Category Archives: Southern Soul

THE LONDON AMERICAN LABEL YEAR BY YEAR 1967.

The London American Label Year By Year 1967. Label: Ace Records. For a generation of British teenagers who embarked upon a lifelong love affair with music during the fifties and sixties, the London American Recordings will forever have a place in their heart. London American Recordings was the label that introduced a British music lovers …

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CULT CLASSIC: MILLIE JACKSON-STILL CAUGHT UP.

Cult Classic: Millie Jackson-Still Caught Up. There’s nothing worse than not hearing how a story ends, and that was how many record buyers felt after hearing Millie Jackson’s critically acclaimed fourth album Caught Up, which was released in 1974. Caught Up was essentially a concept album, but in truth was like a musical soap opera about …

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CULT CLASSIC: SAM DEES-THE SHOW MUST GO ON.

Cult Classic: Sam Dees-The Show Must Go On. Sam Dees is, without doubt, one of music’s best kept secrets  and has been described as one of the best singers you’ve never heard. His career began back in the late-sixties but sadly, commercial success and critical acclaim never came Sam Dees’ way. As a result, nowadays he’s better known …

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CULT CLASSIC: BETTYE CRUTCHER-LONG AS YOU LOVE ME.

Cult Classic: Bettye Crutcher-As Long As You Love Me. For Bettye Crutcher, getting a foothold in the male-dominated world of Memphis songwriting wasn’t easy. Her songs already been rejected by Willie Mitchell at Hi Records. Willie told her he’d already got Don Bryant signed to Hi Records. Don had already established himself as a successful and …

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SIDIKU BUARI-DISCO SOCCER.

Sidiku Buari-Disco Soccer. Label: BBE Africa. Release Date: ‘18th’ October 2019.  There are very few people who manage to forge a career in both sport and music, but Ghanian born Sidiku Buari managed to do just this. He was a silver medallist in the 400 metres at the 1963 All-Africa Games held in Dakar, Senegal. …

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AMERICAN TUNES-SONGS BY PAUL SIMON.

American Tunes-Songs By Paul Simon. Label: Ace Records. Ace Record’s critically acclaimed and commercially successful Songwriter Series is one of their  longest-running compilation series. It’s featured songs by such luminaries as Burt Bacharach, Harry Nilsson, Dan Penn, Serge Gainsbourg and Tony Hatch. There’s also been compilations featuring the music of some of the greatest songwriting …

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LOS ANGELES SOUL VOLUME 2-KENT-MODERN’S BLACK MUSIC LEGACY 1963-197

Los Angeles Soul Volume 2-Kent-Modern’s Black Music Legacy 1963-1971. Label: Kent Soul. Release Date: ‘30th’ August 2019. Four-and-a-half years ago,  in February 2015, Kent Soul, an imprint of Ace Records, released Los Angeles Soul-Kent-Modern’s Black Music Legacy to plaudits and praise. Critics and music fans wondered if there would be a followup to this  lovingly …

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THE ROZETTA JOHNSON STORY: A CASE OF WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.

The Rozetta Johnson Story: A Case Of What Might Have Been. Throughout the history of modern music, some of the most talented artists haven’t enjoyed the commercial success and critical acclaim that their considerable talent deserves. That was the case with Nick Drake, Jackie Leven, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Michael Chapman, Tim Buckley, Alice Clark, …

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SPENCER WIGGINS-ONE OF SOUL MUSIC’S BEST KEPT SECRETS.

Spencer Wiggins-One Of Soul Music’s Best Kept Secrets. Although Spencer Wiggins is nowadays, widely recognised by critics as one of the finest exponents of deep soul, sadly, he’s still one of soul music’s best kept secrets. Spencer Wiggins at the peak of his powers, had the ability to breath life, meaning and emotion into the lyrics …

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MASTERPIECES OF MODERN SOUL VOLUME 5.

