Soul Twist

It’s time to make a soul twist. One of the standout tracks is the one by Dee Dee Sharp, ‘What kind of lady’. The echoes in the song really make me shiver! In the early 1960s Dee Dee Sharp (born Dionne LaRue) was a teenage star and sang a duet with Chubby Checker, ‘Slow twisting’. In 1968 Dee Dee recorded 'What kind of lady' for Gamble Records, owned by producer Kenny Gamble whom she had married a year earlier. ‘What kind of lady’ was one of the early Gamble & Huff productions. The song was arranged by Bobby Martin and Tom Bell in some kind of Motown style. The four of them became very successful in the 1970s and created the sophisticated ‘Philly sound’ (Stylistics, O’Jays, Three Degrees, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and many more). When Dee Dee Sharp-Gamble and husband Kenny had marital problems, he wrote ‘You’ll never find a love like mine’ which became a hit for Lou Rawls in 1976. Kenny and Dee Dee officially divorced in 1980. You can see Dee Dee (drying her behind without a towel…) in this video:

Del Shannon and Frankie Valli (from the Four Seasons) seem to be rock & roll singers, but they had hits on the R&B charts as well, because of their incredible falsetto voices. ‘Rag doll’ was first done by the Four Seasons, but Del’s version sounds more passionate. ‘Working my way back to you’ (originally sung by the Four Seasons) became a number one for the (Detroit) Spinners in 1980.


Noisettes – Every Now And Then (2009)
Ernie Bush – Breakaway [A Tom Moulton Mix] (1975)
Oscar Perry – He Sent Me You (1973)
The Tams – What Kind Of Fool (1964)
Dee Dee Sharp – What Kind Of Lady (1968)
Chuck Wood – Seven Days Too Long (1967)
The Miracles – Love Machine (1975)
Terry Johnson – My Springtime (1969)
Barrett Strong – Man Up In The Sky (1975)
Chairmen of the Board – You’ve Got Me Dangling On A String (1970)
Del Shannon – Rag Doll (1965)
The Four Seasons – Working My Way Back To You (1965)
Al Wilson – The Snake (1968)
Johnnie Taylor – Disco Lady (1976)
Detroit Emeralds – Feel The Need In Me (1973)
King Curtis – Soul Twist (1962)
Genie Brown – Can’t Stop Talking (1973)
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes – Satisfaction Guaranteed (1974)
Jeanette White – No Sunshine (1970s)
Candi Staton - I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart (1969)
Solar Source – Now Is The Time (1981)
Benny Golson - I'm Alway Dancin' To The Music [BlackShag Edit] (1978)
The Four Tops – Don’t Bring Back Memories (1969)
Isaac Hayes – Run Fay Run (1974)
Willie Hutch – Theme Of Foxy Brown (1974)
Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs – Stay (1960)



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