soul music comes from blues and gospel. Blues simply speaking stands for
the more lust oriented style of music and gospel for the obvious more
spiritual part. An odd combination maybe but it worked very well indeed.
Soul is exactly what the word means, music from the depth of ones soul,
a music that
speaks to the inner part of peoples mind. Back in time there were different
styles of soulmusic more or less influenced by blues and gospel. In southern
USA existed the southern soul and in the north the Chicago soul, the former
more influenced by gospel than the latter.
During the 50:s and 60:s the music had its big days, with artists like
Aretha Franklin, Sam Cook and Otis Redding (see picture) to name
just a few.
In the late 60:s the music decline, but it didn't go away, it more transformed
and was picked up by other musicstyles that created new combinations.
Soul is still alive, there's no doubt about that, and the style producing
new, fresh soul music on several independent companies, they, in my opinion
hold on better than most other record companies to the "old" soul.
Soul from the late 70:s and early 80:s is what I most of all appreciate,
especially when mixed with funk. The variety of groups is big, Glenn
Jones, Kashif, Evelyn King, The Dramatics, Alexander O´Neal, George Benson,
Mtume, Earth wind and fire, Whispers, Kool and the gang and many many