30.12.19

30-12-2019

Ty Hunter Jr.
Welcome to the last edition of The Science of Soul for 2019. I would like to express my thanks for all the great feed back and support from listeners and artists alike and also a big thank to all the stations that run the Science of Soul on a weekly basis , I truly appreciate you. I must also give a shout out to Mickey Nold would takes care of the website every week on my behalf, the work he does behind the scenes is invaluable. On this weeks show we current releases from Tony "Shoshyne" Gilmore long time member of Kool & The Gang plus steppers fave, Cardell Harrington, Lamar Brace, Elusiv and due for January issue Glenn Jones. As always there are plenty of old school classic and we close out the year with one the most played releases of 2019 Mr Ty Hunter Jr. "I Wanna Be With You" . I wanna take this chance to wish you a soulful new year that's filled with peace and happiness as we look forward to 2020. Sit back enjoy the music and please share with a friend. Music is a beautiful thing to share.

Science of Soul playlist December 29th 2019
Hour One
Tavares - Bad Times
Tony "Shoshyn" Gilmore - Heart On A Trip
Jeffery Osborne - I Really Don't Need No Light
Bobby Kline - Say Something Nice To Me
Elusiv - U Had Me @ Hello
Glenn Jones - Better Man
Brown Hill/Leah McCrae - Not Looking 4 Somebody
Lamare Brace - Family Reunion
Lovesmith - Look Out Below
Cardell - I Just Can't Get Over You
Frank Mckinney - I Can Make You Feel Good
L J Reynolds - Come Get To This


Hour Two
Bloodstone - Go On And Cry
Ronnie Dyson - Even In The Darkest Night
Darrell Lee - More
Big Mel - Step It Up
Uncle Sam - Leave Well Enough Alone
Gary Taylor ft Bridgette Bryant - Special
Montell Jordan ft Kristin - I'm All In
Loletta Holloway ft Bunny Sigler - Only You
William Smoke Howard - I Love Your Melody
Ty Hunter jr - I Wanna Be With You

26.12.19

Curtis Mayfield 20th Anniversary

Eddie Thomas (co-founder of Curtom)
Welcome to this special Blog only edition of The Science of Soul. In 1993 Mickey Nold suggested I should write a radio series about Curtis Mayfield, and looking back I'm so glad he did. When finished it was originally broadcast on PCRL radio in Birmingham, UK over six episodes the story covers the career of one of the most influential artists of our time, Curtis was more than just music, his song writing was historical statements of America at that time which the whole world could see "Choice of Colours," "We're a Winner" and the like we're bold statements in a deeply segregated country. It's been 20 years ago today since Curtis passed but his vision lives on, so sit back and enjoy the music of Curtis Mayfield..Also included on this blog is an interview I recorded with Curtis III, his eldest son who is a very close friend and carries many of his fathers traits, a fine man with the vision of his father.


Curtis III (Mayfiield's son)
Receiving an award for Curtis

When I look back over my life, music has been the one constant feature present. I would miss lunch to save the money to spend on records (if my Mom had known, I wouldn’t be here to tell the tale, lol!)

I would make the trip from school to Norgroves electrical shop every Tuesday and Friday lunch time, to see what new records they had - I would then spend all the lunch money I had saved and still not get all the discs I wanted - they must have thought I was a strange 12-year-old kid, bless their hearts! They used to give me as much as I bought; they could see the struggle I went through each time, deciding what to buy with what little money (financial resources) I had - they knew I was hooked on soul music before I did!


"Mayfield was a big influence on my songwriting and vocal style. From his early days as the lead singer of the Impressions.. I marvelled at his ability to get hit records with spiritual lyric content like "People Get Ready" and "Amen". No other secular artist at that time was anywhere near successful as Curtis at using God's word to influence young people. I remember James Brown saying that if not for Curtis...there would not have been records like..."Say It Loud.. I'm Black and I'm Proud". Which became James Brown's contribution for the black civil rights movement of the sixties"  Billy Griffin


The 1965 His Masters Voice EP
Then one day they gave me something that changed my life: it was an EP and I remember John in the shop saying, “This looks like something you would like” It was Soulfully by The Impressions - I heard Curtis Mayfield for the first time, and from that moment on life was never quite the same. From Curtis and the Impressions’ music I learned the beauty of love, I learned of the injustices many faced in society and man’s struggle to create a better world in spite of himself. To quote a line from one of his songs “He opened up my eyes so I might see” - his songs helped me see and understand so much that 45 years later his music is still a source of comfort to me. I had a chance to know Curtis, and his humility touched me very deeply; his gentle and warm smile, how he would start a sentence by saying “well you know…” - these things are fresh in my mind as if it were yesterday.

