Category Archives: Blues and Soul

Deep digging Soul songs of Doris Troy “So Far” and “Just One Look”

Born in the Bronx as the daughter of a minister Doris Troy was raised with the Soul of Gospel because Rhythm and Blues songs were “subversive“.   “So Far” is a recording from 1970 where Doris Troy shows us how deep here voice digs. This slow rhythmic ballad is heavy as the heart. 

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Lula Reed’s finest soul ballads from the fifties

I ran across some of the finest voices in soul music when I listened to the album Walkin’ By Myself And Other Blues Hits Of The Past”, released by Chess Records in 1959. Lula Reed or in earlier days Lulu Reed recorded Anything To Say You’re Mine in 1958 for Argo records.

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Enjoyable Rock driven Blues and Soul from sixties LA Based band Pacific Gas & Electric

Back in the late sixties and early seventies, a band from Los Angeles called Pacific Gas & Electric made some fame with their rock driven blues and soul dripping vocals. Led by singer Charlie Allen the band recorded several albums and recorded their biggest hit “Are You Ready?”. Worth listening is the live album Live ‘N Kicking at Lexington which features the guitar shredding hit “32-30 Blues”.

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Spanish Soul Shakers Freedonia funk on new album “Shenobi”

Hailin’ from Madrid, Spain Freedonia is a high flying soul, funk and rhythm and blues band. Freedonia released a new double album called Shenobi this year. It is the follow-up of their debut album Dignity and Freedom. Listen here the full album!

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Grooving on Soulsinger Betty Harris’ classic “12 Red Roses”

Betty Harris made fame in the sixties with her uptempo Soul.  Back in the day, she had three big hits with: “Cry to Me” (1963), “His Kiss” (1964) and “Nearer to You” (1967). Although her song “12 Red Roses”  didn’t reach as high as other songs, this is really a cool story built on a grooving beat about love and life.

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Dark-noir lyrics built on dreamy arrangements: NEW Album Doom Wop from Prom Queen

She makes you think back to the days of the Doo Wop singers era and the nostalgic sound of the sixties,  The Drifters meet the sixties music scene in a pessimistic soulful duet.  With her band, she creates a unique stage presence, always beautiful dresses and melodious soundscape in a dreamy theatre. Prom Queen is definitely a unique voice in today’s music scene.  

 

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Looking Back at sixties blues and soul hit “Being Without You” by Maurice Williams

They had a huge hit with “Stay” Just a little bit longer, but Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs recorded several cool soul songs during the 50s and 60s.  The last few days a listened to a uptempo song called “Being Without You”.  

Performing under different names

Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs performed under several names. Back in the day a whole lot of musicians did it.  I alway guess the reason behind it.  Williams and the Zodiacs started as the (Royal) Charms, the band changed its name to the Gladiolas in 1957 and the Excellos in 1958, before finally settling on the Zodiacs in 1959.

Hit single  “Being Without You”

“Being Without You” was recorded on a vinyl 7″ single in the US in June 1966. The up-tempo rhythms, swinging horns, and tight lyrics make songs enjoyable for many hours.  I also like the fact “Being Without You” is completely different than “stay” which is remarkable for the slow but intense rhythm and vocals.

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