Judy Clay and Billy Vera “Reaching For The Moon” (Atlantic 2654, 1969)

Judy Clay and Billy Vera “Reaching For The Moon” (Atlantic 2654, 1969) It’s oft overlooked that alongside the first romantic Interracial Television kiss between Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner on Star Trek in 1968 that Judy Clay and Billy Vera did so much on Vinyl back in 1967. It was equally rare to cross racial romantic lines…

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…

Rufus Thomas “Sophisticated Sissy” (Stax 221, R&B#43, 1967)

Rufus Thomas “Sophisticated Sissy” (Stax 221, R&B#43, 1967) It seems appropriate for Folsom Street Sunday to revisit this Rufus Thomas R&B hit. We go back and look back at a Mid Sixties dance trend inspired by the exuberant celebration of sexuality on the dance floor brought by the sway of the hips of less than…

Mable John “Bigger & Better” (Stax 215-B, 1967)

Mable John “Bigger & Better” (Stax 215-B, 1967) She was the first woman signed to Motown, who at her Saturn Return following her brother Little Willie John to secular music has made history for 60 years. She’s Mable John. At 84 years old she still gives you all of herself as a performer and more….