Author: Ken Shane

Ken Shane lives in Narragansett, R.I. He is the New Music Editor for Popdose and a freelance writer. Ken is far and away the oldest Popdose writer. In fact, he may be the oldest writer, period. He wants you to know that he generally does not share his colleagues' love for the music of the '80s, and he does not forgive them for loving it.
The Joe Jeffrey Group

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Soul Serenade: The Joe Jeffrey Group, “My Pledge of Love”

The Joe Jeffrey Group established themselves as one-hit-wonders with a 1969 hit...

Rose Royce

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Soul Serenade: Rose Royce, “Car Wash”

In 1977 Rose Royce's debut single rose to the top of the pop and R&B charts...

Hot Chocolate

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Soul Serenade: Hot Chocolate, “You Sexy Thing”

A soulful British band took a song to the upper reaches of the US charts in 1975...

The Vibrations

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Soul Serenade: The Vibrations, “My Girl Sloopy”

"Sloopy" was a bigger hit for the McCoys but the Vibrations got there first...

Willie Tee

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Soul Serenade: Willie Tee, “Thank You John”

Despite a lack of chart success, Willie Tee became a New Orleans legend...

Aretha Franklin

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Soul Serenade: Aretha Franklin, “I Say a Little Prayer”

Saying goodbye to the Queen of Soul with a prayer from 1968...

George Clinton and P Funk

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A Fan’s Notes: Newport Jazz Festival 2018

Newport Jazz Festival 2018 set out to push boundaries and succeeded admirably...

Chairmen of the Board

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Soul Serenade: The Chairmen of the Board, “Give Me Just a Little More Time”

The Chairmen of the Board teamed up with Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland to create a Beach Music classic...

The Free Movement

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Soul Serenade: The Free Movement, “I’ve Found Someone of My Own”

The dog days of summer are upon us. I’m feeling lazy these days and I’ve even considered suspending the column for the rest of...

The Marvelettes

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Soul Serenade: The Marvelettes, “When You’re Young and in Love”

One year ago in this column, I featured Ruby and the Romantics and their 1963 smash hit “Our Day Will Come.” The record was so...

Tomás Doncker and Yusuf Komunyakaa

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Popdose Exclusive Song Premiere: Yusef Komunyakaa and Tomás Doncker, “The Only Way”

Award-winning poet Komunyakaa and acclaimed musician Doncker collaborate on an anthem to celebrate the centennial of the birth of Nelson...

Love Unlimited

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Soul Serenade: Love Unlimited, “I Belong to You”

Under the guidance of Barry White, Love Unlimited found chart success in the 1970s...

The Whispers

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Soul Serenade: The Whispers, “Bingo”

The Whispers had an impressive three-decade long string of hits...

The New Birth

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Soul Serenade: The New Birth, “Wildflower”

The New Birth was an ever-shifting assemblage that scored a big hit in 1974...

Aaron Neville

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Soul Serenade: Aaron Neville, “Tell It Like It Is”

Aaron Neville has had an impressive career with his brothers and as a solo artist but his biggest hit came in 1966...

Brighter Side of Darkness

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Soul Serenade: Brighter Side of Darkness, “Love Jones”

The Brighter Side of Darkness hit inspired a parody song that did even better...

Bob & Earl

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Soul Serenade: Bob & Earl, “Harlem Shuffle”

The original version of "Harlem Shuffle" made more of an impact as an influence then it did on the charts...

Cliff Nobles & Co

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Soul Serenade: Cliff Nobles & Co., “The Horse”

Cliff Nobles had a big hit in 1968. The only thing it was missing was ... Cliff Nobles...

Johnny Nash

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Soul Serenade: Johnny Nash, “I Can See Clearly Now”

Johnny Nash's trip to Jamaica in 1968 led to one of the first U.S. reggae hits...

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Soul Serenade: Denise LaSalle, “Trapped by a Thing Called Love”

Denise LaSalle earned the title "Queen of the Blues" with a series of legendary recordings and live performances...

Graham Central Station

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Soul Serenade: Graham Central Station, “Your Love”

No one brought the funk to the '70s more than the originator of the "slap" bass, Larry Graham...

The Independents

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Soul Serenade: The Independents, “Leaving Me”

The Independents ran eight singles up the charts in their all-too-brief career...

The Diamonds

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Soul Serenade: The Diamonds, “The Stroll”

Proving that soul knows no geographical bounds, this Canadian group raced up the charts in 1957....

The Foundations

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Soul Serenade: The Foundations, “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You”

A multiracial British band gave us two of the most indelible hits of the '60s...

Johnny 'Guitar' Watson

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Soul Serenade: Johnny “Guitar” Watson, “Superman Lover”

Johnny 'Guitar' Watson's influence extended well beyond his hit records...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers

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Soul Serenade: Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, “Bustin’ Loose”

"The Godfather of G-Go" had his biggest hit in 1979...

The Ebonys

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Soul Serenade: The Ebonys, “You’re the Reason Why”

The Ebonys had some chart success but never quite got the break they needed to really break through...

Concert for George

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A Fan’s Notes: “Concert for George” (Four-LP Box Set)

The sublime Concert for George has been released in a stunning new four-LP box set...

100 PROOF Aged in Soul

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Soul Serenade: 100 PROOF Aged in Soul, “Somebody’s Been Sleeping”

When Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1968 the team needed new hitmakers. They found them in 100 PROOF....

Stax Singles, Vol. 4

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Soul Serenade: “Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & the Best of the Rest”

A new box-set delves deeper into the Stax catalog than any previous reissue...