   "Curtis Mayfield was brilliant at making you look inward while enjoying the journey musically. People hate looking inward, so you can’t imagine how challenging it is for a writer to inspire that in someone while wrapping it in timeless melodies. It make sense why he’s a legend”  Marcell Russell

 Please forgive my ramblings, I just wanted to give a glimpse of what Curtis Mayfield means to me. A thought popped into my head one day; imagine what it would have been like to be Curtis Mayfield’s son. The interview here gives you a glimpse of that. Curtis’s eldest son, Curtis Mayfield III, kindly agreed to talk to me about just that. I thank him for his friendship and for sharing his thoughts with me so openly and freely . CIII is a man at peace with himself and a legacy left by his father. He has made his own way in the world; you would expect nothing less from a man who carries the name of his father so proudly. All that’s left to say is “people get ready” sit back, and enjoy…

  "As a young musician, I was impressed and influenced by the songwriting and musicianship of Curtis Mayfield. Songs like "I'm So Proud" and "People Get Ready" were songs that every singing group would rehearse to test how good their harmonies were. He was a big influence on me then and still is to this day." Chris Jasper


  "I Grew From James Brown To Curtis Mayfield" in Life and my stage persona !!!  Joe 'Pep' Harris (Undisputed Truth)

Songs featured in the program:
  • The Impressions - People Get Ready
  • We People Who Are Darker Than Blue
  • Move On Up
  • The Makings Of You
  • Superfly
  • Little Child Running Wild
  • Curtis Mayfield III - Soldier In The Sand
  • Back To The World
  • To Be Invisible
  • Curtis Mayfield III - Girl From 1-2-3
  • The Impressions - This Is My Country
  • (Don't Worry) If There Is A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go
  • Oh So Beautiful



Curtis Jr., in Chicago, USA

Satellite Link
Bill in  Birminham, UK




  "My time playing with Curtis, "priceless". Hard to top travelling and preforming all over the world with a true legend. And he was easy to play for. He had certain things he wanted to hear but I had a lot of freedom to be myself within the music.

23.12.19

Merry Christmas 2019

Me, last Xmas
Welcome, ho,ho,ho, to this weeks Science of Soul. You will notice quite a bit of Christmas music, it's been a great year for new Christmas tunes so I wanted to share with you as much as I could squeeze in along with a couple of Christmas classics, I hope you enjoy. I have the normal mix of current releases and back in the day classics so sit back and enjoy.


I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself & Mickey Nold (blog editor) to thank you for your support of The Science of Soul website and wish you a Merry Xmas.


Science of Soul Playlist December 22nd 2019
Hour One
Real Thing - Step Into My World
Mel Williams - Sweet Girl Of Mine
Marcus Scott - Real Me
Mose Stovall - Holidays Are Here
J Wonn - My Gift To You
Lavel Jackson - Thang On Me
Anthony Brewer - The Losing End
Carl Brister - Lets Go Back
E Z Patterson - All I Want For Xmas Is You
Wardell Piper - I'm In Love With You
2Buck Chuck - I'm Ready For Xmas
Pastor Andy Robinson - God Got This



Hour Two
Garfield Fleming - Lets Turn In Early
Vel Omarr - Give Me Your Love
Freddie Jackson - A Million Ways
Bryan Golden - In Your Presence
Luther Lackey - Tickle Me Baby
Dynamic Superiors - Shoe Shoe Sunshine
Smoke - Rainy Night
The Emotions - What Do The Lonely Do At Xmas
Stan Mosley - Lets Fall In Love
Ronnie McNeir - Have Yourself A Merry Xmas
The Dramatics - All I Want For Xmas
Earl Whitaker - Happy Holidays

16.12.19

15-12-2019

Thanks for stopping by this weeks Science of Soul , We have current releases from Philly Soulmen El Barak plus the Legendary Bluenotes ft Sugarbear. Jazz/Soul legend Frank McComb is back with a new single "No Matter What" and making her Science of Soul debut is New York based Nao Yoshioka. Adding a little festive flavour we Miracle Thomas and Leon McMullen there as been some christmas music issued this year and I wiil be doing festive section on next weeks show. Lots for the classic soul lovers this so sit back and enjoy..

