This is Old Soul Music, a blog dedicated to deep soul gem digging. Old Soul Music is a counterpart to She Thinks I Still Care, a traditional Country & Western music blog.

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I am Skinny Ricky. I lead The Casual Encounters.

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- May 22nd 2012

8,627 plays

David Coleman with the Hector Rivera Orchestra - Drown My Heart (Barry, 1967)

Quite simply Latin, Soul, Pop, Jazz, Boogaloo, Floorstomper, Northern Soul, Salsa, Popcorn.  Been digging the boogaloo.

- Mar 22nd 2012

933 plays

Skull Snaps - My Hang Up Is You

Despite the slight cheese factor, I have a really good time with this song.  Note the “Hang Up” theme that parallels The Supreme’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”.  It also parallels that tune with a very similar individuated guitar riff (at 0:34), similar chord progression in a minor key, same “Motown” style drum beat with the snare on 1 and 3 instead of 2 and 4, and general feel and sophistication.  Skull Snaps have that 1973 refinement, though, both in production and arrangement.  Just listen, you’ll enjoy. -Ricky

- Nov 11th 2011

1,131 plays

Dee Dee Warwick - I’ll Be Better Off Without You (Mercury, 1968)

I woke up today with this song stuck in my head.  The very awesome over-the-top  arrangement with cascading harp arpeggios, woodwinds and harpsichord individuates this midtempo Philly soul tune.  Dee Dee is of course sister to Dion and cousin of Whitney Houston.  Watch a performance of this song here.

- Sep 13th 2011

752 plays

Reggie Garner - Hotline (Capitol, 1971)

(Found at My Johnny Johnny)

- May 14th 2011

122 plays

I was just going to be negative and rant about how there’s a lot of pretty weak “Northern Soul” out there.  I had pretty much given up but found a pretty cool song.  Two guys sort of doing a “Sam & Dave” or a “Them two” deal with two lead male vocalists.  Williams has really good delivery, Watson has the grit.  Good combo.

Williams & Watson - Too Late

- May 29th 2010

513 plays

A great Northern Soul tune by Luther Ingram called “If it’s all the same to you, Babe”.  The B-Side to the original 45 had the instrumental version, but it was instead called “Exus Trek" and was attributed to "The Luther Ingram Orchestra". 

- May 28th 2010

681 plays

I think for the next week or so I’m going to feature some of the tracks I’ve come across that are considered “Northern Soul”.  Thanks for the suggestion, iitns.  First up is a track called “Gone With the Wind of My Love” by Rita & The Tiaras.  She was a white girl based out of L.A. on Doré records, the same label Jan & Dean was on.

Rita & The Tiaras - Gone With the Wind Of My Love

- May 26th 2010