The Fascinations “Mama Didn’t Lie” (ABC Paramount 10387, Pop #108, 1962)

The Fascinations “Mama Didn’t Lie” (ABC Paramount 10387, Pop #108, 1962) We’re just about halfway through our Women’s History Month tour through soul music, so it’s perhaps time to score one of the best advice songs that made it to the airwaves during the 1960’s. But not the best known version. The Fascinations were actually another…

The Gems “I Can’t Help Myself” (Chess 1908, 1964)

The Gems “I Can’t Help Myself” (Chess 1908, 1964)   I mentioned yesterday that there was a plethora of girl groups that served behind your favorite regional hits of the 1960s. 20 Feet From Stardom went a long way to ignore those who worked in a primarily African American milieu, however. What you might have…

The Blossoms “My Love, Come Home” (Reprise 0475-B, 1966)

The Blossoms “My Love, Come Home” (Reprise 0475-B, 1966) I think so far, appropriately, 10 days into Women’s History Month (as much as I loathe segregating history off to one month of the year), that the month of March will be “Women Of Soul” themed around here. One group of Soul Survivors are The Blossoms. The group…

Laura Lee “Wedlock Is A Padlock” (Hot Wax 7007, R&B #37, 1970)

Laura Lee “Wedlock Is A Padlock” (Hot Wax 7007, R&B #37, 1970) Always a women’s rights activist on vinyl in my household, gospel protege turned soul siren Laura Lee celebrates her 70th Birthday today. Starting out with her adopted mother Ernestine Rundless in The Meditation Singers, she always brought a sanguine knowledge to her soulful…

Barbara McNair “Here I Am, Baby” (Motown 1106, 1966)

Barbara McNair “Here I Am Baby” (Motown 1106, 1966) This is the absolute best single Motown released for Barbara McNair. I can even say it’s the best record she ever recorded with confidence. Because in a lot of ways it summed up what kind of woman Barbara McNair was: Independent, Powerful, Successful, Pioneering and (though…