When you think of soul music, names equivalent to Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and the like come up. However, come on, where would soul be with out those girls singers? It remains the number one selling love music of all time. Musicians paid little consideration to the distinction between jazz and rhythm and blues, and often recorded in each genres. And that is with out even looking at artists that didn’t dominate the charts. The thing with funk music again within the 70’s and still in the present day is that no one band or artists was certain to simply that one style of music.
Their resolution: present their darling teenaged kids with a “white” alternative; someone who “sounded” black and carried out “black” music, a la Elvis Presley, whose reputation was soaring...Read More