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FlinterFile: The Impressions- Fool For You

The Impressions were a soul group who released their album This Is My Country in 1968. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile- Jonathan Jeremiah- Rosario

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In 2015, Jonathan Jeremiah released his second solo-album, Oh Desire. After his first hits in 2010, he went around the world, and now he has come home to record his second album. With his band he went to the Konk Studio, which is owned by Ray Davies (from the Kinks) and developed his country/soul/jazz sound more. That he succeeded, is clear if you listen to

Jonathan Jeremiah- Rosario

FlinterFile: Leon Bridges- Better Man

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In 2015, Leon Bridges made his debut. From his album, ‘Coming Home’, it was the first single. As he liked to get the real sound of the fifties and sixties in the soul he makes, he really used the old equipment. After making the song ‘Coming Home’, which was the start of his career, he made the song ‘Better Man’, which gave a real boost to his popularity. Enjoy

Leon Bridges- Better Man

Song of the day: The Ad Libs- The Boy From New York City

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In 1965, the Ad Libs released the soul song The Boy From New York City. John T. Taylor, a saxophone player, wrote the song to get them a record deal on the label of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. They succeeded and got to record the song. It would be their only hit: number 8 in the US. It did not mean that they stopped producing records: it just meant they never got the success anymore. Enjoy

The Ad Libs- The Boy From New York City

Song of the day: Sam & Dave- Soul Man

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In 1967, Isaac Hayes and David Porter wrote the song Soul Man. The song was inspired by the African American Civil Rights Movement, which caused a lot of commotion in the sixties. After a riot in Detroit, the buildings that were not destroyed were marked with the word soul. Hayes and Porter thought of a song in which the struggle to overcome the present situation was the main theme. Sam & Dave recorded it on the Stax label and got a number 2 hit in the US. As usual, Booker T & The MG’s played the music. Enjoy

Sam & Dave- Soul Man

Song of the day: Moments & Whatnauts- Girls

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Let’s dance tonight on a seventies pre-disco song! The song was made by two seperate bands, who occasionally worked together: the Moments and The Whatnauts. They recorded a song together, written by Harry Ray and Al Goodman (from the Moments). When they recorded the song, the original Moments were not existing anymore. Later, the band would be renamed to Ray, Goodman & Brown. The song would do number 6 in the UK, number 25 in the US soul chart and number one in the Netherlands. Enjoy

Moments & Whatnauts- Girls

Song of the day: Negrocan- Cada Vez

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Our story of today starts in 1991, when a group of several artists is formed. The artists come from different countries, namely Italy, England, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil. They name themselves  Negrocan. Their style has some funk in it, but also the clear inspiration of Latin and some soul. That combines in a single, Cada Vez, which is still played a lot during the summer. Enjoy

Negrocan- Cada Vez

Song of the day: The Three Degrees- Dirty Ol’ Man

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A seventies song today, which could be seen as a pre-disco song. It came from Philadelphia, which had its own sound, just like Motown had its own sound. These things helped to create the disco, and this song is a good example of what helped it to develop. I’m not gonna talk about the content of the song, as it is too obvious to discuss. What was suprising to me, was that it never really hit any of the charts. Even in the US R&B chart it stuck to place 58. In the Netherlands, however, this was a real number one hit! (that might have to do with the performance they did on Toppop, which was the Dutch Top of the Pops. I tried to find the movie, but YouTube deleted the account of Toppop, because of a rightsissue…). I hope you enjoy

The Three Degrees- Dirty Ol’ Man

Song of the day: The Crusaders- Street Life

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Yeah, this song was the most popular song of The Crusaders. The Crusaders were already around some time as a jazz/pop group, and to record this song, they invited another singer: Randy Crawford. She was at the start of her career, and I think she could never have dreamed that she would have a number one hit with One Day I’ll Fly Away. This song did quite a good job, because it entered the soul charts and the disco charts (although they were higher in the soul chart than in the disco chart). However, who cares? They have got the Song of the day, so enjoy

The Crusaders feat. Randy Crawford- Street Life