Hello, Vixens!!! Welcome back to the countdown!!!
Vintage Christmas Scene (original source unknown)
If a line was drawn in history as to three biggest voices to put soul music on the map, it would read like this: Sam Cooke, Otis Redding (featured in yesterday’s post) & the singer with today’s song.
Side note: It is not James Brown. While he was without question “The Godfather of Soul”, he was also credited with being one of the inventors of funk music. Hence, he was on a completely different path than the other three singers. In his own league, as the saying goes.
But, as usual, I digress.
Vintage Christmas Card (original source unknown)
Today’s singer carried the torch after Redding’s death, and never put it down. While Motown & Philly Soul were more than respectable outlets for great music, today’s singer cruised past both with the same achingly impassioned vocal delivery that made Redding a legend, but giving it a more polished sound, much like Cooke. The combination was electric. That is how his sound rose above everything else in the 1970’s.
When I saw him in concert, he ran into the audience and I was lucky enough to get a great big bear hug from him. Unfortunately, it took place at a time when cameras were still banned from concerts, so I do not have a picture of the momentous occasion. But I relived it every time I saw him take the roof off of the Ed Sullivan Theater when he made his yearly visit to “The Late Show With David Letterman” (another reason why I miss that brilliant show!!!)
Al Green: Winter Wonderland.
I chose Green’s song specifically for today because on this date in 1964, Sam Cooke died at the age of 33. Through the time machine that is YouTube, I came across this holiday greeting he made in 1963. I am not sure why he recorded it. Perhaps it was done as a radio station promotion or for his record label. All I know is it is a gift, so Christmas came early for me. Listen to it here.
Sam Cooke (original source unknown)
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What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy listening!!!