Soul Serenade

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When I began writing the weekly Soul Serenade column for Popdose six months ago, my aim was to share some of my favorite soul records with you. Writing this column about the music I love has brought me more joy than any other writing that I do. The other benefit for me is that I’ve learned an awful lot about the music while researching each record. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have, and I look forward to continuing to provide the best in soul music to you each week. There are a lot more records to go.

To celebrate the half-year anniversary of Soul Serenade, I have created an Anniversary MegaMix for you. It’s a 155 mb zip file that contains all 31 songs that have been featured during the first six months of the column. There are 31 songs because several columns featured more than one song. Here’s a complete list:

1. King Curtis – “Soul Serenade”
2. The Impressions – “I’ve Been Trying”
3. David Ruffin – “Walk Away From Love”
4. Aretha Franklin – “Ain’t No Way”
5. Magnificent Men – “Peace of Mind”
6. Garnet Mimms – “A Quiet Place”
7. Gene Chandler – “Just Be True”
8. The Four Tops – “Ask the Lonely”
9. Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes – “Wake Up Everybody”
10. Isley Brothers – “Work To Do”
11. Bobby Brown – “Every Little Step”
12. Nina Simone – “Do What You Gotta Do”
13. Clarence Carter – “Do What You Gotta Do”
14. Roberta Flack – “Do What You Gotta Do”
15. The Moonglows – “Sincerely”
16. Ben E. King – “Don’t Play That Song”
17. Bobby Lewis – Tossin’ and Turnin’
18. The Esquires – “Get On Up”
19. Gene McDaniels – “Tower of Strength”
20. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell – “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You”
21. The Temptations – “You’re My Everything”
22. The Delfonics – “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
23. Laura Nyro – “Timer”
24. Todd Rundgren – “Baby Let’s Swing”
25. The Originals – “The Bells”
26. Laura Nyro – “The Bells”
27. Al Wilson – “Show and Tell”
28. Dionne Warwick – “Anyone Who Had A Heart”
29. Dusty Springfield – “Anyone Who Had A Heart”
30. Shelby Lynne – “Anyone Who Had A Heart”
31. Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers – “Does Your Mama Know About Me”

I don’t know how long that powers that be will allow us to keep this up here, and our servers will need a break too, so grab this as soon as you can. When you do, you will have the beginnings of a great collection of soul music. Thanks for reading Soul Serenade, and your continued support of Popdose.

Soul Serenade Anniversary MegaMix 1

About the Author

Ken Shane

Ken Shane lives in Narragansett, R.I. He is a freelance writer and far and away the oldest Popdose writer. In fact, he may be the oldest writer, period. He wants you to know that he generally does not share his colleagues' love for the music of the '80s, and he does not forgive them for loving it. (Ken passed away in November 2022. R.I.P. —Ed.)

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