The history of soul music can be dated back to early pioneers like James Brown, Etta James and the Temptations. Artists that were developing a style during this time were innovators. They didn’t have anyone else to copy. They had to be original and do things for themselves.
Jackie Wilson, for example, was a terrific one man show that had many females swooning. Sam Cooke was also a big pioneer in the world of soul music. Much of this has come full circle because these artists are being remembered through their songs. An Oscar winning movie was even made to depict the life of Ray Charles.Want more? Click here/tag All of this essentially tells music lovers one thing: soul originated in the black community.
There have always been white artists that have been labeled as blue eyed soul musicians. The majority, however, were black men and women. Most of them started in the church environment. This is where they developed their gospel roots. They carried this same soulful feeling into the world of secular music. Praises to God where replaced by longings for women. Joyful noises from the alter were replaced by hole in the wall nightclub songs. This gave birth to soul.You thought this was good? Brace yourself: 443 – Sam Cooke – Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 (Released 1985)