Friday, December 31, 2010

Daddy B. Nice

I've been going to Daddy B. Nice's site for awhile now and he is awesome. He knows so much about everything! He features different artists and has written about everyone - I am always learning a lot. He has a concert calendar, top 10 music, a recap of Southern Soul 2010, and just about everything you need to know. You can tell that he does his research and knows his stuff. Check out Daddy B. Nice's Corner at!

Southern Soul Paradise

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A huge Southern Soul Paradise thank you to Soul Blues Report for the great blues news, upcoming concert dates, blues links, videos, and all of the southern soul info they give. I also deeply appreciate the recognition of this blog site - I am humble and forever grateful.

SS Paradise

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Southern Soul At The Club

I listen online to southern soul because I can't hear it like I want where I live. As much as I listen, there's nothing like going to a club or cabaret and hearing it in person. You get a totally different feel for the music. I was out last night and Make Your Body Roll by Lemorris Williams was one of the hottest songs played. I had never heard it before and the song kind of grew on me. I've been trying to find a way to listen to it online and can only find a live version on youtube. This doesn't do a lot for me so I'll let you know when I find a good video or copy of the song.


Friday, December 24, 2010

WBFZ in Selma

While I'm in Alabama, one of the stations I listen to is Z-105 or WBFZ. You can catch southern soul in the mornings (between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. CST) and some time in the afternoon. The majority of time is spent on talk shows, gospel, and rap but they play great southern soul when they play it - definitely worth listening to. Check out I don't know how long they've been online but their streaming isn't all that great just yet - it seems to be on sometimes and off others. I'll assume they're still working on it. One interesting note is that they sometimes have the studio camera turned on so you can catch the dee jays in action.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Legendary Johnnie Taylor

Johnnie Taylor is my all-time favorite southern soul artist. I was forturnate to see him a couple of times and he was a class act. He demanded perfection and his orchestra was amazing. I love his music and I probably have more Johnnie Taylor songs on my iPod than any other artist. His music is timeless and I'm sorry we lost him so soon.

I started out making a list of my favorite top ten JT songs, but ten was too hard to do so I've made it my favorite top 20! They aren't listed in any kind of order but the first five are the ones I adore.
1. Just Because
2. Doing My Own Thing
3. Doggin' Me Around
4. I Believe In You
5. Baby Sittin'
6. Aint That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)
7. Standing In For Jody
8. Try Me Tonight
9. We're Getting Careless With Our Love
10. Body Rock
11. Ease Back Out
12. I've Got To Love Somebody's Baby
13. Love Bones
14. If I Lose Your Love
15. If You Take Your Love Away
16. Too Wise To Be Your Fool
18. I Reach For You
19. Hijackin Love
20. Running Out of Lies
Bonus: Soul Heaven

I could have listed so many more - it was hard to stop. Email me your favorites -!

Have a beautiful and blessed southern soul Christmas!!
Southern Soul Paradise

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Music From The U.K.'s Salford City Radio

A Southern Soul Pardise thank you to Harry and Diana Grundy from Salford City Radio in the U.K.!! They say that if you want to hear some different Christmas records, check out the Right Track Soul Show because they play lots of Christmas records. You can click this link for last week's show

Harry & Diana
The Right Track Soul Show
Salford City Radio 94.4 fm
Sunday nights 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Studio Number: 0161 793 2944 / 2942

I listened to last week's show with a great interview with Tasha Taylor, Johnnie Taylor's daughter. Thanks so much for the info and giving us another site!!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I Ain't Gone Do It!

I love Mel gonna mess around and make me throw my back out.. He's so cool. Have you ever seen him perform? He is fantastic and will turn a show out. If you ever, ever have a chance, go see Mel Waiters; he is worth it.

