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Our goal is to bridge the gap between the mainstream & indie artists. Our main aim is to focus on neosoul/r&b 75% female & 25% male artists/groups.
Soul of the Streets "Soul of the Streets" Radio Show is a music platform supporting independent Hip Hop/R&B artists on their grind.

With Host G Waterz, "Soul of the Streets" goal is to push, encourage and support artists, producers and managers contributing independent excellence.
Soul of the Streets has interviewed many great voices contributing excellence such as, Rico Brooks (Manager of Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital), Tricky Bizness (Artist Manager), Honorable C Note (Platinum Producer), Will-A-Fool (Platinum Producer), GS9's Bobby Shmurda & Rowdy Rebel (Artists), Phresher (Artist), Zoey Dollaz (Artist), G-Lloyd (Artist) and more.
DJ SOUL - My Mood in Music On a musical journey to ALWAYS deliver GOOD VIBES.
Music Makers and Soul Shakers with Steve Dawson Steve Dawson hosts this long-form interview show with musicians and music producers involved in making great records. More of a conversation between two musicians than a traditional interview, Steve gets the guests to open up about their past, present and future of creating inspired music.
‎Bring Back Soul Music Podcast We're on a mission to make Soul Music relevant again. One Band, One Group, One Singer at a time!
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Past Daily: World of Music Listen to World of Music as Vurbl Partner Past Daily shares recordings the L.A. Philharmonic, Steel Mill, Stan Kenton, Dizzy Gillespie, Peter, Paul & Mary.

Gordon Skene, two-time Grammy Nominee and archivist runs The Gordon Skene Sound Archive and this website, which is dedicated to preserving and encouraging an interest in history and historic news, events, and cultural aspects of our society. Past Daily is the only place on the Internet where you can hear a Nixon speech, listen to an interview with John Cassavettes or play a broadcast of Charles Munch rehearsing the Boston Symphony in 1950, all in the same place. It's living history and it's timeless.
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Tell Laura I Love Her I have always liked good female singers with pin point accuracy....for example Celine
Dion with her gentle delivery...Gladys Knight with her perfect phrasing....Aretha
Franklin with her sharp jagged delivery ....Dionne Warwick with her faultless voice
(Heartbreaker being one of my favourite songs)....and of course Tina Turner with her
fabulous range.....a lot can be learned by up and coming girl singers from the likes of
these legends....and at the opposite end of the scale I would like to introduce one of
the worst records ever made...only .in my opinion of course....Tell Laura I Love Her by
Ricky Valance....which reached number one back in the day....but to me it is one of
the worst records ever.
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Vocal powerhouse Michelle Brooks-Thompson on new single Artist Interview~ MYRIX MEDIA GROUP IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE NEW SINGLE “THEN I MET YOU” REGI MYRIX PRESENTS MICHELLE BROOKS-THOMPSON.  Myrix Media Group and Producer Regi Myrix are back with the soulful and heartfelt emotional song " Then I Met You". Regi Myrix has linked up with vocal powerhouse Michelle Brooks-Thompson on a smooth R&B song that speaks about finding that special someone who supports his woman in every viable way and is willing to take a stand when necessary. The song was written by Ty Juan (a frequent collaborator of Regi Myrix) who also did the background vocals along with R&B chanteuse Nia Simmons. Michelle Brooks-Thompson is a National award-winning Independent Recording Artist and music performer from Springfield, Massachusetts. She is a... Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actress, Motivational Speaker & Author  Michelle Brooks-Thompson was a finalist and fan favorite on The Voice and an Apollo Grand Champion. With the success of Blak Buttah Vol 1 and 2, Regi Myrix's nack for enlisting extremely talented vocalists continues. Michelle Brooks-Thompson shines as she sings about the new love of her life. Michelle Brooks-Thompson is coming off her Billboard chart-topping hits “Woman First” and GOSPEL HIT entitled “Never Give Up.” She garnered numerous awards for these stellar songs and has also gained national media attention with her phenomenal performances of the National Anthems at about every major sporting event this year (NBA, NLCS, NFL) seen on FOX and other major networks!! Deemed the good luck charm, When Michelle Brooks-Thompson sings, the team wins. Regi Myrix , Ty Juan, and Michelle Brooks-Thompson are hoping to win with this soon-to-be classic. 'Then I Met You' will be released on April 29, 2022. Available everywhere digital music is sold and streamed.
multitalented artist Desmond Parson on new music Artist interview~ Desmond Parson, is a man of vision, passion, and song. Music was and is the outlet through which he conveys his thoughts. Born in Washington D.C. in the mid-'70s, Desmond's interest in music peaked at the age of 4 when his grandmother would play albums by the likes of Gladys Knight, Teddy Pendergrass, and Michael Jackson. However, it was one artist in particular that his grandmother played that would forever change his appreciation for, and approach to music, Stevie Wonder. Through studying the albums of Stevie Wonder, Desmond would learn the many roles of an artist; a vocalist, writer, composer, producer, and arranger, all of which Desmond performs on all of his projects. Desmond started playing the piano at the age of 10 learning melodies taught by his uncle. From joining singing groups in high school to presently directing his own band, Soulfied Village, Desmond's musical journey is ever-evolving. Through his involvement with the DC music scene, Desmond has performed at many historic venues in the Washington D.C. area including Takoma Station Tavern, Smith Public Trust, and The Kennedy Center, and has shared the stage with the R&B group, The Dramatics. Desmond infuses the sounds of R&B and neo-soul to create a style all his own. This episode will be presenting music from his new album 'Resoulution'
Recording Artist Derrick Washington on new music Artist Interview~ Derrick Washington is from  Hattiesburg,MS  began his music career at the age of 15, and was later introduced to Producer/CEO- William Woodard AKA “Mr. Woody” of Knock On Wood Records, By Chester Coleman of Point South Entertainment. Since working under Knock On Wood Records, an Album has been completed with 3 hit Singles. In 2012, His First Single “Who Am I Fooling” was released, “Love Bone” —in 2013, Help Me Turn This House Into A Home”—in 2014. Derrick’s inspiring artists are El Debarge, Michael Jackson, Tyrone Davis, & The Late Great Johnnie Taylor.  In January 2020 His Latest “Hit Single was released “Sexy Lady” under Heavy House Studios. Also The Full Album By Derrick Washington “A Matter Of Time” “Which is His First R&B Soul Album” was released in October 31,2020… He is presently participating in & doing shows “State to State”….” WorldWide”…
National singing artist Sharon Rae North Online interview~ Sharon Rae North it’s all about the tone, phrasing, articulation, and interpretation of a lyric. Her audiences and fans can tell. She is a masterful manipulator when it comes to her voice, making it go whenever and wherever she wants it to go. She has enthralled and captivated audiences throughout the United States and internationally with her vocal style and subtle confidence and her combination of seriousness and playfulness during shows. In July 2022, on the heels of several EP projects, she will release her first 10-song project, an album called Silhouette. The project got underway in 2019, with the release of the Billboard-charting single Moments, featuring saxophonist Marion Meadows. In 2021, still working with Grammy-nominated producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis, they resumed recording, with Sharon at a studio in Richmond, Virginia with Big Dog on Zoom from Connecticut. One of the tunes, We Should be in Love (Silhouette), written by Sharon, began climbing the charts after going for radio ads in early January. Sharon also has two-time Grammy-winning producer Paul Brown on her upcoming project.  Sharon puts on a fabulous performance as a headliner and an opener. She has opened for many national acts, including Bob James, Joe Sample, the Jazz Crusaders, Patti LaBelle, and many others. She has performed at venues throughout the U.S., including the Georgia Aquarium, Nighttown in Cleveland, the Metropolitan Room in New York City, Natalie’s in Columbus, Ohio, Blu Jazz+ in Akron, Ohio, Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation, Isaac Hayes Restaurant in Memphis, Twins Jazz in D.C., James River Cellars in Richmond, VA, Bayfest in Mobile, AL, Fridays at Sunset and Jazz at Maymont in Richmond, VA, Durham Summer Music Series in NC. She has performed at Chalabre in Serenade in France and has been invited to perform at venues in Croatia, Shanghai, and other countries.
The Four Tops - In Concert From London - 1989 - Past Daily Soundbooth The Four Tops - You can't say Soul without saying The Four Tops - just can't.

The Four Tops - in Concert from London - Live at The Hammersmith Odeon, London - 1989 - BBC Radio 1 In Concert -

The Four Tops for a Monday night. One of the cornerstones of Soul throughout the 1960s and 70s, and continuing uninterrupted all the way to 1997, when founding member Lawrence Payton passed away from Liver Cancer at 59, the lineup never changed and the hits extended well into the 1980s.

The Four Tops helped define Detroit's Motown sound of the 1960s. Their repertoire has included soul music, R, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz, and show tunes.

Founded as the Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs, Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, performing from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel.

The Four Tops were among a number of groups, including the Miracles, the Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, the Temptations, and the Supremes, who established the Motown Sound heard around the world during the 1960s. They were notable for having Stubbs, a baritone, as their lead singer, whereas most male and mixed vocal groups of the time were fronted by a tenor.

The group was the main male vocal group for the highly successful songwriting and production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, who crafted a stream of hit singles for Motown. These included two Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits for the Tops: "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" in 1965 and "Reach Out I'll Be There" in 1966. After Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1967, the Four Tops were assigned to a number of producers, primarily Frank Wilson, but generally with less success.

When Motown left Detroit in 1972 to move to Los Angeles, California, the Tops stayed in Detroit but signed a new recording deal with ABC Records' Dunhill imprint. Recording mainly in Los Angeles, they continued to have chart singles into the late 1970s, including the million-seller "Ain't No Woman", their second release on Dunhill, produced by Steve Barri and the composers Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter.

In the 1980s, the Four Tops recorded for Casablanca Records, Arista Records and Motown, returning to that label on two occasions for brief stays. Apart from their album Indestructible (owned by Sony Music Entertainment), Universal Music Group controls the rights to their entire post-1963 catalog (through various mergers and acquisitions) and also their 1956 single, "Could It Be You".

A change of lineup was forced on the group when Lawrence Payton died on June 20, 1997. The group initially continued as a three-piece under the name the Tops, before Theo Peoples (formerly of the Temptations) was recruited as the new fourth member. Peoples eventually took over the role of lead singer when Stubbs suffered a stroke in 2000, with Ronnie McNeir then joining the group. On July 1, 2005, Benson died of lung cancer. Payton's son Roquel Payton replaced him. Levi Stubbs died on October 17, 2008.

Fakir, McNeir, Roquel Payton, and Harold "Spike" Bonhart, who replaced Peoples in 2011, are still performing together as the Four Tops. Fakir is the only surviving founding member of the group.

This concert, part of their European tour of 1989, features the group in concert at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon in London and preserved for posterity by BBC Radio 1 for their In Concert radio series.

Crank it up.
Aretha Franklin - Live At Festival de Jazz d'Antibes - 1970 - Past Daily:Thoughts, Prayers And Candles Edition Aretha Franklin - family asks for thoughts, prayers and candles - that's a given.

Aretha Franklin - live at festival de Jazz d'Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, France - July 21, 1970 - RFI-Radio - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -

With the pessimistic news tonight via Aretha Franklin's family - word is, the Queen Of Soul is gravely ill and may not make it over the next 24 hours. News has traveled all over the world within a matter of minutes; causing friends, fans and colleagues to pause and shake our collective heads and to offer some hope that there will be a turn for the better in the coming hours.

Many news outlets, including those online, have been posting progress reports - at present though, no one is saying anything more than "Family reports Aretha Franklin is gravely ill", and leaves it at that.

According to Showbiz411 and Pop
Aretha Franklin is reportedly "gravely ill" and her family is asking for prayers, according to ShowBiz411. The singer is 76 years old.

The site reports that the Queen of Soul is surrounded by her family and friends in Detroit.

The news comes eight years after the "Respect" singer was first diagnosed with cancer. She made her final performance for an Elton John AIDS Foundation benefit in New York on Nov. 2, 2017. He most recent public performance came in August 2017 at the Mann Center in Philadelphia.

Franklin was scheduled to make two more performances earlier this year, but they were canceled due to health concerns. One show in Newark, New Jersey was scheduled for her birthday. The other was a performance at the legendary New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival in April. She also had concerts in Boston and Toronto planned for June.

"Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months," her management said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly in March. "She is extremely disappointed she cannot perform at this year’s New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival as she had expected and hoped to."

Franklin previously told ClickOnDetroit in February 2017 that she planned to retire from performing, aside from occasional major events. She also planned to record one more album.

Franklin has been dogged by rumors of health problems for years. In November 2017, a Twitter death hoax went viral before her management confirmed she had not died.

The "(You Make Me Feel) Like A Natural Woman" singer recorded her most recent album in 2014. In 2016, she released A Brand New Me, a collection of vocal recordings with new arrangements from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

A film about Franklin is also in the works, with Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson getting an endorsement to star. The project will be produced by Straight Outta Compton's Scott Bernstein and Dreamgirls producer Harvey Mason Jr. The long-gestating project will reportedly be based on Franklin's 1999 memoir Aretha: From These Roots.

Franklin's legendary music career began in 1956 and reached unprecedented heights in the late 1960s and 1970s thanks to hit singles like "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman," "Think" and "Spanish Harlem." She has won 18 Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Franklin was married and divorced twice, and has four children.
That's about the most complete news that's available up to now (Sunday Night - 10:56 pm PDT) - there will, no doubt be more updates as they become available.

But in the meantime, I thought I would run a concert she performed Festival de Jazz d'Antibes, France in 1970 and rebroadcast just last year via Radio France Musique to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Fingers crossed.
Ben L'Oncle With The Monophonics - Live In Paris - 2014 - Past Daily Soundbooth Ben L'Oncle with The Monophonics - A Soul/Funk Summit Meeting in Paris. (photo: Clodelle)

Ben L'Oncle With The Monophonics - Live At Hotel de Ville de Paris - July 20, 2014 - FNAC Live - RFI FIP -

Ben L'Oncle With The Monophonics tonight. It occurred to me that I haven't been paying a whole pile of attention to what's currently going on in the Soul/Funk sphere - no reason. I just get distracted. This one knocks me out. It's a Summit Meeting of sorts. Ben L'Oncle is a Parisian Soul singer teaming up with San Francisco based Monophonics and actively engaging in tearing up the Hotel de Ville de Paris in July of 2014 during the FNAC Festival which showed up in places on Radio France's FIP channel.

The Monophonics are tight, and in the best tradition, going back to The Mellow-Fellows, the outfit who backed the legendary Bobby "Blue" Bland during so many club tours. Although they prefer to compare themselves to Parliament/Funkadelic - I can't complain about that. They offer excellent, seamless support. It's a nice pairing all around, and from what I've been reading, they've been doing a lot of touring together the past few years.

Ben L'Oncle has been getting quite a bit of attention on his own. Starting off as Benjamin Duterde, he adopted the name Ben L'Oncle after his preference for a bow-tie, similar to one seen in Uncle Ben's ads, he was dubbed Uncle Ben by friends. He decided to switch the name around a bit to avoid some copyright hassles and voila, Ben L'Oncle was born. His debut album Ben L'Oncle Soul was released by Motown in France in 2010 and he's since released three other albums, including a live album.

The Monophonics are one of the best of the new crop of Soul ensembles currently gigging around. The legendary Al Bell of Stax Records proclaimed them "one of the best live Soul bands I have ever seen!" - like Ben L'Oncle, Monophonics have been working their asses off and the dividends are paying off handsomely - they have a huge following in Europe, have been regulars at most of the Jazz/Blues festivals and have been critically acclaimed by the press. They tap on a lot of influences, and have on occasion been referred to Psychedelic Soul. It's a good combination - and backing Ben L'Oncle is a perfect fit.

Check them out. Their tour schedule this year is starting off with a string of shows all around the Pacific Northwest starting in February. If they anywhere remotely near you, go see them.

In the meantime, here's a taste of what you'll be catching.
Al Jarreau In Concert From Hamburg 1975 - RIP: 1940-2017 - Al Jarreau (1940-2017). One of the Greats who crossed over many genres.

Al Jarreau In concert from Hamburg, Germany - October 17, 1975 - NDR Germany

More bad news - this time, the passing of Al Jarreau, who died suddenly after announcing his retirement from touring only two weeks earlier. Winner of a string of Grammys, Jarreau crossed over into numerous genres - achieving huge popularity in the area of Pop and RB, he nonetheless maintained strong ties with his first love; Jazz.

Arriving at a full-time musical career at age 30, he won instant attraction from audiences for his vocal style and his gift for improvisation which took on a vast array of nuances and vocalizations from clicks and growls to instrumental sounds.

It was his highly personal style and intense interest in so many areas of music that really defied being pinned down to any one genre. Going effortlessly from Pop and RB and Latin to Jazz to even recording a Children's Album, the Grammy winning "In Harmony: A Sesame Street Record". It was that versatility which made it possible for him to perform at such a diverse range of festivals as the Montreux Jazz Festival and Rock in Rio.

This concert, one of several he did during one of his many European tours, comes early on in his career; newly signed with Warner Brothers, he plays a studio gig at the Rolf-Liebermann Studio of North German Radio to plug his debut album, We Got By. It was preserved for posterity by NDR and offers a glimpse into the multi-faceted talent that Al Jarreau so effortlessly possessed.

I am hoping 2017 doesn't turn out to be as shocking and dismal in the area of musical loss as 2016 was - although the signs are not hopeful. Losing Al Jarreau at 76 is still too young for an artist of his style and mass appeal to leave. We can only be comforted in the knowing his talent was enjoyed by millions and his albums will be around for a very long time to come. Although, starting today it means looking back as opposed to looking forward - because it stopped today.

RIP: Al Jarreau (March 12, 1940 - February 12, 2017).

Here's a reminder - enjoy.
Aretha Franklin - Live From Stockholm 1968 - Past Daily Backstage Weekend Aretha Franklin - Queen of Soul - flat-out/straight-up fact.

Aretha Franklin - in concert from Stockholm - May 2, 1968 - Sveriges Radio -

Hearing the news earlier this week of Aretha Franklin's retirement from singing certainly brought back a flood of impressions and feelings over the years of just what an astonishing and national treasure Aretha Franklin is.

And I don't say that as any sort of hyperbole, it is a flat-out fact; Aretha Franklin has been the undisputed Queen of Soul for over 50 years now. I would be hard-pressed to find another singer with the range and effortless emotion she has. And she is in rarified company - I think of her and I think of Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Nina Simone, Fontella Bass and the list goes on; women who have made indelible contributions to music and have taken songs and made them their own.

This concert, via the Swedish Network Sveriges Radio, is from the first show of her 1968 European tour, on May 2nd. The sound is a little creaky in spots, but the energy and passion more than make up for any technical shortcomings the broadcast may have.

This is exactly how I first remember hearing her, and how I was mesmerized by the sheer effortless range of her voice - somebody said it was five octaves - all I know is that it went from standing-still to soaring and it struck me in a way I will never forget. You don't lose sight of those pivotal moments - when you see or hear something that adds a whole new meaning to your life's experience. The thing was; Aretha Franklin didn't even have to try and she captivated everybody she came in contact with, just by the sheer beauty of her voice - how it enveloped you; not just stood in front of you, but consumed you and took you to a whole new place. You really had to be there.

But if you weren't - and maybe you came to the artistry of Aretha Franklin later on in her career - this concert will be a reminder of what made everybody stop what they were doing and listen - and be touched by what an amazing and powerful thing the human voice is capable of being.

Jeangu Macrooy In Session At Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017 - Past Daily Soundbooth Jeangu Macrooy - Soul from Suriname.

Jeangu Macrooy - In session at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017 - VPRO - Netherlands -

Jeangu Macrooy to end up the weekend. I was just checking out the artists who played the recent Eurosonic festival in The Netherlands and ran across a session by Jeangu Macrooy. It stopped me in my tracks. Clearly, this guy is on to something. He has an amazing voice and a tight band behind him. He has the Soul thing wrapped-up solid, without sounding like a cover-band - he has elegant phrasing and you would swear up and down this guy spent his life in Chicago. Nope - Jeangu Macrooy is from Paramaribo in Suriname, born and raised. Singing flawless English and talking to the audience in Dutch - it really gives further evidence that the world of music is limitless and truly without borders of any kind.

He's really just getting started. His debut ep came out in April of last year, and before that he was enrolled at the Conservatory in Suriname. But his ep sparked a lot of interest and he soon wound up in Amsterdam, where he was named Serious Talent by 3FM and set out on a tour of The Netherlands last year to promote his music.

This appearance at the Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017 festivl is kicking off another year of touring and gigging, ahead of the release of his debut album, set to come out sometime this Spring. It's hoped he makes the trek across the Channel and eventually across the Atlantic to do a few gigs in the U.S. - I think the audience would be suitably impressed.

Another one of those truly remarkable talents that are seemingly everywhere and who have a seriously successful career ahead of them if they don't get sidetracked.

I suspect you may not have heard of him before - he's been concentrating on The Netherlands and hasn't ventured to these shores yet. I would just sit back and crank this up and give it a listen. It was surprising, while at the same time being a breath of fresh air.

Check him and check out his website for release dates and whereabouts.
Carmel In Session - 1983 - Past Daily Soundbooth Carmel - everybody's got soul - and to prove it . . . .

Carmel - In Session for Kid Jensen - July 28, 1983 - BBC Radio 1 -

Carmel tonight. The name may not ring a lot of bells on this side of the Atlantic (which is a shame), but a band still going strong today, over 30 years since they first got started.

Originally, Carmel consisted of Carmel McCourt, Gerry Darby and Jim Parris. They've had a big following in Europe, practically from the get-go. You could characterize their sound as a combination of Blue-eyed Soul, Funk, New-Jazz, Blues and Gospel - and maybe that was what had U.S. labels perplexed, certainly with mainstream - how can you pigeonhole a band like this? You can't.

This session, done for Kid Jensen at BBC Radio 1 on July 28, 1983 comes right between the release of their debut 6-track mini album and just before the release of their debut full-length album The Drum Is Everything. There is no denying, the energy this band generates is infectious, and the voice of Carmel McCourt is flame-hot. I remember getting their debut album and being suitably blown away by just how interesting and engaging this band were - and how often it was on my turntable.

The other day I ran a post featuring Everything But The Girl, and indicated they were part of that wave of Jazz/Soul/Blues/Funk which was being promoted by bands like Working Week, Style Council and Swing Out Sister. I also mentioned that one of the cornerstone bands of that movement was Carmel.

For those of you familiar with EBTG and Style Council, but not necessarily familiar with them (or Working Week), here's a sample of what I'm talking about from their initial exposure. A very inventive band, who have jumped into the London Jazz scene in recent years - recording a live album at Ronnie Scott's. A recently re-organized group (minus drummer Gerry Darby) recorded Strictly Piaf, an album of songs originally performed by the legendary Edith Piaf. They have had numerous collaborations with a wide range of artists over the years. It has added to what the rich musical tapestry Carmel is all about, and makes them a band more than worth checking out.
Curtis Mayfield - Live In London 1990 - Past Daily Soundbooth Curtis Mayfield - One of the most influential figures in Soul.

Curtis Mayfield - live At Town Country, London - 1990 - BBC Radio 1 - Gordon Skene Sound Collection -

Change of pace for Sunday night - a taste of Soul by way of the legendary Curtis Mayfield. The man who gave us a flood of hits with his group The Impressions, including the iconic People Get Ready, which became an anthem for the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s - and later, as a solo artist, a string of milestone hits, including the soundtrack to the Blaxploitation film Superfly, which netted him the distinction of one of the 500 greatest records of all time (according to Rolling Stone) as well as setting up the model by which just about every other blaxploitation film of the early 1970s imitated in some way.

But more than his work as an influential Artist, producer and writer, Curtis Mayfield was deeply involved in Social issues, going back to the early 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement. He was known for injecting Social consciousness themes into his music and it laid the groundwork for many artists to follow suit over the years.

