On March 2nd, David Nathan attended the memorial service honoring the late Nancy Wilson, who passed on in December 2018. We discuss that celebration of Nancy’s life as well as who was in attendance. In addition, we share the first time each of us had discovered her music as well as David’s recollections of his interviews and discussions with Ms. Wilson. All this and Nancy’s music too on this edition of Soul Talkin’
On this edition of Soul Talkin’, we pay tribute to the late James Ingram as we discuss his contribution to music as a fine vocalist and songwriter. In our discussion, we talk about James’ second #1 hit (his only as a solo act), “I Don’t Have The Heart” – produced, arranged and conducted by the great Thom Bell (whom we chat about as well regarding his remarkable career). Leading up to our Dionne Warwick chat re: the Thom Bell-produced album “Track Of The Cat”, and a previously unreleased Dionne/Thom tune David had found in the Warner Bros. vault years ago. All this on the “expanded edition” of Soul Talkin’!
On this edition of Soul Talkin’, we pay homage to the departed NINA SIMONE, birth date Feb. 21, 1933. David shares his recollections of Nina and championing her career as the founder of the Appreciation Society named in her honor. In addition, Kevin recalls his discussion with composer/arranger Horace Ott about his writing “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, first recorded by Nina in 1964. Photo is of David Nathan and Nina Simone, London, 1968.
The conclusion of our Soul Talkin’ conversation, honoring the late Nina Simone. Here, David continues his tale of meeting and accompanying Nina to her UK television debut on Ready, Steady Go! Kevin chimes in on when she appeared on a now-legendary American public TV program for kids (clue, the show featured a very large feathered friend!) All this and great classic Nina tunes as well!
Celebrating the amazing Stax/Volt Revue’s groundbreaking 1967 tour of Europe with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd and Arthur Conley (with Carla Thomas on certain shows) with Booker T. & The M.G.s and The Markeys. SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan shares with Kevin Goins his reminiscences and memories of seeing the show at Fairfield Halls, Croydon on March 27th…
LOS ANGELES, March, 2019 – David Nathan, founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com proudly presents awards to inductees into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame (inducted by popular vote via online poll)
DARYL SIMMONS – SONGWRITER
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present these much-deserved awards for the outstanding creative contribution of Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Daryl Simmons, Preston Glass and Skip Scarborough to soul music worldwide,” notes Nathan. “Going forward, we will be creating more awards for the current (and future) inductees into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame, which offers music lovers the world over to express their appreciation for their favourite artists, songwriters, musicians, producers and arrangers through our SMHoF public poll. We will be relaunching The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame (which was started in 2012 and currently has over 300 inductees).”
With special thanks: Sid Johnson, Amar Naik, Gina Glass for assistance with coordinating our first SoulMusicHall Of Fame awards presentation
Public votes for the Nominations and inductions into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame are conducted via an online poll accessed through our Facebook page. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the first in an ongoing series of podcasts on variety of soul music/R&B-related topics featuring SoulMusic.com founder, historian and author David Nathan in conversation with renowned New York City-based music industry consultant, reissue producer and journalist Kevin Goins…
Following the January 13th, 2019 “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration” taping in Los Angeles, David reflects on ‘The Queen Of Soul’ and her status as a global icon…
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As one of the founding members of the global family supergroup that bears his last name, Chubby Tavares’ distinctive voice has been heard literally by millions of music lovers the world over. He began recording solo projects a few years back at the same time, continuing constant performances with his brothers. Chubby’s great third album marks a reunion with award-winning producer/songwriter Preston Glass and work with up-and-coming LA producer Brandon Wattz as well as with UK hitmaker Nigel Lowis. Released through SoulMusic Records in association with Platinum Garage Records, “Amazing Ride” includes a wonderful duet with Pattie Brooks as well as remake of the Charlie Chaplin standard, “Smile” which has gained popularity among UK soul music listeners…
Phone interview with David Nathan conducted June 14
The multi-faceted and multi-talented James Mtume has been contributing to the world of music for some five decades: best known to soul music audiences in particular as the creator of the group Mtume in the late ’70s, his work as a producer with partner Reggie Lucas on stellar recordings by Stephanie Mills, Phyllis Hyman, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway is just part of the story. As a member of the legendary Miles Davis’ band and born into the jazz royalty family, The Heath Brothers, Mtume’S musical resume is singular, stretching all the way into the ’90s when he was the musical director for the popular TV series, “New York Undercover.” 2018 represents the 35th anniversary of the much-sampled massive Mtume group hit, “Juicy Fruit” and the airing of an episode on Mtume via TV-One’s popular “Unsung” series in the US.
Sad footnote: this phone interview was conducted on May 11 and just over a week later, Mtume’s renowned collaborator, Reggie Lucas passed away. We salute Reggie for his exemplary contribution to the work he did with James Mtume in the band Mtume and as a part of one of the most successful production/songwriting teams of the ’70s and ’80s.
With the late 2016 release of “No Payne, No Gain,” his duet with the legendary Freda Payne (not related as far as the pair can tell), Harlem-born, Bay Area-based Clif Payne (who has worked with an array of artists over the years including Johnny Mathis, Dionne Warwick, Tony Bennett and Bobby McFerrin) achieved international recognition, particularly in the UK where it became a Top 10 soul hit). Now comes his second CD, “Too” (the follow-up to his debut album “Welcome To My World”), produced by Preston Glass and Larry Batiste and released through SoulMusic Records in association with Platinum Garage Records. Clif shares with David Nathan about the new album (which includes a new duet with Freda, “Yesterday’s Payne, Tomorrow’s Joy”) and more…
Remarkably, with five decades of recording to her credit, the indeed remarkable Bettye Lavette has actually only had full album releases with two other major labels up until now – a 1972 LP for Atco that never saw the light of day until decades later and a 1982 set for Motown. On the famed Verve imprint, Things Have Changed is Bettye’s take on a dozen songs penned by Bob Dylan, given her own distinctive and uniquely soulful interpretation. In this interview with SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan (who has been listening to Bettye since 1965 and interviewing her since the ’70s), the tell-it-like-it-is one-of-a-kind song stylist shares about the project and a career that has finally taken her into prominence within the last decade…