29.12.14

Best of 2014 Show

Thanks for stopping by the last edition of the Science of Soul for 2014. On tonight's show I 'll be looking back on some the artists I've featured this year, as well taking you way back with the old skool classics we all love.

Twenty fourteen has been a great year for the Science of Soul, and it's all down to you people for taking time-out to support the show by sharing the Link and your encouragement and great feed back, so thank you one and all.
Have to send out special thanks to Mickey, he is such a major part of everything that goes on, also my brother Melvin Jordan at Legend107 and here with Alex Totney at 102.5 the Bridge, you guys are great! It doesn't matter how you choose to listen to the show, it's just that you do ..... have a New Year filled with peace and love because 2015 is gonna be just as soulful... so see you next year.



Playlist for Sunday 28-12-2014

Hour One
S. Highenergy - Something About Jesus
Uvee Hayes - Handy Man
Tavares - If That's The Way You Want It
Calvin Richardson - What Would I Do
Victury Tutson - Let Somebody Love You
Zan'ye - Extra Ordinary
Lacee - Mr Wrong
D Goss - Old Skool
Latimore - Sweet Vibrations
Theodis Ealey If You Leave Me, I'm Going With You
Floyd Taylor - Unfinished Business
The Impressions - Miracle Woman
The Temptations - Some Enchanted Evening

Hour Two
Dee Robinson - What Can I Do For You
Heatwave - Always and Forever
Micheal Jackson - I Was The Loser
Marwan Soulflow - I Got You
Marvin Gaye - Walkin' In The Rain
Sir Charles Jones - Independent Ladies
Eddie Kendrick - Intimate Friends
Bobby Womack - If You Want My Love
Joe - If You Lose Her
Gwendolyn Collins - Heaven Sent
The Independents Baby I've Been Missing You
Teddy Pendergrass Now Tell Me That You Love Me
Jimmy Hughes - I Was Closest At Hand

22.12.14

The Manhattans


group harmony!
The Science of Soul is dedicated to promoting new soul music and preserving soul music history with this weeks show being pure history. Within the space of a few days we lost two of the founding members of The Manhattans; Edward "Sonny" Bivins and Winfred "Blue" Lovett. As well as being founding group members they also wrote many of the groups classic hits. Listen I have no intention of writing the history of The Manhattans! you can find that on any number of sites, I just wanna share a little bit of what The Manhattans are to me. For as long as I can remember, soul music has been my life and as a kid, if I could have turned black and joined a singing group, then I would have!

It's the style and sweet harmonies  that were everything to me, even to this day I never miss a chance to see the classic groups from soul music's golden period. In fact I only saw The Manhattans just a few days before Blue's passing, although he was not in the line-up due to his ill health. His presence was still there and I feel sure Gerald Altson will carry the mantle forward.  Be aware there was two touring groups of Manhattans; one fronted by Sonny and the other, by Blue and Gerald, I really can't pass comment as to the rights or wrongs of this but it's just the way it was. Splits happen so often with vocal groups and yes, I was just blessed to have seen them both and I treasure those memories.

The most enduring songs I think are those of love, and lost love, because these are things we have all experience in our lifetime and nothing can transport you back to a time or place like music can. It reaches deep inside and touches emotions that we thought were long gone ... you see a smile, feel a touch or smell the sweet fragrance of a love you lost! - The Manhattans are masters at creating these feelings, almost like magicians they create something you can't touch - but it's real none the less, it'll make you laugh and bring you to tears in just the blink of an eye  -  music that does this is a rare and a beautiful gift. To Manhattans past and present I thank you for the gift and for allowing me to play music that I love - Memories of the way we were!

Playlist for Sunday (all Manhattans) 21-12-2014

Hour One
Memories/The Way We Were  'Love Talk' 1979
I Wanna Be 'For You & Yours' 1968
I've Got Everything But You -  Carnival 504 1966
I'm The One Love Forgot 'Dedicated To You' 1966
I Call It Love 'For You And Yours' 1967
Sweet Little Girl 'For You & Yours' 1968
Million To One - Delux 137 1971
There's No Me Without You - Columbia 45838 1973
If Your Ever Gonna Love Me 'Manhattans' 1976
Lets Start All Over Again - Columbia 10586 1977
Girl Of My Dreams - Columbia 11321 1980
La La La Wish Upon A Star 'Manhattans' 1976
Take It Or Leave It 'Manhattans' 1976
Wish That You Were Mine - Columbia 45971 1973
It's Not The Same 'After Midnight' 1980

