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

Bobby Moore — You’ve Got To Live For Yourself

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



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.)



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.

Lee Perry — Isn’t It Wrong


I hope you all have a great weekend because it would be wrong not to enjoy life.



The Newcomers — Betcha You Can’t Guess



A Candle For Etta James … Sweet Memories

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


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.

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.


Francine Reed — For Your Precious Love

Happy Valentine’s day to everyone! 


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



Joe Higgs — Captivity


“… Born in Kingston in 1940, Higgs’ career began as a songwriter for seminal reggae acts such as Toots & the Maytals and Delroy Wilson. While establishing himself as an in-demand songwriter, Higgs was also developing a solo vocal career as well as working as a high school music teacher. The role of teacher suited Higgs and he was soon working regularly as a vocal arranger, a coach, and a guitar instructor. The most famous of his pupils was Bob Marley. It was under Higgs’ tutelage that Marley’s guitar playing greatly improved but, more significantly, it was Higgs who arranged the beautiful trio singing of Marley and fellow Wailers Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingstone (later Bunny Wailer). …”



R.I.P Whitney

This song by Sam Dees is dedicated to all those who were/are messing with “Miss Heroin.”

Listen well!

The Miracles — Brokenhearted Girl, Brokenhearted Boy

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



Fat Larry’s Band — Peaceful Journey

Friday is here at last. And I think we all deserve something relaxing to listen to. Today’s pick is from the album Off The Wall (Stax, Bellaphon 1977) by Fat Larry’s Band. (Fat) Larry James, the drummer, was the band’s frontman. He had also performed with such groups as the Delfonics and Blue Magic.

The band hailed from Philadelphia and played some jazz-tinged Funk. They released 10 albums between 1976 and 1986 and a compilation CD by the British ACE REcords label.


Get the album here.


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 …


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







Marcia Hines — If This Was The Last Song

Marcia Elaine Hines was born july 20, 1953 in Boston, Mass. the daughter ofJamaican immigrants. She began singing in her church choir when she was 9 years. By the time she was 14 she had already performed with different local groups and won a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music.

Only two years later she was discovered by Harry Miller and Jim Sharman, two Australian talent scouts. They were looking for black singers to perform in the Australian production of the musical Hair. In 1970, at age 16, she became the youngest artist ever to have participated in a Hair production. In 1973 she became known for another “first” when she joined the crew of Jesus Christ Superstar as the first black woman — again in the Australian stage production of the musical.

After her success with her musical performances, she entered on a quite successful career as a singer, which included performances with the jazz band of Daly Wilson and appearances with B.B. King and Wilson Pickett.
Marcia Hines was the first Australian female singer who was awarded a Platinum record, and she was voted Queen of Pop from 1976 to 1978 … Her musical bio stacks up one superlative after another.
Here now is the song of the day:
LimeLinx — Okay, I’m tired of LimeLinx’ work ethic
Here is an excerpt from a TV interview with the charismatic and charming singer.

And here’s a live performance of Shining, title song from one of her top ten albums.


Goodbye Don Cornelius

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I am genuinely saddened by the news of Don Cornelius’s suicide. I hope he has found the peace he must have so desperately sought. What he left behind, however, is the indelible impact on generations of music lovers. The Soul … Continue reading

Elmore Morris Update

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

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

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

Here’s the link to the original post: Deepie

Gladys Knight and The Pips — Oh, What A Love I Have Found

This is a song for everyone who listens to their music with the heart … Gladys Knight’s is by far the most expressive female   voice in Soul music. It oozes femininity, warmth, and empathy, making her the one vocalist that sounds authentic as a passionate lover, sophisticated lady, motherly friend as well as just an average woman.

I’ve mentioned more than once that my favorite song by Gladys and her Pips is and will always be Midnight Train To Georgia, and that I cherish the tune for its very special meaning to me. There is another song, though, I view as beautiful as Midnight Train.  Yes, you guessed it. It’s Oh, What A Love I have found.

