Category Archives: Specials

Thanks Dad Part 1 – Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul

Posted By Soultaker

For all the Fathers out there.



Laurel Aitken Special

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

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

Reggae on!

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



Your favorite live-performances … (week 2)

Let’s see whether I can get some of you to send in a track of their favorite live performances/recordings.

Lately, my chief music scout and I have been watching some great live clips on YouTube, and we thought we should start a “Favorite live performances” series.

Please use the “I Hear You” form in the sidebar to send your recommendations or just leave a message with  this post.

Please send only real live YouTube clips like the one I’ve chosen to start the series with.

For more clips, check the comments!

This video was submitted by Paul who says that this Etta James performance is a “beautiful fusion of soul, blues, and gospel.” My comment: “No doubt about it.”

Thanks, Paul.

Thanks, Jay for sending me this one by Bobby Womack.

Your favorite live-performances …

Let’s see whether I can get some of you to send in a track of their favorite live performances/recordings.

Lately, my chief music scout and I have been watching some great live clips on YouTube, and we thought we should start a “Favorite live performances” series.

Please use the “I Hear You” form in the sidebar to send your recommendations or just leave a message with  this post.

Please send only real live YouTube clips like the one I’ve chosen to start the series with.

For more clips, check the comments!

Submitted by Jimmy T.

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




LazyD Edit: Z. Z. Hill — Everybody Has To Cry

Every now and then I come across an edit I absolutely love. And this ZZ Hill edit is one of them. You’ll find more of Lazy’s edits on his blog, Close To The Edit or here.





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.

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: 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.

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 

Lovers Rock Special

Okay people. I need some cool Reggae to make me forget the crazy heat. It has to be easy, easy, easy on both body and mind …



Artibella — Ken Boothe

Too Long In The Wind — Ken Boothe

All The Love In The World — Eddie Lovette

Sail On — Eddie Lovette

Write Her A Letter — John Holt

Just Out Of Reach  — John Holt


Yay! Feeling so much better … Reggae on! Now, where’s my Margarita?



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

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!

Soultaker’s Treasure Chest 04-17-11

Posted By Soultaker

Yesterday was Record Store Day and while I didn’t really pick up anything other than just some more sleeves for my 45’s, I did see something interesting.  I notice the people in the store I go to were in a separate line for the RSD exclusives.  It just makes me wonder do these people come to the store regularly or did they just come for these RSD exclusives.  While I was in line paying for my 45 sleeves I looked over to the RSD line and notice that not many people had anything in their hands to pay for.  The concept of Record Store Day is great as it helps to keep independent stores in business.  On the flip side, I find that the people that come out for RSD are not regular customers but more like spectators that are just there for the freebies.  I mean where are they when it’s not Record Store Day.  There are not as much independent record stores around anymore and while the concept of RSD is good, people need to support these stores more than just one day a year.

Anyway, time for another serving of Soul as I dig through my treasure chest.  This is a all 45 set today.


  1. I Found Out – Sam & Dave – Roulette
  2. Hey, Mr. DJ – Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces – Checker
  3. Don’t Destroy Me – Margie Hendrix – Sound Stage
  4. I Cross My Heart( And Hope To Die) – Joe Haywood – Front Page
  5. Real Live Living Hurtin’ Man – Johnny Adams – SSS International
  6. Yes, It’s You – Barbara Mason – National General Records
  7. I Forgot To Remember – Jerry Butler – Mercury
  8. We Got A Love No One Can Deny – Tyrone Davis – Dakar
  9. It’s All Over – Pearl Dowdell – Saadia
  10. Give Him Up – The Manhattans – Deluxe

>For Your Precious Love Covers (Tracks)


Well .. there wasn’t much interest in contributing cover versions of this wonderful love song. If it hadn’t been for Marc, I would have had no submissions at all.
I know. I know. My followers are lazy. Anyway,  here are three of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever heard.
Big thanks to Marc!

Vernon Guy from the Ike and Tina Turner Revue – Live! album (I think this is my favorite.)
The Hi-Lites. Perfect background harmony.
Francine Reed feat. William Bell (live) This woman has such a powerful voice — I love it! And, of course, William Bell’s voice never fails to touch me. (So many memories.)

Byron Lee and The Dragonaires — because I simply cannot pass a Reggae tune … It makes my heart sing and my feet dance.

