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Soul Serenade: Bessie Banks, “Go Now”

In 1964, Bessie Banks released the great soul ballad "Go Now." Before her version had a chance to climb the charts, the Moody Blues had it...

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Soul Serenade: Percy Sledge, “The Atlantic Recordings” — Win It!

We've come to expect reissue brilliance from Rhino Handmade. Their new Percy Sledge release is no exception. One lucky reader has a chance...

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Soul Serenade: Aretha Franklin, “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)”

In 1967, Stevie Wonder co-wrote a classic song of romantic longing, but it remained largely unknown until the Queen of Soul released her...

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Soul Serenade: Ike & Tina Turner, “Come Together”

In case you missed the sly double entendre in John Lennon's lyrics for "Come Together," Ike & Tina Turner released their own version to...

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Soul Serenade: Sly & the Family Stone, “Stand!”

Sly & the Family Stone released their breakthrough album in May 1969. This week Ken Shane fondly remembers the album's title track....

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Soul Serenade: A Soulful Thanksgiving

In the true spirit of what the holiday has become, Ken Shane serves up a musical feast full of Thanksgiving flavor....

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Soul Serenade: Bobby Womack and Peace, “Across 110th Street”

The 1972 blaxploitation film "Across 110 Street" has been largely forgotten, but Bobby Womack's indelible title song lives on....

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Soul Serenade: Lorraine Ellison, “Stay With Me”

In 1966 the legendary songwriter/producer Jerry Ragovoy found himself with a full orchestra and free studio time. He certainly made the...

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Soul Serenade: James Brown and the Famous Flames, “I’ll Go Crazy”

To make up for the inexcusable absence of the King of Soul from his Soul Serenade column, Ken Shane offers up a double shot of James Brown....

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Soul Serenade: The Showmen, “It Will Stand”

When General Norman Johnson died on Oct. 13, the world of soul music suffered another incalculable loss. Ken Shane remembers the great...

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Soul Serenade: “Treme: Music From the HBO Original Series, Season One” (Win a Copy!)

Earlier this year HBO aired the New Orleans-based series Treme, featuring remarkable music each week. Now it's been collected in a...

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Soul Serenade: Solomon Burke, “Got To Get You Off My Mind”

Solomon Burke was known as the King of Rock and Soul. When he died last Sunday, he left behind a long string of soul classics. Ken Shane...

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Soul Serenade: Anniversary MegaMix 1

Ken Shane celebrates the six-month anniversary of his Soul Serenade column with an awesome mix that includes every song that has appeared...

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Soul Serenade: Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, “Does Your Mama Know About Me”

In 1968, the guitarist for an obscure group wrote a song that became a Top 30 hit. He went on to legendary success, but not as a...

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Soul Serenade: Dionne Warwick, “Anyone Who Had a Heart”

In 1962, Dionne Warwick began her historic collaboration with Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Two years later she had the first in a long...

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Soul Serenade: Al Wilson, “Show and Tell”

“Show and Tell” is just one of those songs that thrills me whenever it comes on the radio. It’s been doing that since Al...

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Soul Serenade: The Originals, “The Bells”

Last week, as you will no doubt recall, Soul Serenade focused on the great Laura Nyro and her song “Timer.” This week’s...

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Soul Serenade: Laura Nyro, “Timer”

I have written extensively about Laura Nyro for Popdose. There was my review of the splendid Iconoclassic reissue of her live album Season...

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Soul Serenade: The Delfonics, “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

Working with producer Thom Bell, the Delfonics hit the charts with a string of unforgettable singles, including 1970's "Didn't I (Blow Your...

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Soul Serenade: The Temptations, “You’re My Everything”

It’s surprising to me that we’re now several months into Soul Serenade, and I have yet to feature a track by the Temptations....

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Soul Serenade: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You”

The story of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell is one that ends tragically, but begins in glory. Together they stormed the charts in 1967 with...

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Soul Serenade: Gene McDaniels, “Tower of Strength”

Gene McDaniels is an artist who saw success during the years between the rise of Elvis Presley, and the rise of the Beatles. Many people...

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Soul Serenade: The Esquires, “Get On Up”

“Get On Up” by the Esquires was a huge record on the Atlantic City Boardwalk in the summer of 1967. It was a perfect song for...

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Soul Serenade: Bobby Lewis, “Tossin’ and Turnin'”

This week I bring you another one of those classic soul songs that I just couldn’t stop listening to back in the day. I played the 45...

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Soul Serenade: Ben E. King, “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”

Everyone knows Ben E. King. He’s the guy who co-wrote and sang the immortal “Stand By Me,” which was a Top Ten hit in...

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Soul Serenade: The Moonglows, “Sincerely”

Harvey Fuqua died on Tuesday. He was 80 years-old. Fuqua was from Louisville, KY, where in 1951 he founded a group called the Crazy Sounds....

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Soul Serenade: “Do What You Gotta Do” (Three Covers)

On Tuesday, my review of the new Jimmy Webb album, Just Across the River, ran on Popdose. If you read it, you know that I am a huge fan of...

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Soul Serenade: Bobby Brown, “Every Little Step”

OK, I admit it. I know fuck-all about Bobby Brown. Week after week I use this space to pontificate about the great soul music of the past....

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Soul Serenade: The Isley Brothers, “Work to Do”

In 1972, the Isley Brothers, on the verge of becoming a six-piece, vocal instrumental family funk juggernaut, scored a minor hit with "Work...

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Soul Serenade: Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, “Wake Up Everybody”

Last weekend I attended a Triple-A radio conference in Philadelphia. The event is called Non-Comm (as in noncommercial radio), and...