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GOSPEL, SOUL, and MOTOWN. Chapter 19. Soul. While the stylistic elements of soul weren’t new, their application to rock music was For perhaps the first time, there was a no-compromise presentation of black music for the masses, comparatively free of being watered down.

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Gospel soul and motown

GOSPEL, SOUL, and MOTOWN

Chapter 19


Gospel soul and motown

Soul

  • While the stylistic elements of soul werent new, their application to rock music was

  • For perhaps the first time, there was a no-compromise presentation of black music for the masses, comparatively free of being watered down


Gospel soul and motown

Blues and gospel are the musical parents of soul


Gospel soul and motown

Until the 1960s record labels selling blues or gospel oriented music typically calmed down the driving beat, shouting vocal style and passionate emotion to broaden its market to white teenagers


Gospel soul and motown

Doo-wop, still reflected the influence of smoother vocal styles, like Nat King Cole http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJLMvH92KjQ

Some R&B artists changed their lyric subjects from oppression, poverty and general misery to cars, puppy love and nagging parents

Once in a while an artist would break out of that mold, like Little Richard


Gospel soul and motown

Before the term soul came to be applied to their style, artists like James Brown, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin were pulling out the stops and turning their concerts into revival meetings


Atlantic records

Atlantic Records

  • Was founded by Ahmet Ertegun in 1946

  • Began as a small independent label specializing in R&B and gradually gained success featuring crossovers like the Coasters and Ray Charles

  • In the 1960s the label specialized in the new gospel-based form of black rock called soul and became a major label on par with RCA and Columbia


Gospel

Gospel

  • The term soul reveals the most fundamental aspect of its style; it is the secular offspring of music from the black church

  • Most soul artists learned the style from singing in church

  • The most important development in black church music in the 20th century was the coming of gospel music and its creator, Thomas Dorsey


Thomas dorsey

Thomas Dorsey

  • born in Georgia, 1899

  • Popular vaudeville blues composer, singer and pianist in the 1920s

  • Wrote somewhat suggestive blues songs

  • He was the son of a minister and had never fully left the church

  • In 1929 he devoted the rest of his life to composing and performing religious music


Gospel soul and motown

Thomas Dorsey- Father of Gospel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEosw5GUCzQ

He brought into church performances the same intensity and instrumentation he would have used at a dance hall

Obviously this was met with opposition at first


Gospel soul and motown

Black religious music had long involved shouting vocals and a driving rhythm, but Dorseys music was too close to the sound of blues something the faithful considered to be the devils music

Through the persistence of Dorsey and a number of talented singers, this music, which came to be known as gospel music, caught on


Gospel soul and motown

Dorsey brought the blues style into the church as gospel music soul then brought the gospel style back into the world of rhythm and blues


James brown

James Brown

  • Born in Georgia, 1933

  • Formed the Famous Flames in the 1950s

  • Known many times as the Godfather of Soul and the hardest working man in show business

  • I Feel Good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgDrJ5Z2rKw


Gospel soul and motown

  • As a musician his goal was to give people more than what they came for make them tired, 'cause that's what they came for.

  • His performances were famous for their intensity and length

  • He worked out spectacular but precise dance steps, inspiring many artists to come, most notably Michael Jackson.


Gospel soul and motown

Vocally, James Brown emulated Little Richards coarse shouting/screaming style, inserting grunts and shrieks not only did these add energy, but they served a rhythmic purpose too


Gospel soul and motown

He also modeled his appearance after Little Richard tall hair and a flashy wardrobe including shiny suits and skintight pants

As a bandleader, he was extremely demanding discipline, perfection and precision

If band members werent wearing the exact costumes, arrived to a rehearsal or performance late or even played wrong notes they were fined


Gospel soul and motown

A notable part of James Browns live show was the cape routine. Toward the end of the show Brown would collapse onstage, with the MC tending to him and draping a cape over his shoulders. Just before leaving the stage he would run back out and finish the song.


