Men Of Soul

Welcome back again and thank you for stopping by the last edition of the Science of Soul for 2015, WOW, were did that year go. This weeks show is a celebration of the men of Soul, two hours of old skool classics, the only new track comes from a young brother by the name of Dyshon Benson out Philadelphia, Pa., I had planned on saving this until next year but it's got 'that flavor', and I couldn't wait to share.

Thank you all for the support you have shown over the year, artist's, managers, friends and listeners who send so much great feed back and continue to spread the word, the Science of Soul belongs to you, I just have the fun part in presenting the show. I have to single out; Mickey Nold who makes the Science of Soul website and Podcast happen, his contribution to the show as a whole is immeasurable and his friendship is a gift I treasure, my brother Melvin Jordan of the Legend Radio Network in the States who is more than just a colleague he is for life, Freddie Fred and my 365Jamzs family in Mobile Alabama thank you for all that you do, and finally my fellow Soul presenters on BCR radio Garry Edwards & Matt Houston who always willing promote the Science of Soul as if it was there own thank you gentlemen.

On a personal level 2015 has been 'a year '... a lot of travelling some amazing highs and some heartbreaking lows, I think they call it 'life', I'm sure 2016 has many new adventures to share for us all May your New Year be filled with love & smiles and on the not so good days count your blessings .. life is a treasure denied to many .. enjoy the music.....

Playlist for Sunday 27-12-15

Hour One
Earth Wind & Fire - That's The Way Of The World
Dyshon Benson - Ain't No Stoppin'
The Intruders - Cowboys To Girls
Dynamic Superiors - Leave It Alone
The Dells - Soul Strollin'
Natural Four - How You Been
The Artistics - Being In Love
Major Harris - Loving You Is Mellow
The Impressions - Just Another Dance
Cornelius Bros/Sister Rose - To Late ...
Latimore - Sweet Vibrations
Love Committee - Tired Of Being Your Fool
Lenny Williams - Shoo Doo Foo Foo Ooh
David Ruffin - Everything Is Coming Up Love

Hour Two 
The Four Tops - In These Changing Times
Manhattans - Feels So Good To Be Loved So Bad
The Stylistics - Your As Right As Rain
Shalamar - Somewhere There's A Love
The Dramatics - Just Shopping
The Originals - Just To keep You Satisfied (N/R)
The Temptations Just My Imagination
Phillip Mitchell - Falling From Heaven
The Intruders - I Wanna Know Your Name
Teddy Pendergrass - Your My Latest .. Inspiration
The O'Jays -How Time Flies


Jayna Blackwell

Jayna Blackwell
Welcome to this weeks edition of the Science of Soul, I must apologize, Re: last weeks Podcast, due to technical problems at BCR Studios, the show recording was sadly lost, but everything will be back to normal this week. I hope you enjoyed the Dramatics and Fab Glanton Specials instead. Featured Artist this week comes with the lovely Ms Jayna Blackwell. I have included a couple of tracks from her upcoming EP that I think you may enjoy. I've also dropped a few Christmas tunes into the mix seeing as it's that time of the year (just  3 days to go!) The Chicago Blues Fest line-up has just been announced and it includes; Lenny Williams, Shirley Brown, Sir Charles Jones and Bobby Rush and other acts to be added ... yes I feel a trip coming on. The date is at the Star Plaza in Merriville, Indiana.

I want take this opportunity to wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas, the show will run as normal over the holiday period. Ok it's podcast time - sit back and it'll all be fine ...

Play list 20-12-2015

Hour One
Shannon - After Work Party
DaPaul - London Town
Cardell - What Does It Mean
Kenya - Little Drummer Boy
The Dramatics - Very Best Christmas
Kenny Lattimore - You Have My Heart
The Manhattans - Honey Honey
Lenny Williams - 'Cus I Love You
Wendell B - Ya'll Ain't Ready
Jayna Blackwell/Niecy Robinson - Can't Get On My Base
Jayna Blackwell - That's My Song
Janice Dempsey/Danny Pickering - Magic Christmas

