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Stirring Up Some Soul - The Original Sound of UK Club Land

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Stirring Up Some Soul - The Original Sound of UK Club Land
Stirring Up Some Soul - The Original Sound of UK Club Land


Welcome to the latest instalment of Jasmine's "Adventures in UK Club Land" exploring the "Club Beat" - the roots of R&B, Ska, Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Mod and, in this chapter, Soul.

Pre '63 the term "Soul music" was not in use as a genre defining expression. Artists might be described as "soulful" such as Chuck Jackson, Baby Washington or the Impressions (featured here), although hardly household names at the time. Even the opening act here, the mighty Supremes, were little known over here and, in fact, were jokingly referred to as the non-hit Supremes in their own country. It wasn't until a year or two later, '64-'65, that Soul music really established itself. By then America had, by and large, stopped making traditional R&B, and in the U.K. nobody wanted to hear home-grown R&B-styled white acts, Motown had arrived and Soul music ruled the day.

Soul music today is firmly entrenched in popular culture and we hope you enjoy our retrospective of the sounds that set the Soul template.

"Soul music arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form for funky, secular testifying." - Otis Redding.

"Soul music is pain - you can hear the slaves, the beatin' and hurtin'." - Link Wray.


  1. Name
  2. The Supremes - Your Heart Belongs To Me
  3. The Impressions - Minstrel And Queen
  4. Sidney Barnes - Wait
  5. Joyce Davis - Moments To Remember
  6. Walter Jackson - I Don't Want To Suffer
  7. Jamie Coe - Cleopatra
  8. Baby Washington - Hush Heart
  9. Billy Bland - My Heart's On Fire
  10. Fred Bridges - Baby Don't You Weep
  11. The Majestics - Treat Me Like You Want To Be Treated
  12. Tony Smith & Combo - Mr. John's Cha Cha
  13. Vernon Harrell - Slick Chick
  14. Billy La Mont - I'm Gonna Try
  15. Irma Thomas - I Did My Part
  16. Leroy Jones - Hide 'nor Hair
  17. Sonny Forriest - Train
  18. Dorothy Berry & Jimmy Norman - I'm With You All The Way
  19. Eli Lee - I Get The Feelin'
  20. Johnny Acey - Please Don't Go (Back To Baltimore)
  21. Sonny Thompson - Lost In This Great Big City
  22. Jr. Walker & The All Stars - Cleo's Mood
  23. Chuck Jackson - Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird)
  24. Barbara George - The Recipe (For Perfect Fools)
  25. Jean Dushon - Plaything
  26. Roosevelt Nettles - Heartaches And Trouble
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