Friday, March 28, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - Song for Aretha

Here is a nice mostly instrumental piece from the most recorded drummer in history. Mr. Bernard "Pretty" Purdie has played with Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Hall & Oats, Donny Hathaway, BB King, Isaac Hayes, and a host of other very famous musicians. Here he is with a "Song For Aretha" and it's the grooviest, funkiest, Gospel inspired groove I've heard.

Exactly how many times have Bernard "Pretty" Purdie been recorded well he has laid the beat down on over 3,000 albums! He's one of my favorite drummers and it's just a plus that this song is a tribute to my favorite singer Aretha.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: Ashanti - Sweet Thang

Ashanti is no Chaka Khan but she did a good cover of the legendary song "Sweet Thang".  Ashanti is out promoting her newest album "Braveheart" which in stores now.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: "Today I Sing The Blues" - Celebrating Aretha's Birthday

Aretha Franklin at her 72nd Birthday Celebration
For me everyday is an Aretha Franklin day.  She is sure enough the Queen of Soul and may she forever reign.  Aretha celebrated her 72nd birthday and she’s being slaying singers since the tender age of 14 when she recorded her first album in her father’s church in Detroit.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: Billy Ray Cyrus feat. Dionne Warwick - "Hope Is Just Ahead"

If someone would have asked me when Billy Ray Cyrus would be featured on the morning cup of soul, I would have laughed at them and said never. Looks like never is actually today. Here is a beautiful song written by Billy Ray Cyrus which features Pop and Soul legend Dionne Warwick. "Hope Is Just Ahead"

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: Aretha Franklin - U Can't See Me

"U Can't See Me" is from the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin's last album "Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love" [2011].  I love this because you find Aretha scatting over a nice modern beat. It's modern with a touch of class. Showing that Aretha can handle all music forms rather it's straight Soul like her classics or modern like "A Rose Is Still A Rose" here she reminds you of her Jazz background.

Frankly Aretha has no competition when it comes to music. I'm not sure if there has ever been a more versatile artist.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Battle of The Best: Alicia Keys VS. Brenda Holloway - Every Little Bit Hurts

It's new school versus old school today for the battle of the best. Brenda Holloway was the first to record this song and make a hit out of it too. It's story that said Brenda hated this song and didn't want to record it and actually cried because she thought it was a bad song. Well, all I know is this was a big hit for her and you can't tell on the recording that she didn't want to sing it.  I regard Brenda Holloway as one of Motown Records lost treasures. She was one of their best female singers along with Gladys Knight, and Kim Weston.

Alicia Keys did this song on her MTV Unplugged album in 2006 roughly 42 years after it's first release. She did a hell of a job with it too.

Personally I'm going with Brenda Holloway. Motown just knew how to craft a song around an artists voice. Alicia Keys did a great job and I give her extra credit because hers is live but come on Alicia just can't stack up against this legend.

Morning Cup of Soul: Elle Varner - Rover featuring Wale

The only website that will give you Aretha Franklin one morning and Elle Varner featuring Wale the next morning. I'm really like this new one "Rover" from Elle Varner but then again I really like Elle Varner. She's giving us a bit more sexy in this song.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: Aretha Franklin - Never Let Me Go

Here is the Queen of Soul with "Never Let Me Go". This is from the album "Aretha Arrives" which was released in 1967. This was during a period where Aretha was just churning out hits but surprisingly only one single was released from this album and that was the million selling "Baby, I Love You".

I think after the single this is my favorite song from the album. It's a really nice ballad from the Queen.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Morning Cup of Soul: Aretha Franklin - That's Life

Let me say that nobody sings "That's Life" like Frank Sinatra but Frank just doesn't have the Soul that Aretha has! The Queen of Soul can sing anything and anybody's hit and make it her own. She's the Queen! Great lyrics!