It's December and 2010 is just about over. Here are my ten songs for the month:
1. Whenever You Come Around - Little Milton
2. Equal Opportunity - Willie Clayton
3. Too Many Women - Denise LaSalle
4. It Ain't That Kind of Party - Karen Wolfe
5. Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett (an oldie but goodie)
6. Johnny Walker Red - Billy Ray Charles - He goes to bed with Johnny Walker Red and wakes up with a Bud Light. He can't hardly work on his job, goes to sleep standing up... Sounds rough to me!
7. Still My Love - Wilson Meadows
8. Doing My Own Thing - Johnnie Taylor - You already know I love him.
9. Tie Me - Carl Sims
10. Check to Check - Omar Cunningham

Keep listening to southern soul, it's paradise!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Southern Soul Christmas Music

I've been looking for some Southern Soul Christmas music and here's a site with a list of CDs: It's on the Soul Blues Music website. Hmm, I don't see Marvin Sease but this is a great list. I'm thinking about making a list of my favorite Southern Soul Christmas songs - help me out and email some suggestions to me - Thanks!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Seventeen Days of Loving

I think I'm a hopeless romantic and I love a good love song. You've got to checkout Carl Sims "Seventeen Days of Loving." It's the kind of song that grows on you and you realize how awesome it really is. Did you know that Carl Sims was a singer for the original Bar-Kays and played in the opening act for Otis Redding? Carl took a commercial flight on the fateful day of that private plane crash that killed Otis Redding and most of the Bar-Kays in 1967. Amazing!
Seventeen Days of Loving is beautiful. It was originally recorded in 1995 and an enhanced version was done in 2001. Carl says:

Sitting in my room
In the shadows of love
I can’t close my eyes, I need your love
I can’t understand it
I don’t know what it is
It’s something about you girl that I wanna feel
I need 17 days of loving you
Girl, I can’t go to sleep
24 hours I love you
Now bring it on home to me

If I have the words wrong, please let me know. This is how my ears hear it and it's how I sing it (very loudly I might add)!
I know you know what to do with it.... Oh man, listen to Carl! Another case of Southern Soul Paradise!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Someone please tell me Thanksgiving's not in a couple of weeks and Christmas is next month! I have so much to do. One thing I have done is come up with my songs for this month. Some are old, some are not so old, but they're all great.

1. I'm Gonna Stand by Your Side - OB Buchana
2. I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
3. Little Bluebird - Little Milton
4. Can't Help But Say - Tyrone Davis
5. If You Can Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair) - Vick Allen
6. Lock My Door - Jeff Floyd
7. Home Wrecker - Denise LaSalle
8. Whipped - Willie Clayton
9. My Lover's Prayer - Otis Redding
10. 17 Days of Love - Carl Sims - This is my favorite song of the month, it is so pretty. I find myself singing it all day - love it!

Enjoy your paradise in the land of southern soul mustic!


I've mentioned Ronnie Lovejoy and the fact that one of my favorite songs of all time is I Think About Her All The Time. I'm trying to track down that song (without paying $55 online for the CD) but I'm also looking for your recommendations for the best Ronnie Lovejoy CD I should get. I love his voice and his music and I'm just sorry he left us so soon. If you have any good ideas, email me at Thanks!!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Something Different

This beautiful love song is popular with the old school crowd in DC and I mainly hear it on the weekend on WPFW and WHUR. It's called I Had A Talk With My Man Last Night and it's by Mitty Collier who was with Chess Records. I love this song! Check it out on youtube:

I had a talk with my man last night
He reassured me everything was still alright
As the night grew light?, my blues got bright
He made me know I was the star of the show
He said he was mine all to myself
And I won’t, and he won’t ever need nobody else
He took me in his arms and turned on my ?alarm
Oh yes he did, yes he did, I had a talk with my man last night

I said I sat down and had a talk
With my man last night
He filled my heart with pure delight
He told me that he needed me
More than words could ever say
And then he went on to prove it in such a sweet, sweet way

He said never again, lonely would you be
And that’s when he asked to marry me
I began to cry he kissed the tears from my weeping eyes
Oh yes he did, yes he did, I had a talk with my man last night

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Online Southern Soul Music - It's Paradise!

