Natalie Cole emerged from a large shadow to become a star in her own right
Happy New Year! In 1967, Aretha Franklin released “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)” on Atlantic Records. The song was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, with some help from Jerry Wexler, who also produced the single. The backing musicians included members of the legendary Swampers from Muscle Shoals — Spooner Oldham on keys, Tommy Cogbill on bass, guitarist Jimmy Johnson — along with King Curtis on sax, and backing vocals by the Sweet Inspirations and Aretha’s sisters Carolyn and Erma.
Donny Hathaway’s 1970 single has become a holiday standard
James & Bobby Purify launched their career with a Muscle Shoals classic
Paying tribute to a recently departed soul legend
One great song, three great versions. Which is your favorite?
We’ve come to the end of the road.
The Staple Singers let go of the past on this 1975 classic
When Luther Vandross died in 2005 a storied career ended
Jean Knight turned up the heat in ’71
Bobby Womack has entered the twilight of his legendary career
It’s the last Friday Five of 2012! Join in with five random tracks of your own.
Blerd & Gonzo debate the merits of various versions of “I Say It A Little Prayer,” but ultimately it comes down to two legends-Dionne & Aretha.
The third installment in Popblerd’s best R&B songs of the ’90s series features a trio of songs featuring Lauryn Hill.
This week’s Bottom Feeders is brought to you by rednecks and the number 4.
As we float like a mellow breeze into the second installment of AM: Gold 1973, we leave behind the deep analyses of the story-song and just enjoy some great tunes.
The shimmering debut album from Oakland’s Anna Ash is finally here, and it’s full of charm and romance.
Digging for Gold is turning forty! That’s forty great installments, which is ten more than thirty!
Wait…..I thought THAT was the original version!
A grande, double shot of date songs tonight. Servin’ up fully-caffeinated and decaf, for your listening pleasure.
On the heels of the release of a brand new EP, Little Shalimar stops by and gives Popdose his choices for five Desert Island Discs.
Rob Smith looks back at music that provided some small comfort after 9/11/2001, in this week’s “Weekly Mixtape.”
And just like that, 1963 is in our rear-view mirrors. But before we speed ahead to ’64 let’s fire up the old transistor radio and check out the final group of tunes from 1963.
Way Out Wednesday returns for a spell with a mixtape of songs commemorating the Scripps National Spelling Bee!
Ken Shane reflects on the first birthday of his weekly Soul Serenade column and gifts another classic soul megamix to our readers.
This week’s Weeknight ’80s Dance Party is inspired one of Kelly’s favorite shows, Soul Train. “You can bet your last money, it’s all gonna be a stone gas, honey!”
By 1968 Dusty Springfield’s career had stalled. Then she signed with Atlantic Records and released the classic Dusty in Memphis.
In 1967, Stevie Wonder co-wrote a classic song of romantic longing, but it remained largely unknown until the Queen of Soul released her smash cover in 1973.
Ken Shane celebrates the six-month anniversary of his Soul Serenade column with an awesome mix that includes every song that has appeared in his column so far.
Pity poor Rhino Entertainment, and their vaults bursting with classic tracks from excessively anthologized artists. Take Aretha Franklin, for instance: she has more compilations to her credit than most artists have albums of original material, and the songs Rhino has easy access to — her classic Atlantic sides — have been reissued most of all. So what’s a label to do? In Rhino’s case, the answer is “get creative” — and that’s just what they’ve done with this beautiful rescue of the long-out-of-print The Best of Aretha Franklin. “What do you mean, ‘out of print’?” you might be saying. “There are plenty of Best of Aretha Franklins out there, and most of them have more than this set’s piddling 12 tracks. Who cares about an Aretha best-of from 1973?” To which I respond, “You care. At least, you do if you’re set up for surround sound. And if you aren’t, you might want to buy some new speakers, because this is that good.” The back story on this title, as longtime Aretha fans may recall, …