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Soul Serenade: The Exciters, “Tell Him”

I’ve written about the Exciters before in this column, back in 2013. But that story was more of a reminiscence about my first band...

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...

Barbara Lewis

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Soul Serenade: Barbara Lewis, “Thankful for What I Got”

Barbara Lewis scored some massive hits but her 1968 non-hit is right for today...

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Soul Serenade: Carl Hall, “You Don’t Know Nothing About Love”

A new compilation from Omnivore shines a light on an unjustly forgotten soul singer...

The Isley Brothers

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Soul Serenade: The Isley Brothers, “That Lady”

"That Lady" was a crowning moment in a legendary career...

Soul Serenade - Freddie Scott (Lonely)

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Soul Serenade: Freddie Scott, “Are You Lonely for Me”

The Pride of Providence scored a big hit in '66...

Barbara Lewis

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Soul Serenade: Barbara Lewis, “Hello Stranger”

"Hello Stranger" was the first of several huge hits for Barbara Lewis...

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Soul Serenade: The Drifters, “There Goes My Baby”

The Drifters were legendary for their music, and their story...

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Soul Serenade: The Jarmels, “A Little Bit of Soap”

The Jarmels only had one hit, but it was a big one. "A Little Bit of Soap" climbed to the upper reaches of the Pop Chart in September,...

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Soul Serenade: Jerry Ragovoy 1930 – 2011

Ken Shane celebrates the life and music of songwriter/producer Jerry Ragovoy who died this week at age 80....

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Soul Serenade: Freddie Scott, “Hey, Girl”

Just when Freddie Scott decided to give up on recording and focus on songwriting, an opportunity came along to record a song that would...

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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: 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: 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...