Thursday, October 2, 2014

40 Year Itch : Soul Sisters Esther and Shirley

  The same year Roberta Flack took songwriter Gene McDaniels's "Feel Like Makin' Love" to #1. Esther Phillips gave his "Disposable Society" ("They've thrown away sincerity, the keystone of integrity") a jazzy workout on Performance, an album critic Robert Christgau gave a B+. Highlights include a cover of Dr John's "Such a Night".

   In November, Shirley Brown's "Woman to Woman",  would shoot up the charts to #1 for two straight weeks on the R and B charts on its way to selling a million copies. The last big hit for Stax Records, the tune begins with 90 seconds of Brown speaking on the phone,  explaining to a woman named Barbara that the man Barbara loves belongs to the woman who pays for his clothes and his car, namely, Shirley.

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