Feeling Good - Nina Simone
This is my theme song today. I’m going to play it in my head whenever I walk anywhere!
Little Ann - What Should I Do?
Sorry for being MIA folks. Here’s a sweet track by Little Ann from a pretty cool comp.
Dee Dee Warwick “Don’t You Ever Give Up On Me” (Mercury 72738, 1967)
*Dee Dee Double Play*
Lil’ Sis of Soul, Delia Mae “Dee Dee” Warwick would have been 70 years old today. The Huskier voiced little sister of Dionne is one helluva enigma: solo she was always in her elder sisters shadow, right from the start when Dionne was noticed for her higher, more delicate voice by Burt Bacharach during the sessions for “Mexican Divorce” in 1961.
But Dee Dee’s voice in the background would be so prominent, so instrumental to so many other records that she’d move on to her own solo career the same year Dionne made her breakthrough in 1963. Although it was a hit or miss career, there were many highlights along the way, like this towering 1967 pleader that deserved better than obscurity.
Inez Foxx - You Shouldn’t Have Set My Soul On Fire (Dynamo, 1970)
Such an awesome groove during the verses only to be paired with such an uncomfortably anthemic and over-the-top chorus section. Inez kills it though and the arrangement and performance are really impressive.
EDIT: After 5 listens the chorus grew on me.
Basement Jazz (feat. Lisa Kekaula) — Good Luck
I believe I recall shaking my significantly younger ass to this on a crowded dance floor, at 3 in the morning, back in Memphis, ages ago.