Don Blackman

Don Blackman - Heart's Desire (HD)

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Heart’s Desire  (1982)

Jazzy Funky Soul. Don Blackman was a session musician who worked with Earth, Wind and Fire among others. He wrote songs including Peanut Butter and Morning Sunrise.

Wikipedia: Don Blackman

Earl Curry

EARL CURRY - ONE WHOLE YEAR BABY - RPM

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One Whole Year Baby

A song that Georgie Fame had in his repertoire when he played at the Twisted Wheel.

Sonny Stitt

Sonny Stitt - With the New Yorkers ( Full Album )

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The Double O Soul Of Sonny Stitt

The great Jazz artist Sonny Stitt does his version of the Edwin Starr song. With the same orchestration and same backing vocal girls – well it was recorded at ED Wingate’s New World Studios at the same time as Edwin’s.

OO Soul and secret agent Soul of the sixties

Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays

Is It Because I'm Black

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Cool Breeze 

Great Jazzy Soul instrumental by Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays

HOW LONG

Single

Al Jerreau

Al Jarreau - We're In This Love Together (Official Video)

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Al Jarreau

Moonlighting

Al Jerreau, well a great musician, most famous for the TV theme “Moonlighting” (1985-89).

Worked with Deodato on Double Face.

Deodato Double Face

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Eumir Diodato

Eumir Deodato - Deodato 2 (1973) - Completo / Full Album (HQ)

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Deodato Double Face
Double Face

With Al Jerreau on this great track.

Diodato’s version of Richard Strauss’s  Also sprach Zarathustra

was a big instrumental hit in 1973.

Wikipedia: Eumir Diodato

Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan - Misty (Live from Sweden) Mercury Records 1964

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SMOOTH OPERATOR (1958)

She likes it like that and so do we. Sarah Vaughan was a fantastic singer. Great voice and vocalisation. Of course regarded as a great Jazz artist, this ones certainly got Soul.

Wikipedia: Sarah Vaughan

Jo Ann Henderson

Jo Ann Henderson Baby Please Don't Go

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BABY PLEASE DON’T GO

Jo Ann Henderson was a Jazz Blues singer from the late 1940’s early fifties.

This record was updated by the Northern Ireland group Them in 1965 with Van Morrison singing lead vocals. It was a standard that many blues artists used to sing including Muddy Waters and Joe Turner. It reached number ten in the UK pop charts. And was a very good version.  But here is the original and that’s great too.

The song by THEM was used as the intro them To Ready Steady Go a TV show about pop culture in the UK in the Sixties.

See Soulbot – THEM

Eddie Bishop

Eddie Bishop - Call Me

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Call Me

The weird, strange world of Northern Soul includes Call Me by Eddie Bishop:

Kev Roberts is puzzled as to why this was/is popular on the Northern Soul scene. Well, even so I guess for accuracy of the 45’s that influenced and made that second Soul scene. He puts it in at 312 on his Top 500: Really?  Amazing; a Tony Hatch song – Petula Clarke, Lulu and many pop artists were involved with this song. At least this is an instrumental. Yes it’s got a nice dance beat but it ain’t half not Soul: no way, no how and would never never, never ever have got played on our original scene. call us Soul elitists? Certainly!

WHAT IS SOUL?

Derek and Ray

Derek And Ray - Interplay

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Interplay

Harpsichord sounding instrumental but is this Soul?

Even Kev Roberts is not too sure, but due to its ‘strange’ popularity on that strange Northern Soul scene, he puts it at 212: enough said.