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This is a classic soul music history and personal commentary show that features the 60's, 70's and 80's sound. We flip over the album covers and share stories of the movers and shakers that sang, created, wrote, and produced those sounds. It is informative, entertaining and incorporates culture and lifestyle appropriate content. We’ll educate and entertain you all while keeping the music alive!

This is a classic soul music history and personal commentary show that features the 60's, 70's and 80's sound. We flip over the album covers and share stories of the movers and shakers that sang, created, wrote, and produced those sounds. It is informative, entertaining and incorporates culture and lifestyle appropriate content. We’ll educate and entertain you all while keeping the music alive!

Location:

United States

Description:

This is a classic soul music history and personal commentary show that features the 60's, 70's and 80's sound. We flip over the album covers and share stories of the movers and shakers that sang, created, wrote, and produced those sounds. It is informative, entertaining and incorporates culture and lifestyle appropriate content. We’ll educate and entertain you all while keeping the music alive!

Language:

English

Contact:

2196706417


Episodes

Episode 38 --Jeremiah Cummings and Jesse James (not the gun slinger)

11/9/2021
In this episode we talk with two icons of the music industry. First, we talk with Jeremiah Cummings, former tenor of the internationally known Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Cummings has written a book about his time with famous group and his time in the music industry. Then, we talk with Jesse James, singer of "I Can Do Bad By Myself" to wish him a happy birthday. He tells us about his new songs. If you would like to be a part of our Classic Soul music community, please go to...

Duration:00:40:00

Episode 37 -We Had Hot Fun in The Summertime

9/28/2021
Summer has ended but we had some great conversations and fun while it lasted. Listen in with Steve and Karen as they give their spin on the entertainment news and new music that made headlines this summer. If you would like to be a part of our Classic Soul music community, please go to www.thesoundofsoul.net and sign up to be a part of a growing group that loves the sounds of the 60's, 70's, 80's and more. If you would like to hear Karen and Steve LIVE on THE RIDE HOME, you can hear them...

Duration:00:53:33

Episode 36 --They Were Dancing Machines

9/11/2021
We celebrate the first family of music -- The Jacksons. They burst onto the national and international stage in 1969. But before then they were just Juquan and the Torianos (Yes, that's right). In this episode, we share some deep background about the group's origin, their first performances and their relationship with community. We also bust some myths about them. If you would like to know more about the Jackson's early days then read the book THE LONG JOURNEY TO GLORY --My side of the...

Duration:00:43:47

Episode 35 -- The Last Soul Record Label -- Malaco Records

8/11/2021
Recorded during June (African American Music Appreciation Month) 2021, Karen and Steve discuss the legend and transformation of Malaco Records. If you would like to hear them LIVE, you can hear them Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. CT! You'll get to hear all the music they play, too! The internet station APP is NOW accessible in the Google Play Store! IPhone users can get us through https://app.appinstitute.com/vc3ff If you would like to be a part of our community, please...

Duration:00:25:31

Episode 34 We Celebrate Chess Records

6/27/2021
June is African American Music Appreciation Month. We highlight the legacy of Chicago recording label CHESS Records. We talk with Ms. Jacqueline Dixon, the daughter of Mr. Willie Dixon who is perhaps best known as one of the most prolific songwriters of his time and also for his role as producer, talent scout, session musician and staff songwriter for Chess. Many say he WAS Chess records. Along with that, we also celebrate the legacy of one of Chess’s biggest blues stars Mr. Howlin' Wolf....

Duration:00:31:58

Episode 33 Deniece Williams is Not Related to Us

5/29/2021
In this episode, Steve and Karen interview singers and Gary, IN natives Deniece Williams and Tito and Marlon Jackson at the opening of the new Hard Rock Casino in Gary, IN,. We find out what the artists have planned for the upcoming year. We also talk about the Staples Singers, the first family of music, from the Chicago area. They lost Mr. Pervis Staples, one of the founding members of the group in early May. If you would like to hear us LIVE, you can hear us Monday, Wednesday and Friday...

Duration:00:20:14

Episode 32 The Blues, Movies and Stuff

4/30/2021
Steve and Karen drops more knowledge on you for this Academy Awards edition of The Back Cover. In celebration of H.E.R.'s 2021 win for Judas and the Black Messiah, they recognize other African Americans who have done movie scores or have had their music featured in movies. But they start off talking about the great Muddy Waters. If you would like to hear us LIVE, you can hear us Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. CDT! You'll get to hear all the music we play, too! Our...

Duration:00:24:00

Episode #31 Solo Artists, Costumes and Stuff

3/28/2021
In this episode we talk about artists who started with groups and moved on to solo careers (and of course Steve has to talk about the Temptations). Then, we laugh about some of the outrageous costumes of artists in the 70's and 80's. And -- surprise -- we talk about Barry Manilow! You can listen to Karen and Steve on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday LIVE from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. CDT. during their show The Ride Home where they play the best classic soul and R&B of your lifetime. The new station...

Duration:00:26:27

#30 Record Companies That Distributed R&B

2/28/2021
Steve shares some information about how R&B got to be popularized into mainstream music through two pioneer record companies -- King and Specialty. We also chat about how gospel music was spread throughout the US through these record companies. and how many of the gospel groups and artists became popular singers. Our internet station APP is NOW accessible in the Google Play Store! IPhone users can get us through https://app.appinstitute.com/vc3ff If you would like to be a part of our...

