Al Wilson – The Snake27th April 2023 · 1960s, 1968, Music, Soul
Soul singer Al Wilson had a hit with this anti-racist allegory before Donald Trump appropriated it 50 years later as an anti-immigration parable. Because he’s an idiot.
Debbie Dean – Why Am I Lovin’ You?16th January 2023 · 1960s, 1968, Music, Soul
Who was the first white artist signed to Motown? Well I always thought it was R.Dean Taylor, the Canadian who sang the great Indiana Wants Me (and Gotta See Jane and There’s A Ghost In My House). It wasn’t. I’m not sure who it was but Debbie Dean was their first female solo artist back in 1960.
The Constellations – I Don’t Know About You6th October 2022 · 1960s, 1968, Music, Soul
Here’s another rare groove, this time by The Constellations, released in 1968. Despite their starry name, they never hit the heights but they left their mark with this Northern Soul classic.
James Carr – These Arms Of Mine22nd July 2022 · 1960s, 1968, Music, Soul
Deep Southern soul music doesn’t get much better than this version of These Arms Of Mine by James Carr from 1968. (more…)
Deep Purple – Help!19th February 2022 · 1960s, 1968, Music
Here’s a bit of history… the first time Deep Purple ever appeared on TV. It was 1968, they chose a Beatles song, and they seem to be on a roof top. Dunno where that idea came from. (more…)
The Loading Zone – Can I Dedicate28th January 2022 · 1960s, 1968, Blues, California, Funk, Jazz, Music, Soul
Here’s a lost masterpiece blending jazz, funk, blues and soul – and psychedelia – by The Loading Zone, a long-forgotten late-1960s band from San Francisco. (more…)
Barbara Acklin – Am I The Same Girl / Young-Holt Unlimited – Soulful Strut4th November 2021 · 1960s, 1968, Funk, Jazz, Music, Soul
The exuberant brass motif that drives this swinging soul number sounds instantly familiar, perhaps because of the many lives this song has had since it was written by The Chi-Lites’ lead singer Eugene Record and Sonny Sanders.
Cliff Nobles – Love Is All Right / The Horse4th September 2021 · 1960s, 1968, Soul
Cliff Nobles is unique in the annals of one-hit wonders – he doesn’t appear at all on this his solitary hit. (more…)
Archie Bell & The Drells – Tighten Up3rd September 2021 · 1960s, 1968, Funk, Music
There’s not much to Tighten Up beyond a funk groove, some handclaps, and Archie introducing himself before urging the listener to dance. But it’s a classic. (more…)
Jeannie C. Riley – Harper Valley PTA24th August 2021 · 1960s, 1968, Country, Music
This is the best, best-known, and best-selling song ever written by Tom T. Hall, who died last week. It’s also the only hit for Jeannie C. Riley. (more…)