His career was cut somewhat short, as the result of a stage fall, which paralyzed him from the neck down in 1990 (shortly after this concert), leaving him wheelchair bound and no longer able to play guitar. But it didn't stop him - he continued performing from his wheelchair and kept on until complications from Type 2 Diabetes ended his career and his life in 1999 at the age of 57.

Here, as a reminder of the life and work of one of the true great artists in Soul, Funk and RB is that concert by Curtis Mayfield - as performed at the Town Country in London and recorded by the venerable BBC Radio for their In Concert radio series.

Kick back and enjoy and get ready for what promises to be another insane week.
4 By Betty Everett - 1963 - Past Daily Soundbooth: Soul Patrol Edition Influential, but overlooked in favor of the people who covered her.

Click on the link here for Audio Player - 4 by Betty Everett - 1963 - Vee-Jay Records (session masters)

The history of Rock may not have exclusive rights to the stories of the overlooked and underrated, but they have more than their fair share of them.

Case in point - Betty Everett. Probably best known by most oldies aficionados for her trademark Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss), which as been a staple of most 60's Soul retrospectives since reissues began. She recorded a substantial amount and recorded a lot of memorable songs. Trouble was, most of them were covered by other artists who went on to score massive hits from them, with Betty Everett receiving little more than a passing nod. Her first single for Vee-Jay was a minor 1963 hit, You're No Good, which was recorded by a number of artists and became a smash hit for Linda Ronstadt. However, Betty did the original.

Tonight, as part of our occasional Soundbooth feature - I'm running four songs featuring Betty Everet during her Vee-Jay tenure. You're No Good, I Can't Hear You, Can I Get To Know You and The Shoop-Shoop Song.

If they sound a little different from what you've been used to hearing, it's because they are from the original multi-track session masters and most likely haven't been heard that way in a very long time.

So if you're familiar with Betty Everett, you may not be all that familiar with these. If you're not familiar with Betty Everett, have a listen to one of the bright lights of 60s Soul, who left too soon and was overlooked in the process.
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Selah Sue - Cody Chesnutt - Lucas Santtana - In Concert - Past Daily Backstage Weekend: Rock Without Borders Edition Selah Sue - Proof there is Soul in Belgium.

Click on the link here for Audio Player - Part 1:Selah Sue - Cody Chesnutt - Lucas Santtana Part 1 (Enregistrement mercredi 24 octobre a partir de 19h30)
Click on the link here for Audio Player - Part 2: Selah Sue - Cody Chesnutt - Lucas Santtana - Part 2

Back over to Paris this weekend for something a little more current. A Radio concert from RFI featuring Selah Sue, Cody Chesnutt and Lucas Santtana, recorded on October 24th of this year.

Truly an International event with Selah Sue from Belgium, Cody Chesnutt from Atlanta, Georgia and Lucas Santtana from Rio De Janiero. Three pretty remarkable talents on the rise, with Selah Sue and Cody Chesnutt celebrating the release of new albums.

Announcements are in French and the interviews are mostly in English are translated into French.

Further evidence music is everywhere and everybody is into it.

Turn it up and let it flow.
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Selah Sue - Cody Chesnutt - Lucas Santtana - In Concert - Past Daily Backstage Weekend: Rock Without Borders Edition Selah Sue - Proof there is Soul in Belgium.

Click on the link here for Audio Player - Part 1:Selah Sue - Cody Chesnutt - Lucas Santtana Part 1 (Enregistrement mercredi 24 octobre a partir de 19h30)
Click on the link here for Audio Player - Part 2: Selah Sue - Cody Chesnutt - Lucas Santtana - Part 2

Back over to Paris this weekend for something a little more current. A Radio concert from RFI featuring Selah Sue, Cody Chesnutt and Lucas Santtana, recorded on October 24th of this year.

Truly an International event with Selah Sue from Belgium, Cody Chesnutt from Atlanta, Georgia and Lucas Santtana from Rio De Janiero. Three pretty remarkable talents on the rise, with Selah Sue and Cody Chesnutt celebrating the release of new albums.

Announcements are in French and the interviews are mostly in English are translated into French.

Further evidence music is everywhere and everybody is into it.

Turn it up and let it flow.
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