Hour Two
Crazy - Columbia 03939 1983
Hurt - Columbia 10140 1975
Am I Losing You - Columbia 10674 1978
We Made It 'There''s No Me Without You' 1973
Shining Star - Columbia 11222 1980
I'll Never Find Another - Columbia 11398 1980
We'll Have Forever To Love 'Manhattans' 1976
Just One Moment Away 'Black Tie' 1981
Cloudy With A Chance Of Tears 'After Midnight' 1980
We Never Danced To A Love Song - Columbia 10586 1977
Feels So Good To Be Loved So Bad - Columbia 10495 1977
You're My Life 'There's No Good In Goodbye' 1978
Just The Lonely Talking 'Forever By Your Side' 1983
Kiss And Say Goodbye - Columbia 10310 1976

First two albums were with Carnival (1966-1968) all others here was CBS

Biography by Chris Rizik
The Manhattans were formed in the early 60s in New Jersey as a quintet led by writer/bass vocalist Winfred "Blue" Lovett and emotive lead singer George Smith, along with Edward "Sonny" Bivins, Richard "Ricky" Taylor and Kenneth "Wally" Kelly, all of whom had just returned from service in the armed forces. The group was popular regionally and had minor national success on the strength of some solid recordings for Carnival Records (their version of the country tune "From Atlanta to Goodbye" was a gem) in the late 60s before gaining the attention of Columbia Records in 1970. Unfortunately, their Columbia signing coincided with the sudden illness of talented lead singer Smith. During a tour through North Carolina, the Manhattans came upon a college student with an amazing Sam Cooke-like voice. Recognizing the incredible talent of this 21 year old, the group invited Gerald Alston to join, and he became the lead singer who would bring stardom to the quintet, with the blessing of Smith, who sadly died just a few months later.

With Alston's smooth lead vocals, solid songwriting talent within the group and the always wonderful work of Philly producer/arrranger Bobby Martin, the Manhattans began to score on the R&B charts, putting out a string of fairly traditional ballads that became Soul hits. Then in 1976, the quintet released Lovett's composition "Kiss and Say Goodbye," a song originally written for country star Glen Campbell, but which instead become the group's signature tune. "Kiss" rocketed to the top of the R&B and Pop charts, and moved the group to the upper tier of R&B acts. And the companion self-titled LP became the first of several top notch albums that the group released in the 70s. With such great singles as "It Feels So Good to be Loved So Bad," "I Kinda Miss You," "We Never Danced To A Love Song" and "Am I Losing You," the Manhattans' late 70s albums It Feels So Good, There's No Me Without You and Love Talk, were among the decade's best. Love Talk was perhaps the Manhattans' greatest disc - though not their most popular - a near-perfect adult Soul album that sounds as great today as it did more than 30 years ago. More at soultracks

15.12.14

J.W. Music

It's Science of Soul time once again, I'm resisting playing any Christmas music for another week at least [??? - Ed], but I promise there will be some......honest, lol.

JM Music logo
Rather than feature an artiste this week I thought it might be a nice to feature some one who works tirelessly promoting music and managing artists; Ms Jenni Webber aka JW Music from Melbourne, Florida. Jenni shows boundless enthusiasm and a wealth of experience in the music business, and among the artists that Jenni takes care of is Lomax,  he's a multi talented man who comfortably crosses from soul to Country music. He is no stranger to Science of Soul listeners and has been a regular on my play list for quite a while. Another name you may recognize is Donell Sullivan, a true Southern soul man in the traditional sense, I'm a big fan of both of these guys. New names to me are Soul of Love and Junior Turner, both artists that are emerging under the guidance of this management and it's great to able to help promote new Independent music .... keep up the great work Jenni..

Whilst on the subject of Independent music, please check the latest release from Robert H Fowler, and my good friend Dwayne Palmer sent me this track "Out In The Rain," been playing it to death in my car, I think your gonna like it.

The late 'Blue' & 'Sonny'
I mentioned last week that Sonny Bivins one of the founding members of the Manhattans had passed sadly, well yet another founding member and bass singer, Winfred "Blue" Lovett has also been called home.  Just can't let this pass unnoticed, being a big fan of The Manhattans and will be doing a much more fitting tribute on next weeks show. On with the music, remember to give the gift of music to a friend it's easy to do ... just share the Science of Soul link.

Tracklisting 14-12-2014

Hour One
Dangerfield Newbies - Heaven Sent
Barbara Lynn - Moving On A Groove
Eric Nolan - I Miss You
General Crook - Main Squeeze
James Brown - The Boss
J Most - Near & With Me
Curt Darin - Two On A Cloud
Sammy Jones - She Didn't Know
Trussel - If You Cant See It
Lomax - I Had My Turn
Donell Sullivan - Leaving
Soul Of Love - You Just Don't Know
Junior Turner - Save Me