>For Your Precious Love Versions


I just found another cover of “For Your Precious Love” — one of the most beautiful love songs that ever have been sung.
I would like to ask you to help me expand the collection of versions I have been able to acquire so far. Here are the versions I have in my library:
The Flames
The Invitations
The Rolling Stones
James Brown
Linda Jones
The Impressions
Jerry Butler (of course)
Garnet Mimms
Roy Hamilton
Otis Redding
Oscar Toney
Geater Davis

Please send your version to:

Update: Jan. 14th
((Marc)) contributed the following cover versions:
David Allan Coe
Don Bryant
Francine Reed feat. William Bell (live)
Jackie Wilson and Count Basie
Johnnie Taylor
Little Johnny Taylor
The Hi Lites
The Laurels
Vernon Green and The Medallions
Many thanks for these fantastic tracks!

I dug out the following covers:
Aaron Neville
Buddy Miles live

Update Jan. 15th
Francine Reed (studio) Passion, fire, power.
Southside Johnny (Smooth and silky)
The Marcels (Fantastic acappella version)
The Impressions (1981) (Doesn’t really work for me)
Barbara Mason (Beautiful, simply beautiful)
Byron Lee and The Dragonairs (Makes the heart sing and dance!)
Gene Vincent (Different somehow)

I dug out the following covers:
Aaron Neville
Buddy Miles live

Concerning my complaint about the lack of participation, I had some people call me impatient. They say I expect too much too soon from my blog friends. So, let’s wait a little longer and see if there will be more submissions in the next days.

Update Jan. 22, 2011
I’ve posted my favorites here.
In addition, Marc sent me 3 more versions. 

>W. A. Mozart — Requiem Mass in D Minor


Out of respect for the victims of the Tuscon massacre, I will not post today. My heart is heavy; and in my mind the words “nine-year-old” child keep repeating themselves. I am deeply sorry for the victims and their families. And I am deeply ashamed for America: this is no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave. It has turned into the land of  savages and cowards. 

May the victims R.I.P. and may their loved ones find consolation and peace of mind someday.

>Theo Peoples Special

>It looks as if the rumors are no longer rumors, but have turned out to be true. Theo Peoples is no longer with the Four Tops.

He joined The Temptations in 1992, replacing Richard Street. In 1998 Theo left the group and took Levi Stubbs’ place in the Four Tops — a daunting task for even the most accomplished vocalist. Levi’s   naturally passionate singing simply can neither be duplicated nor replicated.

Theo Peoples, however, is without a doubt, one of the greatest, most soulful singers around. In addition to his excellent vocal skills he oozes stylishness and has the charisma so typical for each and every Temptation who has ever graced the stages of this world. (Yeah, yeah … I’m getting carried away again.)
Anyway, I thought this news would be the perfect occasion to  post a  Theo Peoples Special. And, of course, to wish him all the best for his new career.

Those of you who are not familiar with Theo’s solo material, I urge to check it out.

So, let’s start with a video clip of him and the Queen
I always considered Theo being in the wrong place with the Four Tops; Theo, in my opinion, is a singer whose talent cannot be fully exhibited through the Motown material that the Tops usually perform. He belongs to another genre and another generation. 
This is the material that is Theo’s forte.

From The Temptations’ For Lovers Only

And here’s the man live — Smooooooooth … Soulful … Theo

Finally,  the title track from his album Chemistry … You And Me (2004)


>Wilson Pickett Special


Wilson Pickett March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006

It’s been 4 years since he passed away.
Raw and passionate. That was Wilson Pickett.
Wilson’s M.O. (I guess)

Here are some of his not so often played songs:

>Getting Ready For The Party!


Dancing Into 2010

Who’s making Love — Johnnie Taylor
Vietnam — Desmond Dekker
Funk It Up — Miami
Get On Up — Tyrone Davis
Boogie On Reggae Woman — Stevie Wonder
The Hustle —  Van McCoy
Live It Up — Isley Brothers
Pick Up The Pieces — Average White Band
You’re The Song I Always Wanted To Sing — Timmy Thomas
You Can Get It If You Really Want — Jimmy Cliff
Don’t Take Away The Music — Tavares
Rock Steady — Aretha Franklin
Best O My Love — Emotions

Any Suggestions?

>Raggedy Loves Reggae! David Isaacs Special


David Isaacs is one of the sweet-soft-voiced Reggae singers reminiscent of Desmond Dekker. (I just love their sound.) David worked with the famous Lee Scratch Perry during the 60’s and 70’s.
His version of Stevie Wonder’s A Place In The Sun is considered one of the recordings that “established Trojan Records as major force in Reggae.” (Wiki) 
The second track, Linger A While, is a personal favorite of mine, and you’ve got to love the sax on Rather Be Lonely.
The last track, True Love, I’ve added just for the fun of it … There’s never too much Reggae on my blog.

But here at SOTS nobody will ever be lonely — we’re all just happy people who love our kind of music.

