Category Archives: Soul music

Everybody Needs Somebody To Love: Solomon Burke; Wilson Pickett; The Blues Brothers

Hello there! This is the seventh installment in our new feature: “Tim’s Cover Story Goes To The Movies.” Here we discuss a famous song that makes an important contribution to a major movie. This week’s entry is Everybody Needs Somebody … Continue reading

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The Letter: The Box Tops; Joe Cocker; Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Hello there! Our song this week is The Letter, an R&B tune that has been covered nearly 200 times. We will review the original by The Box Tops. We will then discuss a cover version by Joe Cocker, and a … Continue reading

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A Change Is Gonna Come: Sam Cooke; Al Green; Beyonce

Hello there! Our song this week is A Change Is Gonna Come. This is a gospel-inspired pop song that is deeply rooted in the civil rights movement. We will review the original version by Sam Cooke. We will then discuss … Continue reading

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Bridge Over Troubled Water: Simon & Garfunkel; Aretha Franklin; Stevie Wonder

Hello there! Our song this week is Bridge Over Troubled Water. This is a folk-pop song written in the style of a gospel tune. We will review the version by Simon & Garfunkel, and we will also discuss cover versions … Continue reading

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Let’s Get It On: Marvin Gaye; Jack Black; Shannon Lawson

Hello there! Our song this week is Let’s Get It On. It is a sensual soul song from Marvin Gaye. We will review the original 1973 version by Marvin Gaye. We will also discuss covers by Jack Black, and by … Continue reading

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What’s Going On: Marvin Gaye; Cyndi Lauper; Daryl Hall & John Oates

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song What’s Going On. This is one of the most powerful and moving soul songs ever recorded. We will start with the original song by Marvin Gaye, and then we will … Continue reading

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The Great Pretender: Tony Williams and The Platters; Sam Cooke; Freddie Mercury

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song The Great Pretender. This is a lovely pop tune from the mid-50s. We will start with the original song by The Platters, and then we will review covers from Sam … Continue reading

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