Rockin’ Robin – The Jacksons

January 6, 2019

I thought it would be nice to include The Jacksons as part of my first selection. They started out as The Jackson 5 but changed their name after leaving Motown Records. The original group consisted of Jackie, Marlon, Tito, Jermaine and Michael Jackson. Jermaine would be the first to pursue a solo career and then Michael. They were one of the first boy groups to present us with spectacular performances…

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River Deep Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner

January 6, 2019

If we can get past the abuse (mental and physical)Ike Turner inflicted on his musical partner and wife Tina Turner, we would see that he was a really talented musician. Ike and Tina Turner were pioneers of the Soul Genre. Ike Turner started out with his band The Kings Of Rhythm. They specialized in performing the Blues and perform they did. They became one of the most sought-after bands on…

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(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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She’s Strange – Kool & The Gang

January 4, 2019

  My next selection is off Cameo’s tenth album of the same name. When Cameo first came out there was no doubt they were into Funk. I remember picking up an album by them and another by Slave and believe me that was like hitting pure gold. Both bands took us on a Funky trip. Cameo with Cardiac Arrest and Slave by the group of the same name. That was…

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What A Man – Linda Lyndell

January 4, 2019

  Linda Lyndell a white girl that just happened to sing in both Black and White churches would be forced to stop singing in the 1990s because of threats from the Ku Klux Klan and other White Supremacy groups. Linda was born in Gainesville, Florida and attended both Black and White churches even though she was White. She learned how to sing the Black Gospels and learned how to phrase…

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Silent Night – The Temptations

December 24, 2018

  Well, folks, two more sleeps before the big day. I will be busy roasting the traditional ham at our house and getting into the Sorrel, wine and the odd Appleton Rum. I am not venturing further than my living room so I will partake in a few libations. It was a struggle to decide which artist or artists would be my last selection before Christmas. It was either Johnny…

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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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Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday – William Bell

December 24, 2018

  Hello “Soulful Sunday,” followers I feel really great sharing the Sunday before Christmas with you all. Listening to some of the best Christmas songs sung by some of the greatest R&B, Soul and Gospel artist of our time. It is really incredible, I finished doing my shopping today and it was primarily for groceries, not presents. I remember when my daughters were small how I would rush around even…

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