Tag: Soul Serenade

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Soul Serenade: Denise LaSalle, “Trapped by a Thing Called Love”

Denise LaSalle earned the title "Queen of the Blues" with a series of legendary recordings and live performances...

Graham Central Station

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Soul Serenade: Graham Central Station, “Your Love”

No one brought the funk to the '70s more than the originator of the "slap" bass, Larry Graham...

The Independents

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Soul Serenade: The Independents, “Leaving Me”

The Independents ran eight singles up the charts in their all-too-brief career...

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....

The Foundations

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Soul Serenade: The Foundations, “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You”

A multiracial British band gave us two of the most indelible hits of the '60s...

Johnny 'Guitar' Watson

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Soul Serenade: Johnny “Guitar” Watson, “Superman Lover”

Johnny 'Guitar' Watson's influence extended well beyond his hit records...

Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers

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Soul Serenade: Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, “Bustin’ Loose”

"The Godfather of G-Go" had his biggest hit in 1979...

The Ebonys

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Soul Serenade: The Ebonys, “You’re the Reason Why”

The Ebonys had some chart success but never quite got the break they needed to really break through...

100 PROOF Aged in Soul

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Soul Serenade: 100 PROOF Aged in Soul, “Somebody’s Been Sleeping”

When Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1968 the team needed new hitmakers. They found them in 100 PROOF....

Stax Singles, Vol. 4

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Soul Serenade: “Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & the Best of the Rest”

A new box-set delves deeper into the Stax catalog than any previous reissue...

Isaac Hayes

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Soul Serenade: The Holy Trinity of Soul (Isaac Hayes Vinyl Reissues)

Craft Recordings has remastered and reissued three of the seminal albums in soul music history on vinyl. It's a veritable Holy Trinity of...

The Show Stoppers

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Soul Serenade: The Show Stoppers, “Ain’t Nothin’ But a House Party”

Founded by two brothers of Solomon Burke, this Philadelphia group had to go overseas to find true success...

Dyke and the Blazers

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Soul Serenade: Dyke & the Blazers, “Funky Broadway”

The group responsible for the original version of "Funky Broadway" didn't stop there...

James Brown

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Soul Serenade: James Brown, “The Payback”

"The Payback" was the start of one of the best years in James Brown's storied career...

Dennis Edwards

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Soul Serenade: The Temptations, “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)”

When Dennis Edwards replaced David Ruffin in the Temptations their sound changed but the hits kept coming...

Winfield Parker

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Soul Serenade: The Ru-Jac Records Story

On February 2, Omnivore Recordings will release the third and fourth discs in their splendid compilation series The Ru-Jac Records story....

Hugh Masekela

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Soul Serenade: Hugh Masekela, “Grazing in the Grass”

Hugh Masekela topped the charts with his 1968 hit but had a life and career that reached far beyond that hit...

BT Express

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Soul Serenade: BT Express, “Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied)”

When funk was in its ascendency BT Express set the charts on fire with their first two singles...

Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels

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Soul Serenade: Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, “Little Latin Lupe Lu”

Bill Medley wrote a moderate hit for the Righteous Brothers in 1963. Three years later, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels made it a smash....

Barbara Lynn

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Soul Serenade: Barbara Lynn, “You’ll Lose a Good Thing”

Barbara Lynn's debut single was a smash but she never managed to equal that success...

Bobby Womack

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Soul Serenade: Bobby Womack, “It’s Party Time”

Bobby Womack encapsulates the New Year's Eve spirit on his 1978 release...

Johnny Moore's Three Blazers

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Soul Serenade: Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, “Merry Christmas, Baby”

This oft-covered Christmas hit had its origins in the late 1940s...

The Majors

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Soul Serenade: The Majors, “Wonderful Dream”

The Majors scored with a Jerry Ragavoy-produced hit in 1962...

Barbara George

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Soul Serenade: Barbara George, “I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)”

Barbara George's 1961 smash was her only hit but it was a monster...

Detroit Emeralds

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Soul Serenade: Detroit Emeralds, “Feel the Need in Me”

The Detroit Emeralds ran a string of hits up the charts in the early '70s...

Barbara Lewis

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Soul Serenade: Barbara Lewis, “Thankful for What I Got”

Barbara Lewis scored some massive hits but her 1968 non-hit is right for today...

The Formations

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Soul Serenade: The Formations, “At the Top of the Stairs”

The Formations never had a hit but their records paved the way for the Sound of Philadelphia...

The Poets

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Soul Serenade: The Poets, “She Blew a Good Thing”

The Poets were classic one-hit wonders but what a hit it was...

Fats Domino

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Soul Serenade: Fats Domino, “The Fat Man”

Fats Domino's storied career began with a 1950 hit...

The Toys

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Soul Serenade: The Toys, “A Lover’s Concerto”

In 1965 the Toys scored with a song that had an 18th-century melody...