Archive for the 'Wax Wonders' Category

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Betty LaVette has been a powerful force in soul music for over fifty years since her 1962 debut recording which was cut when she was 15 years old. Betty was born in the small town of Muskegon, MI, and grew up in Detroit, which is where she was discovered by Motown raconteur Johnnie Mae Matthews. […]

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Philadelphia soul will always be remembered for the hits of the 1970’s; a lush, string-driven, hit-making sound that was probably more responsible for the birth of disco than any other style of music. However, in the 1960’s, Philadelphia began carving out its own sound on stacks of soul 45’s that took the vibe of this […]

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

In terms of epicenters of great soul music, Los Angeles rarely enters the discussion. And while the city in the smog and sun didn’t produce the volume of influential work that Detroit-Chicago-Memphis churned out, there were plenty of amazing soul records cut in southern California. Brenda Holloway :: Echo I can think of no better […]

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

“East Side Story” (1966) isn’t Bob Seger’s debut record (that honor goes to the bizarre pro-war “Ballad Of The Yellow Beret” – an opinion he soon reversed via a record we’ll hear in a bit), but it is a fully realized recording that makes plain from the opening fuzz guitar and bongos it ain’t messing […]

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The amount of superb soul records (from the obscure to the massive hits) that were waxed in Detroit is a near bottomless well of greatness. Following the lead of Berry Gordy’s Motown empire, dozens of young artists latched on to the label’s independent spirit, using their talents to write, record, arrange, produce and perform…all with […]

Monday, March 31st, 2014

By the 1960s, soul music began to influence musicians far beyond its African American roots, here in the States and, notably, across the pond. What started in the 1950s as a watered down, Pat Boone-ification of the genre was really an early development of what would become a full-fledged blue-eyed soul movement a decade later. […]

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Chicago style blues is a sound rooted in the deep South. Many bluesmen moved north to escape Jim Crow and to make a living working in the steel mills of Chicago and northwest Indiana; the music followed and when Muddy Waters took his Mississippi roots and electrified them in the late 1940′s, a whole new […]

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

With its complex and rich history, New Orleans has long served as a hotbed of rhythm and blues, with the city’s musicians often adding an air of sophistication (i.e. jazz influence) to the music. This provided a unique slant to the soul sounds of NOLA. As such, there’s a staggering number of great NOLA soul […]

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

When soul music aficionados get together and start talking music, the inevitable question of preference between ‘Detroit vs Memphis’ almost always seems to arise, to which my response is ‘YES, both please! But don’t forget about Chicago’. The well of Chicago soul 45′s is practically bottomless, and the majority of the hundreds of records recorded […]