18.3.19

17-03-2019

I start this week with some good news, Lamont "Showboat" Robinson has confirmed this years Inductees for the R&B Hall of Fame, that's to be held at the Charles Wright Museum in Detroit on June 23rd. If you can make it don't miss it! It's always a great event.
I would just like to say a big thanks for all the great feedback from the tributes to Harvey Scales & Sydney Joe Qualls of previous weeks. I felt it was important that I celebrated the lives of these 'unsung gentlemen of soul'.

This week I have new music from Cardell Harrington, Sir Charles Jones, Avant and Chicago's rising star Michael Donaby who's new single will be available from March 22nd. also I'll be album tracking from the new sets by Rockie Robbins, Randy Hall and the French soulman Wary, plus the forthcoming release from Rahsaan Pattersons new album due to be issued in May, called "Heroes & God's," if the lead track "Sent From Heaven" is an indication of whats to come it's gonna be a great album. For the old Skool folks there is a great track from Maurice Jackson in the mix but please excuse the the crackles I just had to share it with you. Ok it's music time sit back relax and enjoy...

Playlist for Sunday 17-03-2019
Hour One
Johnny Bristol - Do It To My Mind
Cardell - My Bad
Michael Donaby - Real Good Love
Master Force - Hey Girl
Randy Hall - Callin' For Love
Rockie Robbins - Let Me Be The One
Avant - Not Gone Lose
Timothy Wilson - Gotta Fall In Love With You
Ray Goodman & Brown - Take It To The Limit
Sir Charles Jones & Lamoris Williams - Next Friday
Joe Odom - If You Knew Her Like I Do
Sun - I Had A Choice
Q Harper - Quiet Time



Hour Two
Cameo - Why Have I Lost You
Al Parker & Cleveland Jones - No No No
Cory Wallace - Dreamin'
The Whispers - You Are The One
Wary - Grapes & Cherries
First Choice - I Love You More Than Before
Rockie Robbins - Love Me Tonight
Rahsaan Patterson - Sent From Heaven
Maurice Jackson - Don't Stop Saying That You Love Me
L V Johnson - How Can I Live Without You
Randy Brown - I Wanna Make Love To You
Joe Simon - Neither One Of Us

11.3.19

Sydney Joe Qualls (RIP)


Sydney Joe Qualls RIP
We unfortunately have more sad news this week on The Science of Soul involving another great singer, sadly Sydney Joe Qualls has passed away in Chicago. He may not be a household name but he was highly respected by his fellow artists and music lovers alike, so it's only fitting that I pay a musical tribute to celebrate his legacy.

On a happier note it's been confirmed that Baltimore native, and former Temptation, Damon Harris will be receiving the WMEL life time achievement award posthumously and I am honoured to say I have been invited to present the award to Damon Harris Jr, The Ceremony will be in Baltimore, Maryland, later this year in November, more details will follow over the next few months. 

Musically this week I have new releases from UK soulman Laville, and it's great to get new product from Wendell B, namely "Beautiful", it's  track from his forthcoming album that's due a little later in the year. Other new released music comes from Darryl Perry and I'll be dipping into current albums from The Undisputed Truth, Marc Staggers and Bobby Helmz. I have not forgotten the Old Skool folks, so there is plenty to bring back those memories of yesteryear. So Sit back and enjoy.

Playlist for Sunday 10-03-2019
Hour One
The Bar Kays - Open Up Your Heart
Laville - Thirty One
Edwin Starr - Sweetest Thing
The Undisputed Truth - Truth Gon' Set You Free
Bobby Helmz - Doo Doo Wop
Marc Staggers - Crazy Bout You Girl
Joyce Irby & Howard Hewett - Because You
Victor Fields - Thinking Of You
Willie Hutch - Lucky To Be Loved By You

Sydney Joe Qualls tribute: - 
  1. I Don't Do This To Every Girl
  2. Run To Me
  3. I'm Being Held Hostage
  4. The Next Time I Fall In Love
  5. How Do You Say Goodbye
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Hour Two

Chuck Cissel - Understanding Man
Odia Coates - Make It Up To Me Baby
Darryl Perry - Inside Of Your Love
Prince Philip Mitchell - Make It Good
Impact - Taboo
Esther Phillips - S.O.S
Major Harris - Loving You Is Mellow
Keith Floyd - Just Kickin' It
Wendell B - Beautiful
Keith Barrow - You Know You Want To Be Loved
Tyrone Davis - Be With Me
The Manhattans - I Wanta' Thank You


Tribute biography:-
Sidney Joe Qualls was a Southern-born soul singer who was heavily influenced by Al Green. Although his sound did capitalise on the success of the Reverend, he did have a quality that was all of his own. He released a couple of LP’s that are heavily sought after gems, one released at the back end of the 70s on 20th Century featuring ‘I don’t do this’. This is his debut on Dakar Records which bathes unashamedly in all that is so rich about the early 70s sound. A classic.

