Soul Serenade: The Jive Five, “My True Story”

This is the 200th installment of my Soul Serenade column for Popdose. I tried and tried to think of some clever way to celebrate the occasion, but in the end I decided that a gimmick is not what I need. Besides, my ...

Soul Serenade: Bloodstone, “Natural High”

Did you ever wonder how music moved from the doo-wop sounds of the ’50s, to the soul boom of the ’60s, and on to the funk craze of the ’70s? If so, one group you might be interested in is Bloodstone, a ...

Soul Serenade: Candy & The Kisses, “The 81″

Dance crazes. There were a lot of them in the ’60s. Chubby Checker sparked a national frenzy with his version of “The Twist,” which was originally recorded by Hank Ballard & the Midnighters. Joey Dee & the Starliters had a variation ...

Soul Serenade: Jackie Wilson, “Lonely Teardrops”

They called him “Mr. Excitement,” and if you ever saw him perform live or on television, you know why. Jackie Wilson was one of the most dynamic figures to ever stride on a stage. You need more than great moves ...