Soul music is a kind of music that mixes rhythm and blues, gospel music and white pop music. It started in the 1960s in the United States. Features of Soul Music are call and response, hand claps, body movement and a tense vocal sound.
Ray Charles is said to be inventor of Soul with his song "I Got a Woman". Soul is energetic music with main subjects of lyrics being love, dance and life. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame states that soul is "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying." Recently, singers like Christina Aguilera, Amy Winehouse and Adele are known as Blue Eyed Soul singers. In some variations of soul brass and saxophones are used a lot.
Notable artists[change | change source]
- Ray Charles
- James Brown
- Wilson Picket
- Marvin Gaye
- Smokey Robinson
- Aretha Franklin
- Major Lance
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References[change | change source]
- Winterson, Nickol, Bricheno, Pop Music: The Text Book (Edition Peters) 2003.
- Hear Ray Charles (music and interviews) on the Pop Chronicles (1969).
- Hear James Brown (music and interviews) on the Pop Chronicles (1969).
- Hear Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (music and interviews) on the Pop Chronicles (1969).
- Hear Aretha Franklin (music and interviews) on the Pop Chronicles (1969).
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