Ruby And The Romantics “Think” (Kapp 773, 1966)

Ruby And The Romantics “Think” (Kapp 773, 1966) In terms of 1960’s R&B, there’s fewer voices more pure than Ruby Nash Garnett. The Chart Topping voice of fortune telling circa 1963 celebrates her 76th Birthday this November 12th. Sadly, as the last surviving member of her group, she carries on the flame alone these days….

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…

Billy Stewart “Strange Feeling” (Chess 1868, R&B #25, Pop #70, 1963)

Billy Stewart “Strange Feeling” (Chess 1868, R&B #25, Pop #70, 1963) As the veil gets thinner between Libra and Scorpio, the days draw down more rapidly and the night expands, things get a little strange indeed. So it seems the perfect time to track down some more magical, mystical soul songs to feature these next…

Sissie Houston “World Of Broken Hearts” (Congress 268-B, 1966)

Sissie Houston “World Of Broken Hearts” (Congress 268-B, 1966) If there’s ever someone that’s been more “20 Feet From Stardom” than Darlene Love, It has to be Cissy Houston. Mother to Whitney Houston, Aunt to Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, this Matriarch of Soul celebrates her 82nd Birthday this September 30th. She’s been performing in…

Irene Reid “My Heart Said (Bossa Nova) (Verve 10286, 1963)

Irene Reid “My Heart Said (Bossa Nova) (Verve 10286, 1963) Back to Back Birthday celebrations of genre blurring babes happens this week as we move from Solstice to Equinox. Next up we have the delightful Irene Reid. Equally hitless and loved on stage as Marlena Shaw, she would have celebrated her 85th Birthday this September…

Judy Clay “My Arms Aren’t Strong Enough” (Scepter 1273, 1964)

Judy Clay “My Arms Aren’t Strong Enough” (Scepter 1273, 1964) There’s such a strong legacy of women that came out of the “Drinkard Dynasty.” Not only do/should we know Dionne Warwick, her sister Dee Dee, her aunt Cissy and her little cousin Whitney. We should also know of many other supporting or shining stars that…

Juanita Williams “Baby Boy” (Golden World 18, 1964)

Juanita Williams “Baby Boy” (Golden World 18, 1964) Okay, another one of my favorites, really a crowning jewel in perhaps my favorite sub-genre of Soul Music. Like with Kim’s offering a few days ago, I won’t tell you what position Juanita Williams’s debut single on Golden World occupies, but trust me my eyes light up,…