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Motown Spotlight – July 2019

I thought it was about time we lent space to another of Motown’s unsung heroes, who rightly deserved their own special niche in the company’s history, but about whom, little or nothing was known at the time, let alone acknowledged. Thankfully, as time passed, company rules were relaxed, with the result that musicians, session singers …

CD REISSUE REVIEWS – July 2019

GROVER WASHINGTON JR: SACRED KIND OF LOVE:THE COLUMBIA RECORDINGS  (SOULMUSIC RECORDS) A saxophonist of many talents in the soul/jazz and jazz/funk field and considered by many to be one of the founders of jazz fusion, this cracking 5-CD package focuses on Grover Washington Jr’s Columbia tenure. Already established in his field, he signed with the …

Motown Spotlight – June 2019

Well, if you’d asked me a year ago would I attend a Northern Soul Weekend I’d have given a negative response, sighing that those days were over for me. But no, here I am going to an event “The Northern Soul Survivors” in Skegness, Lincolnshire, kicking off on 20 September for three nights. I’ll give …

Hamish Stuart (Average White Band) 2019 SoulMusic.com Interview

One of the first UK groups to literally ‘export’ horn-driven ’70s funk and soul back to the US and achieve international success in the process,  Average White Band (or AWB as they became known) created a catalogue of compelling grooves and heartfelt ballads that have stood the test of time. No surprise then – with …

Motown Spotlight – April/May 2019

Just when you think all is well with the world, the gremlins get into your computer and gobble up a morning’s work.  And that’s exactly what happened with the result that this Motown Spotlight covers two months. So let’s TCB before anything else happens! While rifling through my collection the other day, I came across …

biSoultennial – Vote for your Top Ten Memphis Soul Songs!

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is helping celebrate its 16th birthday and the 200th birthday of the epicenter of American music, Memphis, Tennessee, by compiling a list of the 200 most indelible soul songs recorded in Memphis between 1957 and 1975. From Stax stars Otis Redding and Sam & Dave to Hi Records royalty …

CD REISSUE REVIEWS – APRIL 2019

BILLY PAUL: ME & MRS JONES: THE ANTHOLOGY (SOULMUSIC RECORDS) Now this is an interesting 31-track package as it spans the ten studio albums between 1969-1985 by a man who’s considered to be one of the top soul/jazz stylists of our age, and one of the most distinguished names on the Philadelphia International artist roster. …