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Early Deep Soul Divas 1954-1962

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Early Deep Soul Divas 1954-1962
Early Deep Soul Divas 1954-1962


'Early Deep Soul Divas' gives us an excellent insight into the emerging Black female sound of church-based Soul music that stayed with us for the rest of the 1960s decade.

Much of this fine singing and soulful dynamism still needs to be unearthed and re-evaluated. This collection is just the first exciting dig into the hearts and minds of the female Black music culture at its most profound during the late 1950s-early 1960s.

Features great early soul tracks by: Mitty Collier, Betty Everett, Barbara Lynn, Ann Cole, Carla Thomas, Mavis Staples & The Staple Singers, Ruth Brown, Etta James, Betty Lavette and more!

During the period when President Kennedy created the Peace Corps and gave advisories on building fallout shelters, the music of the Black church communities evolved into the domestic realm of popular music. Because church choirs and soloists were predominantly made up of female church folk, it is no wonder that the early push into commercial soul music fulfilment was dominated by women. Male Soul music performers were outnumbered three to one. This dynamic was the leading edge behind the Soul movement and why divas like Aretha Franklin, Judy Clay, Etta James and the like lead the glorious charge.


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  2. I Dedicate My Life To You - Mitty Collier
  3. I'll Weep No More - Betty Everett
  4. I Can't Hold Out Any Longer - Lavern Baker
  5. Lonely Avenue - Pearl Woods
  6. Lonely Heartache - Barbara Lynn
  7. Darling, Don't Hurt Me - Ann Cole
  8. I Kinda Think He Does - Carla Thomas
  9. Since I Fell For You - Mary "B" Banks
  10. Looking Back - Jewel Brown
  11. I'm Willing (Part 1, Take 2) - Mavis Staples & The Staple Singers
  12. Your Love Is Wonderful (2nd Version) - Hattie Littles
  13. Oh What A Dream - Ruth Brown & Her Rhythm Makers
  14. I'm So Young - Maureen Gray
  15. No Love - Mable John
  16. I Can't - Linda Hopkins
  17. Stop The Wedding - Etta James
  18. My Man He's A Lovin' Man - Betty Lavette
  19. I'm The One - Gerri Hall
  20. No More Tears - Johnnie Mae
  21. If I Knew - Yvonne Fair & The James Brown Band
  22. Life Goes On Just The Same - Maxine Brown
  23. I Can't Take It - Mary Ann Fisher
  24. Sin Is To Blame - Candi Staton & The Jewell Gospel Sgrs.
  25. I Thought I'd Gotten Over You - Judy Clay
  26. He's Gone - Brenda Holloway
  27. I'm Through Crying - Martha Carter
  28. Love (Is Just A Chance You Take) - Barbara George
  29. You're My Desire - Mary Wells & Group
  30. Hey Fool - Brenda Holloway

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