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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Best Of My Love – The Emotions

November 9, 2018

Here is another powerhouse trio to come out of the Stax/Volt Records stable of artists, The Emotions. Sheila, Wanda and Jeanette Hutchinson are a set of sisters that grew up in the church but enjoyed a following among the secular crowd in Chicago where they were based. When they joined Volt Records they, of course, came under Isaac Hayes and David Porter, the dynamic writing team for Stax and Volt….

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I Want To Thank You – Sam & Dave

November 2, 2018

  No other duo really epitomized Southern Soul like Sam Moore and Dave Prater or Sam & Dave as we came to know them. The came together in 1961, but did not record any hit until they signed with Atlantic Records, who convinced their partner company Stax/Volt Records to record them. Enter Isaac Hayes and David Porter, the writing duo behind most of Stax/Volt’s hits. Hayes and Porter were like…

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Soul Finger – The Bar-Kays

November 2, 2018

Well hello everyone, it is a raining day here in Canada’s largest city, Toronto. I am here for some training and my organization’s Annual General Meeting. This morning was brutal, but something my body needed. Now it is time to do something for my mind and soul. You know what that is, some good old R&B, Soul and Funk, baby. I thought I would start way back with The Bar-Kays….

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Hear The Words, Feel The Feeling – Margie Joseph

Welcome to this freezing rain “Soulful Sunda.” I have Little Anthony & The Imperials playing in the background and already it feels warm inside. So let’s start off with a woman that was compared to Aretha Franklin, but never reached the level of stardom that the “Queen of Soul reached. Margaret Marie “Margie,” Joseph, when you read her biography seems to have a lot of bad luck choosing recording labels….

April 15, 2018
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If Sex Is All We Had – William Bell

William Yarborough the musician we know as William Bell is known as the songwriter that wrote the most covered song in the Blues genre, “Born Under A Bad Sign.” He, of course, wrote other memorable hits. He spent most of his career at Stax/Volt Records, but around 1969 after a stint in the United States Military he would leave and form his own record label, Peachtree. He is still touring…

February 4, 2018
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Never Like This Before – William Bell

“Soulful Sunday,” folks and it’s time to enter that time machine and go way back, way back when people would just rush to the record store to by the latest R&B, and Soul records, go home and play them until the grooves disappeared. I got to admit, I was one of those serious record collectors, 45s, EPS, and LPs. It sure is sweet on a Sunday to go down to…

January 21, 2018
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Gee Whiz It’s Christmas – Carla Thomas

Next up is the Queen of Soul, Carla Thomas. She decided to add a little twist to her Christmas song. Do you remember her 1961 hit “Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)?” That was a song Carla had written and not only did it start her star soaring, but it also brought Stax Records International and national exposure. I tried to find who penned the song, but can only find…

December 22, 2017
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White Christmas – Otis Redding

Well, it is the countdown everybody to that special time of the year. When we get together with family and friends. Any chance I get to spend time with my loved ones is cherished. I know most of you will be busy from today until after Boxing Day, but to help you through all the rush and excitement, let us not forget what day it is “Flashback Friday. In keeping…

December 22, 2017
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Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday – William Bell

It was 1977 when I first bought a William Bell album “Coming Back For More,” and yet I grew up listening to his songs. Song by other artists from the Stax/Volt family. He is considered one of the cornerstones of Country-Soul. You would know the songs “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” and “Born Under A Bad Sign.” Well, both these songs were written by William Bell. The list of artists…

December 10, 2017
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