Masterpieces Of Modern Soul Volume Volume 5. Label:Kent Dance. Nearly sixteen years ago, back in October 2003,  Kent Soul released the first instalment in the Masterpieces Of Modern Soul series. Since then, another five volumes have been released. The first came in January 2009, when Masterpieces Of Modern Soul Volume 2 was released. Just over …

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THE SPENCER WIGGINS STORY.

The Spencer Wiggins’ Story. Although Spencer Wiggins is nowadays, widely recognised by critics as one of the finest exponents of deep soul, sadly, he’s still one of soul music’s best kept secrets. Spencer Wiggins at the peak of his powers, had the ability to breath life, meaning and emotion into the lyrics of a song. …

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JAMES CARR-UNDOUBTABLY THE GREATEST SOUTHERN SOUL SINGER

James Carr-Undoubtably The Greatest Southern Soul Singer. By 1964, Memphis was a musical hotbed, and home to many up-and-coming soul singers and songwriters looking to make a breakthrough. Roosevelt Jamieson was a friend of many of these songwriters and soul singers, including OV Wright and James Carr, who were both looking for a label. It was a …

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TOMMY HUNT-THE COMPLETE MAN: 60s NYC SOUL SONGS.

Tommy Hunt-The Complete Man: 60s NYC Soul Songs. Label: Kent. Mention the name Tommy Hunt, and many soul fans will think of the music that the Pittsburgh-born singer recorded for Scepter in the early sixties. That was where Tommy Hunt came to prominence as a solo artist. However, this wasn’t Tommy Hunt’s first encounter with …

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THE RISE AND DEMISE OF A MUSICAL EMPIRE.

The Rise and Demise Of A Musical Empire. Musical history is littered with examples of entrepreneurs who thought they could make money out of running a record company. The only problem was, they lacked the specialised skills that were required. There was a way round this, by surrounding themselves with music industry professionals. Then they …

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SAM DEES-“A PROLIFIC SONGWRITER AND OCCASIONAL PERFORMER.”

Sam Dees-“A Prolific Songwriter and Occasional Performer.”  For many artists their career is a case of what might have been, and sadly, that has been the case with Sam Dees. He had the talent and potential to become one of the biggest names in soul music. Sadly, Sam Dees didn’t enjoy the commercial success and critical acclaim that …

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FAME NORTHERN SOUL.

Fame Northern Soul . Label: Kent. Mention Southern Soul, and there are certain record labels that spring to mind, including Stax, Hi Records and Fame Records. It’s no exaggeration to say that these three labels are synonymous with Southern Soul. Together they released some of the greatest music in the history of Southern Soul.  Indeed, the …

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STAX 68: A MEMPHIS STORY.

Stax 68: A Memphis Story. Label: UMC. Nowadays, many historians regard 1963 as the height of the Civil Rights movement in America, which many African-Americans had devoted themselves to, and had been working towards the day when America would be fully integrated. That was the day that they had long dreamt about. Sometimes, it seemed tantalisingly …

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PRIMAL SCREAM-GIVE OUT BUT DON’T GIVE UP: THE ORIGINAL MEMPHIS RECORDINGS.

Primal Scream-Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings. Label: Sony Music. It’s never easy to followup a classic album, and countless bands have discovered that over the last fifty years.  In 1994, the latest band to realise that were Primal Scream, who three years earlier, at the height of the Acid House era  had …

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WILLIE HIGHTOWER-OUT OF THE BLUE.

Willie Hightower-Out Of The Blue. Label: Ace Records. Sadly, nowadays ageism is rife in society and many experienced and talented professionals are consigned to the scrap-heap. Many talented and experienced people are suddenly jettisoned by organisations who should know better. Many of these people are only in their fifties and sixties and have a lot …

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MILLIE JACKSON EXPOSED: THE MULTI-TRACK SESSIONS MIXED BY STEVE LEVINE.

Millie Jackson Exposed: The Multi-Track Sessions Mixed By Steve Levine. Label: Southbound Records. To remix or not to remix, that is the question that many critics and music fans have asked over the last few years. Especially if it’s a classic album, which adds to the controversy. Soon, feelings are running high at the thought …

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