- Maxine Brown - All in My Mind
- Baby Washington - I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face
(She also recorded under the names Justine Washington and Jeanette Washington.)
- Baby Washington - That's How Heartaches Are Made
- Linda Jones- died too young from diabetes. Hits include "Hypnotized" and "Your Precious Love". BTW, Dusty Springfield was a big Baby Washington fan!
- Chris Clark, Love's Gone Bad:
- Baby Washington
"Leave Me Alone"
- Chuck Jackson
The link is Chuck and Maxine Brown.
- Jackie Shane a mix of Little Richard and Diana Ross
- Great thread! I enjoy threads like this, because I might uncover "new" singers that I haven't discovered.
I'll like to toss in Bettye Swann's name. So far, she's heads above what was suggested.
I love the tone of her voice.
Check out: Make Me Yours
or Don't Wait Too Long.
- Lulu, that girl could sing soul.
- If you're going to bother to post, at least give us a link to a song on YouTube.
- Does Ketty Lester and "Love Letters" count?
- [quote]Lulu, that girl could sing soul.
GAYest post so far.
I knew when I clicked on this thread, it would be all GIRL singers.
- I remember a song on the juke box called "The Time" by Baby Washington and I think I am the only one who played it over and over again.
"The time has turned it's back on me."
- Buried in the background of The Platters was Zola Taylor who was permitted to do a rare solo and one of them was "My Old Flame." I loved this back in the day. I loved her voice.
She went on to be one of the many ex-wives of "Teenager" Frankie Lymon.
- [quote]Does Ketty Lester and "Love Letters" count?
Yes. Here is a link to her performing the song on Shindig in 1964. I'd forgotten how pretty it was.
- Ruth Brown did a wonderful cover of "Love Letters" on an album in the late '90s. I can't find it on YouTube, but here's a link to the album that it's on.
- Bettye Swann was a great one, though I prefer the deep soul she did for Capitol and Atlantic in the late '60s/early '70s.
Here's one of my favorites, "My Heart Is Closed for the Season."
- Erma Franklin (Aretha's older sister) and the original version of "Piece of My Heart":
- Oops. Here's Bettye Swann's "My Heart Is Closed for the Season":
- Chuck Jackson - Tell Him I'm Not Home
- One of my favorite finds from last year, thanks to NPR, this great little article which features 5 obscure soul songs from back then. My favorite, Little Ann's "Deep Shadows".
- Major Lance
- Bettye LaVette owns this thread.
She was sadly underappreciated for her original work. Now getting some well deserved acclaim.
- And Bettye now...doing a FLAWLESS version of this song.
- Little Willie John - Love his "Fever" so much more than Peggy Lee's (and I'm a Peggy Lee fan)
Barbara Lewis - she did "Baby, I'm Yours" and "Hello Stranger"
Doris Troy - She did "Just One Look." A one hit wonder who should have had more hits!
Agree with the mention of Linda Jones upthread. "Hypnotized" is such a great song.
- Jackie Moore:
She had a couple of mild hits with soul/pop songs ("Precious, Precious" and "Sweet Charlie Babe.") I guess her biggest hit was with the disco song, "This Time." She's a wonderful singer.
- Little Willie John's "Fever" was the original. I can't even listen to Peggy Lee's version.
Little Willie was hardcore. He died in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. His sister Mable had a hit with "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)."
- Little Willie John - Need Your Love So Bad
- Maxine Brown - Oh No, Not My Baby
- Maxine Brown - Funny
- Lorraine Ellison "Stay with Me" - love the emotion! Worth checking out on iTunes.
- Sugar Pie DeSanto
- Here's Bettye Swann's big hit: Make Me Yours
There are a ton of her songs that I liked, though, but this one seems to be the one that struck gold.
P.S. sorry for not posting a link.
- Here's another one of Bettye's, Today I Started Loving You, Again.
- R33, nope on Sugar Pie.
Try Big Mama Thornton.
R27, I love Jackie Moore. Sure wished she had a better catalog.
- Do Solomon Burke and Brook Benton qualify as obscure or underrated? I don't hear their names bandied about as much today as say, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding or Sam Cooke, but they did have some top hits back in the day.
Solomon Burke's most famous hit, "Cry to Me":
- And here's my favorite Brook Benton/Dinah Washington tune, "A Rockin' Good Way":
- Etta James & Sugar Pie De Santo "In The Basement" Pt 1
Wow, it ROCKS!