One of the most beautiful things about the internet is the ability to listen to southern soul 24/7! You don't have to drive to Alabama or Mississippi to hear it anymore. I want to tell you about several online stations that are definitely worth checking out.
1. SBR Radio - Go to Soul & Blues Report ( and look at their website. They have a ton of info such as Radio Reports from different radio stations all over the south, the top songs that they've reported, SBR Radio where you can listen live, and so much more information.
2. Chicos Radio -
3. WMPR 90.1 FM in Jackson, MS -
4. Moonman Radio out of DC -
5. WKXN out of Montgomery - The music on Saturdays and Sundays is fabulous; the Nic and Nan show on Mondays - Fridays (9 - 2 CST) is pretty good; but the majority of time is spent on the hip hop crowd so I really just listen on the weekend.
6. Try - this is a cool site. You tell it the music you like and they create a station just for you with your style of music - try it.
7. My most favorite southern soul station is It's the station I always go to first.

There's so much southern soul out there so enjoy paradise and try some of these stations. If you know of some radio stations that stream online, send a quick email to and I'll share your info with others. Until next time...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thank You!

I have to take a moment to thank Tom for all the great music he gave me while I was in Camden!!! My life is better because of it! :)

Friday, October 15, 2010


October almost got by me but I made it! How are you? I've been to 'sweet home Alabama' since my last entry and there's nothing like being home with Mom. It was also great being in the land of blues and southern soul. While there, I listened to Selma's 105.3 because they play southern soul in the morning and a little through the day. WKXN has gotten away from the blues and I mainly listen to them just on Saturdays and Sundays. I'll be doing another blog soon to let you know of the tons of southern soul stations you can hear online.

Now to the music - here are my top ten picks for the month:
1. She's My Woman by Marvin Sease...He says that he wants the whole wide world to know she's his woman, she's his baby girl.
2. Bad Love Affair by Marvin Sease...I recently told my sister that Marvin is so much more than Candy Licker and that his music is really good. In this song, he says that the reason he looks like this is because he's trying to get over a bad love affair.
3. If They Can Beat Me Rockin' by Vick Allen...I have been listening to him for awhile now, but his music has hit me hard and I LOVE him.
4. I'm Hooked by Vick Allen...So far, this is my favorite one of his songs. You've got to listen - he's a genius:
She’s got me hooked
Like she done put a root on me
Got me going crazy and I just can’t let her be
She do me wrong but I just can’t shake her, ya’ll
She got me messed up, she got me gone
5. Don't Give Up On Me by Clarence Dobbins...This is a pretty love song.
6. Your Man Is Home Tonight by J. Blackfoot
7. One Man's Loss by Willie Clayton...Everything he touches is awesome.
8. Lover Boy by Johnnie Taylor...I bought this CD because he is the king of southern soul.
9. The End of the Rainbow by McKinley Mitchell...An oldie but goody and man oh man is this good.
10. Let Me Be Your Daddy by Lebrado...I saved the best for last. Have you ever had a song get under your skin and you just have to get up and move every single time you hear it??? Well, this is it for me.
So you got a man but you’re still lonely
Say he doesn’t make you feel much like a woman
But you stay
You don’t need that drama in your life
Let me take you from this tonight
Cause I want to love you
Treat you like the woman that you are, girl you know you are my superstar
This is the chorus:
When you’re sick and tired of being his woman
You can come over and you can get your groove back
Baby, when you’re sick and tired of being his momma
You can come over and I can be your daddy, let me play your daddy

Woohoo!!!! Good music!

When you get a chance, youtube all of these fabulous songs. Until next time, have your own southern soul paradise!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

It's September!

Labor Day is here and it looks as if we're wrapping up another summer. I'm a warm-weather person and I never look forward to the cold. I will enjoy these nice temps as long as I can.

Southern soul music is alive and well and the internet just makes it all so good. I've told you about and, but there are oh so many other stations out there. Go to and you'll find a wealth of information. Different radio stations send in their top songs - take a look at the Radio Reports tabs and see the music playing all over the country. You may even find some links to some websites that play southern soul - it's great.

