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DIARY OF A BRITISH SOUL MAN – Dateline: London, November 30, 2019

THE DIARY OF A BRITISH SOUL MAN: Dateline: London, November 30, 2019 ….Firstly, thanks to everyone who responded so positively to my first ‘official’ blog at SoulMusic.com! Makes me wonder if I should have done it earlier – and on the other hand, timing is everything. You can ask P.P. ARNOLD! I first Pat (as …

MOTOWN SPOTLIGHT – November 2019

It was nearly fifty years ago that this endearing single hit the UK top twenty and I’m listening to it now as it’s the seventh track on “The Essential Collection” by Richard Dean Taylor released in 2001. You got it – “Indiana Wants Me”. Written and produced by the singer, the single shot into the …

Motown Spotlight – October 2019

In this 60th anniversary year, we, as fans, have been treated to several memorable surprises, and I believe the news that – after a couple of false starts – Sondra Williams, known to us all as Blinky, is set to have a compilation released, is another unexpected gift. In fact, when I first got wind …

Robin S. 2019 SoulMusic.com Interview – “The Way You Are”

Firmly established as a multi-genre chart topper in the early ’90s thanks to her timeless internationally-popular club anthem “Show Me Love,” Robin S has created an enduring career as a globe-trotting performer.   The October 2019 release of the powerhouse ballad “The Way You Are,” co-written by Robin with the track’s producer, award-winning music man Preston …

MOTOWN SPOTLIGHT – September 2019

Photo credits: Gerry Constable) (Photo: Sharon Davis, Chris Clark, Gloria Jones, Brenda Holloway) As you know, some months ago, founder and organiser Russ Winstanley invited me to the “Northern Soul Survivors Weekender: Celebrating 60 Years Of Motown” in Skegness last weekend, and to take part in a question/answer session with a trio of Motown ladies …

CD REISSUE REVIEWS – August/September 2019

HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUENOTES: BE FOR REAL:THE P.I.R. RECORDINGS (1972-1975) (SOULMUSIC RECORDS) Without wishing to go into a lengthy history lesson because 1) soul fans don’t need reminding and 2) I’d soon run out of space, suffice to say these guys were originally known as The Charlemagnes, and unsuccessfully recorded for several labels before …

P.P. ARNOLD: 2019 SoulMusic.com Interview

Embodying the true essence of what it is to be a ‘soul survivor,’ P.P. Arnold’s triumphant return with what is essentially her third full album in 51 years is a testament to her resilience, endurance and ‘against-all-odds’-perseverance. From her arrival in London as an Ikette with Ike & Tina Turner in 1966 through two classic …