Hour Two
Eddie Kendrick - Never Alone
Johnny Thomson - Given Up On Love
The Manhattans - Just The Lonely Talking
Gil Scott-Heron - Winter In America
Gregory Porter - On My Way To Harlem
Robert H Fowler - Out In The Rain
Ullanda McCullough - How's It Done
The 5 Wagers - Love Like The Seasons
Eugene Record - Love Don't Live By Sex Alone
Joe Leavy - Find A Way To Love
J C - Sexy As Hell
Anthony Hamilton - Change Your World

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10.12.14

Elgins Special (Saundra Mallett/Edwards)

The Elgins
Over the years I 've had the opportunity to interview many wonderful soul artists and thanks to the foresight and hard work of my friend of over 30 years Mr Mickey Nold, who has retained the original reel-2-reel master tapes of these interviews. Mickey has painstakingly started a mission to restore them and convert them to a digital format. At the time of these interviews I never really fully realized there true worth, thankfully Mickey did. We have previously made some available as Podcast only Specials on the Science of Soul web site. There are so many of them, some of them I/Mickey had forgot, so please bear with us as we try to find time to restore them. This SOS Special, mid-week edition, features an interview with the late Saundra Edwards, original lead singer of Motown legends The Elgins, Sandy was the voice on "Stay in My Lonely Arms"," Heaven Must Have Sent You","Put Yourself In My Place" and countless others.

recorded with vintage ex-BBC recorder Uher 4000L
This interview was recorded in London back around 1990, and as far as I am aware, is the only recorded interview with Saundra Mallett later Edwards ..... been so long since the last time I heard it! A real slice of Motown history and, as with all the interviews that I did back then, I tried to avoid the question and answer route, so trying to record a conversation where both myself and the guest were comfortable to talk freely, most cases it worked well, this I think was due to fact I had already established a strong relationship before recording them. All the interviews were originally broadcast on Mickey's own PCRL radio's Basement Soul Show where I was a regular guest, but has remained unheard for close-on 25 years. I wish we had today's technology back then, (splicing tapes and finding vinyl was a nightmare.) Enjoy this piece of soul music history and keep a look out for more Science of Soul Specials. Read on if you have no audio on your computer/phone:-

The Elgins were an American vocal group on the Motown label, active from the late 1950s to 1967. Their most successful record was "Heaven Must Have Sent You", written and produced by the Holland–Dozier–Holland team, which was a hit in the US in 1966, and in the UK when reissued in 1971.  Founding members Robert Fleming, Johnny Dawson, Cleo "Duke" Miller and Norbert McClean recorded together for various small labels in Detroit prior to their Motown days, as the Sensations, the Five Emeralds, and the Downbeats, and also recorded as the Downbeats for Motown in 1962. The record company suggested that they add female lead vocalist Saundra Mallett, who had recorded unsuccessfully for the label, backed by The Vandellas; she later married and became Saundra Edwards.

The new group's first single release was "Darling Baby", issued in December 1965; early copies credited the record to the Downbeats, but Berry Gordy wanted to use the name Elgins, which had previously been one of the names used by The Temptations. The record rose to no. 4 on the Billboard R&B chart and no. 72 on the pop chart, and its B-side, "Put Yourself in My Place", also made the pop chart. Several months later, they issued "Heaven Must Have Sent You", which again reached both the R&B and pop charts, becoming their biggest pop hit. They also released an album, Darling Baby. However, their follow-up single, "I Understand My Man," was less successful, and the group broke up in 1967.

With the continuing popularity of Motown records in the UK, "Heaven Must Have Sent You" was reissued in 1971 and rose to no. 3 on the UK singles chart. "Put Yourself in My Place" was also reissued and made the chart. With Saundra Mallett Edwards being unwilling to rejoin the group, the Elgins toured the UK with former session vocalist Yvonne Vernee Allen taking her place. In 1989, Allen, Dawson, McClean and Jimmy Charles recorded a new arrangement of "Heaven Must Have Sent You" for producer Ian Levine, and made several further recordings for Levine's Motorcity label in the 1990s. Saundra Edwards also made separate recordings for the same label. Recordings of the group, including the album, Darling Baby, all the singles and unreleased recordings up to 1968, can be found on The Motown Anthology released in 2007. (bio from wikipedia)

At the request of Bridge Radio's Northern Soul DJ, Garry Edwards the following interview has been restored, made in 1990/1 by Bill Randle. This recording contains some stereo and extended versions of their early recordings. The Tamla single shown above is one of the labels hardest to find on vinyl.


Re-Uploaded for Jeff 20-05-15
Re-uploaded for Stan 27-07-16

8.12.14

Frances Nero (RIP)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the Chicago special last week. I'm back in the UK now!

A friend of mine asked if it was good to be back....sh*t no!, lol, I'll take Chicago anytime.

