This song is a relevant response to the Ferguson, Mo. tragedies. It was written nearly 50 years ago. Makes you think about how much has changed and how much has stayed exactly the same.



Johnny King & The Fatback Band - Peace, Love And Not War (BC Project II, 1968) (Found on this KENT comp)

Some NYC “Street Funk” produced by Bill Curtis, who had a successful career as a producer, arranger and performer.  This track features the original guitarist on vocals, Johnny King.

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Della Humphrey - Don’t Make The Good Girls Go Bad (Arctic Record Company, 1968)

I fell in love with this song tonight, it’s just gorgeous. Della recorded it when she was in the 8th grade! Long Play Miami wrote a fantastic biography about Humphrey that really makes you think about the scope of a singer whose contributions are largely overlooked by mainstream soul music history. Her style reminds me of another great Miami soulstress Helene Smith, whom I adore. 

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Bill Brandon - I Am Free From Your Love (Moonsong, 1972)

A followup to yesterday’s post from this great soul singer. We’re talking about freedom today people, as tomorrow is our Independence Day here in the USA. Have a good one and if you live in California, for the love freedom don’t start a fire, we’re in a crazy drought and you wouldn’t want to be responsible for that.

Bonus: Hear THE man Syl Johnson Talkin’ About Freedom. And Joe Tex, who just wants to be free.


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Bill Brandon - It’s All Wrong, It’s All Right (Moonsong, 1973)

Brandon adds exceptional emotional intensity to this lush and brooding ballad. Produced by the very talented Sam Dees who I’ve posted to OSM before.

From his bio over at Sir Shambling’s Deep Soul Heaven:

Since leaving the music business in 1987 Brandon has earnt a living as a long distance truck driver, and has no regrets over his career choices. My only regret is that the only people who hear him sing these days are the other members of the congregation of his church in Harvest, Alabama.

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You guys have probably heard about the recent passing of soul great Bobby Womack. My man JT over at The Soul Shack dedicated his program on KUSP to his work. Enjoy.

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Aaron Neville - How Could I Help But Love You (Minit, 1963)

A really hip piece by a youthful Neville. It took a while for his unique voice-break melismata to grow on me, but I think it really did, oddly enough, when I heard his version of the George Jones’ classic country heartbreaker The Grand Tour.

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Nancy Dupree (& Rochester NY Youngsters) - Cold (1969, Folkways)

This great article tells Dupree’s story better than I ever could:

Nancy Dupree was an exuberant educator whose career in education was cut prematurely short because of her radical methods. She was also a poet, an outspoken activist, a playwright, an actress, a musician, an insomniac, a Christian-to-Muslim convert, a Black Panther and a loving mother. She lived in Rochester, NY for the last 16 years of her life and left an indelible stamp on the community. The impression she left was so deep that now, 28 years after her death, many of her friends and students still remember her character with crystalline clarity. READ THE FULL STORY.

This track appears on the album “Ghetto Reality,” a record that’s really endearing and poignant. It’s as essential as it gets; Dupree, a piano, and some children singing. Spotify link.  Link to liner notes.

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Really excited to see this. Just seeing Helene Smith alive and well is inspiring.

Re-designed the blog, hope you like it.


Chuck Bernard - Everything Is Alright Now (Zodiac, 1970)

Bernard had a short string of 45s across several labels from the mid-60’s to mid-70’s. This cut was recorded on Ric William’s Zodaic records, a great Chicago label that featured one of my favorites Ruby Andrews. Really like this track, I’ll post a couple more by him. 

Also, I made Old Soul Music Mixtape No.3 if you wanna listen.

Hope all is well.

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