Soul Masters

Clarence Carter was another phenomenal performer, songwriter, and record producer. Carter primarily sings blues and soul music. He’s in his 80s now, so I’m not sure if he’s still performing. One of my favorite songs from him is a song called “Slip Away,” released in 1968, for Atlantic Records. I remember hearing this a lot on the radio. I just loved the sound of the type of guitar he used; it gave the song that “signature blues sound.” But this wasn’t just any o’l blues song, it was also very danceable; which allowed the song to reach #2 on the R&B charts, and #6 on the pop charts. From this same album, there’s another song I like called “I’m Qualified.” The rhythm of this song reminds me of Otis Redding’s music. But his second biggest hit I believe, was a song called “Patches,” released in 1970 (which is also a favorite of mine). The song was originally written and performed by General Johnson, lead singer of a group called “Chairmen Of The Board.”

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Hello oldies family! I have a really nice classic for you tonight. The artist’s name is King Curtis, and the song “Memphis Soul Stew.” Memphis Soul Stew was released in 1967, and although its highest peak was only #33 on the charts, the song will still make you move your feet. I remember hearing this a lot on the radio as a kid. It has a smooth sound, and is one of those easy songs you can dance to that doesn’t require you to breakout in a sweat. In Kurtis’s short life, he wore many hats; he was a record producer, composer, music director, and played many instruments. At the moment, I can’t recall of King having any #1s, however, I think it’s safe to say that he was most remembered for “Memphis Soul Stew.” Oh, yeah, King also reinterpreted an instrumental version of one of my old favorites that didn’t get much attention. The song was called “Groove Me,” and I really do recommend you check it out. Today it would be considered “Modern Jazz.” Originally song was performed by King Floyd.

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