Here are my top songs for September:
1. Never Coming Home - Betty Padgett
2. You Win Some - David Brinston (I haven't heard this alot but it is good music.)
3. I'm Hooked - Vick Allen
4. Just Got Started Lovin U - Queen Emily (I thought this was Lynne White when I first heard it - good song.)
5. Aint That Loving You - Luther Ingram (You think I love you for just one thing; to you, my love, it maybe the way it seems...aint that loving you for more reasons than one. What an awesome love song.)
6. Careless With Our Love - Johnnie Taylor (I love him!)
7. No Getting Over Me - Willie Clayton
8. Around The World - Latimore
9. Just Because - Johnnie Taylor (I know I included this song last month but I had to list it again.)
10. I'll Understand - The Soul Children (An oldie but goodie!)

Enjoy your September!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

August - Summer's Almost Over

It's August and there's nothing like good music to make the day better. I've probably mentioned this before, but I want to talk about two places where you can check out great southern soul. My all-time favorite internet radio station, primarily on the weekend (unless you can listen from 10 - 3 through the week), is WKXN in Montgomery, Alabama. They also have towers in Greenville and Pine Hill. Go to - they play southern soul all weekend long. Lewis Dee is on the air on the second and fourth Saturdays and is worth listening to. He has a great personality and the music he plays is fantastic. My other station is Southern Soul Radio at I listen to them every night through the week. So, since you're already online, try (WKXN) and and let me know what you think. If you know any other southern soul sites/online stations, let me know.

Ok, now for my top ten.

1. Two-Way Love Affair - David Brinston
2. Think About You All The Time - Ronnie Lovejoy
I've listed this song before but I had to repeat it because I adore
it. It is such a beautiful love song. Think about you from Monday
to Sunday....
3. Just Because - Johnnie Taylor
You know I love JT and this is also a beautiful love song. He says I love you, what else can I do or say?
4. I Like This Place - Carl Simms
5. Let's Go Dancing - Donnie Ray
This, like most of these songs, is several years old but is great.
6. Mr. Bus Driver - J. Blackfoot
7. Fly Right - David Brinston
Now this is the ultimate jam. I need to straighten up and fly right...
Awesome!!!! I love this song.
8. Drown In My Own Tears - Johnnie Taylor
9. Tonight Is The Night - Betty Wright
Betty Wright, JT, and Tyrone are all crossover singers. These
artists were mainstreamed into r&b, but they are definitely southern
10. A&B Conversation - Kennye Wayne
He says I'm going to C my way out of it. He is just so wrong in this
song, so wrong.

Bonus - check out both Johnnie Taylor's and TK Soul's versions of Try Me Tonight. They're both good.

Until next time, stay safe - see you in September!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Hot Fun In The Summertime!

Wow, what happened to June??? I kind of missed that month and I'm sliding into the middle of July. What's up with you? Are you having a great summer? I am! Went on a cruise in June to the Cayman Islands and Cozumel with my son and his family and friends and had a blast. I just spent a great week in Alabama with my mom who successfully went through knee replacement surgery. We had a chance to spend a lot of quality time together and I am so thankful for her (and my sisters) and the time we had. I'm ready to go back!!

Here are my songs for the month. It's always hard for me to choose, but here goes:

1. Ain't Gonna Do It - Mel Waiters - I LOVE this song!
2. Baby Sittin' - Johnnie Taylor - classic, mellow JT
3. Just One Lifetime - J Blackfoot - smooth
4. I Wanna Get Witcha Baby - Wilson Meadows
5. I've Got To Love Somebody's Baby - Johnnie Taylor (because somebody's lovin' mine)
6. Close To You - Tyrone Davis - simply beautiful
7. I'm Going Crazy Over Losing You - Willie Clayton
8. I'm Leaving Your Love Behind - William Bell
9. Did You Put Your Foot In It - OB Buchana - ("I made her scream OB, OB, ooh boy, what 'chu doing to me?") I love this song!
10. Do You Qualify - Marvin Sease

I won't stay away as long next time. Until then, take care and send me an email to let me know your southern soul favorites - I'll spotlight them next month:!

