Soul Blues

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Junior Kimbrough & The Soul Blues Boys

Soul blues is a style of blues music developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s that combines elements of soul music and urban contemporary music.

Singers and musicians who grew up listening to the traditional electric blues of artists such as Muddy WatersBo DiddleyJimmy Reed and Elmore James; soul singers such as Sam CookeRay Charles and Otis Redding; and gospel music wanted to bridge their favorite music together.

 Bobby Bland was one of the pioneers of this style. This is a subgenre of blues that is very popular with African American audiences but less known by white audiences. The style continues to be popular in the new millennium.

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I Can’t Stand the Rain by Ann Peebles 1973

“I Can’t Stand the Rain” is a song originally recorded by Ann Peebles in 1973, and written by Peebles, Don Bryant, and Bernard “Bernie” Miller.

Other hit versions were later recorded by Eruption and Tina Turner. Listen to “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by Ann Peebles and more…..


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I Can't Stand the Rain by Ann Peebles 1973
I Can’t Stand the Rain by Ann Peebles 1973


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Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” Tamla

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Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” Tamla (T 54201) – January 20, 1971

“What’s Going On” is a song by American recording artist Marvin Gaye, released in 1971 on the Motown subsidiary Tamla.

Originally inspired by a police brutality incident witnessed by Renaldo “Obie” Benson.

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Fulfillingness’ First Final by Stevie Wonder

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Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness’ First Finale

Fulfillingness’ First Finale is a 1974 album by Stevie Wonder; widely considered one of the albums from his “classic period”.  Released on July 22, 1974 on the Tamla label, it is Wonder’s nineteenth album overall, and seventeenth studio album. According to Billboard magazine, it was Wonder’s first studio album to top the Pop Albums chart where it remained for two weeks, while it was his third album to top the R&B/Black Albums chart where it spent nine non-consecutive weeks.

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Lady in Satin by Billie Holiday


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Lady in Satin by Billie Holiday

Lady in Satin is an album by jazz singer Billie Holiday released in 1958 on Columbia Records, catalogue CL 1157 in mono and CS 8048 in stereo. It is the penultimate album completed by the singer and last released in her lifetime (her final album, Last Recording, being recorded in March 1959 and released just after her death). The original album was produced by Irving Townsend, and engineered by Fred Plaut.

Listen to Lady in Satin by Billie Holiday and more…… 

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“Call Me” by Al Green
 Perhaps the most perfect studio album in R&B history.
Call Me is the sixth album by soul singer Al Green. It is widely regarded as Green’s masterpiece, and has been called one of the best soul albums ever made.  In 2003 the TV network VH1 named it the 70th greatest album in any genre. Call Me was a Top 10 Billboard Pop Album, and the third #1 Soul Album. In 2003, the album was ranked number 289 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Praised for his emotive singing style, Green here incorporates country influences, covering both Willie Nelson and Hank Williams. This album contained three top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100: “You Ought to Be with Me,” “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” and “Call Me (Come Back Home).”
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