The Jimmy Castor Bunch scored with a funky hit in 1972.
Yes, you’re reading that title correctly. For a few years in the ’70s, Dionne Warwick added that ‘e’ to the end of her last name because her astrologer convinced her that that ‘e’ would add balance to her name, and bring her good fortune. By 1975 Warwick realized that alteration of her name had been a mistake, and went back to the spelling that the world was familiar with. Another strange thing about the label credit is that the Spinners are just credited as Spinners, without the definite article before their name. Name changes aside, when Dionne Warwicke and Spinners got together with legendary Philly Soul producer Thom Bell in 1974, the result was pure magic, not to mention a huge hit.
Best known as a songwriter/producer, Lamont Dozier also had hits on his own
Isaac Hayes’ 1970 album was a key component in the Stax Records resurgence
Bobby Marchan’s unusual career reached a high point with his 1960 hit
Latimore scored with his Miami soul hit in 1974
Billy Paul’s career was not limited to one hit single
Natalie Cole emerged from a large shadow to become a star in her own right
The Fantastic Johnny C scored with a funky hit in ’67
The world lost a musical giant when Maurice White died last week at 74
Young-Holt Unlimited scored with a ’68 hit … but was it them?
Maxine Nightingale delivered a British soul smash in 1976
Stevie Wonder broke new artistic ground with a trio of classic albums
Saying goodbye to Otis Clay and David Bowie
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.
Ken Shane selects his favorite albums of 2015
It’s New Year’s Eve! Everybody’s waiting for The Midnight Hour
Peace on earth, and goodwill to all.
Donny Hathaway’s 1970 single has become a holiday standard
Brook Benton scored a big comeback hit in 1960
Ken Shane recommends some of the year’s best music books
A funked up cover of an already funky Bill Withers tune scored in ’74
Luther Ingram released his indelible soul classic in 1972
There is much to be thankful for today
Robert Parker and the legendary Wardell Quezergue collaborated on a ’65 smash
The world lost a musical giant when Allen Toussaint died this week
A rare foray into the ’80s for a neo-soul smash with a classic soul pedigree
The stars aligned in Muscle Shoals and produced a big hit for R.B. Greaves
JJ Jackson scored big with his classic dance hit in 1966 and again in 1969
Lee Dorsey had a string of classic Crescent City hits in the ’60s