Saturday, May 22, 2010


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Thursday, May 13, 2010

May Day

May Days were a huge thing when I was young. My sisters and I would look forward to going to Anniemanie and participate in the biggest social event of the spring. We walked around so we could be seen and so we could also see everyone. We spent the afternoon watching the baseball games and had so much fun. Life was good. Music was a big part of my life then just as it is now. I have a new list of songs for May and, as usual, it's hard to limit myself to ten songs. But, here are my picks for the month - I love each and everyone one of these songs:

1. Unconditionally - Willie Clayton
2. Swing Out Song - Mel Waiters
3. Slow and Easy - Lynne White
4. Whenever You Come Around - Little Milton
5. Keep Your Head to the Sky - Earth, Wind, & Fire (not exactly blues but a classic)
6. Gettin' What I Want - Peggy Scott Adams
7. Show Me What You Got - Marvin Sease
8. Ice Chest - Mel Waiters
9. I'll Drink Your Bathwater - Ollie Nightingale
10. Smaller the Club - Mel Waiters

Thanks to Val and Tom, this month's bonus song is Wilson Meadows' It Is What It Is. This is a fabulous song that makes you want to dance!!!

Hope you're able to join a May Day somewhere - have fun!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

April Breezes

Are you thankful for another beautiful month? I know I am! I've taken a day off work and I adore being home. I could really do this every day! The one problem I have is that I can listen to music all day long and, as a result, I don't get much done. I listen to the radio but more often than not, I'm on the internet. I've told you before about WKXN, the station out of Montgomery, and I've also mentioned I was online today with Southern Soul Radio and found out that you can watch their broadcast live and you can also chat with the dee jay!!! I don't like admitting this, but I used to be addicted to chatting, mainly on Yahoo. I loved it and used to stay in a room every evening. So today, I had a chance to chat with the dee jay and he played a song that I requested - You're So Freak by David Brinston. That song makes me get up and move every time! :) Thanks Southern Soul Radio for making my day!

Here are my songs for April. I apologize but I have to give you ten this month. I was going to stick to my normal five but then I had so many bonus ones that I decided to group them all together.

1. Did You Put Your Foot In It by O.B. Buchana
There's something about this song that I love.

2. Just One Life Time by J. Blackfoot
This is a mellow song that's really nice.

3. Pack Your Bags by Vick Allen
This has been out for awhile but I like it; the more I hear it, the more it grows on me.

4. Tonight Is The Night by Betty Wright
What can I say? This is a classic!

5. Show Me What You Got by Marvin Sease
Marvin has staying power and puts out good music.

6. Honey Poo by Rue Davis
This song came out years ago but it is one of two songs that got me back into the blues. I call it a classic, too.

7. Oh Honey by the Delegation
This isn't southern soul, but it is an old favorite of mine.

8. What Our Love Needs by King Floyd
Many people I know don't think of Groove-Me-King-Floyd as southern soul, but he is. This song is from the 70s I think and still sounds good.

9. Unchained Melody by Al Green
For all you who know me, you know I'm an Al Green fan. I think this song is at the top of my favorites list...I love it.

10. Trying to Hold On To My Woman by Lamont Dozier
There's a 7-minute version of this on youtube - turn the volume up and listen to it. It's awesome!!!

Now even though I've done ten songs, I have to give you a bonus song anyway. It's Fistful of Tears by Maxwell. Yes, I know, this isn't southern soul but I love Maxwell so I included him!!!

Please take a second and give me your favorite songs. Keep listening to the music and be happy! Let it lift you and take you wherever you need to go.

Till next time...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

March Madness

March is here and spring is just around the corner. Can you feel it? We've managed to make it through the snow and hard-core winter from just a few weeks ago. Life is good.

What are your plans for the spring? Are you cleaning house and maybe even cleaning up your life? I like making "To Do" lists and put down those main things I want to accomplish within a certain time period. For instance, organizing the clothes in my room is at the top of the's always at the top of the list. :) What's at the top of your list???

Here are my five songs for the month of March. It gets harder and harder each month to keep the list to five; I may have to expand it to ten songs one day.

1. Running Out of Lies - Willie Clayton has a really nice version of this song, but I have to tell you, I love Johnnie Taylor's version.