- [quote]Do Solomon Burke and Brook Benton qualify as obscure or underrated?
Brook Benton, maybe, but definitely not Solomon Burke. He's great, but is neither obscure nor underrated.
- The genius of Johnnie Taylor (from 1968).
- Ladies and gentlemen, presenting Mr. 'Knock On Wood',
- I think Millie Jackson started in the late 60's.
Takes her some time to get to the singing but when she does take the ride.
- Carla Thomas - Gee Whiz
- Jo Ann Garrett - I've Decided On A Whole New Plan
- Marvellettes - Desination Anywhere
The best of the forgotten Mowtown groups
- Cissy Houston should be remembered more for than just dealing with troubled family members.
- Brook Benton was great. I love "Walk on the Wild Side"
Love the Marvelettes, but I wouldn't call them forgotten. They were on the shortlist on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees this year. My favorite Marvelettes song is "Don't Mess With Bill"
- Does Candi Staton count as underrated?
- Inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame does not mean well known.
Little Willie John (the greatest soul singer of all time) is actually in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is barely remembered these days.
This was just an excuse to post another Little Willie John link:
All Around The World
- Working link for Candi Staton
- Love, love, love Candi!
Here's her brilliant take on the Elvis classic 'In The Ghetto'.
- Got to the top the hard way...
- These threads are some of the best at Datalounge, and one of the things we do best here. I always learn a lot.
Has anyone ever attended the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans? It was cancelled last year but back this year. Some of the people on this thread will be performing, like Sugar Baby DeSanto. They will have a museum exhibition for Forgotten Heroes or something.
- Bettye LaVette for sure.
But also Candi Staton
- [quote]Love the Marvelettes, but I wouldn't call them forgotten.[/quote]
Neither would I, even though they were on TVOne Unsung.
However, Unsung also featured Isaac Hayes, WTF?
- William Bell - Everybody Loves a Winner
- Barbara George - I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)
- R58, I love that song. One of my favorite "oldies"
- Bessie Banks "Go Now," and Toussaint McCall "Nothing Takes The Place of You"
- Brenda Holloway. She would have been a much bigger hit if Motown hadn't neglected her to push Diana Ross and the Supremes.
- Robbie Robertson mentions Little Willy John in his haunting "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" I always wondered if there was a real singer with that name.
Who knows where the time goes?
- Another neglected Motown female singer:
Kim Weston - Helpless
- Laura Lee, I'll Catch You When You Fall
- r27, actually Jackie Moore charted higher with her early 70s stuff, than with the disco hit This Time, which didn't chart on the pop chart. It was a #1 club hit though and is her best remembered song. She recorded 2 disco/soul albums in the late 70s, but This Time was the only hit, so she lost her recording contract and never put out another album. Her last two albums have more good music in a similar vein though.
- Another Bettye Lavette fan here.
Also Laura Lee - late 60s/early 70s. Dirty Man, Crumbs Off The Table, Women's Love Rights ...
- I LOVED Ketty Lester, IIRC, she was a regular on either "Days Of Our Lives" or "One Life to Live"!
Marlena Shaw's version of "California Soul", which she recorded around 1969, was great. This song finally got noticed on, of all things, a Dockers TV ad! When a person thinks of 'soul' Dockers immediately come to mind!
- [quote]Marlena Shaw's version of "California Soul", which she recorded around 1969, was great.
Yes and I don't think it was a hit the first time round.
Another great and obscure '60s soul song that found fame long after the '60s was this one by Erma Franklin.
- Doris Troy - I'll Do Anything (He Want's Me To Do)
- Could we have a moritorium on the pretentious word "sublime" please? That said, whoever did and wrote the "It's Too Soon To Know" number that Linda Ronstadt covered was genius.
- Deborah Chessler wrote "It's Too Soon" in 1948 and it was a hit for The Orioles, also Etta James later. And Glenn Frey recorded it on his album last year! It's considered to be the first "rock & roll song."
- Your post was simply resplendent [R70].
- Could we have a moratorium on the overused word 'genius'. Also, let's also learn how to spell 'moratorium', if we're going to use it.
- Irma Thomas
- Dee Dee Warwick - Alfie.
She recorded it BEFORE Miss Dionne.
