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The Soul Show 9/30/23 on WZUM, WIUP, WESM, Rhode Island Public Radio: Bell Family, Psychedelic Aretha, more

At the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, Poogie Bell handed me a surprise: a basement sessions disc. I already had the following week’s TSS playlisted, so this week we hear the first piece from the album.


I’ve met a lot of people who pride themselves on “complete” music knowledge, but what works for me is realization that I don’t know what I don’t know. It’s not as big as Sagan’s universe, but it’s huge.

Awhile back, I started doing 50th anniversary features on important albums. 1973 was a pretty solid year. Aretha’s “Hey Now Hey” album….I recall having it in my early collection, but it’s long gone. Anyway, I did some reading, and found out that it was an important milestone as a departure from the Jerry Wexler era. In fact, Quincy Jones produced it, and there’s some psychelic vibe.

“Hey Now Hey” will be presented on TSS as soon as a copy arrives from The Exchange. In the meantime, though, I have some interesting footnotes to share early in this week’s show. Tune in.

One Comment

  1. Odessa Bradford Jackson
    Odessa Bradford Jackson September 30, 2023

    Yes.. great music during her transition! Iconic👑🕊

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