Tag: Jerry Butler

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...

Supremes-Temptations

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Soul Serenade: Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations, “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”

In 1969 two of Motown's greatest groups teamed up for a smash single...

Lloyd Price

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Soul Serenade: Lloyd Price, “Personality”

In the last couple of years, we have had powerful returns to form from classic soul men William Bell and Don Bryant. Now we can add Lloyd...

Benny Spellman

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Soul Serenade: Benny Spellman, “Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette)”

Benny Spellman came from Florida but became a legend in New Orleans...

The Radiants

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Soul Serenade: The Radiants, “It Ain’t No Big Thing”

The Radiants were a Chicago group that deserved more success than they had...

Jackie Ross

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Soul Serenade: Jackie Ross, “Selfish One”

When the world was waiting for another Mary Wells hit Jackie Ross stepped up...

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Soul Serenade: Gene Chandler, “Groovy Situation”

Gene Chandler's extraordinary career spanned the doo-wop, r&b, soul, and disco eras....

Isaac Hayes

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Soul Serenade: Isaac Hayes, “I Stand Accused”

Isaac Hayes' 1970 album was a key component in the Stax Records resurgence...

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Soul Serenade: Billy Paul, “Me and Mrs. Jones”

Billy Paul's career was not limited to one hit single...

Soul Serenade - Don Covay

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Soul Serenade: Don Covay, “Mercy, Mercy”

Paying tribute to a recently departed soul legend...

Soul Serenade - Madeline Bell

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Soul Serenade: Madeline Bell, “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”

A hit for Madeline Bell that was a bigger hit by a Motown supergroup...

Soul Serenade - Intruders

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Soul Serenade: The Intruders, “(Love Is Like A) Baseball Game”

The Intruders weren't the biggest but they were the first for Gamble & Huff...

Soul Serenade - Jerry Butler

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Soul Serenade: Jerry Butler, “A Brand New Me”

One great song, three great versions. Which is your favorite?...

Soul Serenade - Respect Yourself

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Soul Serenade: Robert Gordon’s New Book, “Respect Yourself” (Win a Copy!)

Win a copy of Robert Gordon's new history of Stax Records...

The Knight Bros - Temptation 'Bout To Get Me

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Soul Serenade: The Knight Brothers, “Temptation ‘Bout To Get Me”

A great record that deserved a better fate...

Major Lance

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Soul Serenade: Major Lance, “Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um”

Major Lance, with some help from Curtis Mayfield, scored big in the '60s....

The Impressions

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Soul Serenade: The Impressions, “Gypsy Woman”

Following Jerry Butler's departure the Impressions found their footing with their first single....

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Soul Serenade: Jerry Butler, “Mr. Dream Merchant”

Jerry Butler has had a lot of hits over the course of his illustrious career, but it was a lesser-known 1967 single that found a place in...

AM Gold: 1964

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Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 10

As our Time-Life "AM Gold" series rolls on with the next batch of tunes from 1964, let's all take a moment to recognize the genius of the...

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The Friday Mixtape: 9/17/10 — Double Shots

In this week’s mixtape you’ll find pairs of the same song by two different artists. I did try to lay down some ground rules for...

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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: 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...