>Janis Joplin Special — Get It While You Can, Cry Baby, Piece Of My Heart, A Woman Left Lonely


Lighting a candle for Janice won’t do — it has to be something more intense in her case. So I thought I’
light a fire for her. No skimpy stuff here!


This is Blues Thursday at its rawest! I never, ever heard an artist presenting emotions as raw and unadulterated as Janice did. Jesus God — I just love Janis.
(And btw. ladies — this is the only way to wear hip huggers, imo.)

The bass man is the perfect match for Janis! Now, turn that volume up …  It’ll make you feel good.
I haven’t found a live clip of my personal favorite by Janis. A still has to do. Sing Janis!

>Angola Prison Spirituals


Today, I feel I post something very special. The two songs I’m going to present to you are from an album called Angola Prison Spirituals.

One of the most fear evoking  prisons in America is the  Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Angola (also called “The Farm”) is the largest maximum security prison in the United States. It houses 5,000 inmates and employs about 1,800 staff members. The 18,000 acre (73 km²) property belonged previously to the Angola and other plantations “owned by Isaac Franklin in unincorporated West Feliciana Parish close to the Mississippi border.”  Angola is surrounded on three sides by the Mississippi River. (Wiki)
The men who sing on these recordings had to endure the harshest punishment for whatever crimes they had (or were accused of having) committed. In the 50’s, when the songs were recorded, such State Farm Prisons could often be considered a legalized form of plantation- conscription labor. 
So, if you listen to the songs with that background in mind, you’ll understand where the Blues is actually coming from: from the souls of the suffering. No matter whether they were true criminals or not, the anguish and pain of a life at Angola prison shines through their singing. For the mostly black inmates there was no other authority to turn to for relieve than God himself. 
Please take a moment to consider the plight of these artists before you listen to them. This music is a piece of American history with a bitter taste to it.

Robert Pete Williams, whom you hear in these recordings, later became a known Blues artist.
Little School Song
Rise and Fly
Bonus: Robert Pete Williams — A Motherless Child Has A Hard Time (As Blue As A Man Can Be, 1994, Arhoolie)

>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.

>Tavares: "Don’t Take Away The Music", "Let Me Heal The Bruises", "I Wanna See You Soon"

>Tavares does not sound like a group from New Bedford, Mass. Do they? They’ve got the golden sound of California or maybe Florida (or sunny Texas?) all over them. The 5 Brothers are best known for their heavily Disco flavored hits of the late 70’s, especially the 76 smash hits Don’t Take Away The Music and Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel. What made the group great was their flawless singing, though. Anyone else could have sung these tunes, hitting the charts. But what makes these hits so special are these unforgettable voices that blend to the exciting sound so typical for Tavares.

Anyone who can manage to listen to a Tavares song with a focus on the vocal arrangements instead of the music will agree with me. That’s perfect singing. No less!
Let Me Heal The Bruises is a slow song with top notch background harmonizing whose melody is somewhat reminiscent of Feelings in my opinion. Another less often heard song by Tavares is My Love Calls from their Madam Butterfly album. Just listen to the background vocals … I love them. Finally, Got To Find My Way Back To You is a prime example of a cheapy turned into something good by the singing alone. I mean that song is basically a boring clap-clap, stomp-stomp tune. If it weren’t for the Tavares Bros. high carat singing, it wouldn’t stay on my hard-drive longer than 45 seconds … Wonderful, on the other hand, resides there — backed up twice! On I Wanna See You Soon, they team up with another exceptional vocalist: Freda Payne.
Okay now, see for yourselves what these guys have to offer!

>Saturday Again? Time For an Otis Redding Special.


I can’t believe it’s Saturday again … Time goes by way too fast.

Today, we’ll have another Otis Redding special — just because I feel like it, and because Big O owns a very special corner of my heart. There’s no other sixties soul man with more velvet in his voice.
I just found his version of the classic Stand By Me, and I believe it is gorgeous. Another song, I didn’t know up to now is Something Is Worrying Me from the 1964 Pain In My Heart Album.
And honestly, who could sing the beautiful Precious Love more convincing than Otis Redding? The song itself is pure soul. Pair it with one of the most soulful voices and a crew of master musicains, and nothing less than a soul treasure will result.
Speaking of musicians: I would sell my soul for the guitar part in Come To Me (too bad I’ve sold it already). The guitarist on this track is the great Johnny Jenkins, whom Jimi Hendrix cited as having influenced him strongly.

Okay … Let’s enjoy the weekend with Big O’s music then.

>Joe Simon Special: "Glad You Came My Way", "Before The Night Is Over", "Let’s Do It Over" u. m.

