Born in New Orleans where he performed till his death Tommy Ridgley sang soul all his life. I think he didn’t get the publicity for his music he deserved but when we listen to songs like “In The Same Old Way” we keep his art alive.
When Ruth Brown’s “I Wanna Do More” kicks off you might think this is a collaboration with Little Walter. His Hit “My Babe” contains the same groove and tune, but Ruth added a whole lot of sax and rhythm to the song. Also, Her Vocals and lyrics are unique in her own style; rhythmic, soulful and happy.
“Everybody Knows” is the debut single of Van der Neer. These guys hailin’ from York in the UK deliver fine grooving Rock music in their own blend. Inspired by the long road bands like Cream, Led Zeppelin and later The Black Keys and the Raconteurs traveled, Van Der Neer delivers approachable soul soaked melodies, grooves, and tight ass rhythms.
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.
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”.
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!
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.