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Old School R & B and Soul


Looking for suggestions on good old school 1960s/70s R&B and soul. Startin to get into it- give me shit to look up. Anyone?


You looking for just artists? Or particular songs?

Just artists of the top of my head:

Isley Brothers(my favorite)
The O'Jays
Al Green
Barry White
Earth,Wind,and Fire
Stevie Wonder(of course)
Sly & The Family Stone
The Ohio Players
Kool & The Gang
The Commodores
The Bar-Kays
Otis Redding
Jackson 5(yes..the Jacksons)


Looking for artists, songs, whatever.

Jay's version of "Ain't no Love" brought me to the Bobby Blue Band, who I dig. Luda's "Undisputed" brought me to Edwin Starr and Blinky's "We'll find a way" which is fuckin awesome. Plus I've always dug songs by Sam and Dave, the Temptations, etc.

So I'm just looking for anything that's cool.


Just a taste of some of my favourites. I grew up on this stuff - high school dances, radio. Still love it.

Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally

Wilson Pickett - Land Of a 1000 Dances (on Letterman)

Ike and Tina Turner - Proud Mary - This song starts slow and easy and then just goes nuclear at 2:25.

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - Heatwave - definite Motown sound i.e. made more "pop" sounding

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - Jimmy Mack

Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay

Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Lovin'

Temptations - I Wish It Would Rain

Sam Cooke - You Send Me

Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By Now - his 1980's cover of the song by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes

and the original:

Some early British Invasion, obvious R&B influences:

The Animals - Bring it On Home to Me

The Animals - Please Don't Let Me be Misunderstood

Gerry and The Pacemakers - You'll Never Walk Alone

Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacher Man

Edit: Fixed links


That Edwin Starr and Blinky song is great. Just checked it out on Youtube.

Here are a few more to check out:

Isley Brothers - Between the Sheets

"The Reverend" Al Green - Take Me to the River - made (even more) famous by the Talking Heads, who did an excellent job of "funking it up".
Al Green:

Talking Heads:

The Chambers Brothers - Funky

Jackie Wilson - Higher and Higher

Edit: Fixed Al Green link - must have been drunk on soul last night


I spent about an hour listening to Ray Charles on youtube today. Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole are also damn good.


Walking the Dog:

Will It Go Round In Circles:

Smokestack Lightning:

High Heel Sneakers:

Memphis Soul Stew:

Stormy Monday:

Knock on Wood:


How about:

Teddy Pendergrass
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Marvin Gaye


You Cannot talk about the 70's with out talking about some FUNK!!

Funkadelic - Flashlight

Funkadelic - Atomic Dog!!

Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove

And some classic R&B

James Brown TRY ME


That's what I'm talkin about fellas. Cake- great list man. Unfortunately you linked to "Proud Mary" for like four of them hahaha.

But still great songs on there.


The two that I mentioned before-

"Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2vCAqdFx1s

"We'll Find a Way"- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3J08q1iIXg

"I'm losin You" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n67cuHlcn1Y


James and Bobby Purify- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVuQCUbuf-4

Otis Redding- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-FQL-tJ3ic

Sam Cooke- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-NH5gA4JP8

Otis doing Sam- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTMuwUe4YhE

Etta James- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07DNiPodVdc

George Benson- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rMb0lLuNAA

Marvin Gaye- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbHeNkqRWtI

More Marvin- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDckI2P_DPA

Bill Withers- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVy5yOs0NSA

For the record, I think it's a toss up between Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke for best soul singer of all-time, but Otis Reddings voice personifies soul to me. I could post this stuff all day.


You'll enjoy this blog



Also, this isn't a classic, but Rapheal Saadiq [former lead singer of Tony Toni Tone!] is putting out some quality stuff, and you can never go wrong with Sade. oh yeah, Norah Jones ain't half bad.

Saadiq- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udPZwivhERY


Isley Brothers :smiley: greatttt, what about Curtis Mayfield Leroy Hutson etc.?

Don't forget the Miracles and Smokey Robinson <3


Great thread idea.

I can, and have, listened to Otis Redding for an entire afternoon

Try a little tenderness

These arms of mine.

Jackie Wilson

Higher and Higher - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyDHsyj2J5U

Sam Cooke

Chain Gang - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmLedW-YYfE


My girl - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltRwmgYEUr8

When I was about 5 years old in 1991 my dad bought be a box of 45's at a garage sale and it was almost entirely old motown records, I was the only kid at my all white Indiana grade school who said I wanted to be a Temptation on career day.


Glad you liked them. Can't get too much R&B. Fixed the links on both posts.


Great man.