>Norman Whitfield Special!

>Moments Special!


Hier nun die versprochenen Titel fuer Sawyer. Und Sawyer, Du hast mich auf eine wunderschoene Erinnerungsreise geschickt. Die Moments haben mich wieder mal voellig in ihren Bann gezogen mit ihren einfachen Arrangements, schlichten Melodien und dem intesiven Gesang. Einfach schoen! 

I’m So Lost 
With You

Eigentlich wollte ich ja nur zwei Moments-Titel posten, doch dann fiel mir dieser Song ein! Also gibt’s den noch als Zugabe.

Somebody Loves You, Baby

Und hier noch schnell ein link zu einem frueheren Moments post.

(Uebrigens war die Eddie Kendricks Version von Not On The Outside auch grossartig).

>Pour Elise: Ray Charles Special!

>The Moments: "Not On The Outside", "Special Lady", "Love On A Two Way STreet"

>Not On The Outside 

The Moments Not On The Outside (mp3)

Die Moments hatten 1968 mit diesem Song ihren ersten Hit. Ihre bekannteste Aufnahme duerfte aber wohl Love on a TwoWay Street sein. 1970 nannten sie sich um in Ray, Goodman, and Brown. 

Obwohl ihre Platten sich nicht uebermaessig gut verkauften, gelten ihre Liveauftritte als aussergewoehnlich gut.

Ray, Goodman and Brown: Special Lady

Love On A Two Way Street

>Guitar Slim: Der Bad Boy des Blues

>Glaubt man den Artikeln ueber Guitar Slim, so muessen seine Auftritte spektakulaer gewesen sein. Seine Buehnenkostueme duerften an Prunk, Farbenpracht und Lebhaftigkeit kaum zu uebertreffen gewesen sein. In einem Artikel von Greg Johnson heisst es z. B. der Kuenstler habe speziell angefertigte Kostueme in grellen Farben getragen. Zusaetzlich war sein Haar passend zur Schuhfarbe gefaerb! (Der Mann hatte Stil.) 

Seine Auftritte wurden im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes zum Erlebnis, wenn er z.B. auf den Schultern eines Assistenten ritt, der eigens dafuer eingestellt war das 350 ft lange Gitarrenkabel wie eine Schleppe hinter dem Musiker herzutragen. Slim liebte seine Ausfluege von der Buehne ins Publikum. Gelegentlich dehnte er dies Exkursionen auch etwas aus — bis auf die Strasse z. B.  Bei diesen “Strassenauftritten war es “nicht unueblich fuer ihn, den Srassenverkehr zum Stillstand zu bringen,” schreibt Johnson. 

Dieser exzentrische Mensch wurde als Eddie Jones 1926 in Greenwood, Mississippi geboren. Mit 5 Jahren verlor er die Mutter. Danach lebte er bei seiner Grossmutter auf einer plantation, wo er Baumwolle pflueckte und  Felder pfluegte. 
Seine musikalische Laufbahn begann in den Jukejoints, wo er sich mit den Bands anfreundete und schliesslich mit ihnen als Saenger und Taenzer auftrat. Willie Warren, einer der Bandleader, brachte Eddie auf den Geschmack Gitarre zu spielen. Seine Lieblingsgitarristen waren T-Bone Walker und Clarence Gatemouth Brown. 
1950 zog er nach New Orleans, wo er den Kuenstlernamen Guitar Slim annahm. Hier begann er mit neuen Klangeffekten zu experimentieren. Die gut eine Dekade spaeter von Jimi Hendrix beruehmt gemachten Ton-Verzerrungen hatte Guitar Slim schon in den Fuenfzigern ausprobiert.
Nach einer Reihe erfolgloser Aufnahmen gelang ihm 1953 mit The Things That I Used To Do ein Treffer. (Ray Charles ist als special guest am Piano zu hoeren!) Dieser Erfolg bescherte Slim triumphale Auftritte im Apollo Theatre in New York, die von keinem der damaligen Kuenstlern ueberboten werden konnten: Slim trat 7 Tage vor total ausverkauftem Haus auf!
Guitar Slim starb 1959  32-jaehrig an den Folgen seines Alkoholismus. Das die Titel seiner letzten Aufnahmen gerade If I Had My Life To Live Over (B-Seite: When There’s No Way Out) heissenist fast schon ironisch.
Obwohl es an Artikeln ueber Guitar Slim nicht mangelt, fand ich nur wenige Bilder von ihm. Eine Filmaufnahme fand ich nicht.
The Things That I Used To Do mp3  (Um 2:03 und 2:39 erinnert sein Spiel sehr an Jimi H.)