Saturday, 21 February 2009

Charlie Rich, King of Soul

I'm away working for a few days from tomorrow which means there will be no "Mpharanyana on Monday" this week, so to compensate here is some stuff by one of my other favourite soul singers - Charlie Rich.

Yes that one. Those of you who only know of him through his big hits of the early 1970s might be pleasantly surprised by many of the other things he has done, starting with Sun Records in the 1950s and including a stint with Hi! Records (home of Al Green etc) in the late 1960s, where he recorded the original version of "When something is wrong with my baby".

He could turn his hand to any musical style and always infused it with a lot of soul. As an indicator you only have to look at the number of soul and blues singers who covered his songs - Bobby Womack, Percy Sledge, Little Milton and these next two among many others.

What I have for you today are two Charlie Rich originals, and two cover versions of the same songs.

First up, "I take it on home" - by Charlie and Bobby "Blue" Bland

Next, "Life's little ups and downs" - by Charlie and Latimore

And, finally, here is the great man hamming it up on "Mohair Sam":

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