Hour Two
Keith Sweat - I'll Give All My Love To You
Funmilayo Ngoz - Abide In Me
Brandon Williams - Now I Know
Devon Howard - T-Y-C-O
Ohio Players - I Wanna Be Free
Bobby Womack - That's The Way I Feel About You
Eddie Kendrick - Can I 
Millie Jackson - There You Are
Teddy Pendergrass - Time For Love
Eddie Levert - Did It Make You Go Ooh
War - Baby It's Cold Outside
Isley Brothers - What Can I Bring You

Jayna Blackwell's biography:
Jayna Blackwell has been singing since she was four years old. Singing first in church you could often find her in the youth and young adult and state choirs, of her home church and it’s jurisdiction. While still holding on to her gospel roots, Jayna began singing R&B professionally in the early 90’s and she hasn’t stopped yet. Her eclectic musical taste and style has enabled her to develop a voice that includes genres such as R&B, Funk, Jazz and even Rock & Roll. She credits her first band; Thrilltrain for opening her up to singing Rock & Roll and Mr. Barron Edwards for strategically placing her in his Motown Revue Tribute Show and his well received R&B show band and for forcing her to sing professionally again after quitting the business at an earlier stage in her career. Jayna quickly became known as an established background vocalist supporting several local bands and solo artists for many years. This woman has a story which she tells in the sound of her voice. (CDBaby)


Dramatics and Fab Glanton Specials

Brandon Williams
Welcome to this weeks edition of the Science of Soul, I'm sending out congratulations to Brandon Williams on his Soul Tracks Award: 'New Artist Of The Year' he is one of the shining lights on Detroit's indie music scene. I thought I would feature a track from his excellent set en-titled "12." Alex Isley is his guest vocalist on the song: "Leave Love Be." It's a beautiful slice of smooth soul with some jazz overtones  -  I think you will enjoy.

Due for release in mid-January is Ken Wills' "Justice," that's a powerful statement about the society we live in, and pay close attention to the lyrics! The lovely Ms Nia Simmons was a new name to me prior to her recent tour visit to the UK. Simmons' debut album: "A Songbirds Journey" has been very well received, certainly put the Washington, DC native on the soul map  -  look for big things in 2016. 

Nelson Hairston
Another name you might not be familiar with is Saginaw, Michigan's Nelson Hairston, he's a young man whose music encompasses: Rap, R&B and Soul. His new recording is a 'steppers delight' "Steppin To The Left" it's filling the dance floors and is one of his most successful tracks to date.
Time to sit back enjoy - tell a friend about the Science of Soul and remember the show is syndicated to: Legend Radio Network and 365Jamz in the United States and around the world.

Sunday's playlist 13-12-2015

Hour One
Ray/Goodman/Brown - Where'd Ya Get That Body
Ken Willis - Justice
Erica Reed - I'll Make It Alright
Nelson Hairston - Steppin To The Left
Enois Scroggins - Uncle Remus
Barbara Hall - You Brought It On Yourself
Ocie L Alexander II - Keep Groovin' Girl
The Esquires - Stay
The Four Tops - Strung Out On Your Love
Men At Large - First Day
William Bell/Mavis Staples - Leave The Girl Alone
Chestnut Brothers - Mountain Of Love
Sorry no recording of show this week due to technical issues at the studio, 1- Dramatics Special 2 - Fab Glanton Special instead!!!

Hour Two 
Brandon Williams ft. Alex Isley - Leave Love Be
Stan Moseley - This Love As Power
Victor Willis - Follow Through
Soul Generation  - Heaven Only knows 
Nia Simmons - I'm Just Sayin'
Edge Of Daybreak - Let Us
The Softones - Sweet Dreamer
Archie Bell/Drells - There Is No Other Like You
Wendell B - Inside My Mind
Curtis Mayfield - Another Fool In Love
Levert - Rain
Brian McKnight - Let Me Love You


Elbowed Out

This weeks show features the latest Soul Junction album release from the self contained band Elbowed Out "Everybody Get Up" it's a great mix of styles, all of which were recorded over 30 years ago but still sound sharp and fresh (it would make a nice Xmas stocking filler I'm thinking) just a thought. On the new music side I have Cardell Harrington, Jimmy Sterling and another track from Big Ben Hillard. I am really enjoying his new album "The Friday Night Consortium", highly recommended.

