Tag: Mercury Records

Gene Chandler

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Soul Serenade: Gene Chandler, “Groovy Situation”

Gene Chandler's career spanned the years from doo-wop to disco with lots of hits in between...

The Diamonds

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Soul Serenade: The Diamonds, “The Stroll”

Proving that soul knows no geographical bounds, this Canadian group raced up the charts in 1957....

Big Mama Thornton

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Soul Serenade: Big Mama Thornton, “Hound Dog”

Big Mama Thornton was a seminal figure in the development of rock and roll but she's never gotten her due...

Young Jessie

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Soul Serenade: Young Jessie, “Mary Lou”

He had never had much commercial success but Young Jessie released one of the coolest records ever in 1955...

The Del-Vikings

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Soul Serenade: The Del-Vikings, “Come Go With Me”

The Del-Vikings were an important group for reasons beyond music...

Howard Tate

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Soul Serenade: Howard Tate, “Ain’t Nobody Home”

Howard Tate teamed up with the legendary Jerry Ragovoy for a string of '60s hits...

The Falcons

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Soul Serenade: The Falcons, “I Found A Love”

At one time or another Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, and Sir Mack Rice were members of the Falcons...

Bobby Marchan

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Soul Serenade: Bobby Marchan, “There’s Something On Your Mind”

Bobby Marchan's unusual career reached a high point with his 1960 hit...

Brook Benton

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Soul Serenade: Brook Benton, “Rainy Night In Georgia”

Brook Benton scored a big comeback hit in 1960...

Soul Serenade - Joe Tex

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Soul Serenade: Joe Tex, “Show Me”

Joe Tex was famous for his moves, great records, and his feud with James Brown...

Soul Serenade - Don Covay

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Soul Serenade: Don Covay, “Mercy, Mercy”

Paying tribute to a recently departed soul legend...

Soul Serenade - Ohio Players

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Soul Serenade: Ohio Players, “Love Rollercoaster”

Maximum funk from the pride of the Buckeye State...

Soul Serenade - Mel Carter

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Soul Serenade: Mel Carter, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”

One unforgettable song made Mel Carter immortal...

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...

Soul Serenade - Carl Carlton

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Soul Serenade: Carl Carlton, “Everlasting Love”

Carl Carlton scored his biggest hit with a cover...

Phil Phillips

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Before We Was Fab: Phil Phillips, “Weeping Willow”

Let's listen to an excellent, previously unreleased song by Phil Phillips called "Weeping Willow."...

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Dreams Stay with You: Big Country and the Song That Saved My Life

Today marks the approximate 30th anniversary of the release of “In a Big Country,” the hit single by Scottish rockers Big...

Candy and the Kisses

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

Even in an era of dance crazes not every one took off...

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Soul Serenade: Howard Tate, “8 Days On The Road”

Howard Tate died on Saturday. After making stunning records with Jerry Ragavoy in the '60s, he spent years in the wilderness before making...