Articles by Ian McCann
Summer Holiday: The Story Behind Cliff Richard’s Shining Hit Song
Released at the peak of his fame, Cliff Richard’s Summer Holiday is a classic pop song that’s no mere romantic fling – it lasts forever.
‘Sweet Soul Music’: Arthur Conley’s Taste Of Sweet Soul Success
Recorded with Otis Redding’s guiding hand, Arthur Conley’s ‘Sweet Soul Music’ album was an all too brief entrée from a shoula-been soul icon.
How Ray Charles’ Genius Debut Album Birthed Soul Music
Ray Charles’ self-titled debut album may not have delivered the bundle of joy singlehanded, but it represents the birth of soul music.
‘The Exciting Wilson Pickett’: An Explosive Southern Soul Album
Stuffed with killer soul songs, ‘The Exciting Wilson Pickett’ was a perfectly named album from the ‘Wicked’ soul icon.
‘Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul’: Behind The Timeless Masterpiece
Some albums are stuck in time. Some don’t fit any time. A few suit their era yet transcend it. Such is ‘Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul’.
Best Atlantic Records Soul Albums: 20 Thrillers From The Home Of Soul
The best Atlantic Records soul albums not only invented soul music, they shaped it over decades, making history with each new record.
Working My Way Back To You: The Story Behind The Classic Pop-Soul Song
Turned into a hit by both The Four Seasons and Spinners, Working My Way Back To You is a pop-soul classic that keeps on returning.
Best Curtis Mayfield Songs: 20 Super-Fly Soul And Funk Anthems
From political calls to arms, to romantic ballads, the best Curtis Mayfield songs made the Chicago-born singer a global soul icon.
Best Cliff Richard Songs: 20 Classics From A British Rock Icon
Wider-ranging than you may imagine, the best Cliff Richard songs aren’t just part of Sir Cliff’s history, they chart the development of pop.
Atlantic Records: The Story Of How One Record Label Changed The World
For 75 years, Atlantic Records has been home to an array of artists and landmark albums. It is one of the most influential labels in history.
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