Please please please

Please, Please, Please

  • Released his first hit in 1956 Please, Please, Please (Cape Routine/ Please Please Please) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n62J9-WP1A

  • Very close to a typical doo-wop song with piano triplets, smooth background vocals and a passionate lead vocal


Think

Think

  • In 1960 he released Think it showed a distinct style change; the horn section acted like background vocalists and the drum beat was more crisp and driving http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgPj7GoBfHE

  • His style was further set in stone when he won a legal battle with his record label to gain complete artistic control over his career


Gospel soul and motown

Right after this he released Papas Got a Brand New Bag http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6Ore48uq-4 and I Feel Good his first two top 10 hits

As the 1960s progressed, Brown continued to release music that would eventually influence the development of funk music in the 1970s


Gospel soul and motown

At the end of the 1960s he released Cold Sweat, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni5ELUVM2eI which some consider to be the first true funk record it was also the first of his songs to feature a drum break and a mainly single chord harmony

With in the next two years he released a number of singles that would influence not only funk, but hip hop and various styles of electronic dance music


Gospel soul and motown

Funky Drummer is notable for arguably being one of the most sampled recordings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoQ4AtsFWVM

Give It Up or Turn it a Loose became a popular hip hop/breakdance song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTJEu7Tngaw

Brown continued to record through the 80s 90s and early 2000s as well as appearing in a number of movies and TV shows


Gospel soul and motown

Although his singles didnt experience quite the same attention they once did, his influence is undeniable

Songs that sample James Brown http://www.whosampled.com/artist/James%20Brown/

He died Christmas day, 2006


Ray charles

Ray Charles

  • Born 1930 in Georgia

  • At age 6 he lost his sight due to glaucoma

  • He was trained in music at a school for the deaf and blind in Florida

  • Began as a traveling musician at the age of 15, eventually settling in Seattle, WA

  • His early influences were artists like Nat King Cole, and his early music reflected that

  • I Got A Woman (live with intro) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81cyUwnM71U


Gospel soul and motown

He moved to Atlantic Records in 1952, an independent label specializing in soul music

In 1953 he released Mess Around, written by Ahmet Ertegun, president of Atlantic Records this song led to a string of hit singles until 1959 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3T8dJk8LjE

As he was developing his sound, he began to incorporate female background singers, dubbed the Raelettes


Gospel soul and motown

In 1959 he crossed over to top 40 radio with Whatd I Say a song that was improvised at a concert when the planned performance ended early http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzkLs7ymZqU

Because the song was over 6 minutes long (too long for AM radio) it was split into two parts


Gospel soul and motown

Shortly after this Ray Charles left Atlantic to sign with ABC Records for a much more lucrative deal higher royalties, complete artistic control and ownership of his master tapes

He released a number of #1 singles on his first record at ABC helping his transition to pop music


Gospel soul and motown

For the rest of the 1960s and into the 1970s, his releases were hit or miss

Over the course of the next few decades, he appeared in various films (The Blues Brothers), TV shows and commercials, increasing his recognition among young audiences


Gospel soul and motown

In 2004, Ray was released a biographical movie about Charles starring Jamie Foxx

Foxx won an academy award for the role and the movie continued to increase a younger generation's awareness of Ray Charles career https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LakGqZmF-Gg

Ray Charles died a few months before the movie was released due to liver cancer, but had been deeply involved in the production of the film


Stax records

STAX RECORDS

  • By the 1960s Memphis had been home to popular blues and rockabilly artists

  • As the fifties came to an end though, many blues singers had moved to Chicago, and Elvis had moved to Nashville


Gospel soul and motown

Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton renamed their studio in 1961 eventually Atlantic became the exclusive distributor of music recorded there

Their first hits were instrumental soon after, Otis Redding http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCmUhYSr-e4 and Isaac Hayes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqR4CZj0mJQ began writing hits for the small record label

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAbYOt2_T5s

The studio left its original formula to compete with the slick sound of Motown but ultimately failed and went bankrupt