Gerald Alston
One of my favorite venues over there is the Star Plaza in Merriville, Indiana, and it's just a short drive from Chicago central. Here I got a chance to see the the Thanks Giving Soul Concert with; The O'Jays, The Manhattans and The Dramatics...wow what a show! It was strange for me to watch the Dramatics without the late Ron Banks..... and I would be lying if I said it was the same.

L.J. Reynolds
Knowing Ron personally as I did, I think it was inevitable for me to feel that way. Having said that, full respect to L J Reynolds, he was as powerful as ever. When you look back over the greats you gotta have 'L J' on the list and he performed with passion and soul, I was so impressed with their show. For show openers were The Manhattans, sadly no Blue Lovett in the line-up (due to ill health) but Gerald Alston ..wow he just blew me away. (the group celebrated 50 years in 2012) Not seen The Manhattans in awhile and if anything Gerald as got even better!.... an incredible show, headlining was of course The O'Jays, need I say more wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. One of the many highlights from there set was "Loving You," I could stayed all night. In the audience was Reverend Jesse Jackson & Marshall Thomson of the Chi Lites as well as The Mighty Dells's Mr Vern Allison, I even had a surprise meeting with my dear friends Charles & Rose Davis ...a real night to remember...then I get asked "Is it nice to be back," doh!

Francis Nero (soulwalking.co.uk)
Sad to hear, while I was away, that my dear friend Frances Nero has passed - she was a real character. Although her recording output was not major, her impact on those of us who knew her was that of a lovely lady, she'll be sadly missed (I can't help but smile when I think about her).  *Funeral program is at foot of page* - thanks Dawn

The weeks show is a bit of a mish-mash, due to lack of time, but it's still cram-packed with soul. Coming soon at the request of Garry Edwards (Bridge FM DJ,) will be a mid-week Podcast only tribute to The Elgins with an interview that I made with the late Saundra Edwards in 1991. Watch out for that! Thanks Mickey for dealing with everything at the last minute and getting everything updated, now on with the music, sit back and enjoy ...

Playlist for Sunday 07-12-2014

 
Hour One
Uvee Hayes - In The Mood
Rose Royce - Would You Please Be Mine
Frances Nero - Footsteps Following Me
Al Chestnut - Touch Me In A Special Way
Sir Charles Jones - Glow
Dee Robinson - I Like It
Ursula Ricks - Sweet Tenderness
Eli Paperboy Reed - Young Girl
Dapaul - She's So Entertaining
Eddie Kendrick - Maybe I'm A Fool To Love You
Calvin Richardson - More Than A Picture
The Temptations - Look What You Started
Soulfinger ft Antonique Smith - Seeing You Again

Hour Two

Maze - Silky Soul Singer
The O'Jays - Loving You
The Manhattans - Feels So Good To Be Loved So Bad
L J Reynolds - Come Get To This
Charles Davis - You're The One For Me
Teri Tobin ft Will Brickhead - Always Be You
Phyllis Hyman - When I Give My Love
Gregg Jackson - Sunny Day
Angie Stone - More Than A Woman
Average White Band - Cloudy


1.12.14

Chicago Soul

This weeks Science of Soul comes to you from Chicago, Illinois, USA. We attempted this during my last Chi Town visit but due to technical problems it didn't happen...this time we going down, lol . Two hours of Soul music from the city that had a distinctive sound all of it's own. I know people will say you never played this or that but, Dammmm, I only got 2 hours, lol. Sit back and enjoy the sounds of the Windy City, Spare a thought for me freezing out here .... It's a hard life. We will be back to normal next week. My thanks to Mickey for taking care of everything in my absence...gotta run so much to do in Chi Town!

Playlist for 30-11-2014


Hour One
Jackie Wilson - Just As Soon As The Feeling's Over
Otis Leavill - Let Her Love You
The Impressions - Just Another Dance
Major Lance - Stay Away From Me
The Independents - Couldn't Hear Nobody Say
The Chi Lites - Love Of My Life
The Dells - Soul Strolling
Leroy Hutson - Love Oh Love
The Natural Four - Try Love Again
Jerry Butler - Lets Make Love
The Notations - Take It Slow
The Stairsteps - You Don't Love Me
Walter Jackson - I Won't Remember Loving You
Tyrone Davis - I Had It All The Time

Hour Two
Barbara Acklin - How Can You Lose
The Artistics - She's Heaven To Me
R Kelly - Love For Me
Marwan Soulflow - If You Want It
Curtis Mayfield - Soul Music
Earth Wind & Fire - That's The Way Of The World
The Emotions - I Really Miss You
Gene Chandler - Let Me Make Love To You
L V Johnson - It's Not My Turn
Charles Jackson - Love Of You
Eugene Record - Love Don't Live By Sex Alone
The Impressions - If It's In You To Do Wrong

Some more Chicago Soul pages: Click here

24.11.14

Jimmy Ruffin


...we lost Jimmy this week!
Thanks for visiting the Science of Soul website, by now I'm sure your aware we lost Motown legend Jimmy Ruffin. Jimmy's career was always more successful in Europe than in his homeland. I was blessed to get to know Jimmy very well over the years. I never thought I would miss those midnight phone calls that would last two hours but looking back I do.