- Lulu - Oh Me Oh My
- Pat Lundy - It's Rainin' Outside
- Rozetta Johnson - That Hurts
- The Sweet Inspirations - Crying In The Rain
- Jimmy Radcliffe - Long After Tonight Is All Over
- Judy Clay & William Bell - Private Number
- "Marlena Shaw's version of "California Soul", which she recorded around 1969, was great.
I never said it was hit, I said it got noticed due to the horrid Docker's ad. btw, it was written by Ashford & Simpson.
By all accounts, the late British singer Nick Drake was not known at all in the US, just among US music fans, as myself who appreciated obscure artists. Others were aware of his work through listening to college radios in the 1970s.
Then, thanks to that Volkswagen ad using Drake's song "Pink Moon"(a song about suicide!), hipsters and others who weren't even born when Nick died in the 1970s, latched on to his music, acting as if they discovered some new artist. Many, at the time, assumed the song was new.
My point is, some crappy TV ads can, and do, introduce viewers to some great music which is already out there!
- Hey, I can I forget Denise La Salle's Trapped by a Thing Called Love.
- R74, thanks for the great find. I think you'll enjoy Denise La Salle and Bettye Swann.
For those who want to hear a male vocalist, how about Joe Simon. Here's his hit, Choking Kind.
- [quote]Could we have a moritorium (sic) on the pretentious word "sublime" please?
[quote]Could we have a moratorium on the overused word 'genius'.
Well exsqueeeze me!
How about we just stick with [italic]FABULOUS[/italic] for [italic]EVERYTHING[/italic] then?
- Merry Clayton, sang solo and with gospel group, Brothers and Sisters
Made Dylan's "The times they are a changin'" her own.
She tore up the Stone's "Gimme Shelter"
- Dionne's hussy sister, Dee Dee Warwick(e).
Chaka Khan's sister, Taka Boom.
- Carolyn Crawford - My Smile Is Just A Frown Turned Upside Down.
Smokey Robinson later reworked his lyrics to this song into Tears Of A Clown.
- Tyrone Davis: "Can I Change My Mind", "A Woman Needs to be Loved". Masterful soul singing. He should be among the greats, imho.
Maxine Brown: "All in My Mind"
Barbara Lewis: Once popular, now forgotten. "Hello Stranger" is a gorgeous record
Brenda Holloway: "Operator", "I've Been Good to You"..excellent voice and singing
Eddie Holland (of Holland-Dozier-Holland) was a superb singer with a fine voice also: "Leavin' Here" and others
I love 50s-70s soul
- It's interesting to listen to this number after finding out from DL that Dee Dee was gay.
- Jean Dushon - As I Watch You Walk Away
- Post links, people. There is absolutely no excuse not to.
- The obscure, but not totally forgetten Jackie Ross and "Selfish One" (1964)...holy shit what a great little record+
- Here's a link for "Selfish One"
- Leola Jiles and The Apollas - Mr Creator.
- "Spring" by Bird Legs and Pauline. (1963)
"What people say won't mean a thing
'Cause in our hearts we'll know it's spring."
- I love "Selfish One" R93. Great stuff.
- R89, Soulman, you know soul! I am down with all of your suggestions, because I grew up with them.
I never knew of Eddie. He's okay, probably a better song writer.
- elderlez thread
- No love for Esther Philips?
- No Drugs for Esther Phillips!
- Walter Jackson Tear for Tear Speak Her Name After You There Can Be Nothing Corner in the Sun
- How about the silky sultry soul of Donny Hathaway? He's more of the 70s, but he's soulful and underrated.
Here's one of his classics, A Song for You.
- The Velvelettes - He Was Really Saying Something
- R98 - Thank you!
My favorite REALLY forgotten soul singer is Winfield Parker, but really only for one incredible record, "I'm Wondering" (included on the album "When a Man Cries"). Here's a link:
- Soulman, this is 98.
Winfield has a bit of a Sam Cooke sound.
The Honey Cones were a great group. Want Ads.
James Carr, You Got My Mind Mess Up
- Honey Cone
- Oh Soulman, do you know of Phyllis Dillon?
She's was a reggae artist, but she did a remake of Bettye Swann's song Make me yours that I like.
- R98/106 - I know that James Carr record, yes very good. He does sound like he's channeling Otis Redding though. The horns are great!
The Phyllis Dillon (never heard of her!) track is fun with that echo-chamber effect. Decent voice, ok song.
