SOUL RADIO Classics
Only classic soul (1950s-1970s) occasionally venturing into the 1980s.
SOUL RADIO Classics is timeless and commercial-free.
Soul music was born out of the innovations of a post-war generation of musicians. For in the late 1950s, they transformed African-American sacred music (gospel) in the United States.
In the early 1960s, musical leadership first passed from blacks (rhythm’n’blues) to whites (rock’n’roll) and then back to blacks (soul). Rock’n’roll had stolen the body (sound) of rhythm’n’blues and soul music stole the soul (spirit) of rock’n’roll. The consequence of rock was soul.
The public perceived Soul as the sound of party music because it was catchy and “sweet”. Therefore it revolutionized the charts. Old-fashioned pop ballads, written by extraordinary songwriters such as Ron Miller and Bryan Wells, who together made unforgettable hits. Including “A Place In the Sun” sung in 1966 by Stevie Wonder when America, and especially Detroit, was experiencing a lot of racial unrest.
Then in 1959, Berry Gordy founded Motown Records known as Tamla-Motown outside the US, and his records became a sub-genre of soul music adored by young Americans, the “Motown sound“.
The soul music of the 1960s and 1970s (the kind you hear on SOUL RADIO Classic Soul) gave rise to many other genres, including funk and hip-hop, which came to be grouped under the genre “R&B”.
There are many reasons to listen to us in the USA. Above all, to relive the hits and rarities of the following artists. Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Terry Callier. Etta James, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Solomon Burke, Sly & The Family Stone, Donny Hathaway, Jackie Wilson, The Temptations. Gladys Knight & The Pips, Ann Peebles, Four Tops, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Smokey Robinson, Bobby Womack, Margie Joseph. The Isley Brothers, The Marvelettes, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The O’Jays, Bill Withers, O.V. Wright, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Minnie Riperton e James Carr. These are just a few of the 350 on the air.