R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me... Today, it is about a little bit respect. Or how Otis Redding´s Song "Respect" from 1965 became a worldwide success. It was a hot summer night in 1965 as Otis Redding recorded his legendary Album "Otis Blue" including "Respect". The lyrics from "Respect" describing a husband who... Weiterlesen →

Soul Years Etta James

This week I feature the legendary Etta James. But before I start, let us talk a little bit about "Rhythm and Blues," often abbreviated as R&B or RnB. In 1948, Jerry Wexler of the Billboard magazine used the term "rhythm and blues" and coined as a musical term in the United States. It replaced the term... Weiterlesen →

Soul Years Richie Havens

In this week Soul Years column I feature Richard Pierce Havens (1941–2013), better known as Richie Havens. He was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style, soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. In dieser Woche in... Weiterlesen →

Soul Years Stevie Wonder

In this week Soul Years column I feature a classic double album by Stevie Wonder "Songs In The Key Of Life." It is the eighteenth album by Stevie Wonder, released 1976, by Motown Records. And it was the culmination of his "classic period" albums, still an ambitious album with a four Song EP. And it... Weiterlesen →

Soul Years Ben E King

This week the great Soul Singer Ben E King, born as Benjamin Earl Nelson, died at the age of 76. Sad but true another soul legend who will be missed. Gary U.S. Bonds wrote: "With an extremely heavy heart, I must say goodbye to one of the sweetest, gentlest and gifted souls that I have... Weiterlesen →

Soul Years Percy Sledge

This week Soul Singer Percy Sledge had died at the age of 74. Sad but true another soul legend who will be missed. Percy Sledge had a smash hit 1966 with "When A Man Loves A Woman" was number 1 at the billboard and R&B charts. But if we are talking about Percy Sledge´s legacy,... Weiterlesen →

Soul Years Otis Redding

"I'll be the ocean so deep and wide And catch the tears whenever you cry I'll be the breeze after the storm is gone To dry your eyes and love you warm..." Today I am talking about Otis Redding, one of the King Of Soul Music. And this is maybe one of the the best... Weiterlesen →

Soul Years Marlena Shaw

"I'm proud, free, Black, that is me But I'm a woman of the ghetto..." In Part three of "Soul Years", I am talking a little about Marlena Shaw. She was the first female artists on Blue Note Records in 1972 and began her career in the 1960s and is still singing today. Her music has... Weiterlesen →

Soul Years The Temptations

"So, round and around and around we go Where the world's headed, nobody knows" In the second of "Soul Years" I am talking a little bit of “Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)” recorded by The Temptations 1970. The song, which reached #2 on the US R&B charts and #3 on the... Weiterlesen →

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