As I turn my attention to the upcoming Women of Soul edition of Sugar Town, we celebrate the 73rd birthday of soul chanteuse Barbara Lewis. "S" Words like "silky", "smooth", "sweet", " satin", "sensual," and "sophisticated" have become cliche when describing the vocal stylings of Barbara Lewis, and yet it's hard to get away from that. It also seems hard for some people (even some soul DJs I've talked to) to get away from confusing Barbara Lewis with some of the other Barbaras of the era like Barbara Mason and Barbara Lynn. It's the kind of thing that I find a little bothering. To me, these 3 Barbaras couldn't be more different.
Barbara Lewis had three definitive pop-soul ballad hits in the early 1960s, "Baby I'm Yours", "Hello Stranger," and "Make Me Your Baby". This seductive sound became her signature and she applied it during the symphonic psychedelic soul era with this cover version of "Windmills of Your Mind" from the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair. I'll admit, I'm a sucker for this song in the first place, but when paired with "the Barbara Lewis touch" it truly sends me whirling.
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I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!