- Bettye Swann
- Garland Green - Jealous Kind of Fella
- Agree about Merry Clayton. Her albums were genius. Why did she all but disappear?
- Just discovered the original version of What A Man, by Linda Lyndell (1968). Loving it. Apparently she stopped performing soon after because of threats from white supremacist groups.
- Lynda has a great voice, but I think she failed by having poor song choices or opportunities.
- In the history of R&B/Pop/Soul, The Cookies fared better as raw-sounding back-up vocalists for top acts (Ray Charles during one of their early encarnations and Little Eva/Carole King later on) than they did on their own.
Here they chime in as "The Cinderellas" doing a dynamite job vocally with two great Carole King songs. The doom of this particular single was probably the arrangements: side A ("Please Don't Wake Me") was trying to sound too much like "And Then He Kissed Me" and side B ("Baby Baby I Still Love You") like "Da doo Run Run Run" - yet missing Phil Spector's Wall of Sound
Plus they weren't pretty
- I'm just gonna sneak this one by The Daisies in here and dare you to stand still while listening. It's a great answer record to Bobby Freeman's "C'mon and Swim."
- Since we're talking about "The" groups now:
The Artistics - I'm Gonna Miss You
- Maybe, Tyrone Davis was mentioned, but he's so great he deserves another play.
"There it is is" one of my jams.
- James Ray - Got My Mind Set On You
- Don Covay. He was a big influence on Mick Jagger's vocal style. Also wrote Aretha's "Chain Of Fools".
- J J Barnes...sexy as hell.
- Betty Everett. Love her version of "You're No Good"
- I liked Beauxniqua Pettiway.
- Barbara Acklin - Love Makes A Woman
- Hey, what about Bobby Blue Band. Here's a song I liked, first time hearing it today.
- I grew up on Bobby. My parents loved Soul, R&B, and Jazz (and Classical and Country) but especially Blues. Here is one of my favorite Bobby Blue Bland songs.
Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City
- Z.Z. Hill is another one I grew up on. Although, Bobby and Z.Z. aren't necessarily obsure to Blues lovers.
Z.Z. Hill- Down Home Blues
- And boy oh boy does this one bring me back to my childhood.
Tyrone Davis- Mom's Apple Pie
- Here's another good one.
Dorothy Moore- Misty Blue
You guys are hitting 'em out of the ballpark. Here's Johnny Taylor: Running out of Lies
Personal note: Johnny Taylor called my house by mistake.
When I asked who was calling, he said his name and told me I wouldn't know he was. I told him I did, and he started singing one of his songs to me. Plus, he told me a little history about the mix-up between him and Little Johnny Taylor.
Boy, if I knew Johnny Taylor's history with Sam Cooke, I would have kept him on the phone much longer. .
- The GREAT Bobby Patterson
Here he is with TCB or TYA:
- Joe Tex
Skinny Legs and All
- Marvin Smith - Have More Time
- Wales Wallace - We're Not Happy
- Gwen McCrae - Lead Me On
- Barbara Stephens - Wait A Minute
- Has someone said Erma Franklin (Aretha's sister) yet?
- The Originals - Suspicion
- How about good ol Candi Staton, He Called Me Baby.
- Billy Butler - Found True Love
- The Charmels - As Long As I've Got You
- Deon Jackson - Ooh Baby
- Garnet Mimms - As Long As I Have You
- Darrell Banks - Open The Door To Your Heart
- Mitty Collier - I Had A Talk With My Man
- Do you know Valerie Carr?
- Before she became the Rev. Della Reese of that shitty angels TV show, she was a great singer of the Sarah Vaughn school of singing.
- Royalettes - It's Gonna Take A Miracle
- "Woman to Woman" by Shirley Brown was a # 1 R&B song back in 1974.
- "From His Woman to You" was Barbara Mason's answer to Shirley Brown.
- The Esquires - Get On Up
- Marlena Shaw - California Soul
She also does a great job of Roberta Flack's "I Feel Like Making Love."
- R148: I like Laura Nyro's cover of "Gonna Take a Miracle" even better
- Jan Bradley - Mama Didn't Lie
- Little Milton - Baby I Love You
- I got one.Bobby Caldwell!"What You Won't Do For Love" And I got a big surprise for you all!THAT DUDE IS WHITE!!Whoa!Are you sure nobody did a black house keeper somewhere in his family,or a black singer?Also,Bobby Whitlock of the Righteous Brothers.Looked like a Ken Doll and sang like one of the Stylistics!
