Classic Soul Interviews

BLUE MAGIC: Classic Soul 1975 Interview

2021 Introduction: Atlantic Records’ history of successful vocal groups stretches back to the ‘50s and ‘60s with The Coasters, The Drifters and more. By the early ‘70s, the label boasted a new set of popular harmony outfits including Blue Magic, a quintet with a string of hits that started in 1973. David Nathan caught up with the group as they began working on their third album in 1975…

BEN E. KING: Classic Soul 1976 Interview

2021 Introduction: One of the foundational artists at Atlantic Records in the ‘60s, Ben E. King provided a consistent run of hit records, many of which have become modern-day classics – think “Stand By Me,” “Don’t Play That Song” and “Spanish Harlem” for starters. In 1975, he experience a welcome return to the label and the charts as he shared with David Nathan in 1976…

NORMA JEAN WRIGHT: Classic Soul 1978 Interview

2021 Introduction: From 1977 to 1978, the primary lead vocalist on Chic's global hits was Norma Jean Wright and with Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards masterminding her first solo album, Norma Jean shared with David Nathan in 1978 about an Earth Wind & Fire tryout and a gig with The Spinners prior to her tenure with Chic…

DIONNE WARWICK: Classic Soul 1975 Interview

2021 Introduction: In the wake of “Then Came You,” her 1974 chart-topping duet with The Spinners, Dionne Warwick was looking forward to further success after teaming up with famed producer Jerry Ragovoy for her third Warner Brothers’ album named after her million-selling global hit, as she explained to David Nathan in the spring of 1975…

LORRAINE ELLISON: Classic Soul 1974 Interview

2021 Introduction: Revered for her 1966 classic recording “Stay With Me,” admired by pop and rock artists such as Janis Joplin, Laura Nyro and Van Morrison, Lorraine Ellison never achieved mainstream success in a recording career that spanned almost a decade (1965-1974). In a very rare, in depth interview in 1974, the super-soulful Lorraine shared with David Nathan her hopes for finally gaining recognition with a then-new Warner Brothers’ album…

The Staple Singers: Classic Soul 1976 Interview

2021 Introduction: SoulMusic Hall Of Fame two-time inductees, The Staple Singers were basking in having as R&B and pop chart-topper in 1975 with “Let’s Do It Again,” the title track of the Curtis Mayfield-produced soundtrack of the same name. In the spring of 1976, David Nathan caught up with ‘The First Family Of Gospel’ (as they were known back then) to reflect on their success…

Sarah Dash: Classic Soul 1979 Interview

2021 Introduction: The unexpected sad news of the passing of Sarah Dash, the accomplished singer/songwriter and dynamic performer whose musical incarnations included her tenure as a founding member of Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles in the ‘60s and the group Labelle in the ‘70s and as an artist in her own right prompts this revisit to David Nathan’s 1979 interview with Sarah on the eve of the release of her first solo album… The photo is of recording artist Keith Barrow, Sarah and Sylvester....