Gladys and the Pips literally turn the song into a picture. I close my eyes and see delicate drifting white clouds,  hear a a murmuring brook, perceive the world as peaceful and good.

The arrangement by Artie Butler is a masterpiece. Gladys’s voice perfectly blends with the instrumentation and the background harmonizing pulls it all together.

Now, before you listen, sit down with the love you have found. Then simply enjoy the music and the moments shared with the one …

From the album All I Need Is Time (SOUL Records, 1973)


LimeLinx (still down)

L.V. Johnson — Stand My Me / I Love You, I Want You, I Need You (YouTube)

As I’m working my way through all the neglected mails and messages of the past few weeks, I feel my mood brighten with each encouraging sentence I read. Thank you all again for letting me know that SOTS matters to you.
Since I’m always in need of inspiration, I welcome every bit of input. So, a special thanks goes out to Jimmy T. for sending me a cover version of the Ben E. King classic Stand By Me by L.V. Johnson.
L. V. Johnson definitely is a vastly underrated artist. He wrote hits for such greats as Tyrone Davis and The Dells, for example, was a staff guitarist at STAX, touring with soul icon Tyrone Davis before eventually going solo in the 80’s.
You can hear his guitar on recordings by Johnnie Taylor, The Bar-Kays, and The Soul Children. Quite impressive. Isn’t it? He also wrote for Bobby Blue Bland.
What’s even more impressive is that his guitar teacher was the one and only B. B. King.

You’ll find his discography on Discogs.

L.V. Johnson was born 1946 in Chicago and died there, way too young, in 1994.

Stand By Me is from his 1986 album All Night Party (Sunnyview Records) which was co-produced by Bunny Siegler.


LimeLinx (not working)

Happy SOTS Sunday!

Today I’ll pop one of  those hard-to-decide questions to you.

Which version of this masterpiece of a romantic love song do you like best?

Both artists are top-notch vocalists. Both present the song with their very own way to convey deep emotions.

Okay. Here’s Mr. Passionate, Urgent, and Soaring: Johnny Adams.


And here’s Mr. Warm, Gentle, and Caressing Paul Kelly.

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.) 



Taking A Break …

You may have noticed that I am not blogging much at the moment. While the urge to share with you  my finds of great music is still as strong as ever, I need to take a few more sick days. So all I can do at the moment is listen to music, hoping to find a few gems I can present to you when I feel better again.

Reggae Monday!

Los Aggrotones — Reggae Rapado

Pat Kelly — Workman Song

Peter Tosh — Pick Myself Up

The Starlites — Some A Weh A Bawl





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




Don’t Forget To …

… tune in to Barry Fowden’s Vintage Soul Radio Show on Sunday Jan. 8, 2012.

More info here.

King Floyd — My Girl

I hope you all started the new year being happy and listening to your favorite music. Your old Raggedy had to go slow this year because she’s a bit under the weather. Let’s all hope things will improve soon, so I can return to regular blogging again.

I’ll start the new year with one of the most beloved love songs ever: My Girl. The original was sung of course by one of the most beloved groups that ever existed: The Temptations. King Floyd’s version is astonishingly different from most of the covers I’ve heard so far. Theoretically the intro could be addressing the song itself — a rare gem of a composition that hasn’t lost a bit of its magic over the decades it has been sung.

The song is from his 1973 album Think About It (Atlantic).




Happy New Year!

I wish everyone a new year of health, love, and happiness.

Watts Line — I Never Meant To Love You

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



Percy Sledge — Love Me All The Way

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

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



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

Remembering James Brown

Soultaker sent me the link to this fantastic show … This is proof that immortality is not of a physical nature.

Enjoy this great show.

Merry Christmas

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The Carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!’

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

The Flirtations — Christmas Time Is Here Again



White Christmas — Otis Redding

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




And another “Thank you baby” goes out to my very own baby, who’s also my chief music scout, for bringing this clip to my attention. Two legends side by side with a superb group of musicians playing for them .