Aretha franklin

Aretha Franklin

  • Born Memphis Tennessee 1942

  • Her father was a Baptist minister her childhood was spent hearing gospel music

  • In the late fifties she decided to cross over into pop music

  • Her first record label tried to make her into a female Nat King Cole crooner, something neither the white easy listening audience nor the black R&B audience was interested in


Gospel soul and motown

When her contract expired in 1967 Atlantic grabbed her, using their experience with soul and gospel to bring out the best of her voice they encouraged her to sing in a shouting gospel style and gave her control over her songs and arrangements

First female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Respect http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o1Bg7yBxQo


Isaac hayes

Isaac Hayes

  • Born 1942 Died 2008 Tennessee

  • Worked with people like Otis Redding

  • Known for his really deep voice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqR4CZj0mJQ Walk on By

  • Inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2002

  • Played a character in the show South Park - ??


Gospel soul and motown

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLaglAD4iG0 Chef South Park songs

  • Resigned from South Park for religious reasons.


Motown records

Motown Records

  • Founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in Detroit, Michigan

  • It was known for its ability to produce hit after hit, similar to an assembly line

  • Among the writing staff was the team H-D-H (Eddie and Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier) responsible for 28 top 20 hits in 4 years


Gospel soul and motown

Their formulas success was undeniable and has been used ever since

Lyrics in the verse were disposable, but the chorus contained the hook line, the songs title and was written in such a way that it stuck in the listeners head


Gospel soul and motown

By exerting control over every step of the production process, Berry Gordy created a distinguishable Motown sound

A song was passed around between artists until the right one was found to sing it

The artists were well-groomed and poised, even when doing their distinctive dance steps

Lyrics were inoffensive and romantic, the beat was danceable and the recording length stayed well within AM time constraints


Gospel soul and motown

The music had a wholesomeness and elegance unlike the aggression of Stax artists or James Brown, but was more successful among white audiences

Eventually some artists grew fed up with Berry Gordys control and renegotiated their contracts, leading to very unique sounds coming from Motown


Gospel soul and motown

Motowns distinct sound was further helped by The Funk Brothers a group of studio musicians that appeared on many of Motowns hits Gordy knew they had formed a unique and valuable sound and guarded them viciously they were forbidden to appear on recordings outside Motown together or perform live together, even locally in Detroit under the threat of being fired


Artists on motown records

Artists on Motown Records

  • Stevie WonderThe Temptations

  • The Jackson 598 Degrees

  • Marvin GayeBoyz II Men

  • The SupremesLionel Richie


Stevie wonder

Stevie Wonder

  • Born in Detroit

  • Auditioned for Berry Gordy at 10 years old he was impressed by his multi-instrumentalist talent and singing ability and was marketed as a young Ray Charles (although he was blind from birth)


Gospel soul and motown

As he gained success at Motown he eventually renegotiated his contract for higher royalties and more creative control

His later recordings show this through greater experimentation, specifically with the use of synthesizers and blending together a number of musical styles

Superstitious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ul7X5js1vE


Jackson 5

Jackson 5

  • Originally a trio of the three older brothers, the full lineup became Jackie, Tito, Germaine, Marlon and Michael in 1964

  • The group was managed (and pushed to work very hard) by their father

  • Once signed with Motown the group fell victim to Berry Gordys control, going so far as to creating a fake discovery story Michaels age was changed from 11 to 9 to make him appear cuter


Gospel soul and motown

Although the group played instruments onstage and were writing and producing song in their home studio, Motown didnt allow them to record their own compositions or play their own instruments in the studio

A massive marketing campaign was launched with the group starring in TV specials and cartoons


Gospel soul and motown

The group went on to influence the boy band genre, as well as bringing dances such as the robot into the mainstream

I Want You Back http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Q80mk7bxE

Michael Jackson Dont Stop Til You Get Enough http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bwjT8wLenE


Marvin gaye

Marvin Gaye

  • Whats Goin On http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f39Zs0gB87c


Homework

Homework

  • List five songs (other than those listed here) for the following people

Stevie WonderThe Temptations

The Jackson 598 Degrees

Marvin GayeBoyz II Men

The SupremesLionel Richie


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