Barbara Lewis “Come Home” (Atlantic 2255-B, 1964)

Barbara Lewis “Come Home” (Atlantic 2255-B, 1964) It took a while for Barbara Lewis to move away from her steady perch of organ driven cuddly early 60’s R&B. Like any a number of her peer Soul Chanteuses, she had a streak of fondness for soft Jazz-Pop ladies of a generation before her. Those women last named…

Florence Ballard “Forever Faithful” (ABC 11144-B, 1968)

Florence Ballard “Forever Faithful” (ABC 11144-B, 1968) Had she not been like, “I’m not doing this singing thing on my own,” there’d never be the complex, rich history of The Supremes. Perhaps Diana Ross *might* have become a singer, but it’s the plucky Florence Ballard that got The Supremes off the ground as The Primettes….

Jackie Moore “Dear John” (Shout 232, 1968)

 Jackie Moore “Dear John” (Shout 232, 1968) I’m delighted that the above linked clip gives us a look at a fresh faced 22 year old Jackie Moore debuting her fiery first single for Shout records in 1968. Although it would take her 2 more years to chart with her classic “Precious, Precious” all of the…

Mitty Collier “Got To Get Away From It All” (Chess 2050, 1968)

Mitty Collier “Got To Get Away From It All” (Chess 2050, 1968) One of the points of me even writing about soul music is to expand the narrative beyond what is already known and cherished. Today’s post is brought to you by the weird fetish around Nina Simone, which tends to be something of the…

The Radiants “The Clown Is Clever” (Chess 2021, 1967)

The Radiants “The Clown Is Clever” (Chess 2021, 1967) In a long line of declarative gems, you’d think The Radiants would be a bit better known beyond their few entries into the Billboard Hot 100. Alas, for whatever reason they could never break through in a huge way like The Impressions or The Dells did….