Science of Soul Playlist December 15th 2019
Hour One 
Innervision - I Just Wanna Love You 
El Barak - It's Ok 
Frank McComb - No Matter What 
Leon McMullen - Christmas With My Baby 
Legendary Bluenotes ft SugarBear - Wait A Minuit
Blue Magic - Summer Snow 
Nao Yoshioka - Got Me 
Carl Simms - Pity A Fool 
Freddie North - Oh Lord, What Are You Doing To Me 
Slique Jay Adams - Your Body 
Brown Hill - Ghetto Queen 
Bryan Golden - In Your Presence
Marzette Griffth - Groove Spot 
Gilly Willtz - Gotta Be The One 



Hour Two
Esther Phillips - Candy
Gilly Wiltz
Sunshine Anderson ft Stephon - Count On Me
Miracle Thomas - Chestnuts Roasting
Latimore - Sweet Vibrations
Gerald Alston - Hell Of A Situation
Gene Chandler - Here Comes The Tears Again
Bobby Hill - I Wanna Be With You
Bettye Everett - Wondering
Al Johnson - My Heart Is An Open Book
The Dramatics - Thank You For Your Love
The Dells - I Wish That It Was Me You Loved
Enchantment - Silly Love Song
The O'Jays - How Time Flies

9.12.19

08-12-2019

Thanks for stopping by this weeks Science of Soul, I have new music this week from Kejam who is one of the most consistent artists around plus another London Soulman Whitfield Batson has a new single that as been very well received "What I See" other new releases come from Miracle Thomas & Teddy B. and from Columbus, Ohio, Ingram Street written by Ron Tyson & Preston Glass it's a quality track. The Christmas selections this week come from Estee Pierce & Al Lyndsey. I also have plenty back in the day classics that always remain popular so just sit back relax and let the music sooth ya' and groove ya' ....

The Science of Soul Playlist December 8th 2019
Hour One 
Wilson Wiliams - I Think Its Gonna Workout Fine 
Isaac Aragon - All I Got 
Whitfield Batson - What I See 
Kejam ft Lisa Taylor - Calmer 
Wade O Brown - So Glad
Montell Jordan - First Date
Andre Lee - I'm Better 
Robert Thomas - Crazy Bout Your Love 
Al Lindsay - Christmas Time 
Ingram Street - Beautiful Possibility 
TSU Tornadoes - What Good Am I 
Sinclair - I Want You Back 
Dazz Band - Invitation To Love


Miracle Thomas

Hour Two
Mandrill - Sunshine
King Floyd - My Girl
Estee Pierce - I'll Be Your Santa
Miracle Thomas /Teddy B - Something In Love
The New Lost Generation - Thinkin' Bout Ya'
Bunny Sigler - How Bad Do You Want My Love
Anthony White - I'm So Much In Love With You
Teddy Pendergrass - Cold Cold World
The Intruders - I Wanna Know Your Name

2.12.19

01-12-2019

Ty Causey
It's Science of Soul time thanks for stopping by this weeks show, I have included current releases from The Terri Green Project, Shamika Brown plus music from Ty Causey's current set and I dip into Wendell B's new album "Real Talk."  There is some great new Christmas music around this year that I wanna include over the coming weeks, got a couple on this show from Lavel Jackson "All I Want" and Chicago soulman Tommie Levael "Christmas Carol" I think you will enjoy.Got some great old school classics to round things out so sit back and melt. Please remember to tell a friend about the Science of Soul,.and you can get it live every Sunday at 8 pm GMT, or 3 pm Eastern Standard time. If your outside the UK just go to onlineradiobox.com then search Black Country Radio and it will be there live for your listening pleasure. The Podcast is updated and available every Monday, you can tune 24/7 and is commercials/news free.

The Science of Soul Playlist 1st December 2019
Hour One
Art Wilson - I Know We Can Make It
Terri Green Project - It's You
Regina Troupe - Fly Away
Tommie Laveal - A Christmas Carol
Wendell B, Magic One, Jason Little, ...
  ... Curtis Jefferson - I'm Still Learning About Love
The Monitors - Just To Keep You Satisfied
Al Hudson & One Way - Lady You Are
Shamika Brown - I Love Him . I Love Him Not
Romel - Shrimp Scampi
Syl Johnson - Could I Be Falling In Love
2Buck Chuck - Good Woman
Pat Lundy - Strong Lovin' Man


Level  Jackson

Hour Two
Tony Troutman - I Truly Love You
Angee Griffin - Gentle
Ty Causey - Your A Superstar
Lavel Jackson - All I Want
Keith Washington - Don't Leave Me In The Dark
George Chambers - Heaven
Bloodstone - Natural High
Trudy Lynn - Try To Leave Me If You Can
Bobby Womack - Doing It My Way
Art Wilson - Stay