Monday, February 18, 2019

David Ruffin -- "Don't You Go Home"

Here's another one by "my" David Ruffin. He was such a great singer, and I can imagine that, had he only lived long enough, his voice would have aged like some full bodied red wine.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

WRAG RADIO Raggedy -- Don't Want You On My Mind ... and so on

Track List

Don’t Want You On My Mind … and so on


Don’t Want You On My Mind — Bill Withers
Your Touch — David Sea
Stop, Look, And Listen — Soul Generation
Waiting For The Last Goodbye — The Ebonys
It Could Never Happen To Me —The Originals
Turn Out The Nightlight — Tavares
Too Little Too Long — Lamont Dozier
We Can’t Get Enough — Bingo
Outside Woman — Bloodstone
I Just Love You — Belita Woods


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Melba Moore live -- "Lean On Me"

Melba Moore is one of the best live performers I can think of. Not only has she that wonderful voice but she also has the grace and charm and looks that make both listening and watching her a pleasure. Ready for some major goose-bumps?

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Triumphs -- "Bring It On Home To Me"

Don't you just love this take on the Sam Cooke classic? I, for my part, felll in love with it the very first time I heard it. It's far from Sam's typically refined, perfectionist style, but that's what makes this version so appealing to me.

If you're looking for more such rare treats, please visit Ben The Balladeer's Youtube channel.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ali Ollie Woodson -- "Heaven Chose You To Be My Valentine"

And -- here's to another Valentines' Day! This year's choice is Ali Ollie Woodson, a singer with a powerful, soulful voice that has yet to meet its match.

Happy Valentine's, baby!

I would also like to say "Thanks" to all the people who make life and living better, more meaningful, and pleasant. Y'all have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

Sing Ali! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Al Wilson -- "I've Got A Feeling We'll Be Seeing Each Other Again"

Al Wilson is best known for his 1974 hit "Show And Tell" which was actually first recorded by Johnny Mathis in 1973. I must say, compared to Al's take on the song, Johnny's sounds lame and bloodless ...

Now, here's today's pick, as announced in the headline, by Al Wilson. Although I wouldn't call the song exceptional, it bears that typical Al Wilson mark. That is all it takes to make it fun to listen to and has me hum it all day long.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Independents -- "Leaving Me"

Darned, I cannot believe this song has been released in 1973! Best thing, though, I am still feeling the same when I hear it in 2019. The older I get, the more I believe that most of the changes in a person are external. Inside, we stay mostly the same ...

Monday, February 11, 2019

Al Green -- "God Blessed Our Love"

Here's a man who is able to put soul in every note he sings. I think God blessed us all with such a singer. Al Green sure turned some of the dreariest hours of my life into bright, enjoyable moments. He's earned some heartfelt thank yous for it.

I even turn to his music for therapy sometimes. Who doesn't know those days when this crazy old world just makes you want to give up and drop the towel? Of course, as a grown-up, you have to have an "acceptable" reason to just weep away. That's exactly when l play Al Green's "For The Good Times." I cannot think of a sadder song in the world. It never fails to put me in the "sigh, cry, and move on" mode.

Today's song, however, is dedicated to those good days in life when I feel blessed.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Greg Perry __ "Will She Meet The Train In The Rain"

This is a gem! The song is on his 1975 One For The Road album -- a great album.

Greg Perry was a songwriter, producer, as well as an impressive singer. He began his career as a musician in his teens at Chess Records where he worked with Billy Davis, who amongst others, was producer for The Dells. 

Greg Perry joined Holland-Dozier-Holland (Invictus, Hot Wax Records) after he had decided not to sign a deal with Motown. Together with General Johnson and Angelo Bond, he produced several hits that were fashioned after the typical Holland-Dozier-Holland sound. 

He released two solo albums, One For The Road (1975) and Smoking' (1977)

Saturday, February 9, 2019

WRAG RadioRaggedy -- In My Opinion, Music's Never Been Better ...


Alfreda Brockinton -- I’ll Wait For You 
Blue Magic -- Talking To Myself 
The Four Tops -- Turn On The Light Of Your Love 
The Trammps -- If You Don’t Know Me By Now 
The Vandals -- In My Opinion 
The Temprees -- Dedicated To The One I Love 
Homer Banks -- Up To My Neck In Love 
John Edwards -- Ain’t That Good Enough 
Blue Magic -- Looking For A Friend 
Jimmy “Soul” Clark -- If I Only Knew Then  
George Jackson -- Love Without A Future 
True Movement -- What A Lovely Way To Meet 

My two favorites from this set are “In My Opinion” and The Trammps’ version of “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.” 

