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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...

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...

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...

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...

Isaac Hayes

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Soul Serenade: The Holy Trinity of Soul (Isaac Hayes Vinyl Reissues)

Craft Recordings has remastered and reissued three of the seminal albums in soul music history on vinyl. It's a veritable Holy Trinity of...

The Show Stoppers

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Soul Serenade: The Show Stoppers, “Ain’t Nothin’ But a House Party”

Founded by two brothers of Solomon Burke, this Philadelphia group had to go overseas to find true success...

Dyke and the Blazers

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Soul Serenade: Dyke & the Blazers, “Funky Broadway”

The group responsible for the original version of "Funky Broadway" didn't stop there...

James Brown

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Soul Serenade: James Brown, “The Payback”

"The Payback" was the start of one of the best years in James Brown's storied career...

Dennis Edwards

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Soul Serenade: The Temptations, “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)”

When Dennis Edwards replaced David Ruffin in the Temptations their sound changed but the hits kept coming...

Winfield Parker

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Soul Serenade: The Ru-Jac Records Story

On February 2, Omnivore Recordings will release the third and fourth discs in their splendid compilation series The Ru-Jac Records story....