2. Why Me - Reggie P - This is a good finger poppin' song.

3. I Can't Choose - OB Buchana - This isn't a new song but one that I've always liked.

4. Think About You All The Time - Ronnie Lovejoy - This is my ABSOLUTE favorite Ronnie Lovejoy song, I love it. Please find it and listen to it. The man runs into his old girlfriend at the store and she asks him if he ever thinks about her. He says he thinks about her Sunday through Sunday; he thinks about her all the time. I know I'm not doing this song justice so listen for yourself and sit back and enjoy this beautiful love song.

5. Two Different People - J Blackfoot - you know him from the Soul Children. This is a nice ballad.

Bonus Song - I'd Rather Be Blind, Crippled, and Crazy - O.V. Wright - Somewhere pushing up daisies... This is a song from way back in the day but it's timeless.

This second bonus is really a repeat from the January list: You're So Freak by David Brinston. Thank you Val for this!!! For those of you with sensitive ears, tune out the words and enjoy the beat. This is really a fantastic get-up-and-move song.

A special happy birthday this month to my sister Debra, my nephew Jermaine, and my oldest son, Dorian!

Have a great March and I'll see you next time around.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi, I just wanted to take a moment and wish all of you a very happy Valentine's Day!

I have a perfect southern soul song of the day for you. Have you heard "Carried Away" by Tyrone Davis??? Try to put your hands on it or ask your favorite dee jay to play it for you. Tyrone was so in love with this girl that as he was driving home, he got carried away and lost track of where he was. Is that love or what? He said, "...Thinking about the time you were so good to me...before I knew it, I was ten miles out of the 94, said the highway sign..." On one of my driving trips from Alabama to Maryland, I played this song from Montgomery to the other side of Atlanta. My sons were asleep - for awhile - and although they got tired of hearing it, they can sing it to this day!!!

Again, happy Valentine's Day. Stay tuned for my songs of the month - coming in a couple of weeks!!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

February - Is the Winter Over Yet???

Hello My People,

It's February and the DMV (District, MD, and VA) has more than two feet of snow!! I am so thankful that God has allowed me to keep power - thank you!

I wanted to give you my top southern soul songs for the month. Now, this list was pretty hard to make, but here goes:

1. Rock Me - Stan Moslely I bought this CD for this song but I found out that the entire album is good. I love this song and, as my family knows, I can play this song over and over and over again.
2. I Like This Place - Carl Simms This is just a nice, sing-along kind of song.
3. Good Lovin' Will Make You Cry - Carl Marshall
4. Playing With It - OB Buchana
5. Never Coming Home - Betty Padgett I also love this song.

Bonus Songs: There's more than one this time.
A. If I Could Love You Forever - Roy C - This is a classic song that I know all of my sisters know.

B. Careless With Your Love - Johnnie Taylor - You already know I love JT.

C. Nine Pound Steel - Joe Simon - Daddy, I appreciate this song so much and finally know just how good it is - even though we used to hide this record! I think about you every time I hear it.

If you want to listen to some good southern soul, try WKXN The Big Station (in Montgomery) or For a list of music, try

If you get a chance, let me know the music happening where you are.

Take care.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!! Wow, it's 2010, a new decade and the time to make those infamous resolutions. I know you made one - what's yours? If you tell me, I'll tell you mine! :)

Last year was a good year and I'm going to make sure this one will be even better.

I want to start something new and give you my top five blues songs for the month. It's hard to come up with just five so these can change at any time but this is what they are for now:

1. You're So Freak by David Brinston
This song isn't new and it's on the ever elusive Fly Right CD that's out of circulation. But, it has an awesome beat and even if the lyrics are a little risque, I LOVE it! Thanks Val for finding it for me.

2. Round The World by Latimore
This is fairly new and it just reminds you how great Latimore is.

3. If You're Man Enough to Leave by Karen Wolfe
No words are needed - this is a fabulous song!

4. It Is What It Is by Wilson Meadows
I fell in love with him with Still My Love; this is good dancing music.

5. Anything by TK Soul
He is one of my favorite artists and I love all of his music - it was hard to pick out one song.

Bonus Record
Stop Doggin' Me Around by Johnnie Taylor
JT was the greatest blues singer to me and this record is a classic.

Stay tuned for more...