Soul Gems

We always enjoy sharing some of the gems from our playlist. The easiest way to do this, rather than starting up our own internet radio, is to find what we can on YouTube and post it up here.

I’ve mentioned before that at least some of the inspiration for Big Jones came from our interest in classic soul music, particularly that of the Muscle Shoals, Shreveport, and Memphis scenes, not to mention our hometown Chicago soul and classic Motown. The idea of building a home for this music, with great food and drinks, was very appealing. It makes work a lot more fun to be around great music all day.

I took my first day off today in over two months, and found myself (again) on YouTube, searching out some lost and forgotten gems. We continue to draw a bridge from Chicago to the South here, we’re gonna start off with a Bobby Patterson track, accompanied by a dorky dancer. Bobby Patterson did a lot of work on our beloved Paula Label out of Shreveport (sister label to Ike & Tina’s Jewel,) writing and producing for artists including Fontella Bass and Tommie Young. He also did some totally hot solo singles on Paula. I have every reason to believe the stellar backing band is that of Louis Villery, which also put out a single record in their own right as African Music Machine.

Sorry about the dancer, but I guess there is some charm to it. There wasn’t exactly a trove of Bobby Patterson material from which to choose. Sadly, he remains a relatively obscure figure:

The Chambers Brothers worked out of the LA scene for the most part, but grew up in Mississippi, and their heritage shows in the gritty blues influences on their sound that ranges from down-home gospel to psych rock and soul. Their big hit song “Time has Come Today” from 1968 is still remembered, but long-forgotten and still worthwhile is their soulful cover of the Impressions’ “People Get Ready”

but I can’t put that up without including the Impressions. I can’t think of anything that goes with brunch as well as early Impressions. Not even a Bloody Mary:

and then there’s the song that’ll lift the heart of even the most jaded sourpuss:

So that brings us back up to Chicago. Let’s finish up with a trip over to Detroit for some Edwin Starr, who hailed from Tennessee but made his name under Barry Gordy’s label, and is still most remembered for his hit album “War” with the blistering title track of the same name. The hit song “25 miles” was a darling of Britain’s Northern Soul circuit for years, and a quick listen will prove why: