The new fall season of programs will be launched on October 1.
Episode 84 will include songs from three obscure and very different soul artists. Sandra Wright’s recordings at Broadway Sound Studios next door to Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1974 offer a treasure trove of southern soul beauties. Joyce Kennedy had a number of singles in Chicago in the 1960’s followed by substantial output as the vocalist for the black rock band, Mother’s Finest, starting in 1970. The Stovall Sisters had a unique sound that combined elements of both gospel and R&B.
Episode 85 will feature the deeply emotive Linda Jones whose brilliant career was cut short by her tragic death in 1972. Also included in the program will be two fine songs by the almost unknown Lynn Varnado.
Three little-known tracks by the legendary Bettye LaVette will start off Episode 86. Also included will be some excellent songs by Lea Roberts whose lengthy recording career unfortunately did not result in much success or recognition. The program will wrap up with with a comparison of a superb deep soul ballad.
Episodes 87 through 89 will feature second sets of songs from two great soul artists, Dorothy Moore and Denise LaSalle, as well as some fine tracks from obscure singers such as The Sandpebbles and Charnissa.
As I continue to pull together and post programs I am constantly struck by the huge volume of high quality recordings that came out of the soul music era. Sadly most of these gems are largely unknown except to a relatively small number of soul enthusiasts. I hope that the Sisters Sing Soul series will help a little to broaden the audience for this magnificent music.
Stay tuned, and thanks for listening.