Holiday Soul With Elwood and Jake

Though success in anything gives birth to many parents, Chicago makes the strongest claim as the “Home of Soul Music.” Its artistic roots and commercialization began here. Described succinctly, Soul formed in the merger of Chicago’s Gospel and Blues traditions.

The Father of Gospel Music, Thomas A. Dorsey, as music director Pilgrim Baptist Church, he wrote more songs sung in Black churches than any other composer. Chicago’s cultural climate allowed him to tread a fine line between the devil’s music (Blues) and the old Negro spirituals from the 1930s onwards. His arsenal of songs proved rich material for a hungry era of Gospel singers feeding Chicago’s numerous Black churches that drew 1st and 2nd generation Mississippi Delta vocal talent. From those resources strong Gospel choirs populated the churches. The largest churches had trained music directors, who could not find work elsewhere.

Wyatt and Jonah check out the place as Elwood and Jake guard the Blues mobile

On the devilish side, Chicago sold Blues records in the 1930/40s, which allowed many record companies to develop mass-market production and distribution expertise. By the 1950s, Chicago was headquarters for the nation’s largest jukebox manufacturers. It developed the largest collection of Blues record companies.

Though Ray Charles pioneered Soul Music when he released the hit I’ve Got a Woman in 1955, his ongoing musical tastes were too diverse to drive the genre. Gospel-inspired Flames lead James Brown recorded the Soul Music hit Please, Please, Please in 1956, but failed to follow up with anything significant.

Elwood and Jake get served but Jonah and Wyatt

Though success in anything gives birth to many parents, Chicago makes the strongest claim as the “Home of Soul Music.” Its artistic roots and commercialization began here. Described succinctly, Soul formed in the merger of Chicago’s Gospel and Blues traditions. From those resources strong Gospel choirs populated the churches. The largest churches had trained music directors, who could not find work elsewhere.

Though Ray Charles pioneered Soul Music when he released the hit I’ve Got a Woman in 1955, his ongoing musical tastes were too diverse to drive the genre. Gospel-inspired Flames lead James Brown recorded the Soul Music hit Please, Please, Please in 1956, but failed to follow up with anything significant.

Jake and Elwood wait for their chicken as Jonah and Wyatt keep a look out for cats.

Of the three major hotbeds for soul music during the 1960s, Motown had the hits and Memphis had the grit. Unfortunately, Chicago’s fertile soul community is often left off the map — and if it’s recognized at all. The Chicago Soul scene obviously fostered a variety of production styles — including “The Monkey Time” by Major Lance, “Get on Up” by the Esquires, “People Get Ready” by the Impressions, and “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson — featured a sound based on laid-back yet effervescent soul, with sweet vocals and a stinging horn section. Often in tandem with Mayfield, Pate’s productions for ABC-Paramount and Davis’ productions (first for OKeh and later for Brunswick and his own label, Dakar) created a parade of definitive hits for Chicago’s best soul singers: the Impressions, Major Lance, Jackie Wilson, Gene Chandler, Jerry Butler, the Chi-Lites, Barbara Acklin, and Tyrone Davis. the collapse of many independent labels proved a tragic blow to the fortunes of many fine soul singers. SOURE: Soul Of America; All Music

Jake: “Me and the Lord, we have an understandable.” Elwood: “We are on a mission from God.“

“Don’t Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.” ― Bob Marley

“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”― Edgar Allan Poe

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” — Aristotle

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