Ken Shane’s Soul Serenade

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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...

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Soul Serenade: The Four Tops, “Ask the Lonely”

Levi Stubbs never left. While Diana Ross split from the Supremes, Smokey Robinson migrated from his Miracles, and David Ruffin took off...

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Soul Serenade: Gene Chandler, “Just Be True”

Gene Chandler scored a career-defining hit with "Duke of Earl" in 1962. Topping it wasn't easy, but he found success again in 1964 with...

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Soul Serenade: Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters, “A Quiet Place”

Garnett Mimms and the Enchanters had a massive hit in 1963 with "Cry Baby," but it's a less well known 1964 b-side by the group that has...

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Soul Serenade: The Magnificent Men, “Peace of Mind”

When I first encountered the legend of the Magnificent Men, it was like something out of a movie. According to the story, this group of...

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Soul Serenade: Aretha Franklin, “Ain’t No Way”

In 1968, Aretha Franklin had a hit with "Sweet, Sweet Baby (Since You've Been Gone)," but it was the B-side that broke hearts among soul...

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Soul Serenade: David Ruffin, “Walk Away From Love”

I have mixed feelings when it comes to telling people about some of the shows I’ve seen. After all, the Beatles in ’64, Dylan...

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Soul Serenade: The Impressions, “I’ve Been Trying”

The Impressions were responsible for some of the most compelling anthems of the civil rights era, but Curtis Mayfield also had a way with a...

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Soul Serenade: King Curtis, “Soul Serenade”

When it comes to soul music, there's only one King of the saxophone: King Curtis. Ken Shane begins his new column with a look at Curtis'...