Lesley Gore “Look The Other Way”(Mercury 72867-B, 1968)

Lesley Gore “Look The Other Way”(Mercury 72867-B, 1968) There’s a hole in our collective hearts where America’s Sweetheart meets Queer Icon Lesley Gore doesn’t exist anymore. Since she passed away last year, not much has been done to cover the scope of her art or activism. It’s to be remembered that within 9 months time,…

Jerry Butler “Some Kinda Magic” (Mercury 72648-B, 1966)

Jerry Butler “Some Kinda Magic” (Mercury 72648-B, 1966) There’s two soul legends that would get me to throw my drawls at the stage. One is Chuck Jackson, and the other is #SagittariYes providing Chicago-bred crooner Jerry Butler. Butler celebrates his 76th Birthday today alongside nearly 60 years of recording, and also, quite a few years…

Dinah Washington “Relax Max” (Mercury 70968, 1956)

Dinah Washington “Relax Max” (Mercury 70968, 1956) She’s the most sited influence among soul singers of the 1960’s. Functioning as the bridge between Jazz, Gospel and the birth of Soul in a way that Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan don’t, I always worship at the altar of Dinah Washington. On her 91st Birthday,…

Timi Yuro “Get Out Of My Life” (Mercury 72431, 1965)

Timi Yuro “Get Out Of My Life” (Mercury 72431, 1965) One of the fiercest blue eyed soul singers would be of course a Lady Leo. The pint sized powerhouse born Rosemary Timothea Yuro 75 years ago today blurred many an expectation of what it meant to be a female pop singer in the early 1960’s….