Girl Groups & Soul Men - Volumes 1 & 2


In 1958 The Chantels helped define what became known as the classic "Girl Group Sound" when they scored a hit with "Maybe". Groups of young singers teamed up with behind-the-scenes 'Brill Building' songwriters & music producers and created hit singles, often featuring 'wall-of-sound' production values with backing by top studio musicians. In Detroit, the emerging Motown label followed suit with several major girl groups, beginning with The Marvelettes & later with Martha & The Vandellas, and The Supremes. By the early-mid 1960s the girl group sound was so popular that many solo artists such as Leslie Gore were often considered part of the genre. In later eras the girl group template would be applied to disco, contemporary R&B, soul & pop.

Presented here are contemporary girl & soul acts on a 2-DVD set.

LULU - Shout (Ready, Steady, Go); MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS - Heatwave (Ready, Steady, Go); FONTELLA BASS - Rescue Me (Shindig); RONETTES - Be My Baby (Shindig); MARVIN GAYE - Hitchhike (Hollywood A-Go-Go); TEMPTATIONS - My Girl (Shindig); TEMPTATIONS - Cloud Nine (Ed Sullivan); MIGHTY HANNIBAL - Midnight Hour (The Beat); IKE & TINA TURNER - Land Of 1000 Dances (Smothers Brothers); SAM & DAVE - I Thank You (Ed Sullivan); OTIS REDDING - Try A Little Tenderness (Upbeat); OTIS REDDING - Can't Turn You Loose (Upbeat); ARETHA FRANKLIN - Respect (concert); FOUR TOPS - Something About You (Swingin' Time); RUFUS THOMAS - Walking The Dog (Ready, Steady, Go); BILLIE DAVIS - Whatcha Gonna Do (Pop Gear); THE DOLLS - Why (The Beat); SUPREMES - Back In My Arms Again (Mike Douglas Show); JACKIE WILSON - Lonely Teardrops (Ed Sullivan); JACKIE WILSON - That's Why (Ed Sullivan); JACKIE WILSON - Baby Workout (Shindig); ROCKY ROBERTS & THE AIREDALES - The Bird Stomp (Hullabaloo); RONETTES - Shout (TNT Show); BLOSSOMS - I Like It Like That (Shindig); SHANGRI-LAS - Give Him A Great Big Kiss (Shindig); DEE DEE SHARP - Mashed Potato Time (Hollywood A-Go-Go); MYSTERY TWIN GIRLS - So Long Babe (South American TV Clip); TWINKLE - Boy Of My Dreams (UK TV); LESLIE GORE - Judy's Turn To Cry (Shindig); TOYS - Lover's Concerto (Shindig); SUPREMES - Baby Love (Shindig); MARVELETTES - Don't Mess With Bill (Hullabaloo); TEMPTATIONS - Can't Get Next To You (Smothers Brothers); SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES - Tears Of A Clown (Andy Williams Show); FOUR TOPS - Baby I Need Your Loving (Lloyd Thaxton); EDWIN STARR - War (Upbeat); MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS - Nowhere To Run (It's What's Happening Baby); SHANGRI-LAS - Long Live Our Love (Hullabaloo); DIXIE CUPS - ABC (Hollywood A-Go-Go); BOOKER T. & THE MG'S - Green Onions (Hollywood A-Go-Go); BO DIDDLEY - Bo Diddley (TNT Show); JAMES BROWN - You're Outta Sight (Shivaree); IKE & TINA TURNER - Please Please Please / Goodbye So Long (TNT Show); THE CLARA WARD SINGERS - Dry Bones (33 1/3rd Revolutions Per Monkee).

LULU & THE LUVVERS - Shout (UK Swings Again); CONTOURS - Do You Love Me (Hy Lit); TEMPTATIONS - Psychedelic Shack (Ed Sullivan); JULIE DRISCOLL with BRIAN AUGER & THE TRINITY - Come On Up (33 1/3rd Revolutions Per Monkee); Mystery Girl Singer from South American Film Clip; REPARATA & THE DELRONS- Captain Of Your Ship (Beat Club); THE CHIFFONS - Nobody Knows What's Goin' On (In My Mind But Me) (Shindig); SUPREMES - Stop In The Name Of Love (concert); MARVELETTES - Please Mr Postman (Teen Town); TOYS - Lover's Concerto (Hullabaloo); SHANGRI-LAS - Give Him A Great Big Kiss (Shindig); ARETHA FRANKLIN - It's In His Kiss (Shindig); CRYSTALS - Little Boy (American Bandstand); MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS - Dancing In The Streets (Ready, Steady, Go); BO DIDDLEY - Let Me Pass (Hollywood A-Go-Go); JACKIE WILSON - You Better Know It (Go, Johnny, Go); PARIS SISTERS - What Am I To Do (It's Trad Dad); THE RADIANTS - Voice Your Choice (The Beat); ISAAC HAYES & THE MOVEMENT- Walk On By; THE DELLS - Oh What A Night; SPINNERS - I'll Be Around / Working My Way Back To You (Don Kirshner's Rock Concert); JOE TEX - Skinny Legs & All; EDWIN STARR - Twenty Five Miles (Upbeat); BAR-KAYS- Soul Finger (Upbeat); OTIS REDDING - Don't Mess With Cupid (The Beat); ARETHA FRANKLIN - Chain Of Fools (concert); KIM WESTON - Take Me In Your Arms (Swingin' Time); TEMPTATIONS - My Girl (Teen Town); SUPERBS - Baby All The Time (American Bandstand); SHANGRI-LAS - Leader Of The Pack (I've Got A Secret); CRYSTALS - He's A Rebel (Where The Action Is); ANGELS - My Boyfriend's Back (Ed Sullivan); MILLIE SMALL - My Boy Lollipop (Swinging UK); FOUR TOPS - Reach Out I'll Be There (Ed Sullivan); GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS - I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Save The Children Concert); SLY & THE FAMILY STONE - Everyday People / Dance to The Music; TRAMMPS - Shout; SAM & DAVE - Soul Man (promo clip); RODGE MARTIN - They Say (The Beat); SUGAR PIE DeSANTO - Baby What You Want Me To Do; SISTER ROSETTA THARPE - Didn't It Rain (Manchester UK).

Four Tops