Soul Serenade: Joe Tex, “Show Me”

Do you know who Joseph Arrington, Jr. was? If I told you where he was from you would figure it out quickly. He was born in Rogers, Texas in 1935 and moved to Baytown with his mother when his parents divorced. In ...

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: Ohio Players, “Love Rollercoaster”

I’ve never been much of a roller coaster fan. To be honest, even though I know that a lot of people love the ride, I don’t get the appeal. The same goes for any of those rides that are fast and high. ...

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

Alright, so Mel Carter wasn’t exactly the embodiment of the gritty soul sound we came to expect from singers like Otis Redding or James Carr. Although Carter’s was a more pop-oriented sound, it’s all part of the of the big stew that ...

Soul Serenade: Carl Carlton, “Everlasting Love”

He began his career singing for Detroit’s Lando Records as “Little Carl Carlton.” If you’ve heard him sing, you can probably imagine why. His voice bears some similarity to that of Stevie Wonder, and the “Little” was stuck on Carlton’s name to ...

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

Yes I’m writing about Phil Phillips and no, I’m not writing about “Sea of Love.” There’s really nothing for me to add to the story of that great song, which was already covered quite well by our own Jon Cummings

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: Howard Tate, “8 Days On The Road”

Last night I learned of the death of Dobie Gray and I posted something on Twitter reflecting the fact that this god awful week for the world of music has also seen the deaths of the wonderful soul singer Howard Tate, ...