While the heyday of soul may be fifty years in the past with the likes of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Jackie Wilson, a new swell of artists influenced by these early pioneers is rising and moving audiences around the country. Marked by strong frontmen and women, these folks have moves and energy straight from a James Brown playbook and backing bands that have licks of their own. Be prepared to have your soul stirred and, if you’re like me, end up with a goofy, strained grimace on your face and an air mic primed for lip syncing.
I’ve loved Aretha Franklin since I was a kid and first saw her in the movie “The Blues Brothers.” My girlfriends and I made up a dancing/singing routine to the song “Respect”. She is the image of a strong woman who is a survivor and Mark Bego’s biography reinforces it.
Born today in 1949, Gloria Gaynor is most famous for her anthem for the brokenhearted, "I Will Survive," released in 1978.
Gloria Gaynor started off in the group, the Satisfied Sisters, but eventually went on to a solo career in the 70s. The 90s had her back in the limelight doing cameos on shows like Ally McBeal and That 70s Show. Her hit, "I Will Survive," was covered by Cake on their album Fashion Nugget, one of my personal favorites.
Full of civil unrest, 1965 was a turbulent year. The top grossing film of the year was The Sound of Music. Dune by Frank Herbert hit bookshelves. The TV show I Dream of Jeannie premieres. These albums were top sellers. What were you up to in 1965?
Smooth tunes with ear tickling vocal harmonies epitomize the doo-wop sound. Popularized in the 1950s and 1960s and created in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago, these R&B bands will have you swaying and singing along.