C. Robert Walker

 Here we go again.....it's Science Of Soul time.....yet again with my featured artist this week being C. Robert Walker who's new CD "Something Going On" has caused me real problems....in a good way that is...it's just chock-full of great tracks that it was hard to pick just three to include in this weeks show, but don't worry I will be playing more over the coming weeks.This guy is so smooth, kinda like Marvin Gaye but with a style that's all his own. There's no doubt this album is a future classic, checkout C. Robert's biography, I think we gonna hear a lot more about him and my thanks go out to Ms Paris Cesvette for all her help in making this available to us.

Other new material this week comes from the very talented Detroiter Michael Shockley,who's new single "Lets Dance" is so smooth and polished that I can't wait for the album, If this is song is anything to go by. Soul Mop productions artist J Redd has new material out with "Let Your Sex Go," and it fits right into our 'Baby Makin Music Spot' and is exactly what you would expect.

For those with a thirst for all things soulful I thought I might recommended a few books to you that I have enjoyed quite recently; "Hit Me Fred" is Fred Wesley's wonderfull autobiography and gives a real insight into the the workings of the James Brown funk machine plus a whole lot more, Chicago soul lovers will enjoy Jerry Butler's book Only The Strong Survive, it charts his life from his days as a young man to becoming the soul giant that he is and taking the Chicago soul history even further is Carl Davies' book "The Man Behind The Music" it's an essential read for anyone remotely interested in Chicago soul. Carl was at the forefront during Windy City's heyday.  

Gil Scott-Heron was always a controversial figure and the book "The Last Holiday" dips into his often troubled life and sadly his passing that has left a void that will be very difficult to re-fill. Gil was a man I had the privilege to know, he was inspiring and also tragic...a true one of a kind. The real impact of his work is yet to be truly recognised and will out live us all. I must finally, on the book front, also give a mention to Bobby Womack's offering, "Midnight Mover," what a life this man has had and book well worth searching out. I will update you further on some other books you might enjoy soon.

Listener Carmen
My 'Listeners Choice*' this week comes from the lovely Carmen Figueroa Trenas, originaly from Santiago, Chile, but now a resident of Sydney, Australia, where she retired to after working for Qantas Airlines. Carmen often reminds me of songs that I've not played in a while though Facebook. This lady has a wealth of soul as you will see from her selection, I feel sure you will enjoy just as much I did.

Just sit back relax and enjoy the music... [Bridge FM readers Click 4 Podcast]

Playlist for Sunday 28th April 2013

Hour One
Natural Four - How You Been
Pat Brown - Love On Loan
Gerald Levert /Teena Marie - A Rose By Any Other Name
Gene Rice - You Gonna Get Served
Jay McCoy - Don't Let Go
C. Robert Walker - How Can I
C. Robert Walker - Something Going On
Archie Bell & The Drells - Don't Let Love Get You Down
Aretha Franklin - Holding On 
Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up*
The Gap Band - Outstanding *
Johnnie Taylor - Your Love Is Rated X *
* Listeners choice for this week.

Hour Two
The Manhattans - We Made It
Michael Shockley - Lets Dance
Mike Jamison - Miracle Worker
Major Harris - Saddest Smile In Town
J. Redd - Let Your Sex Go
C. Robert Walker - How Was It For You
Lou Rawls - If I Coulda Shoulda Woulda
Charles Jackson - The Train
Curt Darin - Grown Up Fairy Tale
Gerald Alston - Take Me Were You Want To
The Dramatics - Thank You For Your Love
Shalamar - Just Stopped By

Biography for C. Robert Walker

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