Carla Thomas “Don’t Let The Lovelight Leave” (Atlantic 2258-B, 1964)

Carla Thomas “Don’t Let The Lovelight Leave” (Atlantic 2258-B, 1964) We end our SagittariYES spellbinding with one of the most royal of soulful centaurs. It’s Carla Thomas’s Birthday this longest day of the year, and our Full Moon born soul legend turns 73 today. Daughter of Memphis Soul Royalty Rufus Thomas, Carla spent a healthy…

Kim Weston “A Little More Love” (Tamla 54106, 1964)

Kim Weston “A Little More Love” (Tamla 54106, 1964) It’s rare that I say I have a favorite anything. Fickle Gemini and all. But I do, about 75% of the time say I do have a favorite singer, and that’s none other than Kim Weston. Born 76 years ago today as Agatha Nathalia Weston in…

Anna King “The Big Change” (Ludix 103, 1963)

Anna King “The Big Change” (Ludix 103, 1963) Sometimes all it takes is one LP and a connection to a Soul Legend to solidify your place in R&B History. However, Anna King was much more than her year + affiliation with James Brown and his review. Today we celebrate what would have been the Philly…

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…

Ike and Tina Turner “(Somewhere) Somebody Needs You” (Loma 2015, 1965)

Ike and Tina Turner “(Somewhere) Somebody Needs You” (Loma 2015, 1965) We’re also thankful that the Siren Survivor born Anna Mae Bullock 76 years ago today is still with us as a Swiss Citizen. Tina Turner has been marveling audiences for nearly 60 years, through plenty of tragedy and triumph, she’s one of our favorite…

Betty Everett “Take Me” (Uni 55100-B, 1968)

Betty Everett “Take Me” (Uni 55100-B, 1968) Although she didn’t have more than a handful of huge hits, Betty Everett spent most of her adult life serving up Soul to listeners. We celebrate what would have been her 76th Birthday today with some of her oft-overlooked output from Uni Records. It had been nearly 5…