… Smokey is unbelievably great, Daryl fantastic.


The Persuasions — You’re All I Want For Christmas


Mediafire  (Sorry. LimeLinx is down again)

I wonder what’s wrong with me this year. I’m just not feeling the x-mas spirit … 



Bill Brandon — I Am Free Of Your Love




Peace On Earth

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day; their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!”           (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Give Peace a Chance — Toots & The Maytals

Jerry Butler with Brenda Lee Eager — The Love We Had

Get the album here.



Stu Gardner — Added To A Broken Heart

Get the album here.

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.


LimeLinx (LL down at the moment)

Soultaker’s Treasure Chest 12-13-11

Posted By Soultaker

On the day before I celebrate my 38th birthday, I feel like digging through the chest to see what I can pull out.  As I type this, I’m pouring my lady another glass of wine as we finish off another one of her dinner masterpieces that featured some mouth watering cod.  I feel relaxed as I took the week off of work.  It gives me time to play with my records finally, so I cooked up this little set to finish off the year with.  Just want to take time to thank everyone who checked out my little sets since I started posting them.  I hope you all enjoyed what I have dug up from my collection.  It’s one of the things I like to do to help relax and to deal with this everyday thing we call life.  I also want to thank Raggedy for inviting me to post on her lovely site.  I’m very glad I can call you a friend.

So here’s the treats, hope you enjoy.


  1. Get In The Groove – Mighty Hanibal – Loma
  2. Keep On Doin’ It – The Memphis Horns – RCA
  3. Bring It On Down To Me – Bobby Franklin’s Insanity – Thomas
  4. Smiling, Styling & Profiling – Bar-Kays – Volt
  5. Honeybee  – The New Birth – RCA
  6. Why Can’t People Be Colors Too? – Whatnauts – Stang
  7. We Must Be In Love – The Impressions – Curtom
  8. How Can I Put Out The Flame – Candi Staton – Fame



Internet Probs.

I’m having internet probs  — and on top of it, I found my i-tunes library empty again this morning.


Get the CD here!

The  one and only Mr. Jimmy Cliff has a brand new EP out. He does an amazing job covering The Clash’s Guns Of Brixton. But the true bomb on this EP is without d a doubt the Dylan classic A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall. Jimmy’s voice is still great; and on A Hard Rain … he proves that he’s not lost an ounce of intensity when it comes to addressing humankind’s dark side.

The fire’s still burning!

I’m gonna play this song to honor the sacrifices all soldiers on this earth make for the sake of their countries. But I will not give up hope that such songs as this will become irrelevant someday because wars will no longer be.


Clyde McPhatter Special

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


Book Of Memories

I Found My Love

You’re For Me

Before I Fall In Love Again

The Name Of The Game Is Love




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

Going To Church Today …

and guess who’s there also?

This is what christmas is all about:

Bringing the light of love and compassion into the life of someone who suffers.


He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother — The Ruffin Bros.

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






Otis Lee — They Say I’m A Fool

Oy! And Oy! again … That was my initial reaction to this track. It’s not very often one gets to hear such a warm and fascinating baritone voice as Otis Lee’s. Unfortunately, there’s not much info about this artist. So, listening to his music has to suffice. The subdued horn section and crisp piano tunes on They Say I’m A Fool are the perfect companions for Otis’s voice.

So far I found two more singles by this artist: Hard Row To Hoe and Baby I Love You. 



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




Jimmy Ruffin — The Entertainer

Before Jimmy Ruffin moved to the U.K. for good in 1980, he had already recorded for the British label Ploydor, which, during the 60’s and 70’s, had “developed its American connections to become a significant soul and r’n’b powerhouse.” (  His LP Love Is All We Need was released on Polydor in 1975. The album was co-produced and arranged by three highly talented singer/song-writers/producers, namely James Roach, Ray Dewey, and Richard Rome. James Roach had written and arranged numerous successful pieces for such greats as the O’Jays, Brenda and The Tabulations, David Ruffin, and Eddie Kendricks — just to mention some of them.



