Featuring memorable covers and what Tim Buckley felt was one of his best songs, the ‘Sefronia’ album found him singing as well as ever.
From powerhouse personalities to gentle falsettos, the best soul singers can make you dance or weep, can touch your hearts or move your hips.
The hit that never was, Ike And Tina Turner’s River Deep – Mountain High is still regarded as the greatest pop song ever made.
The best Ben E King songs didn’t just pioneer soul music, they influenced rock and reggae artists, and led a new force in black culture.
Described by Ben E King as ‘a love song, a friendship song’, Stand By Me has stood the test of time as one of the greatest R&B ballads.
From soaring cries for freedom to clear-eyed dissections of troubled romance, the best Aretha Franklin songs continue to define soul music.
Pairing Otis Redding’s belting voice with Carla Thomas’ classy poise, ‘King & Queen’ was a stroke of genius from Stax Records.
‘Knowing what’s happening today,’ Lalah Hathaway tells Dig!, the socio-political soul music of the 70s ‘could have been written last week’.
Written by Solomon Burke, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love was claimed by Wilson Pickett, and is an anthem whose message still rings true.
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