Hope you enjoyed the Corrs’ acoustic concert that I posted last night. Have you had enough of the Corrs? I didn’t think so!
Tonight I bring you a great documentary history of the group. As always…..let me know what you think!
I have been a Corrs fan for a long time and I really can’t believe that I have not posted about them before now. These three Irish sisters and their brother have been on hiatus since 2006 living their individual lives and raising families. I think that this wonderful for them but I have to admit to missing their music.
So…..today let’s go back to 1999 and enjoy a wonderful acoustic show by the The Corrs:
The late 1960s and early 1970s was an interesting time time to be growing up in the US. Social unrest was the order of the day including the civil rights and anti-war movements. Rock music led the way in responding to what was happening in the country but soul music was not far behind. Mavin Gaye was in the process of recording his groundbreaking album What’s Going On and Norman Whitfield had the mighty Temptations moving in the direction of a more socially conscious sound that would eventually be called Psychedelic Soul. I loved this new sound and this post features my favorite psychedelic soul songs. Enjoy……..
The Temptations – Ball of Confusion
Edwin Starr – War
Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces
The Supremes – Stoned Love
Although we have heard some wonderful soul vocals over the past few days it is important to remember that there was more to soul music than vocals. As a proof of that point, today I offer up a Two’Fer Tuesday post featuring Booker T and the MGs.
The band ( Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Donald “Duck” Dunn (bass), and Al Jackson, Jr. (drums))started as the house band for the might Stax record label in Memphis playing backing tracks for a whole host of amazing soul artists during the 60s and 70s. They also managed to make some pretty amazing instrumental music playing under their own name, Booker T and the MGs.
How good were they? Let me put it this way….inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 along with Jimi Hendrix! No more more words needed……let’s listen to two of their greatest hits Time is Tight and Green Onions …….
That wasn’t your imagination, the members of Creedence Clearwater Revival were watching Booker T and the MGs from back stage during their performance of Time is Tight. Man these guys were tight!
The group that would become Jr. Walker and the All Stars formed in South Bend, Indiana in the mid-1950s. They were signed to Motown records in 1964 and almost immediately started to crank out hits. Their music, driven by Junior’s incredible saxophone, provided one of Motown’s most distinctive signature sounds. Let’s listen to (I’m a) Road Runner, one of their big hits from 1966, and you will see what I mean……
If you were listening closely you won’t be surprised to hear that Junior was one of Clarence Clemons’ biggest musical influences. That influence becomes even clearer when you listen to What Does It Take (To Win Your Love), my favorite Jr. Walker and the All Stars song that was a huge hit in 1969…………..
I’ve heard stories that Motown initially rejected What Does It Take as a single. As has happened with many other songs, radio DJ’s knew better and started to play the song even though it wasn’t a single. The popularity of the song on the radio forced Motown’s hand. Once they released it as a single it became a huge hit reaching number 4 on the charts.
The Chi-Lites were a Chicago based group as you might have guess from their group name. They initially formed in the late 1950 but didn’t really hit the big time until the early to mid-1970 where they were pure gold for Brunswick Records. Have You Seen Her started their run of hits in late 1971 and here is a great performance of it from the wonderful Soul Train show…….
Have you seen her was quickly followed up by their number one hit single Oh Girl. I personally think the lead vocal on this song is one of the best ever! Let me know what you think…..
Yes….I know that Paul Young did a successful cover of this song and that many of you may be more familiar with that cover version than you are with the original. As a bonus, here is Paul’s cover version.
Now that you have listened to both versions, I am betting that you will agree with me that while Paul does a nice job his version……it is not match for the original!
The Dramatics were formed in the early 1960s in Detroit and when they finally achieved success in the early 1970s they were part of the mighty Stax label out of Memphis (yes there was more to soul music than Motown). When they finally had a hit in 1971 it was a really good one, Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get………
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better they released In The Rain in 1972. A song that was, is, and always will be a huge favorite of mine. See what you think about this Soul Train performance…….