The latter one, I love because of its freshness despite the somewhat tinny instrumentation. Jimmy Ellis kind of brought some zesty ZING to the table with his unmistakable tenor. In other words: I just love the sound of the Trammps. Compared to the best known versions by Teddy Pendergrass and Simply Red, this one has an aura of defiance; Jimmy Ellis seems to signal that he can do it quite as well as the others — despite the shortcomings of a rather cheap production. Hat’s off to Jimmy Ellis!

“In My Opinion,” just touched me inside. Damon Harris’s sweet falsetto reminds me of — don’t laugh — Tiramisu. It’s creamy all around, dusted with rich chocolate on top and has a good portion of espresso taste inside. Damon’s voice, I dare say, seemed to have had more richness and fullness than most of the other Temptations’ falsettos. In this 1969 recording, Damon was only 19. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Trammps -- "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart" L.O.V.E

To be honest, this song is one of my all-time  favorites. Each time I hear it, I can feel that "zinnnnnng" in my heart, just as it felt way back in the day when music touched every fiber of the body. Just so so good -- and the right song to ring in the weekend.

From the unforgettable, incomparable 70's: a priceless jewel. "A rhapsody divine," indeed ...


Just to prove that a good melody and timeless lyrics never go out of style, here is one of the early versions of the song by the Coasters. From doo-wop to disco without losing its appeal: "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart." 

Lover's Rock Friday

 LOL!!!! How funny is this.
This post was scheduled for Friday ... but an apparent malfunction posted it on Monday. So, consider this one a gift from yours old Raggedy: Friday on Monday. Wouldn’t that be fantastic? Friday, Saturday, Sunday — and Friday again. Yayyyyy!

Friday! Time to throw that tie into the next best corner or leave those high heels where you took them off -- two steps into the hall way. Now all that's missing is an ice-cold drink and some Reggae music. 


Moonlight Groover -- Winston Wright 

Teenager In Love -- Bob Marley & The Wailers, 1965 
All My Loving -- Prince Buster & All Stars 
What Does It Take -- Alton Ellis 
Spanish Lace -- Byron Lee & Dragonaires 
My Precious Love -- Desmond Dekker & The Aces, 1969, heartbreakingly beautiful.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Two additions on the MUST SEES page!

The Temptations -- "Heavenly"

Once a Tempts fan, always a Tempts fan. At least that's true for me. It never takes me long to play one of their songs.  "Heavenly" was another master piece composed by the great Norman Whitfiled and arranged by Paul Riser. The guys were perfectionists through and through. Motown's finest ...

Richard Street singing lead here. The sweet falsetto belongs to Damon Harris. Sadly, both are no longer with us.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Blue Magic -- "Talking To Myself"

I wonder if there's anyone who doesn't like the Blue Magic sound. It is kind of magic indeed. So relaxing and dreamy and romantic. "Talking To Myself" is from their 1974 album The Magic of the Blue.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Harold Melvin & The Blue Noters -- "Reaching for the World"

Todays pick is the title track from the 1976 Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes album Reaching For The World. I really do like this track.

Monday, February 4, 2019

From My Desktop


0:15 I'll Stop Loving You -- The Service Men
2:35 What A Way To Love -- Billy Paul
6:49 Hold On To Love -- William DeVaughn
11:40 Make Me Twice The Man -- The Notations

Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Dramatics -- "Things Are Changing"

From the 1975 album Drama V.  There's definitely some truth in that song ...

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Originals & The Andantes -- "Baby, I'm For Real"

Unfortunately, there is not much info on this clip, but it is so very beautiful to listen to and watch.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I actually came across it when I was searching for a version of the song I've heard the other day. I didn't think that this said version was by the Originals ... But, alas, I couldn't find out much.
Maybe some of you experts out there know more. If you do, just let me know, please.

Jimmy Jackson -- "Footsteps (In The Shadows)"

Jimmy Jackson, the singing cop, is still on my playlists with songs like "Rolling Dice," or "Without You." Read more about him here on my blog.
I love the intensity in his songs.
Today's track is heavily influenced by The Four Tops sound -- and I dare say, Levi Stubbs would wholeheartedly approve of Jimmy's approach to this song.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Buddy and Stacy -- "Angel"

Ouch ... what happened to the week? Thursday already?

Here's a song I just love for the good vibes it creates. I keep humming it all day long, once I've heard it.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Philadelphia Society -- "100 South of Broadway"

I couldn't find any info on this group. Nevertheless, I love the typical TSOP energy the record emanates.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Dynamics -- "Somewhere"

Before they became known as the Dramatics, Rob Davis, Ron Banks, Larry Reed, Robert Ellington, Larry "Squirrel" Demps, and Elbert Wilkens called themselves The Dynamics. From their time as The Dynamics is today's title.
Not too bad, in my opinion.

Monday, January 21, 2019

The O'Jays -- "Love Train"

This is my idea about Martin Luther King day. Celebrate love and what we as humans have in common.

