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The Stax Story

The outrageous wheel of fortune that is the Stax Story. A couple of segments are blocked from this very decent documentary but you’ll still get a damn good idea about Stax’s torrid and tragic story. If you appreciated Muscle Shoals, then this too is a must. I came to Stax via Booker T, Isaac Hayes…

Shirley Mae Goodman

New Orleanian Shirley died on this day. Shame, Shame, Shame is one of my favourite duet tracks of all time. I never did think of this as disco. Jesus Alvareznewnorthern soulshirley & companyShirley Mae Goodmansoul musicSylvia Robinson

Benjamin & The Dreamdancers

Thank you Kurtis Powers and Scott Birksted for bringing our attention to Benjamin And The Dreamdancers (bravo to Daptone yet again) and for a great show on The Face Radio. Very much looking forward to the upcoming show on Curtis. KTF! Benjamin And The DreamdancersCurtis Mayfielddaptone recordsfunknorthern soulpsychedelic funksoul music

The Cosimo Code

To commemorate the birth of Cosimo Matassa here is a newly launched website with everything you wanted to know about the legend and much more. Very nicely done indeed. Unsurprisingly, there is a vital UK connection in cracking the cataloging code and reconstituting the library of recordings, i.e. the obsessive need to track down obscure US records…

The Excitements

If you appreciate Northern Soul and/or any of the Daptone acts, you will surely enjoy these guys. Hailing from Barcelona, they will I think, be right at home on Frenchman Street in New Orleans — and I have no doubt that will happen before long. In the meantime check them out here. daptone recordsmusicnorthern soulThe…

Northern Soul: Whatever Happened to . . .

Inspired by the track listing for the film (and beyond) of Northern Soul classics, I thought I’d see whatever happened to these wonderful artists, for the most part those that aren’t or never were well-known. The links below are the best I could come up with. Many artists are of course no longer with us,…

Northern Soul

Not really knowing what to expect except that I was hopeful that since this film had Steve Coogan and his production company behind it, it would be half decent. (Having recently sat through the absolutely irritatingly cliched shite that is Woman in Gold) it came as a relief that despite the unflinching grittiness (think extreme…