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June 25, 2012

this is a perfect post.

soulmo:

The Royalettes “It’s Gonna Take A Miracle” (MGM 13366, R&B#28, Pop#41, 1965)

One of the prettiest, and oft covered songs of the classic girl group era is this aching, arching ballad that was The Royalettes biggest hit. Even then it barely missed the Top 40, being a major hit on the East Coast, but more sporadically a hit west of The continental divide. It would go on to many covers, from Laura Nyro, The Shirelles and many others before becoming a Top Ten hit for Deniece Williams in 1982.

As I was driving home from North Berkeley tonight, it came on the radio, and with the clear moon and sky, and the cool breeze coming through my window, it made me think about how intensely beautiful little moments can be, even to a remarkably heartbreaking song. And I was reminded why this is my 4th favorite song of all time, the incredible ache for things to go right on my mind, and smiling and shedding a tear at life at the same time.

Thanks Sheila Ross, Teddy Randazzo, and life in general.

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May 28, 2012

Roy Turner :: War No More 

Happy Memorial Day everybody. We don’t want war no more. 

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May 25, 2012

Mattie Moultrie :: The Saddest Story Ever Told (1967, B-side to That’s How Strong My Love Is)

All over the universe! 

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February 25, 2012

Som Tres :: ‘California Soul’ 

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February 24, 2012

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell :: ‘California Soul’

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February 24, 2012

Marlena Shaw :: ‘California Soul’ (1969, from the album Spice of Life)

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January 22, 2012

Etta James :: ‘Baby What You Want Me To Do’ (Live, 1964, from the album Rocks the House)

Etta does Jimmy Reed. About as raw as it gets. Listen to the crowd. 

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January 20, 2012

Etta James :: ‘Tighten Up Your Own Thing’ (1969)

Peaceful journey, Etta. Your thing was pretty tight. 

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January 16, 2012

Lee Fields :: ‘You’re the Kind of Girl’ (2012)

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January 7, 2012

Little Anthony and the Imperials :: ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop’ (1960)

So politically incorrect. So good. Happy birthday to “Little” Anthony Gourdine, Brooklyn native, who turns 72 on Sunday. 

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