Let's join that train again -- as we did in the 70's.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

WRAG Radio Raggedy -- The Harder You Love

Playlist: The Harder You Love 1/19/2019

The Spinners – Head Over Heels
J.J. Barnes – The Harder You Love
Sandra Wright – We’re Gonna Make It
Bill Brandon – Hands Full Of Nothing
Fred Towles – Too Much Monkey Business
Eddie Houston – That’s How Much I Love You
Lou Bond –That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should  Be
David Porter – This Song Has No Name
Ella Washigton – We Paid The Price
The Dells – Till I See You Again
Tyrone Davis – Undying Love
Betty Harris – What A Sad Feeling

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Albert King -- "Heart Fixing Business"

Just listening to Albert King playing fixes a lot of aches and pains ...

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Just in case ...

... you haven’t listened to Soultaker’s Treasure Chest podcast yet, here’s the link to his last one from November 2018.

Soultaker’s Treasure Chest November 2018

Have fun!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Otis Clay -- "Is It Over"

Otis Clay's unforgettable voice always makes me say to myself: "This is  S.O.U.L."

Monday, January 14, 2019

John Lee Hooker -- "Rainy Day"

The sun is shining even when it rains -- the clouds just hide it.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

James Brown — “There Was A Time”

James Brown, in my opinion, deserves a medal — heck, a few medals even — for his achievements. He is an American icon; no one comes close to his creativity and talent. Also, through his music, he achieved more than any fancy-name organization ever did to bringing us together by emphasizing what connects us as men and women: the wish to be happy and unburdened for a few hours.

I wish I could come back, let’s say in a100 years, and I bet James Brown’s music will be considered classical. It’s being played in many movies, for instance, to portray the spirit of the sixties.

Hard to believe he’s been dead for 12 years now.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Percy Sledge -- "My Special Prayer"

I never saw this video of my first soul-love Percy Sledge before. I was speechless. Percy in a sexy orange outfit ... Dang! His voice, way, way back opened my heart to a totally new world of music. I will always love him for it.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Clarence Murray -- "One More Chance" and "Dancing To The Beat"

I found this one one Sir Shambling's. Ever so often, I get a hankering for some good old Deep Soul piece and then I visit his wonderful site.
According to Sir Shambling, Clarence Murray sang with the Dixie Jubliers, The Glorious Kings and the Swanee Quintet" before going solo. I love his voice  and thought I should share this gem with you all.

When I heard "Dancing To The Beat," I was wondering why Clarence Murray never was as successful as he definitely deserved to be. Listen yourself!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Teddy Pendergrass -- This Gift Of Life

Listen carefully! Teddy knew what he was singing about ... Don't take all the good things in your life for granted. Things can change in just minutes -- and your life will never be the same again. So, first of all, take good care of yourself. And, second, take good care of the things and people who bring you joy and happiness. That said, I wish each and everyone a wonderful 2019!

Friday, December 21, 2018

It's Christmas Time Again!

It wouldn't be x-mas without my favorite Temptations song playing ...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A Candle for Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942 - August 16, 2018)

I am sure Aretha rests in sweet heavenly peace. She brought, through her voice, so much joy, consolation, elation, thoughtfulness in many a life. 
 Her music was part of my youth, and I will always love to remember both with all my heart. 

Rest in Peace !

Monday, May 7, 2018

Radio Raggedy Special Edition: Birthday Wishes Across the Big Pond ..

Songs from a great time my sister and I spent together dancing and being just young and happy!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter To Everyone

This is a very special Easter for me. My prayers, and those of my friends and family, have been answered.

Now, I hope and wish that others will be as lucky as I was. To all those waiting for relief from one problem or another, Desmond Dekker's advice is right on point.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Eddie Floyd — “Girl I Love You”

I was listening to some Youtube clips while preparing dinner, and I just got all happy when I came across Eddie Floyd’s “Girl I Love You.” That song just made me turn up the volume — I mean turn it   Uppppp!
The horn section, the easy guitar, the pleasant vocals ... what else do you need in a song?

Raggedy is quite happy!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

A Candle For Dennis Edwards

Another sad day. Sad enough, actually, for me to interrupt my “retirement” from blogging. Dennis Edwards is dead. Dennis Edwards, the Temptations’ lead singer with the most powerful voice, has passed.

There are so many well known songs he sang with and without the Tempts — and sang fantastically — but one of my all time favorites by him is from his solo album “Don’t Look Any Further.” Unfortunately, the instrumentation is, to be honest, pathetic. But Dennis’ voice makes up for all the shortcomings of a cheap production.

So, here’s my favorite Dennis Edwards song to say good-bye to one great singer whose voice brought so much joy to so many of us.

Thanks, Dennis! Rest in peace.