Funk & Soul Wednesdays – James Shorter “Modern Day Woman”

I’m taking it back to 1966 with this obscure 45 from James Shorter on the Detroit label, La Beat records. Modern Day Woman can be found on the b-side of Ready for the Heartbreak, and the groove is very different from other Detroit Soul tracks. I absolutely love it! Follow  Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – Barbara Lynn

The Empress of Gulf Coast Soul, Miss Barbara Lynn, is a blues legend. This left-handed guitarist, singer and songwriter was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1942 and had her first hit single “You’ll Lose A Good Thing” in 1962. She has toured with Otis Redding, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King and her song “Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin’)” was recorded by the Rolling Stones in 1965. After taking time off to raise... Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – Joe Tex

Joe Tex was an amazing Soul singer from the great state of Texas who died in 1984. Tex and fellow labelmate James Brown had a long running feud, Tex accused James of stealing his sound and dance moves, while James dated Tex’s wife and later fired a gun at him at a bar one night. I present to you two videos, because they both need to be seen. Joe Tex converted to Islam and didn’t record for many years, so this first video is the performance... Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – The Coasters

This Funk & Soul Wednesday is dedicated to Tulum, Mexico, because I just came back from an amazing vacation there.  “Down in Mexico” was released by The Coasters in 1956 and was their very first single.  The Coasters had a way with humorous storytelling and this track is no exception.  You may also recognize the re-record from the ridiculously sexy lapdance scene in Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof”.  ... Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye’s career spanned the entire history of rhythm and blues before he was shot by his own Father at the age of 45.  His legacy carries on, and him and his music will never be forgotten.  Marvin and his band played at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival in 1980, and watching the performance of “Got to Give it Up” always make me smile.  Sandra Lee Akaka absolutely destroys it on the cowbell.  If this doesn’t move... Read More

Funk & Soul Wednesdays – Booker T. & the MG’s

There’s no better way to kick-off Funk & Soul Wednesdays than with a listen to Booker T. & the MG’s.  This instrumental band represents two of my favorite things, the South (Memphis to be exact) and Stax Records.  Booker T. & the MG’s were the originators of the Stax sound and backed many Stax artists including Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas and Wilson Pickett.  “Green Onions” was the first album ever released... Read More

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