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Kafka
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Sweet Soul Music
Yes, another genre thread. Haters will be happy to know I may run out soon.

William Bell - "You Don't Miss Your Water" (1961) -- The original version of a song later done by many country acts, including Gram Parsons (on the Byrds' Sweetheart Of The Rodeo)

Garnett Mimms -- "Cry Baby"

Little Richard - "I Don't Know What You've Got, But It's Got Me" -- Mr. Lipstick tries to cash in on the soul boom

Toussaint McCall - "Nothing Takes The Place Of You" -- As you might guess from the first name, he was from LA (Monroe)

James Carr - "Pouring Water On A Drowning Man"

Ann Peebles - "I Can't Stand The Rain"

Nat Hall - "A Broken Hearted Clown" -- Now THIS is an obscure record. I only know about it b/c a guy on a music message board posted that he had uploaded it to YouTube.
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Ive always loved this William Bell tune...

Every Day (will be like a holiday)

Also love this version of this Terry Callier song w/Beth Orton

Lean on Me

Ted Hawkins - Green Eyed Girl
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Kafka
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TFTC
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More Ted Hawkins... Such an amazing voice...

Strange Conversation


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Kafka
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re: Sweet Soul Music
Writer-producer Jerry Ragovoy (1930-2011):



I could have included him in the Brill Building thread, but he seems to fit better here

Howard Tate - "Get It While You Can"




Erma Franklin - "Piece Of My Heart" (Aretha's sister)



Some may know these songs via covers by Janis Joplin (she also did Ragovoy's "Cry Baby" -- see OP)


Irma Thomas - "Time Is On My Side"




Lorraine Ellison - "Stay With Me"



Rittdog
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Pardon me buddy

Cuttin in


Kafka
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Larry Williams and Johnny Watson - "Mercy Mercy Mercy" (1967)

Some may know this song from the hit version by The Buckinghams. I don't know which version was released first.

The song had been an instrumental hit for Cannonball Adderly the year before.


Kafka
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Surprised this thread never got more traffic -- no soul fans on here?

Bessie Banks - "Go Now" -- original version

Brenda Holloway - 'You've Made Me So Very Happy" -- original version

Don Covay - "Mercy Mercy" -- note how much his voice sounds like Mick Jagger

The Parliaments - "I Wanna Testify"

David Ruffin - "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)" -- great solo single from the Temptations lead singer


OldTigahFot
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Kafka, since you appear to be a somewhat serious student of music, let me pose this question to you. How do you think Marvin Gaye stacks up against some of his contemporaries like David & Jimmy Ruffin, Levi Stubbs, Smokey Robinson, etc. My personal opinion is that he is a little below their level yet he seems to get more play and attention than they do. What say you ?



Kafka
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How do you think Marvin Gaye stacks up against some of his contemporaries like David & Jimmy Ruffin, Levi Stubbs, Smokey Robinson, etc. My personal opinion is that he is a little below their level yet he seems to get more play and attention than they do. What say you ?


I know this is a sports site that insists on rankings and champions ("All real Americans love a winner, and will not tolerate a loser"), but I try to avoid it on things like music and movies.

I like Marvin Gaye -- I would classify him more on the "sweet" side of R&B rather than the "bluesy" side, like most of the Motown singers.

The grittier soul singers generally recorded in the South. IMHO one of the best was the underappreciated Wilson Pickett -- I really like his phrasing; he never seems to make a wrong decision. If you must have a ranking and a controversial opinion, I certainly prefer Pickett to Otis Redding, who I've always found somewhat overrated.



oompaw
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re: Sweet Soul Music
Gotta put in some Etta... Blind & Cry


Cdawg
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quote:

Lorraine Ellison - "Stay With Me"

Does it get any better than that?



Duane Dibbley
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re: Sweet Soul Music
What; no Percy Sledge yet, or do people consider him more Swamp Pop/R&B?

Some of the best belly rubbin music ever!

Percy Sledge: When a Man Loves a Woman (Full Album)

Percy Sledge Compilation (Full Album)



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Kafka
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quote:

Percy Sledge


"Out Of Left Field"


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Kafka
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quote:

Gotta put in some Etta

"Tell Mama"

Original version:

Clarence Carter - "Tell Daddy"


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Bunk Moreland
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Kafka
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re: Sweet Soul Music
quote:

Sam and Dave


"I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down"

Elvis Costello did a great uptempo cover of this


Kafka
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quote:

Lorraine Ellison - "Stay With Me"
Does it get any better than that?


This record didn't sell well, but got such a reputation among soul fans that soon after it came out collectors were paying $50 (an absolutely mind-boggling sum at the time for a recent release) for bootleg copies


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