Author: sisterssingsoul

Upcoming Episodes

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.

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Summer By The Sea

I’ve been enjoying yet another wonderful summer with my wife at our place on the shore of the Bay Of Fundy in Nova Scotia.It’s peaceful and beautiful here with pleasantly warm weather accompanied by fresh, gentle breezes coming in off the water. Spending time in this idyllic setting is not only good for the soul, but also allows the opportunity to do research on soul music, and prepare scripts for future episodes of the Sisters Sing Soul.

New discoveries for me this summer include a fine, deep soul track by Ella Woods, “Love Affair”. In addition I came across a number of excellent sides by the unrelated Belitta Woods including “I Just Love You”, “That’s When I Stop Loving You” and “Who’s Fooling Who”.

The biggest new thrill for me was finding Dorothy Morrison’s electrifying, live performance of “All God’s Children Got Soul” on Youtube. Dorothy’s style  is a blend of gospel and soul with the emphasis on gospel. Her single, “Rain”, plus her album, “Brand New Day”, showcase her considerable vocal prowess.

I have also been the lucky recipient of many fine songs shared by my friend, John Moloney, who resides in South Africa and has an extensive collection of soul music. John kindly  sent me tracks by the aforementioned Belitta Woods as well as Dorothy Morrison’s album which can only be found in its original vinyl format. John has also passed along the albums of Walter Jackson, a superb yet underrated artist. I am continuing to listen my way through the albums with much pleasure.

One of the new episodes of the Sisters Sing Soul that I was working on a few weeks ago features a second set of songs by the great Dorothy Moore. Her stunning take on the country ballad, “Knee Deep In A River’, is one of the highlights of the program. I checked out other versions of the song on Youtube and came across one by country artist, Kathy Mattea. My knowledge of country music is pretty limited and unsurprisingly I had not heard of her before. I was impressed with her singing and especially enjoyed “Where’ve You Been” and “Goin’ Gone”.

Now, as the summer comes to a close, I’m looking forward to releasing more new episodes of the Sisters Sing Soul. I’ll post previews about the upcoming programs in a week or so.

Stay tuned, and thanks for listening.

Episode 83 – Betty Harris

Welcome to this week’s episode of Sisters Sing Soul.

This week’s episode features songs from Betty Harris.

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Betty Harris

Here’s where you can find the songs in this episode:

Betty Harris

‘Cry To Me’, ‘His Kiss’, ‘Why Don’t You Tell Him’, ‘What A Sad Feeling’, ‘I Don’t Want To Hear It’, ‘What’d I Do Wrong’, ‘Mean Man’ and ‘Can’t Last Much Longer’ — From the Album “Betty Harris: Soul Perfection Plus” — Westside Records

 

 



Please feel free to comment below with any questions or observations.

We’ll be off for the next few months during our annual summer hiatus, but be sure to still check in as we’ll be posting lots of great content. We’ll be back in the fall with more, all-new episodes.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 82 – Esther Phillips Part II

Welcome to this week’s episode of Sisters Sing Soul.

This week’s episode features more songs from Esther Phillips.

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Esther Phillips

Here’s where you can find the songs in this episode:

Esther Phillips

‘Hello Walls’, ‘Brand New Day’, ‘Set Me Free’, ‘Crazy Love’ and ‘Catch Me I’m Falling’ — From the Album “Esther Phillips: The Country Side Of Esther Phillips/Set Me Free” — Collectables Records

‘From A Whisper To A Scream’ and ‘Pure Natural Love’ — From the Album “Esther Phillips: The Kudu Years 1971-1977” — Raven Records

‘Too Many Roads’ — Found on YouTube



Please feel free to comment below with any questions or observations.

In next week’s episode, we’ll feature music from Betty Harris.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 81 – The Girl Group Sound, Part II: Darlene Love & The Apollas

Welcome to this week’s episode of Sisters Sing Soul.

This week’s episode features songs from Darlene Love and The Apollas.

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Darlene Love

Here’s where you can find the songs in this episode.

Darlene Love

‘The Gospel Truth’, ‘Good, Good Lovin’, ‘So Much Love’ and ‘Mr. Fix-it’  — From the album “So Much Love: A Darlene Love Anthology” — Ace Records

 


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The Apollas

The Apollas

‘It’s Mighty Nice’, ‘Lock Me In Your Heart’, ‘Who Would Want Me Now’ and ‘I’ve Got So Used To Loving You’ — From the album “The Apollas: Absolutely Right” — Ace Records

 


Please feel free to comment below with any questions or observations.

We’ll be off for a few weeks, but will be back with an all-new episode soon featuring more music from Esther Phillips.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 80 – Irma Thomas Part III & “Standing Room Only”

Welcome to this week’s episode of Sisters Sing Soul.

This week’s episode features songs from Irma Thomas & two artists’ interpretations of “Standing Room Only”.

Here’s where you can find the songs in this episode.

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Irma Thomas

Irma Thomas

‘He’s My Guy’ — From The Album “Sweet Soul Queen of New Orleans: The Irma Thomas Collection” — Razor & Tie Records

‘Here I Am, Take Me’ — From The Album “Irma Thomas: Something Good/The Muscle Shoals Sessions” — MCA Records

‘These Four Walls’ — From The Album “Irma Thomas: A Woman’s Viewpoint” — Ace Records’ Kent Soul label

‘She’s Taken My Part’ — From The Album “Irma Thomas: Full Time Woman” — Rhino Records

‘Life At The End Of The Road’ — From The Album “Irma Thomas: My Heart’s In Memphis” — Rounder Records

‘Cold Rain’ — From The Album “Irma Thomas: Simply Grand” — Rounder Records


The song “Standing Room Only” can be found on:

Kim Tolliver — Found on YouTube

Gwen McCrae — From The Album “Gwen McCrae: Psychic Hot Line” — Goldwax Records

 

Please feel free to comment below with any questions or observations.

Next week’s episode will feature songs from Darlene Love & The Apollas.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 79 – Doris Allen, Geraldine Hunt & “It’s Bad For Me To See You”

Welcome to this week’s episode of Sisters Sing Soul.

This week’s episode features songs from Doris Allen, Geraldine Hunt & two artists’ interpretations of “It’s Bad For Me To See You”.

Here’s where you can find the songs in this episode.

Doris Allen

‘A Shell Of A Woman’, ‘Hanging Heavy On My Mind’, ‘Full Time Fool’, and ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ — From The Album “Doris Allen: A Shell Of A  Woman” — Soulscape Records


Geraldine Hunt

‘Cold Blood’ and ‘You Brought Joy — Found on YouTube


The song “It’s Bad For Me To See You” can be found on:

Betty Wright— From The Album “Betty Wright: Danger High Voltage” — Soul Brother Records

Yvonne Fair — From The Album “Yvonne Fair: The Bitch Is Black” — Motown Records

Please feel free to comment below with any questions or observations.

Next week’s episode will feature a third set of songs from Irma Thomas.

Thanks for listening!