Gloria Gaynor or Thelma Houston had to sing disco garbage … I’m glad I was discoing in the middle of the best of disco. 

Alright, here is the music that was the “real stuff.” 

Since my favorite disco back in the day was The Starligh,  I dubbed the following mix

>Just Winter Songs


Long Cold Winter — Geater Davis (from The Lost Soul Man CD2)
The Winter Of Our Love — The Spinners (from Labor Of Love)
Cold Wind Blues — Colwell-Winfield Blues Band
I’m posting these songs expecting another Texan winter day at about 80 F.



>Crazy Lovin’ And Such …


just felt like posting some girls singing about their guys …  
Ann Peebles — Dr. Love Power
Love Unlimited — It May Be Winter Outside
Aretha Franklin — You’re A Sweet, Sweet Man
Sugar Pie DeSanto — Crazy For Lovin’
Carla Thomas — Gee Whiz 
Doris Troy — Just One Look

>That Deep, Deep Soul …


I am a hopeless sucker for some good Deepies … I won’t lie about it. Although my taste for that genre has earned me lots of funny looks (especially from my husband.) But no persecution or intimidation will keep me from delving into that sound of pain and misery and longing and crying and — you know what else.

Here’s a little bit of info about the genre which I consider the all-inclusive one, because it includes elements of blues, rock, country & western and, of course, a huge dose of gospel. Deep Soul is not about words; it is all about feeling. Rhythm is the key to Deep Soul — the all embracing genre in American music which originated from the African-American churches of the South. Funny enough, however, the majority of its creators have been whites. I say “funny” because, to me Deep Soul sounds as black as music can probably sound compared to the relatively white-scrubbed Motown sound, for example, which was almost exclusively the creation of black artists.
Pioneering Southern/Deep Soul artists were such greats as Ray Charles, James Brown (yes), Bobby Blue Bland, Rufus Thomas or Allen Toussaint.
So, how come my otherwise very nice husband, frowns at the genre? I think I know. It’s the simplicity, or rather the lack of highly “manicured” arrangements. And that’s exactly what I love about Deep Soul: Give me just the basics — but send them straight to my heart.
During the 60’s Memphis Soul era, Deep Soul was at its best with Stax artists like Otis Redding, Sam Cooke , Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, and …. Wilson Pickett’s stepping stone into his ever so glorious solo career was — you may have guessed it — the sound of Deep Southern Soul. But there is a host of artists who were not quite as successful as those I’ve just mentioned. These are the ones I would like to showcase in my Deep Soul posts.

Obrey Wilson — Break Away Baby
Roy Arlington — Everybody Makes A Mistake Sometimes
Tiny Watkins — Forbidden Fruit

For everyone who wants to start a Deep/Southern Soul collection, I would recommend Dave Godin’s Deep Soul Treasures series.

>All Dos … No Don’ts …


Well — Who could say “No” to Eartha Kitt’s invitation to … do it, and fall in love?
Do It Now, Bessie Banks
Let’s Do It Again, Eddie Drennon & The BBS Unlimited
Let’s Do It Again, The Staple Singers
Let’s Do It Over, Joe Simon
Let’s Do It (Before We Get Sleepy), Clarence Carter