Arthur Conely Sweet Soul Music

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Arthur Conely Sweet Soul Music

Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music

Sounds of Soul

The song was written in 1967  by Otis Redding and Arthur Conley, based on Sam Cooke’s song “Yeah Man” from his posthumous 1965 album Shake. And, oh yes, the opening riff is from the score by Elmer Bernstein to the 1960 movie The Magnificent Seven. “Sweet Soul Music” is a tribute to the soul music of its time. It refers to “Going to a Go-Go” by The Miracles; “Love is  a Hurtin’ Thing” by Lou Rawls; “Hold On, I’m Comin'” by Sam and Dave; “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett; and “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa” by Otis Redding. And let’s not forget to mention the mention of James Brown as “the king of them all.”

“Sweet Soul Music” rose to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the U.S. Billboard R&B chart. It went to #7 in the U.K. There was a bit of a lawsuit from Sam Cooke’s business partner J.W. Alexander. The outcome was that Cooke’s name was added to the writer credits — and Redding agreed to record some songs for Kags Music, which was a Cooke-Alexander company. So goes the music biz…

Arthur Conley was from McIntosh County, Georgia. He was gay and he believed that this hindered greater success for him in the U.S. Conley eventually moved to  Europe, relocating to England, Belgium, and then The Netherlands. He changed his name to Lee Roberts, which was a combination of his middle name and his mother’s maiden name. He had success performing as Lee Roberts and the Sweaters.

Here are the lyrics to “Sweet Soul Music” by Arthur Conley:

Do you like good music
That sweet soul music
Just as long as it’s swingin’
Oh yeah, oh yeah

We are here on the floor now
We’re going to a go go
Dancin’ to the music
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on Lou Rawls, y’all
Ah don’t he look tall, y’all
Singin’ love’s a hurtin’ thing, y’all
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on Sam and Dave y’all
Ah don’t they look great though y’all
Singin’ hold on I’m comin’
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on Wilson Pickett now
That wicked picket Pickett
Singin’ Mustang Sally
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on Otis Redding now
Singing fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa
Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Spotlight on James Brown, y’all
He’s the king of them all, y’all
He’s the king of them all, y’all
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Do you like good music
That sweet soul music
Just as long as it’s swingin’
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Check Out The Groove Pad for More 1960s Music

The Pass the Paisley Groove Pad is a resting stop, a place to chill out and listen to the featured song on the stereo. If the mood strikes you, click on the juke box to access and listen to the 50+ free online songs there. The TV has several channels, with selections updated twice a week. Every now and then, Pass the Paisley hosts an all-request of 1960s and 1970s songs for a Be-In at the juke box in the Groove Pad. Keep on truckin’. Hope you enjoyed “Sweet Soul Music” by Arthur Conley.

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