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

Smokey Robinson — Holly

Today’s pick is from Smokey’s first solo album for Motown, Smokey,  which was released in June 1973. Smokey was co-produced by Willie Hutch who, together with  Dave Blumberg and Gene Page, was also responsible for musical arrangements.

The album introduces the new, post Miracles Smokey Robinson, who immerses himself into the 70’s.

Holly, tells the tragic story of a teenage runaway, which in itself is nothing special. What makes this song interesting, however, is the odd combination of Smokey’s dreamy, soft falsetto and the harsh reality the song portrays.



Reggae Sunday at SOTS


Bob Marley — Midnight Ravers

Ken Parker — Only Yesterday

Pluto — I Man Bitter

U-Roy — I Can’t Love Another




Sounds Of The Soul wishes everyone a tranquil x-mas season, a heart filled with gladness, and a soul warmed by the sound of music …

If you’re still looking for the perfect x-mas gifts, here’s a great recommendation by the Temptations:

Give Love On Christmas Day

The Bar-Kays — Mean Mistreater

After a stressful, crazy week yours ol’ Rag is back. Of course, I’ve brought a song along …

From The Bar Kays’ album Money Talks (Stax, 1978) is today’s track.



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


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and blog followers. Thanks to all those who have touched my life during the past year and shared their time with me. Thanks to all those who came into my life and left again, leaving behind pleasant thoughts of their stays … Thanks for all the smiles I enjoyed, the music I cherished, and the happiness I experienced.

Thanks For The Sweet Memories — The Fiestas

Crossroads Festival 2010 — B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Jimmy Vaughn, Buddy Guy …

Okay people, today is our 31st wedding anniversary, and Mr. Raggedy, my chief music scout, surprised me this morning with a fantastic clip of  some of the greatest blues musicians alive. (I hope, however, the song itself is not supposed to be a hint.)

Terry Huff and Special Delivery — That’s When It Hurts


Lou Johnson — It’s In The Wind

Lou Johnson’s voice must have been created especially to sing those beautiful deep soul ballads.

It’s In The Wind  is from Sweet Southern Soul (Water, 2004). The covers of the classics like This Magic Moment and Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)  are my favorite versions of these songs.




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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Rhetta Hughes — Giving Up My Heartaches




Reggae Monday!

Don’t Forget To Boogie On Reggae People!

Gregory Isaacs — Heartache

Derrick Morgan — Send A Little Rain

Turnell McGormack — Three Card Man

John Holt — Tree In The Meadow





Don’t Forget To Tune In …

to Barry Fowden’s Vintage Soul radio show Sunday Nov. 13th.

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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)




Lee Fields — Wanna Dance

Get the album here.

Ready for some Lee Fields? He’s always good for a surprise or two … And his 1979 album  Let’s Talk It Over (Angle 3)  is such a surprise. With titles ranging from sweet and deep soul to serious Funk, this album seems to lack in consistency — at least when you first listen to it. But the more you listen, the better the music gets.

There’s a remastered CD available with almost as many “bonus” tracks as original tracks … Well, I don’t know. I love the original eight tracks and think they paint a vivid picture of Lee’s versatility.



Please check out Lee Field’s other releases — he has some very good music out there. His 2009 album My World will convince you of his talent.

Bobby Blue Bland — Help Me Through The Day

Bobby “Blue” Bland owns a warm and cozy corner of my heart. (He lives right next door to Percy Sledge, so to speak.) His voice will forever be associated with a pivotal era of my life. Bobby sang the blues while the foundation for a future with my husband was laid …  In case you’re wondering — I’m in a reminiscent mood because our wedding anniversary is just around the corner.

Today’s pick is from his 1973 California album, Bobby’s first album for the ABC-Dunhill label. It is definitely an outstanding production. There’s not a single mediocre song on the entire album. It could easily be mistaken for a “Best of” release — it’s an album with excellent musicians, background vocals, and of course, Bobby’s unique voice in its prime.

