Bettye Crutcher

Sugar Daddy (1975) Bettye Crutcher wrote ‘Who’s Making Love‘ for Johnny Taylor.

Brenda Vaughn

Brenda Vaughn released a great track called Sistas Shakin Up and t she seems to have been a big hit in Tokyo. She was born in Starkville, Mississippi and even had a day name after her! Read More

Vanessa Paradis

Be My Baby Quirky song French MOD sixties. Vanessa Paradis had her first success at 14 with Joe Le Taxi which brought her worldwide fame. She is also an actress, very French… Vanessa Paradis

Shirley Jones

She Knew About Me Shirley Jones was at one time the lead singer in The Jones Girls. They were all sisters who disbanded in 1984 and Shirley went on to sing solo. Shirley Jones

Johnnie Mae Matthews – Godmother of Detroit Soul

I Have No Choice  (1967) – Johnnie Mae Matthews Johnnie Mae Matthews – a respected name in soul and blues music. Curious name Johnnie for a woman, but she was heralded the  “Godmother of Detroit Soul”.  A big influence of many artists in the city who later signed to Motown. We think the ‘B’ side … Read more

Magic Lady

Betcha Can’t Lose (With My Love) – 1988 Magic Lady were a girl group formed in 1980 consisting of Linda Stokes, Jackie Stokes and Kimberly Ball. They don’t seem to have recorded anything since the above.

Macy Gray – Happiness

Happiness We all know Macy Gray’s distinctive singing style. This is a beautiful soulful ballad. Her real name is Natalie Renee McIntyre. So far she’s released 10 albums and is talented in many directions including songwriting, acting and producing. The instrumentation on this track is reminiscent of Buffalo Springfield (For What It’s Worth). Just fabulous. … Read more

Corinne Bailey Rae

Put Your Records On Corinne Bailey Rae is a Sweet Soul singer and song writer from Leeds, Yorkshire, England. She graduated from Leeds University in 2000, and her debut album was Corinne. She has a wonderful, almost child like voice that can affect even the most hardened cynics among us. Long may she continue to … Read more

Soulvation Army – Flora Wilson

Dancing On A Daydream Flora Wilson -Dancing On A Daydream Soulvation Army Band released Dancing On A Daydream as an instrumental on the A side and sung by Flora Wilson on the B side. The same track both as a song and instrumental has been done many times before of course – how about You … Read more

Su Kramer

You Got The Power Su Kramer is another of those wonderful things, a German black soul singer. However, the song You Got The Power feels like it owes more to ABBA than Aretha! No wonder it’s popular in Europe…