(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

January 6, 2019

  Hello “Soulful Sunday, ”followers, it is the first weekend of 2019, and I am sure a lot of us are still in the festive mood. Do not lose it, try keeping that mood going for at least the next six months. By then we will be in June and the summer. My first selection does remind me of the summer months, sitting by the water early morning and enjoying…

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What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas – Patti Labelle

December 24, 2018

If there was a Godfather of Soul then it is only right that there would be a Godmother. Well to some of us Patti Labelle is that person. There are a few R&B, Soul, Blues, and Rock artists that you can close your eyes and recognize when someone plays there songs. Mick Jagger, James Brown, Sam Cooke, B.B. King, Otis Redding, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, and…

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Rocking Around The Christmas Tree – Darlene Love & Ronnie Spector

December 24, 2018

  Who remembers the 2013 documentary on background singers “20 Feet From Stardom? It featured some of the best backup singers in the music business. Whether it is the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Michael Jackson or David Bowie, one artist stood out. That was Darlene Love. Don’t get me wrong Táta Vega, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Mary Clayton are no way slouches and can hold there own when it…

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Everyday People – Sly & The Family Stone

November 11, 2018

Sly Stone and the Family Stone were a strong part of the “Love Generation.” Another group that gave an up close and personal example of diversity. Sly “Stone,” Stewart and his band of musicians had gender, and race covered. The band was way ahead of its time not only in the concept of diversity, but by incorporating Rock, R&B, and Soul, they became one of the first Funk bands. In…

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Why Can’t We Be Friends – War

November 11, 2018

My next song asks the question why can’t we be friends? and when you think of the civil uprising that was occurring in the United States of America and is still happening there and in other places like Brazil, Pakistan. It is a valid question. The song was a thought in the War’s drummers mind while on tour in Japan. It was Harold Brown’s thought that we are all really…

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Relight My Fire – Dan Hartman

October 12, 2018

My next artist was one of those artists that just loved the whole concept of making music. Dan Hartman started making music in a band called The Legends, where he played an instrument and wrote most of their music. He was only 13 at the time. After leaving The Legends he played with both Edgar and Johnny Winters’ bands. In fact, he wrote and sang on the Edgar Winter’s groups…

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Ya Mo Be There – James Ingram & Michael McDonald

September 14, 2018

Before going solo my next artist was part of Rock Royalty. Michael McDonald played in several bands during his career. I did not follow Steely Dan, even though, they had some solid hits during the 1970s. I did, however, follow Credence Clearwater (Michael did not play with them) and the Doobie Brothers. All three had unique sounds and made you want to dance. In Steely Dan, McDonald would play and…

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My Love, Sweet Love – Patti Labelle

August 19, 2018

Patti Labelle, the diva that does not want to be called that. Why? Because she does not want to be considered a diva with today’s crop of female singers. She considers artists like Dinah Washington a diva, but not the young artists of today. The other thing both her and Aretha tried to put to bed was the rumour that they disliked each other. It was Patti’s hope that one…

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On My Own – Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald

July 29, 2018

Patricia Louise Holt or Patti Labelle as we know her, started her career at the age of ten by singing in a church choir. By the age of 12, she would have her first solo performance at the church. That was the early 1950s. Unlike most Soul and R&B singers that started out in the church, Patti was not restricted to only listening to Gospel music. Patti learned her craft…

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Streakin’ Cheek To Cheek – Ohio Players

July 28, 2018

The Ohio Players are similar to Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF). They combine several genre of music to produce the sound that we have come to love. Everyone knows The Ohio Players are Funk, but they combine, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Country and Rock to give us their version of Funk that we have come to expect. Here is The Ohio Players with “Streakin’ Cheek To Cheek.” Have a great…

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