Duration:00:35:11

Episode #29 It's A New Year

1/9/2021
Karen and Steve celebrate the New Year with the hosts of shows from www.Thesoundofsoul.net: Terry Ferguson known as Prof. T. Love of the Bowl of Soul, Jerry the Boogieman Mason of the Blues Buffet, Pastors Melvin and Linda Jones of Victory in Christ Church that produces the Top Ten Gospel Countdown and David Bailey of The Soundtracks of Our Lives. Our new station APP will be accessible in the Google Play Store in mid-January. You'll be able to get The Back Cover on there, too. If you would...

Duration:00:44:41

#28 A Salute to the Soul Icons Who Shaped Classic Soul

12/17/2020
While December is a month filled with holiday celebrations, it is also a month that many soul and R&B music enthusiast call "the month that soul music died". On December 11, 1964 Sam Cooke was killed. Cooke had been the greatest influence on soul music -- some saying he was the architect of the sound. He merged the sound of the African American church with secular lyrics and soul was born. Following his tragic death just three years later almost to the day, was the death of Otis Redding,...

Duration:00:23:14

Episode 27 Just A Little Gossip

11/24/2020
Steve and Karen talk about some things that may not be well known -- not actually gossip but... Anyway, we hope that you are well and are taking care of yourselves. We've listed some of the songs we reference in our playlist below and also you can purchase our 2021 Calendar on our website at new station WTSS --The Sound of Soul at www.thesoundofsoul.net. It's a 24-hour station that plays the best of classic soul of the 60's, 70's 80's and 90's. You can hear Karen and Steve LIVE on The...

Duration:00:15:25

Episode 26 We Have Our Own Opinions

10/29/2020
We're back! As usual, Steve drops some knowledge on you about some of the great R&B singers as we celebrate some special days in September. We talk about Billy Preston, Joe Cocker and Sam Cooke. Then we talk about Marvin Gaye's failed attempt at sports and some bad marriages and alimony of the stars. We finally wrap up talking about our favorite TV show theme songs. We definitely have our opinions about that! Finally, I share some GREAT news about our radio show and station...

Duration:00:23:22

Episode 25 -- The Best Versions

9/24/2020
In this podcast, Steve and Karen talk about their favorite re-makes of classic songs. And surprisingly, they agree on some. We are also now, on our new station WTSS --The Sound of Soul at www.thesoundofsoul.net. It's a 24-hour station that plays the best of classic soul of the 60's, 70's 80's and 90's. You can hear Karen and Steve LIVE on The Ride Home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. CDT. Thesoundofsoul.net Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE and download the podcast! And...

Duration:00:26:40

The Sounds of the Midwest

7/30/2020
We're back after a Loooooong hiatus. So, we started our return podcast with talking about some of the great groups from the Midwest. Before you say anything: NO, WE DID NOT COVER EVERYONE. We are also now, on our new station WTSS --The Sound of Soul at www.thesoundofsoul.net. It's a 24-hour station that plays the best of classic soul of the 60's, 70's 80's and 90's. You can hear The Ride Home LIVE on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. CDT. Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE and...

Duration:00:16:50

Episode 23 Stax-ing It Up Pt. 2

6/26/2020
This is the second part of our deep dive into Stax Records history. We enjoyed doing this segment. We hope you enjoyed it and learned something, too. In the near future, you will be able to hear us LIVE!!! We're very excited about this. You'll be able to also enjoy the wonderful music that Steve plays. So, stay up to date with us on our Facebook group page. You'll have to join to know what we are doing! Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE and download! And share this with your friends and...

Duration:00:14:37

Episode 22 Stax-ing It Up!

6/6/2020
This is a tw0 part series about Stax Records in Memphis. This record label helped distribute some of the best funky R&B of the 60's and 70's. Their R&B was raw and soulful. After Stax closed, their artists went on to become even bigger musical acts. There was so much to talk about, that we just had to split it up in two parts. So, stay tuned for part two!! Also, take care of yourselves. We love you! Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE and download! And share this with your friends and family! You...

Duration:00:20:31

Episode 21 -- Do We Ever Agree on Anything?

5/1/2020
We start off this episode with a conversation with Veda Pickett Neal on the birthday of her father soul legend Wilson Pickett. We then talk about our observations on Mc Hammer, remakes of classic songs, some top soul albums of the 80's and finally Steve's observations -- which are always funny. As we go through this trying season, we want to remind you that music can uplift and move you. Take time to listen to some of your favorite music and also listen to artists that you may never have...

Duration:00:18:08

Salute to a Supreme and Love Songs

4/6/2020
In this podcast we acknowledge the passing of one of the original members of the Supremes, Ms. Barbara Martin. We also talk about love songs and the lack of them. And, Steve rants on his feelings about the Norman Whitfield's writing and producing of the Temptations. We want to also urge you to take precautions during the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to have you safe. Please leave a comment and let us know how you are and how you like our podcast! Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE and download! And...

Duration:00:14:37

Episode 19 -- Spilling the Tea on soul music icons

3/14/2020
In this episode we talk about Little Willie John who was one of the best rhythm and blues performers of the mid 50's and 60's. A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, he was the hero to many other performers most notably Hank Ballard and James Brown who both emulated his style on stage. Then we talk about some other R&B performers with our friend Antone who stopped by to see us. He and Steve spill the tea on some soul performers of the 60's and 70's. Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE and download! And...

Duration:00:14:32