His passing was not unexpected but somehow still came as a surprise to me. Looking back I remember buying "Farewell Is A Lonely Sound" as a kid in high school. On a personal level Jimmy was a complex character often sounding insecure and feeling he was overlooked and then on other occasions he would sound like he could take on the world, we would spend hours talking about his childhood in Mississippi and how he was rejected by the army for having flat feet,lol.....at the time I took those conversations and times spent around him for granted. I had not been in touch with Jimmy much for the last few years and  that I regret.

If I could have one more conversation with Jimmy I would thank him for not just the music but for the memories he shared, it's only as I get older, do I fully understand how blessed I have been to share those times ... Ahh those "Magic of Motown" tours with Jimmy, Edwin Starr and Junior Walker, you could write a book about those ..... I remember one day driving from Birmingham to Exeter, Jimmy called me just as I'd hit the Motorway, 125 miles later we were still talking, lol and for the life of me I can't remember about what!. Please excuse my indulgence, I'm feeling nostalgic and 'Farewell Is A Lonely Sound....Rest In Peace Jimmy,' you wont be forgotten!

On this weeks show we feature the new compilation CD from Soul Junction Records: "We Got A Sweet Thing Going On" if you like your vintage soul on the sweet side like I do your gonna love this set. Be sure to visit the Soul Junction website for info on all there releases www.souljunctionrecords.co.uk they do a great job and fully deserve our support. Also got new music this week from Uvee Hayes and Terri Tobin and as always loads of classics from recent and distant past. Sit back enjoy the music and tell a friend.

Playlist for Sunday 23-11-2014



Hour One
Victor Haynes - My Time Is Here
Incognito - Stop Running Away
Uvee Hayes - You Make Me Happy
Terri Tobin ft Shawn Hibbel - Love Happens
Maysa ft Dwele - Flower Girl
Citation - We've Come Along Way
Elbowed Out - Book Of Guinness
Clay Hammond They Just Don't Make Them No More
Hyleen Gil ft Omar - Can You Love Me
Jimmy Ruffin - Foolish Thing To Do/
Do You Feel The Way You Make Me Feel/
I Got You Girl

Hour Two
Ty G - I'm Really Not Concerned About Your Past
Willie Tee - First Taste Of Hurt
Lamont Johnson - This Must Be Heaven
Exceptional 3 - Unlucky Girl
Rhonda Clark/Chuck Howard - Your My Everything
Dee Robinson - Feel A Little Tired
Rick James - Teardrops
Bobby Wade - Four Walls & A Window
The Spinners - You Go Your Way I Go Mine
Junior Walker - What Does It Take
Curtis Mayfield - Another Fool
Natural Impulse - She Went Away
Norman Scott - Baby Don't Go
The Temptations - Hoops Of Fire

Jimmy Ruffin Biography:

Jimmy Ruffin was born in Collinsville, Mississippi, and was approaching his fifth birthday when his brother David was born. As children, the brothers began singing with a gospel group, the Dixie Nightingales. In 1961, Jimmy became a singer as part of the Motown stable, mostly on sessions but also recording singles for its subsidiary Miracle label, but was then drafted for national service. After leaving the Army in 1964, he returned to Motown, where he was offered the opportunity to join the Temptations to replace Elbridge Bryant. However, after hearing his brother David, they hired him for the job instead so Jimmy decided to resume his solo career. Jimmy Ruffin recorded for Motown's subsidiary Soul label, but with little success. More at wiki

17.11.14

Gerald Levert

I was listening to Gerald Levert's Album "Do I Speak For The World" as I was driving around this week and I realized that it's been 8 years this month since his passing, wow, it seems just like yesterday. I couldn't let this pass, so this week I have featured four tracks from Gerald's solo years. History will prove what an amazing artiste he was. He had all the Levert trademarks inherited from his father but was still his own man, something that many artists struggle with when they come from that kind of background, so please forgive my indulgence! I could have done a full show, lol.

An artist I only really stumbled on a couple of years ago is Chicago based General Crook,  I believe his output was not massive, but most of what he did do was just soooooooooooo good, I have included his interpretation of the soul classic "If This World Were Mine" .... this week it's pretty special ... I think.  I'll be album tracking from; Kindred Family Soul, Gwendolyn Collins and Avery Sunshine and please take '3 minutes & 30 seconds' to really listen to Jimmy Hughes "I Was The Closest At Hand," a true masterpiece of song writing and Jimmy's vocal is just soul perfection.