Research indicates that Mr Sidney Joe Qualls (often spelt Sydney) was raised in the small town of Jacknash in Arkansas where he turned professional after leaving high school with a voice enriched by the joys of testifying to the Lord. In itself, this would appear to be a relatively traditional education for most soul greats. But it is the small town of Jacknash that is so curious. For this has been cited as the birthplace of the Reverend Al Green, although most biographies reference Forrest City. I have been unable to confirm if Jacknash is a small satellite town of Forrest City, but if Misters Qualls and Green did grow up within throwing distance of one another, that would be quite significant. For Sidney’s primary influence is undeniably the great Al Green. Indeed, after his meeting with Otis Leavill prior to moving to Chicago and signing for Dakar Records, Otis believed he had welcomed the ‘new Al Green’ to the fold.

Brundswick LP 1974
Originally set up by Carl Davis while still under contract to Brunswick Records, Dakar was coming to the end of its near decade of soul decadence. However, Carl still had a lot of spirit left in him which he duly graced this record with. Several singles were released from this delicious morsel : the tremendous “How can you say goodbye” – an awesome reminder of how Al Green could tear up those midtempo ditties with the utmost ease; the beautifully arranged, tunefully complex “Where the lilies grow”; and the vibrant “Run to me” – a thumping goodie from one of my favourites, Sam Dees. Interestingly, there is a heavy influence of Sam Dees in his singing approach, especially if you are familiar with Sam’s version. The influence is even more apparent on my favourite track of the platter, the crippling “I’m being held hostage”. One listen to this and you’ll willingly sell your house to fund the ransom. And again the Sam Dees are subtly present on my other favourite, “The next time I fall in love” - a huge hit with the rare groove circuit for all the reasons that make this genre those addictive.

1979 Chi-Sound LP
His most powerful ‘Al Green’ performance is probably the sublime “Can’t get enough of your love”, complete with those bumping Hi Records skins and a creative girl chorus. There are a couple of tasty bluesy funk numbers in the title track and “Shut you mouth”, a very nice, light pop number in the shape of “Please help me”, and the sole ballad, a cover of “If you don’t know me by now” - which I feel only serves to highlight his weaknesses, and none of his strengths. As an album, this is an exceptionally fine tenderiser for the soul with too many high points to fit these pages. As an artist, I feel he had more to offer than being another Al Green clone that, when he hints at those Sam Dees inflections (also check out his glorious ‘I Don’t do this’ favourite), really captures a unique timbre that is something special indeed. - Delite radio

4.3.19

Katrinia Jefferson (RIP)

Katrinia RIP
Sadly I have start this weeks Science of Soul with more bad news, southern soul lady Katrenia Jefferson sadly passed away on February 20th, and was laid to rest in Jackson, Mississippi, on March 2nd. Katrenia was a real deal soul lady and very highly respected by her fans and fellow artists alike. I have wonderful memories of long telephone conversations with Kat, and I must thank my soul sister Shai Simone for introducing us. If your not to familiar with her work be sure to check her out. I have included two of my favorite tracks today, be truly be missed on the Southern Soul Scene.
On a happier note, some great new music on this weeks show from Stan Mosley from his "Soul Resurrection " album, as it is now officially available and I have other new music from Lasperanza featuring Izzy Chase, Rennie Williams, Teddy B and Montrell featuring Andre' Lee. For the old school folks I have some real gems that will take you back in time, including Bobby Hutton, Sandra Feva, The Dramatics and Unified Tribe so sit back relax and enjoy ....


Playlist for Sunday 03-03-2019
Stan Mosely
Hour One
Opus 7 - Dancin' To A Love Song
James Greene - Are You Ready For Love
The New Creation - The Fish
Bobby Hutton - 20 Years Later
Montrell ft Andre' Lee - Lets Go Dancing
The O'Jays - What's Stopping You
Toni Green - Don't Do Me
Stan Mosley - Get It And Hit It
Marion Jarvis - Hell Of A Fix
Sandra Feva - Tell Him I Heard It
Donald Jenkins - A New World Beautiful
Lasperanza/Izzy Chase - It Should Have Been You



