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Unsung Soul: Iconic but obscure tracks by (mostly) famous singers

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, an episode that celebrates extraordinary vocal performances in one of our most influential and significant musical styles: American Soul. Joined by our resident vocal expert, we listen to a playlist of fantastic—but relatively obscure--recordings by mostly famous soul singers, with a couple of lesser-known artists included, too. This episode's playlist covers recordings from 1964-1976, and also captures the pivotal moment when more traditional, blues- and gospel-tinged Soul transmogrified into Funk (that most essential of styles). 

Playlist for this episode:

  1. Aretha Franklin - You’ll Lose A Good Thing (1964)
  2. Otis Redding - I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) (1965)
  3. O. V. Wright - Motherless Child (1965)
  4. Wilson Pickett - Ninety-Nine and One-Half (Won’t Do) (1966)
  5. Betty Harris - What’d I Do Wrong (1969)
  6. Nina Simone - To Love Somebody (1969)
  7. Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can (Pt. 1) (1970)
  8. Al Green - Love and Happiness (1972)
  9. Labi Siffre - I Got The.. (1975)
  10. Bootsy Collins - I’d Rather Be With You (1976)