My thanks to Mickey for updating everything so quickly last week, I know it's pretty tough right now.. Ok as always it's on with the music, and by the way, I was asked the other day; "why do I never use Science of Soul Jingles or artist drops" it's only because there is soooo much music to share I really don't wanna waste 5 mins out of each hour on jingles, etc, if your tuned in you already know it's The Science Of Soul the music tells you that, lol.

Playlist for Sunday 16-11-2014

Hour One
The O'Jays - Mr Lucky
Gwendolyn Collins - Take A Walk
Bobby Womack - I Wish It Would Rain
Fathers Children - Hollywood Dreaming
Maryanne Ito - Feeling You
Kindred Family Soul - Everybody's Hustling
Eddie Kendrick - Skippin Work Today
Avery Sunshine - See You When I Get There
The Superb's - Baby's Gone Away
Concious Platt - Sistars
Wilson Williams - Take Me The Way That I Am
Reggie Garner - That Ain't The Way To Make Love
Ted Taylor - Houston Town

Hour Two
Gerald Levert - Click A Glass
Gerald & Teena Marie - A Rose By Any Other Name
Gerald Levert - Groove On
Gerald & Miki Howard - That's What Love Is
General Crook - If This World Were Mine
Jimmy Hughes - I Was Closest At Hand
Dorothy Norwood - ...Some Rain In Your Life
Ali Ollie Woodson - Angel
Aretha Franklin - United Together
Pete Belasco - Wonderful Woman
Eddie Levert - What If

Gerald Levert's Biography:

Soul man Gerald Levert had an auspicious childhood as the son of R&B legend Eddie Levert, the lead singer of the O'Jays, and the choice gene pool seemed to kick in at an early age. It ultimately led to him becoming one of the most popular R&B singers in the world as well as a prodigious songwriter. Sadly, at the peak of his career in 2006, Levert's memorable life was cut short by a fatal heart attack.

While still a teenager, Levert joined with brother Sean and friend Marc Gordon to form the soul group LeVert and, after one independent release, signed with Atlantic Records in 1985. Gerald's voice was a near dead-ringer for his father's distinctive, growling baritone, and his engaging lead took the group to the top of the Soul charts with "Pop Goes My Mind" and followed the next year with the top five Pop and Soul Atlantic single, "Casanova," an infectious midtempo tune written for the group by Midnight Star's Calloway brothers that elevated LeVert to the top of the late 80s Soul music pyramid. More Chris Rizik

10.11.14

Gene Van Buren

Dad & The Mayflower he built
Welcome to this edition of the Science of Soul. First off my condolences go to Mickey who's Father made his transition to a better place on the 9th November aged 89. He was quite a character and very independent to end, a good man who raised a fine son. A job well done 'Rest In Peace' Mr Norton. [thanks Bill - Ed]

Featured artist the week is Gene Van Buren I played a track last week from is excellent new album "Still" it's been a while since we heard from Gene but it's been worth the wait. I thought I might remind you of a few albums we have featured over the last few months just in-case you missed them we have tracks from Lee Fields excellent "Emma Jean" set and the Reverend Smokie Norful "Forever Yours" plus a track that's been getting a lot of play The Soulutions "Philly Line" been meaning to play this for some time now but it kept getting overlooked.

Ok on with the music and as always thanks to all the people who share the link and help us grow.

Playlist for Sunday 9-11-2014
Hour One
Fatback Band - Groovy Kinda Day
The Soulutions - Philly Line
Love Committee - Tired Of Being Your Fool
Smokey Norful - I've Got What You Need
Gene Van Buren - One People One World
Gene Van Buren - Something New
Ray Bashara - So In Love
The Impressions - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You
Willie Clayton - Where As Love Gone
D Goss - Old School Love
Lee Fields - Magnolia
A T Toombs - Wanna Be Your Man

Hour Two
The Manhattans - We Made It
The Dramatics - Try Love Again
The O'Jays - Desire Me
Gene Van Buren - The One To Blame
The Contours - That Day When She Needed Me
James Brown - A Man As To Go Back To The Crossroads
Johnny Bristol - Love Takes Tears
Lenny Williams - Sunshine
Kenny Lattimore - Ain't No Way
William Bell - You got The Kind Of Love I Need
Luther Vandross - Think About You
Ray Goodman & Brown - I'll Remember You With Love

Gene Van Buren's biography:

R&B singer and former Motown artist Gene Van Buren has released a new single, “One” from his forthcoming independently released CD Still on GVR Records, the label headed up by Jimmy Levine. Gene has been keeping himself busy singing jingles, doing sessions, soundtracks and live performances with such noted artists as, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Bolton, Julio Iglesias, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Buffet, Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross, Henry Mancini and a host of others. Gene Van Buren’s debut CD for GVR Records is simply titled, “Still”, and the music could be compared to a fine aged wine.

