Articles by Ian McCann
Tackling The Beatles, The Band and others, ‘This Girl’s In Love With You’ found Aretha Franklin claiming much-loved songs for her own.
Shaping soul music in the early 70s, the best Donny Hathaway songs reveal a versatile singer who had so much more to give.
Punk before punk was invented, MC5’s singer, Rob Tyner, laid down the anti-establishment blueprint for all future rock’n’roll rebels to follow.
A sentimental ballad Otis Redding didn’t think suited him, Try A Little Tenderness became a passion-filled powerhouse in the singer’s hands.
Moving the feet as well as the heart, the best soul songs continue to inspire respect for everyone from Otis Redding to Aretha Franklin.
Proving that Chris Rea was the major-selling artist he had the potential to be, ‘Dancing With Strangers’ delivered on all his early promise.
Sitting at the crossroads between jazz, R&B, gospel and country music, the best Ray Charles songs invented soul music as we know it.
From storming dance anthems to tear-stained declarations of love, the best Otis Redding songs prove why the singer remains a soul music icon.
Claiming other people’s hits for their own, the best The Animals songs put an indelible stamp on rock music in the mid-60s.
From powerhouse personalities to gentle falsettos, the best soul singers can make you dance or weep, can touch your hearts or move your hips.
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