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Do You Like Soul Music?

Here are the details of the Summer Of Soul Season of programmes on BBC Radio 2:

Aretha Franklin (August 1st & 2nd @ 10pm)A two-part tribute to the woman whose brilliant talent has helped to define and shape soul music, produced and presented by Paul Sexton. Contributors include Elton John, George Michael, Dionne Warwick, Ben E. King, Rumer, who named a song after her on the platinum-selling ‘Seasons Of My Soul’ album, and present-day R&B stars who’ve been massively influenced by Aretha such as Jennifer Hudson, who took part in the tribute to her at the 2011 Grammys.

Berry Gordy: King Of Motown (August 8th @ 10pm)Marshall Chess tells the story of Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records.

Super Bad, Super Cool (August 9th @ 10pm)Pam Grier, star of Coffy and Foxy Brown, takes us back to the cinema of the 1970s – when a type of film emerged that featured all-black casts, really cool soul, R’n’B and jazzy soundtracks, and characters sporting big guns, big afros and even bigger platform shoes, shooting their way across our screens. Shaft, Superfly, Trouble Man, Black Caesar, Cleopatra Jones, and The Mack to name a few!

The Muscle Shoals Story (August 10th @ 10pm)Craig Charles presents the story of the Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the birthplace of successive generations of classic American Soul & Country music. Characterised by its seamless blend of R’n’B, soul and country, the Muscle Shoals studio sound developed by Rick Hall was dependant on a roster of studio musicians, dubbed the Muscle Shoals Horns & the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, who worked with everyone from Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett through to The Rolling Stones & The Osmonds.

The Story of Donny Hathaway (August 15th @ 10pm)Roberts Flack tells the story of Grammy award-winning American musician Donny Hathaway, who was one of the leading lights in soul music during the 1970’s. He released four successful albums including duets with Roberta Flack, supported Aretha Franklin on tour, and his cover of Leon Russell’s ‘A Song For You’ and his song ‘Some Day We’ll All Be Free’ has become a soul standard. Yet his personal life was blighted by mental illness leading to his untimely death aged 33 in New York.

The Curtis Mayfield Story (August 16th & 17th @ 10pm)Lenny Kravitz, a life–long fan of Curtis Mayfield’s music, presents these programmes which pay tribute to his life and celebrate his musical achievements. Classic hits like People Get Ready, Superfly, We Got to Have Peace, and Move on Up – all written and performed by Curtis Mayfield. His contribution to soul music remains immense: he recorded some of the finest soul vocal group music of the 1960s; as a solo artist he helped pioneer funk, and most importantly introduced hard-hitting urban commentary into his music, leading the way for Marvin Gaye to record What’s Going On, and Stevie Wonder to record Innervisions.

Marvin Gaye: 40 years of What’s Goin On (August 22nd @ 10pm)Smokey Robinson profiles Marvin Gaye to commemorate 40 years of the release of the seminal album ‘What’s Going On’, which featured themes of global warming and war which continue to be resonant today. In June 1970 Marvin began working on his eleventh studio album, ‘What’s Going On’, a concept album written from the point of view of a Vietnam War veteran returning to the country he had been fighting for, only to find nothing but hatred and injustice. The album is recognised as some of his best work, and in 2003 the album was ranked at #6 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time list.

Craig Charles’ Soul All-Nighter (August 27th-August 28th 6pm-6am)Craig kicks off his Soul All-Nighter which will include music choices from Wigan Casino founder Russ Winstanley and UK soul radio pioneer Greg Edwards, and Fight Club: 60s vs. 70s.
At 7pm, listeners can switch to BBC 6 Music to hear Craig continue his Soul All-Nighter, presenting his weekly Funk And Soul Show, before returning to Radio 2 at 10pm thru to 6am!

Tony Blackburn and Trevor Nelson (August 29th @ 4pm)Following a happy pairing on 2 Day, soulmates Tony Blackburn and Trevor Nelson present two hours of the very best soul music with tracks from the classic labels including Atlantic, Chess, Motown, Philadelphia and Stax.

Suzi Quatro In Search Of Otis Redding (August 29th @ 8pm)Suzi Quatro takes a personal journey in the footsteps of her musical idol, Otis Redding.
She visits Macon, Memphis & Nashville talking to family, friends and colleagues along the way. Contributors include Otis’ daughter Karla; his first manager Alan Walden; musicians Steve Cropper and Wayne Jackson; and Stax alumni Al Bell and Deanie Parker.

Mavis Staples Meets Ricky Ross (August 29th @ 10pm)Ricky Ross, frontman of Deacon Blue in conversation with Mavis Staples. A member of The Staple Singers and a successful and influential artist in her own right, Mavis is one of the most recognised gospel and soul singers of all time. Last year Mavis released her twelfth studio album ‘You Are Not Alone’ to very favourable reviews and saw her win her first Grammy Award, for Best Americana Album.

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