Very sad to report the news of my friend of over 30 years, Buford "Fab" Glanton's passing, he made his transition on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015. Though not a household name Fab was a real soul journeyman, he'd started his career in the late 1950s as a member of The Martiniques before joining The Tempos, also toured extensively as guitar player with H-D-H's group The Politicians throughout the 1970s as well as being a resident house band leader at several of Detroit's premier clubs and constant session work allover the city.

Torbay weekender 1992 - (Photo courtesy of Dave Rimmer)
Recruited by his long time friends Stan Bracely, Will Harvey and Robert Walker he joined The Lovetones as lead singer and was later responsible for one of Motorcity Records finest moments with the song "Fire Alarm", he also co wrote many tracks at Ian Levine's said label. I do have an interview, that was done some twenty-five+ years ago, and perhaps with Mickey's help I'll try to make it available (incidentally Mickey Nold was the editor of a whole bunch of interviews I did back then for his PCRL Basement Soul Show, only as the years have progressed have I realized the importance of what we did back then. Just to confuse you I 'll be playing two tracks Fab recorded under the name of David Lenyard & The Music Tree. The video this week is one Mickey filmed in 1992 at Torbay weekender put together by Mick,Tony & Pep.

On a very personal note:- I'm so glad I got a chance to spend some time with him on a recent trip to Detroit - visiting the Motorcity now will never be the same without him. I will TRULY miss him.

Playlist for Sunday 6-12-2015 

Hour One
The Lovetones - Out Of A Dream
Cardell - It's Cool
Tony Toni Tone - Just Like My Papa
Big Ben Hillman - Beautiful Stranger
Jimmy Sterling - Slipping Away
Elbowed Out - Girl You Got Magic
Elbowed Out - Taking A Step
Fel Davis - Over Again
Rance Allen Group - Gonna Make It Alright
David Lenyard & The Music Tree -It's Never To Late
David Lenyard & The Music Tree - Could Have Been You

Hour Two
Kem - I'm In Love
Blinky - I Wouldn't Change The Man He is
Joe Leavy - I Heart You
Tower Of Power - Loves Been Gone To Long
The Dramatics - And I Panicked
The Dells - Could It Be
Elbowed Out - The Book Of Guinness
Gwen McCrae - Love Without Sex
Twice - I Fell For You
The O'Jays - Your Body's Here With Me

Elbowed Out's biography:
During 2012 we at Soul Junction Records were fortunate to discover two excellent unissued Oliver Cheatham tracks “Don’t Pop The Question/Good Guys Don’t Make Good Lovers” (SJ518) and it was during the brokering of a subsequent licensing deal that we were introduced to the songs producer Mr. Bill Miller (who just happened to be Oliver’s cousin). During a later conversation Bill mentioned that he had some other unissued material on a group by the name of Elbowed-Out that he worked with while living in Seattle, Washington and would we be interested in hearing it ? Well, if it was anything near as good as the Cheatham tracks then you bet we would! Well it was and two well received 45 singles from Elbowed-Out would eventually be released, firstly the double sided dance 45 “Taking A Step” b/w “Girl You Got Magic” (SJ523) in 2013. Followed by a further dance track backed with a mid tempo ballad “Things Are Changing b/w Just To Be With You” SJ527 in 2014. 

A fifth Elbowed-Out track the sweet sounding “In The book Of Guinness” (probably the only song ever to reference the world famous record breakers annual in its lyric’s) also gained a release on the Soul Junction various artists compilation “We Got A Sweet Thing Going On” (SJCD5009) during 2014. 

So twelve months on we at last bring you the entire Elbowed-Out recordings from the group’s 1978/79 sessions with Bill Miller. Which include the aforementioned issued tracks, but on this occasion both “Taking A Step” and “Girl You Got Magic” appear for the very first time as their previously unissued full length versions ( with both being over five minutes in duration). 

Together with the remaining unissued tracks “All Men Don’t Love The Same”, “Believe It” and the album’s title track “Everybody Get Up” added to those is the recently discovered track “Girl I Want You” a solitary release recorded sometime during 1988 by Denis Wilcox with one of the groups later line ups.

Elbowed-Out’s mission in life was “to get you up and out of your seat, and then to begin to move your feet” something I think you’ll agree they most certainly have achieved. So without further ado, just indulge yourself in the sound that is ‘Elbowed-out’. (Dave Welding)