3.11.14

Science Of Soul

Angel Sent
I just got back from a short trip to Paris, so it's back to 'live shows' as normal! We have been having a few technical issues at The Bridge Radio with distorted microphone sound but hopefully it's now all sorted. It's been a really busy week so I have not had time to put all the new music in that I wanted to share but did manage to sneak in new releases from Willie Hill, Tawana, Angel Sent and a the new single from Gene Van Buren. I will be looking at Burden's new album "Still" in more depth next week.

I am counting down the days to my Chicago trip at the end of the month, it will be at The Star Plaza in Merriville, Indiana on the 28th, so any of my Chi Town friends who are planning to be there be sure to let me know so we can hook up. Whilst on the subject of travel, be heading to Australia via China in January 2015, working on a project to take some soul down under, keep you posted on that if it all comes together, it's gonna be a great event. On with the good stuff please remember to share the S-O-S link and spread the word and remember as well as live on The Bridge radio and the pod cast you can get The Science of Soul at 2 PM EST every Sunday at www.legend107radio.com that's a great place to visit any time of of the week..
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Hour One
Tawana Frankie Beverly & Maze - Before I Let Go
Indie Soul United - Call Me Up
Michael Jackson - Girl Don't Take Your Love
Rome - I Like Ya'
Eddie Kendrick - Can't Help What I Am
Willie Hill - I Gotta Get My Groove On
Tawana - Addicted
Eric Nolan - I Can Love You
Walter Williams - Love Wont Let Me Wait
Victery Tutson - Let Somebody Love You
Ivy Joe Hunter - Yea Yea Yea
Curtis Mayfield - Little Child

Hour Two
Larry Saunders - Where Did Peace Go
Gene Van Buren - One
Angel Sent - I'm Not Sleeping By Myself Tonight
S Highenergy - Something I Know About Jesus
3 PC - Other Thangs
Jae Mason - Woman You Can't Be With Me
Sir Charles Jones - So Beautiful
David Brinston - Tied Down
Little Beaver - Katie Pearl
Joe - Future Teller
Freddy Gorman - My Love
Anthony Hamilton - I'll Wait For You To Fall In Love.

27.10.14

Taylor Pace

Welcome to this weeks edition of the Science of Soul. Those guys at Soul Junction records have done it again another great double header this time by Southern soul man Preston Shannon. They have secured the rights to two great tracks from the Memphis based artist, both sides are worthy of your attention and are included in this weeks show. The oddly named Texas funk/blues band Mingo Fishtrap have just released there latest set "On Time" I have to admit they were new to me but they have an extensive back catalog I must dig a little deeper into these guys. My thanks to Mickey for bringing them to my attention.

Featured album on this week's show is the debut one from Taylor Pace, "Return Of The Phoenix," a pretty good debut I must say, Taylor as been around awhile having toured extensively with American Idol finalist George Huff. I also have new music from The Secret B Sides, the North Carolina based band who just released there new album, "Welcome To Soul City," the track I have chosen "Give Me Your Heart" makes it worth picking up the album for that one track alone, but it's overall a very good set, something for everyone as they say. I have already featured Lewis "Raw" Shaw and Calvin Richardson but I thought I would take the liberty to refresh your memory.
There's no shortage of the Old Skool classics that we love and grew up with, so sit back and enjoy, I always say please remember to share the Science of Soul link, because it's a free gift and the more people we reach the more we teach .....

This weeks playlist for Sunday 26-10-2014


Hour One
G C Cameron - Live For Life
Preston Shannon - The Way I Love You
Mingo Fishtrap - Where Did You Come From
Secret B Sides - Give Me Your Heart
Linda Clifford - Can't Let This Good Thing Get Away
Carmen Hendricks - Timing
Taylor Pace - New Day
Taylor Pace - For You
The Gaturs - I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
Willie Tee - Man That I am
Carl Hall - What About You
Preston Shannon - Be With Me Tonight
Philly Devotions - We're Gonna Make It
Eli 'Paperboy' Reed - Pick A Number

Hour Two
Side Effect - Close To Me [Augie Johnson RIP]
Tavares - If That's The Way You Want It
Taylor Pace - Yeah Yeah
Tyrese - Sweet Lady
Reggie B ft Joc Max - Go'head and Get It
The Notations - Baby I Like Your Smile
The Main Ingredient - I'm Better Off Without You
Calvin Richardson - More Than A Picture
Horace Brown & Tyme - Taste Your Love
The Soul Children - Love Makes It Right
Raw Shaw - I'd Rather Go Blind
Heatwave - Sho' Nuff Must Be Love