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I chose Help Me Through The Day for the simple reason that some of Bobby’s songs are almost played to death, while other equally good songs don’t get any air time at all.  Help Me Through The Day is one of the latter songs.

The strings and the guitars are absolutely fantastic. Okay, turn up the volume and listen to the man now …




Aretha Franklin and King Curtis Live at the Fillmore West: I Stand Accused

Just in case you have a few dollars to spare you can get the album here.

Today’s song is from the legendary 1971 live  recordings of Aretha Franklin’s performance with King Curtis at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. Jerry Wexler, who had added Aretha to Atlantic Records, had the glorious idea to have her perform with another band than her own show band — and at a relatively small venue. The concert turned out to become legendary.

Not only did the audience get treated to the incomparable Aretha Franklin but also to such musicians as Billy Preston and The Memphis Horns. Can you imagine?  And for drummer groupies like me, the drums are in the hands of Bernard Purdie.



Full Force — We’ve Come A Long Way

Lost Soul Oldies Vol. 5

This is a compilation of lost gems. You need to get this album, if you appreciate Old School soul with melodious arrangements, stunning background harmonizing — all paced just right to put you into a dreamy mood and has you reminisce those days when music was made it easy to get closer to the object of your admiration. There’s not a single disappointing title on this album, although some of the songs definitely suffer from poor sound quality.

This is the perfect companion for a candle light dinner, some smooth red wine, and those telling looks across the table …



Reggae Monday

Augustus Pablo — Reggae In The Fields

Winston Jarrett — Do You Hear I

Witty’s All Stars — Just Like A Sea (version)

Senseations — Lonely Lover




Willie Small — Say You Will

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I don’t know what happened, but last week was packed with activities not favorable to blogging. The new week will be less busy, I hope.

Starting off with a Deep Soul gem by Willie Small of whom I couldn’t find any useable info — unfortunately. Today’s pick is from yet another priceless Lost Deep Soul Treasures compilation. Volume 1 of this collection features such greats as Otis Clay, Sam Dees, and Clay Hammond as well as lesser known artists. Those little known artists deserve as much attention and recognition as their more famous counterparts, however.

Willie Small, without doubt, has a ton of talent: flawless singing and measured intensity  combined with a perfect horn section make for this classic deepie.



Paul Gayten — Ain’t Nothing Happening

Here’s  a fine piece of jump blues by Paul Gayten, the nephew of Little Brother Montgomery, a blues pianist. Paul followed in his uncle’s footsteps and began playing the piano. Still in his teens, he performed with local bands and, on the side, established his own band Gayten’s Sizzling Six. 

Gayten tried his hand at various branches of the music business including being a bandleader, a label owner, songwriter, and a record producer.

The war years he spent leading the Army band in Biloxi, Mississippi. Once back in New Orleans, created a new trio which became a resident band at the renowned  Club Robin Hood. Two of the first New Orleans R’n B era hits, True and Since I Fell For You, were recorded by Gayten’s trio in 1947. 

Two years later, his trio had grown into a nine-piece band and, having signed up with Regal Records, he wrote For You My Love which hit # 1 on the R’nB charts with Larry Darnell. His band was in high demand and for a while appeared with such greats as Dizzy Gillespy and Charlie Parker. 

In 1952, Gayten joined Okeh Records, but only a year later he gave up touring to join Chess Records.  At Chess, he applied his talent to song writing, promoting, and talent scouting for the label — still recording and being a part time musician. He discovered Clarence Frogman Henry, for example, whose first hit, Ain’t Got No Home, was produced by Gayten.

After a multifaceted career as singer, song writer, producer, and band leader Paul Gayten and his wife moved to Los Angeles in 1960 where he ran the West Coast Chess Record enterprise. In 1968, finally, he established his very own label, Pzazz. (For a Pzazz discography, please go here.)

Paul Gayten died March 26, 1991 in Los Angeles. 



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

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

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