Soullllllllllllllllllllllstice! Gaylord Fields greeted winter with huge blocks of 1960's-70's soul, playing Bobby Patterson And The Mustangs, Maxine Brown and Barbara Lynn. Gaylord says on his playlist page "Fannee Doolee loves free form programming but hates eclectic shows." The value of well-executed ecelticism is priceless, but you can't deny the joyous power of long grits and butter sets of soul--perhaps the 60's music that ages best
Music need not be soul music to have soul: Monica played Donald Byrd's performance of "Blind Man, Blind Man," complete with chorus. Fascinating is how Byrd extracts the choral element from pre-soul, "square" music--Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Four Freshmen-and adds swing and blues to make it hip. Compare Byrd's approach to The Freshmen singing "Holiday," played by Dennis Diken. The middle ground is Syd Dale's "Penthouse Suite," often used during 1960's TV "technical difficulties," played here by Bob Brainen.
Cast this net wider and find a planet of soundtrack and "program" music revolving around funk, pop and lounge jazz. Nat Roe played Goblin from the score to Dario Argento's film, Deep Red. Rich Hazelton played Henry Mancini from the Touch Of Evil Soundtrack on Inflatable Squirrel Carcass. We''ll deal with much more of this music in the future, but finish by watching the below clip, with 1969 music by Jerry Goldsmith. Could this sound fit on a soul jazz album from the era? Absolutely!