Up The Ladder To The Mothership: Your Aquarian Soul Flow

We’ve nearly made the full circle of the Astrological year, and nearly have as many mixes covering the sun signs as well. For your latest installment we have the Air Sign depicting the water bearer. There you have Aquarius in a nutshell. A Fixed flow of non-sense? No (I think). More like the constant flow…

Barbara Lewis “I’ll Make Him Love Me” (Atlantic 2400, Pop #72, 1967)

Barbara Lewis “I’ll Make Him Love Me” (Atlantic 2400, Pop #72, 1967) Her otherworldly sweet singing and songwriting brought her one of the most legendary R&B classics from 1963. We celebrate the seductive powers of one Barbara Lewis, who still sweetens things up as she strolls into her 73rd Birthday this Tuesday Evening. Although a…

Jackie Ross “Be Sure You Know” (From the LP Full Bloom, 1964)

Jackie Ross “Be Sure You Know” (From the LP Full Bloom, 1964) Chicago gives us a bulk of our early Aquarians. Also, Jackie Ross got her big jump towards stardom with the boost of Sam Cook and his SAR label. Although she’s best known for her Fall of ’64 triumph “Selfish One,” she’s one of…

Bettye LaVette “Let Me Down Easy” (Calla 102, R&B#20, 1965)

Bettye LaVette “Let Me Down Easy” (Calla 102, R&B#20, 1965) Like one of her singles, for the majority of her career, Bettye LaVette had a series of “almosts.” Today she’s regarded as one of the finest soul survivors, seeing her career finally take orbit and gain respect at the turn of the Century. Today we…

Bobby Bland “Poverty” (Duke 407, R&B#9, Pop #65, 1966)

Bobby Bland “Poverty” (Duke 407, R&B#9, Pop #65, 1966) I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of the most prominent voices I grew up hearing on roadtrips have birthdays right new to each other. As music informed family stories told to me as a child, hours smothered in pillow top velour seats, voices…

Etta James “Payback” (Argo 5445, Pop #78, 1963)

Etta James “Payback” (Argo 5445, Pop #78, 1963) When you’re dealing with a catalog as extensive and exhaustive as Etta’s, you don’t play favorites. You just select a tune that reflects your mood of the day. You say a prayer of thanks to those wonderful souls that give you little hints that take care of…

Righteous Rage and Rhythm: This is dedicated to Etta James

I’ll say, one of my biggest regrets of my concert going life was not seeing Etta James perform live before she succumbed to Leukemia 4 years ago. There’s many soul singers so omnipresent in the crafting of the adult I’ve become as my life spins its LP year (I hate Christ Year, and 33 &…