‘Aretha Arrives’? She’d landed long before. But this album convinced fans they were in it for the long haul with her.
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.
From Manchester lad to soul-pop sensation, Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall’s rise to fame is a true rags-to-riches story.
With fiery sophisti-pop and Mick Hucknall’s flaming locks, the best Simply Red songs brought a sparkle back into blue-eyed soul.
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.
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