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 The Staple Singers

"If you disrespect anybody That you run in to How in the world do you think Anybody's s'posed to respect you..." The Staple Family is a well known singing american Gospel, Soul, R&B Family. "Roebuck" Pops Staples (1914-2000) was the Patriarch of the family. They are best known for their 1970s hits "Respect Yourself", "I'll... Weiterlesen →

Soul Years Tainted Love

"Sometimes I feel I've got to Run away, I've got to Get away from the pain you drive into the heart of me..." TAINTED LOVE was originally composed by the songwriter, producer and Four Prep member Ed Cobb in 1964 and recorded in the same year by Gloria Jones, a former background singer for Elvis... Weiterlesen →

Soul Years Marvin Gaye

"Rockets, moon shots Spend it on the have nots Money, we make it Fore we see it you take it" It is time for a new chapter in "Soul Years" with Marvin Gaye´s (1939-1984) epic song "Inner City Blues". Marvin Gaye, born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr., was an american soul singer, songwriter and producer. In... Weiterlesen →

Soul Years Harold Melvin

"Wake up everybody no more sleepin in bed No more backward thinkin time for thinkin ahead The world has changed so very much..." "Wake Up Everybody," which was originally recorded in 1975 by Philly soul legends Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes with Teddy Pendergrass singing lead vocals. On the same album you can still... Weiterlesen →

Soul Years Baby Huey

This week I am writing a about the rock(ing) side in Soul Music and reflect the short life of singer Baby Huey and his influential in modern Hip Hop Music. And the story has still a lot of do with Curtis Mayfield. "...Cold, cold eyes upon me they stare People all around me and they're... Weiterlesen →

Soul Years Ray Charles

Today it is Showtime with Ray Charles and the story about one of the essential album in music history. Grown in a little village in Florida. With only 7 years he lost his eyesight. At the age with 15 years he lost his mother. In this time music were his center of life. He moved... 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 →

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