Soul Serenade: Don Covay, “Mercy, Mercy”

Don Covay left us recently. He left behind a splendid resume that reflected his work as a singer and songwriter. Covay never allowed himself to be pigeonholed into one genre or another. His music reached out to fans of soul, R&B, and ...

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

For my last column from New Jersey last week I chose to recognize my time there by featuring Madeline Bell, who is a native of Newark, the state’s largest city. Now that I’m back in Rhode Island it only seems fair to ...

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

I’m going to Philadelphia tomorrow. It’s exciting for me, so exciting that I’m writing the column a day early so that I can go. I haven’t been there since I moved to Rhode Island, which is closing in on four years ago ...

Soul Serenade: Barbara Mason, “Yes, I’m Ready”

Have you seen that recent Geico Gecko commercial where the Gecko is in South Philly? He’s standing at the corner of 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, which just happens to be the holy land for cheesesteak lovers. On on side of the ...

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: The Intruders, “Together”

My friends in Philadelphia — at the risk of catching a snowball in the face like Santa Claus himself infamously did at Franklin Field in 1968, we have to face the fact that the Phils didn’t have a very good ...

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

Christmas is a time for dreaming, and whether you are dreaming of sugar plum fairies or winning back a lost love, who better to make your dreams come true than the great Jerry Butler. The legendary Philadelphia DJ Georgie Woods ...

Bootleg City: Mayor to Mayor

The mayor of Bootleg City is back! And in case you have no idea who that is, the mayor is me!

Thank you, thank you, you’re too kind. But if it’s not too much of a bother, please turn down the crickets ...

Hall of Fame Week: Todd Rundgren

“All the lies, all the truth, all the things that I offer you / All the sights, all the sounds, all the times that you turned me down / Is it my name? / … Why don’t you love me? / Is ...