- Evie Sands was kind of a one-hit wonder of the Girl Group Era.
I knew a lot of the music of that time but never heard of her until a few years ago.
- For a bit of white soul you can't beat the great Timi Yuro. This doo wop era song was a big hit, but she remains an obscurity.
- Not soul as such, but fits the ethos of 60s girl group obscurities. This dyketastic Italian chanteuse had one hell of a voice on her.
- Ruby Andrews - Casanova (Your Playing Days Are Over)
- We've crossed over into some early 70's artists here, but still no mention of me?
- Well, Anonymous, you get mentioned in practically every thread!
- R149 love that song, it was my favourite on my Stax compilation.
- The Intruders - Together
- Ted Taylor - Somebody's Always Trying
- Oh dear. Another thread about the past. I think there should be a DL ban on discussing any event, music, films, plays, news,or books that were published/filmed/written prior to 1998. Fifteen years back is far enough. The past sucked anyways, why rehash it as wonderful? Move on guys, its a new day.
Hope I Never Get Old
- [quote]Hope I Never Get Old
There's an easy way to achieve that
- "Ask Me" by the immortal Maxine Brown.
- Do the Whispers qualify?
- The Whispers' heyday were the late 70s and 80s, though they did start in the 60s.
By the way, Unsung just did a Whispers biography.
- Patti Drew - Tell Him
- William Bollinger - I Won't Have To Cry No More
- Spencer Wiggins - I'm At The Breaking Point
- Lea Roberts - Laughter In The Rain
- Little Ann - Deep Shadows
- Rita & The Tiaras - Gone With The Wind Is My Love
- Patrice Holloway - Stolen Hours
- Cathy Carlson - Hurts So Bad
- Sadly, Norma Tanega was a caualty of the debris left in the wake of the voracious Springfield's lesbian drama of the time.
- Timi Yuro?
- Charlene-I've Never Been To Me
- One hit wonder Charlene was no 60s soul singer.
- Cissy Houston was truly underrated.
- [quote]Has someone said Erma Franklin (Aretha's sister) yet?
I know, I was going to cause she decimated Janis and her sister here (sort of). But that is kind of an obvious one. Bettye Swann and Candi Staton are the other obvious 2 as they had mega acclaimed high profile reissue compilations.
This is the best thread here cause there are so many songs to discover. I have that "originals that Dusty covered" album and the majority here I still don't know. Brilliant stuff.
- Verdelle Smith - (Alone) In My Room
- Linda Griner - Goodbye Cruel Love
- and later recording as Lyn Roman - Stop! I Don't Need No Sympathy
- Sharon Cash - Let Me Be The One
- Barbara Mason OWNS this thread.
- Mitty Collier - Let Them Talk
- Robert Tanner - Sweet Memories
I think most of Stax Records artists could fall into this category.
The record label lasted only 15yrs.
That was during the 60s and 1/2 of the 70s. I knew as a kid, whenever I saw that label, it was going to be good song.
Hmm... I'm thinking Carla Thomas was probably one of their biggest artists. Still, they produced some good soul songs.
- I like to add that the Soul Children, I'll be the Other Woman as a good fine from Stax.
- Thanks [R157], I was going to post about Evie Sands. I am obsessed with her. Since learning about her, I've tried to find out all I can. It is a very fascinating story how she came this close to being huge, only to see other acts record more successful versions of her songs.
She was a pretty young white girl with a huge voice..and is still making music today. It's worth an hour or so looking at her clips on YouTube.
Here is a good article about her "curse".
- Marv Johnson - I Miss You Baby (How I Miss You)
- Tiny Tim
- James and Bobby Purify - Let Love Come Between Us
- Did anyone watch "In Performance at the White House" this week? The theme was Memphis Soul (Stax). Though we had to put up with Justin Timberlake (ugh!), we also got Mavis Staples, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Sam Moore, Steve Cropper and Booker T. Jones. Hooray! Not to mention some young kid who sings with the best of them.
- The Dells - There Is
- Gloria Jones: Tainted Love...1964.
- Tammi Terrell - All I Do Is Think About You
- Not all STAX artists are obscure or underrated. Both Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes are remembered and appreciated today.
- Tammi Terrell is not obscure or underrated singer.