Respect: The Story Behind Aretha Franklin’s Song For Empowerment
Originally recorded by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin turned the song Respect into ‘one of the battle cries of the civil-rights movement’.
Best Reissues Of 2023: 10 Essential Box Set And Vinyl Releases
The best reissues of 2023 include gargantuan box sets and back-to-basics vinyl among a smorgasbord of essential releases.
Best Chaka Khan Songs: 10 Unstoppable Funk Belters
Connecting the past and future of Black music, the best Chaka Khan songs stride from empowering anthems to straight-up floor-fillers.
‘Dusty In Memphis’: How A White British Singer Made A Landmark Soul Album
Dusty Springfield’s crowning achievement, the ‘Dusty In Memphis’ album allowed her to realise her full potential as a soul singer.
‘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.
‘Green Onions’: Behind Booker T And The MGs’ Sizzling Soul Stew
Establishing the Stax Records’ sound, Booker T And The MGs’ debut album, ‘Green Onions’, remains a totemic release in soul and R&B music.
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.
Best Roberta Flack Songs: 10 Deeply Soulful Classics
Rejecting all labels, the best Roberta Flack songs are full of the intense emotions that have made her presence resonate over the years.
‘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.
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