Taylor Pace's Biography:
Return Of The Phoenix is about a lot of things. It's a work dedicated to the return of passion - passionate music, passionate art, passionate living. The Phoenix is that thing that makes up our core. Sometimes we stray from it for trying to do what's fashionable or status quo but we find ourselves always coming back to what's really in our core to be. The Phoenix can't help but come out in the we behave, think, and live because it is the truest expression of who we are.
The Phoenix is that indestructible force that is the human spirit. It's the thing that has the ability to rise up again and again even when faced with impossible odds and defeat after defeat. The Phoenix cannot be stopped. Return Of The Phoenix is a tribute to the best in each and every person out there. It's a salute to the power of love, the game of life, and the pursuit of happiness. (cdbaby)

20.10.14

Indie Soul United

Thanks for stopping by the latest edition of the Science of Soul, I have new music this week from Eric Nolan, who just in case you don't know is a member of the O'Jays, the track is from his solo album and features O'Jay, Mr Walter Williams, one of the greatest lead singers of all time. Don't know if I mentioned I will be seeing The O'Jays along with The Manhattans & The Dramatics in November in Indiana ... I can't wait .. am I lucky or what, Lol.

Featured artists this week are Indie Soul United they are well worthy of your attention, a definite star on the rise is Lionel Cornelius he comes from great stock you might remember the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose from back in the day, I did feature his album sometime back but I thought I'd give you a little reminder "Uh Huh" is his latest single from the album.
I will be dropping three Philly classics in a row on you this week just because I can, Lol.
Please remember to share the science of soul link and thank you for all the great feed back regarding the Pat Lewis interview I told you you'd be surprised by the amount of product that Pat had worked on, Lol.

Ok on with the good stuff enjoy...

Playlist for Sunday 19-10-2014



Hour One
Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove
Lionel Cornelius - Uh Huh
Marc Sadane - Never Gonna Stop
Zanye - Don't Let It Go To Your Head
Leela James - Tell Me That You Love Me
Indie Soul United - I Remember When
Indie Soul United - Someone
The Bar-Kays - Grown Folks
Eric Nolan ft Walter Williams - Give Her Your Love
The O'Jays - Darlin Darlin Baby
Harold Melvin & Bluenotes - Hope We Can Be Together Soon
The Stylistics - Betcha By Golly Wow

Hour Two
Juressa Mcbride - Woman First
Darrius Willrich - Can't Get Enough
Diversity - Glorify You
Strawberri - Play If You Want
Riko - Freaky Fun
Indie Soul United - Call Me Up
Sam Dees - Secret Admirer
L A Boppers - There She Goes Again
Tavares - Check It Out
L'Renee - All I Need Is Time
Denice Williams - Gonna Take A Miracle
Floyd Taylor - All Of Me

Indie Soul United Biography:
Boston, MA – Craig Alan Eleazer has released three CDs since 2008 that have received international acclaim. Two were with Boston bred singer Ashanti Munir (Balance - 2008 / Soul of a Woman - 2010) and the other was the compilation by Indie Soul United. (I Remember When – 2012) Each CD reached the Top 10 on London, England’s U.K. Soul Chart and Sweet Rhythms Chart. They each also received favorable reviews fromwww.soultracks.com in Michigan. Craig has penned the indie soul gems “Not Gonna Run Away” by Nichelle Mungo, “Someone” by Chidi, “I’m Staying Home Tonight” and “So Smooth” by Ashanti Munir.

2014 brings Indie Soul United 2 a compilation CD that features many of today's finest Indie-Soul voices. Most are from Boston. They are Athene Wilson, Ashanti Munir, Nichelle Mungo Ty Causey, Chidi, Leon Beal, Jr., Donald Sheffey, Sympli Whitney, Jason " Jay-El" Shorter and Laurone McLendon. The result is a collection of songs that flow seamlessly from one into the next. The music of ISU 2 is soulful, funky and full of love!

The first single hit the airwaves in early July via Solar Radio in London, U.K. The song is titled "Yesterday" by Ashanti Munir and Ty Causey. A buzz spread and the song was picked up by indie-soul radio stations in Brazil, Germany, Nigeria and the U.S.! Craig later announced the release of the CD at the 2014 Boston GreenFest with the help of the flash mob "Red White & Blue United!" A CD with so much to offer. The silky soul of Athene Wilson’s “Wildfire” which features smooth jazz saxophonist Elan Trotman is a song that you can kick back to. You can sing along with the multiple artist remake of the Stevie Wonder classic “Black Man” from "Songs In the Key of Life" double album. "The One" by Jason "Jay-El" Shorter is a refreshing CAE song from a male perspective! The music is the creation of French music producer Wadz. The CD also includes the debut of Sympli Whitney. (Framingham's own) Her track "7 Days A Week" featuring U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo is mesmerizing listeners worldwide! Whitney was featured on BET's "Apollo Live" 2014 season finale show! (facebook)