Hour Two
Down To Earth - Gimme' Tonight
Ronnie Williams - I Own It
Jamm - One & Only
Unified Tribe - Heartbeat
Teddy B - I'm Sorry
Elaine Stepter - Dim The Lights
Katrenia Jefferson - All The Good Men
Katrenia Jefferson - What If
Teena Marie & Ronnie McNeir - We Gotta Stop Meeting Like This
Lamont Fleming - Don't Make Me Promise
Leroy Hutson - Lonely Without You
The Dramatics - Best Thing In My Life

25.2.19

Harvey Scales (RIP)

Welcome to this weeks Science of Soul a large chunk of this weeks show is dedicated to the memory of Mr Harvey Scales, one of soul musics real unsung heroes. His music is quite varied but here on the Science of Soul I will concentrate on his mellow side I hope you enjoy the tracks that I have selected they are amongst my personal favorites. On the new music content I have a Blackstreet group member Lenny Harold, plus a great new single from Andre' Lee. It seems all the legends are heading back into the studios! which is a great thing, so music from the O'Jays, Dazz Band and the Undisputed Truth, and all with new product and good product too!

Had the sad news this week that we have lost a lovely lady of soul Ms Katrenia Jefferson, we would often talk on the phone, thanks to my soul Sister Shai Simone, I will be paying tribute to her next week. Some good news is that from Saturday March 2nd The Science of Soul will be available on WMEL Radio based in Baltimore, Maryland, so there are even more options for you tune into the show. I thank the WMEL management for inviting me to become a part of their team. Ok It's music time sit back and enjoy and please remember to spread the word .


Sunday's playlist for 24-02-2019
Hour One 
Starvue - Body Fusion
Kinsman Dazz Band - Soul Jam 
Steve Butler ft. Ron Haynes - Change 
Sam Butler - I Can't Get Over Losing You 
Lenny Harold - More 
Undisputed Truth - Metamorphosis
Beverlei Brown ft Dennis Taylor - Could Be You 
Mr Cadillac Man - I Know You Been Cheating 
Andre' Lee - I Miss My Baby 
O'Jays - I Got You 
Chuckola - Here I Am 
David Hartfield - Special Love 


Hour Two 
Floaters - Let's Try Love (RIP Larry Cunningham d.10/1/19)
Jimmy Norman - I Wanna Make Love 
Randy Hall - How Do You Want Your Love 

Harvey Scales remembered:-
  • I Get Off On You 
  • Single Girl 
  • All In A Nights Work 
  • Welcome Home 
  • Look No Further Than Me 
  • We Gotta Stop Meeting This Way 
  • Spend The Night Together    
Harvey Scales biography:-
Songwriter/singer/producer Harvey Scales is best known as the co-writer of Johnnie Taylor's mega-hit "Disco Lady," and he also co-wrote the R&B hit "Love Is Better in the A.M., Pt. 1." In 1961, the Arkansas native formed the Milwaukee-based R&B band Harvey Scales and the Seven Sounds. Influenced by James Brown, the group concentrated on funk. Recording for Lenny LeCour's Magic Touch Records, the band had a hit with "Get Down" b/w "Love-Itis." (The latter track was later covered by rockers the J. Geils Band.) In 1969, the group signed with Chicago-based Chess Records and released the LeCour-produced "The Yolk," "I'll Run to Your Side," and "Leave It for the Trashman on the label's Cadet imprint.

Working with Davis, who was having hits with then-Stax artist Johnnie Taylor, Scales cut sides for the Memphis-based label including "What's Good for You (Don't Have to Be Good to You)" b/w "I Wanna Do It." When Stax became inactive, Taylor signed with Columbia, retaining Davis' services. Recording at Davis' favorite studio (United Sound Studios in Detroit), the producer used the Impressions' "Gypsy Woman" and an African dancer he had seen on a vacation to Spain as a template for a partially finished song ("Disco Baby") that Scales had brought to him. Davis took it to Collins and Worrell, who honed and tightened up the groove, while veteran arranger David Van DePitte did the horn arrangements. Brass Construction 5 Based on the success of "Disco Lady," Scales was able to secure a recording deal with Casablanca. His 1978 label debut Confidential Affair was a collection of disco-laced soul, later a favorite years among dance music and Northern soul devotees. His next Casablanca album was 1979's Hot Foot: A Funque Dizco Opera, which included the singles "I Get Off on You" and the 12" single "Baby Let's Rock." Scales also co-wrote (with Bunny Sigler) "You're Gonna Get Yours" on Instant Funk's V LP and the pro-basketball tribute "Slam Dunk the Funk" on the band's Looks So Fine album. Somebody Else's Somebody is the title of Scales' 1997 album on Four Sight. (allmusic.com)