WELCOME TO SIR SHAMBLING'S DEEP SOUL HEAVEN
Here you’ll find articles – some brief, some less so – on soul music and the artists who made it. Mostly concentrating on deep soul and southern soul recordings from below the Mason - Dixon line in the Golden Age between about 1960 and 1980 when the dreaded synthesisers began to take over. But like all the “rules” of the site, this one was made to be broken, and a lot of other sorts of black music have found their way here as well.
To help you find your way around the site:
Artists - an ever growing index that will lead you to biographies, discographies, label shots and, of course, the music from deep and southern soul artists - famous and not so famous. Sound files you can listen to or download are highlighted by this symbol
Articles - Index of some reviews, articles and ramblings from Sir Shambling and various guest writers. These include small features on what this site is all about, a definition of the music highlighted here, who Sir Shambling is and a "thank you" list of friends without whom this site would not have been possible.
Links - Sir Shambling's favourite websites, record dealers, magazines and other friends of this site.
Contact Sir Shambling - leave your comments positive or not right here.
NEW!! Search - Search for artists, labels or anything or anybody else covered in this website.
NEW!! CD Reviews - a section highlighting CDs both old and new of interest to southern and deep soul fans.
13 April - there are some new releases from those nice popel at the History Of Soul company including a couple that I've been involved in. Firstly there's the self explanatory "Soul From New York Vol 2" and there's also a super collection of 5 Royales tracks entitled "Home Of The Blues And Beyond" which includes all their most soulful tracks from 1960 onwards. I've written the booklets for both of these CDs and als managed to get a few track suggestions onto the contents as well. You can buy these CDs here.
6 April - new artist pages added - Joyce Cobb, James Lynn Marsh, Doctor T & The Soul Pushers Band, Booney Taylor and William Garvin.
23 March - new artist pages added - Iris Harvey, Paul Kirk, Joe Williams Jr, Rene Bailey and Founders.
9 March - new artist pages added - Sandra Wright, Frank Butler, Razel Cleveland, George Hobson and Fabulous Little Joe.
23 February - new artist pages added - Big Jay Bush, Marie Franklin, Ogletree Brothers, Jocelyn and Brenda Southall.
9 February - new artist pages added - Millie Foster, Metros, Screaming Jack Wilks, Charles Knight and Maris Jones & Barney Brown.
26 January - to kick off the New Year I'm delighted to say that Tom de Jong has written a new article entitled "More Caribbean Soul" which includes some rare and high quality tracks from that part of the world. You can find it here. The article is a companion piece to my earlier one on Caribbean Deep Soul which you can find here.
Additionally Bob McGrath has finished his Herculean task of publishing a Soul Discograph with the recent publication of the third and final volume covering the letters N - Z. This part is as essential as the previous books - and you can read my review here.
Happy New Year!