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January 3, 2021: Daddy B. Nice's...

Top 25 Southern Soul Songs of 2020

1. "Cheatin' With The DeeJay"------Mr. David

2. "Staying In Love Ain't Easy"------Wendell B

3. "Funky Forty"------Arthur Young

4. "Won't Disapprove"-----Tucka, Marcus Fisher

5. "Pour Me A Drank"-----Narvel Echols

6. "Mind Playing Tricks On Me"------Jeter Jones

7. "I Don't Understand"------Sir Charles Jones

8. "Get'cha Head Right"------Wendell B

9. "Nukie Pie"-----Carolyn Staten, Jennifer Watts, Unkle Phunk

10. "Love Train (Black Locomotive)"-----Avail Hollywood

11. "Is It Ova?"-----Hisyde, Avail Hollywood, Beat Flippa

12. "Nose Wide Open"------Benito (Teddy Bear), Lady Q, Beat Flippa

13. "I Put It On Him"------Dee Dee Simon

14. "Nose Wide Open"-------Magic One

15. "Rock With You"------R.T. Taylor

16. "That's Life"------T.K. Soul

17. "Last Few Dollars"------David J, Tony Tatum

18. "Goin' Out"------Lokey Kountry

19. "Can Somebody Take Me?"-----Tyree Neal, Omar Cunningham

20. "I'll Be Down In A Minute"------J'Cenae, Wendell B

21. "One Freak To Another"------Sheba Potts-Wright

22. "I Got That Good Good"------Kinnie Ken, Sojo

23. "Memphis Blues Brothers"-----John Cummings

24. "Da Fire"-----Dee Dee Simon

25. "Touch Me"------J-Wonn

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January 1, 2021:

JANUARY TOP TEN "SPILLOVER": Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in January 2021.

1. "Excuse Me"---Pokey Bear
2. "Southern Soul Woman"---Cadillac Man
3. "When You Work It"---P2K feat. T.K. Soul
4. "A Little Freaky"---Big Yayo
5. "Southern Soul Man"---Mr. Nelson feat. Sonya B
6. "Bout To Go Stepping"---T.K. Soul
7. "Work That"---Tha Party King
8. "That Bomb Love"---J. Red The Nephew
9. "Torn Between The Two"---Lady Q
10. "Different From The Rest"---King Fred

11. "Cake"---Big Yayo
12. "Outside Woman"---Shell-B
13. "Back That Country Thang On Me"---Ice Buck feat. Nellie "Tiger" Travis
14. "Stir It Like Coffee"---Mz. Connie feat. Nelson Curry
15. "It's Gone Cost You (DJ Idol NOLA Remix)"---Miss Portia
16. "You Can't Have My Man"---The Lady Songbird Jinda
17. "Southern Soul New Year"---Nelson Curry
18. "90 Weight"---Mr. Fredlo
19. "My Rocking Chair"---Tip The Singer
20. "My Weakness"---Baby Drew, Sir Charles Jones, Nina Stacks

21. "Two Can Play That Game"---Stephanie McDee
22. "Turn Back The Hands Of Time/Turning Point Medley"---Isaac Lindsay
23. "Step On"---Big Fred
24. "I Don't Care"---Ka'Vettie Smoke
25. "Real Deal (DJ Jazzy Pete Remix)"---Captain Jack Watson
26. "If They Only Knew"---Rosalyn Candy
27. "Shouldn't Have To Tell You"---Miss Portia
28. "Rockin' With You"---J-Fitz
29. "Full Time Love"---Zelda
30. "Facebook Beef"---Lady Trucker

31. "Tha Mz Connie Cha"---Mz. Connie
32. "If You Wanna Party"---Stan Butler
33. "Send Me That Cash App"---The Jay Morris Group
34. "It Don't Take All Night"---O.C. Soul
35. "Joystick"---Ann Devae
36. "Love On Loan"---Stephanie Pickett
38. "Love For Sale"---Lou Battle
39. "Mood Swings"---Gwen Yvette
40. "Dance"---Lady Soul

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December 26, 2020: Daddy B Nice's "Year In Review"

2020: The Year In Southern Soul

One thing's for sure. No one will soon forget 2020.

The Covid 19 pandemic hit southern soul artists where it hurt. Live concerts, their major source of income, all but disappeared in the spring and summer, even as outdoor gigs inched back towards normal in the fourth quarter. Filling the vacuum was recording on a scale never seen before in southern soul. Hundreds of new artists migrated to the genre from mainstream R&B and hiphop, while hundreds of veterans recorded albums and singles. Representing the former (not to mention the low cost of living in the South) was Arthur Young's popular debut single and EP "Funky Forty," while veteran Wendell B's hit-laden REAL TALK dominated the solo LP's for much of the year with songs like "Beautiful," "Get'cha Head Right," "Staying In Love Ain't Easy," "Still Learning Bout Love" and "Cadillac Willie".

May, not April, was the "cruelest" month. Little Richard entered Soul Heaven May 9th, followed by Betty ("Clean Up Woman") Wright on May 10th.

Gerald Robinson, aka Larome Powers, followed on June 17th in Dallas. As a songwriter in the Johnnie Taylor/producer Don Davis constellation, Robinson penned over one hundred BMI-registered songs, including Jesse James' classic "I Can Do Bad By Myself". As a vocalist, Larome Powers recorded notable singles "Shake and Shimmy" and "Knocking" for Malaco-affiliated Waldoxy Records. He was 67.

Singer Bobby Jonz (aka Bobby Jones), who recorded everything from southern soul to country music, passed away July 21st in Las Vegas from complications brought on by the Covid-19 virus. He was 84. A powerfully robust vocalist, Jonz was a member of a stratum of singers one could best call interpreters. In recent years he had fronted a blues band that played the casinos.

Finally, Roy C. (aka Roy Hammond), the godfather of Carolinas' southern soul and an inspiration to artists as diverse as Hardway Connection, Big G and the Carolina beach music circuit, died in his home in Allendale, South Carolina on September 16th. Roy C's solo career roughly approximated the span of Johnnie Taylor and Bobby "Blue" Bland, but with one glaring difference. His extensive and widely-admired catalog of recordings never made it beyond the Carolinas to the greater chitlin' circuit, much less a national audience.

While Little Richard acquired great fame and fortune and Betty Wright achieved a short-lived celebrity, the trio of Jonz, Powers and Hammond were the quintessential toilers through southern soul's darkest, most obscure period---the chitlin' circuit circa the late eighties, nineties and early aughts---sustaining the culture that would become 21st-century southern soul. And what a scene it had become in 2020.

In the early days of rock and roll, the Lovin' Spoonful asked, "Do you believe in the magic of rock and roll?" The artists were so infatuated with rock and roll (already a decade in the making) they reveled in its distinctiveness. And it was like that for southern soul in 2020. Southern soul came in for much love, and the "haters" were sent scurrying back into their cubbyholes. Everybody, it seemed, was recording songs in and about "southern soul".

"Ain't no woman/Like a southern soul woman," sang Cadillac Man in "Southern Soul Woman".

"I'm a southern soul girl/I need a southern soul man," sang Sonya B to Mr. Nelson in "Southern Soul Man".

"We're stepping out to the southern soul," T.K. Soul sang in "Bout To Go Stepping".

"I represent southern soul all day/And until the day I die," King Fred sang in "Different From The Rest".

Mr. David may have said it best in "Cheatin' With The DJ".

"I took my woman to the hole in the wall,
To listen to some soul and blues,
Because hiphop is cool every once in awhile,
But southern soul is what we choose.

That old deejay was spinning
And people were dancing,
And no one sat down in a chair.
They played Sir Charles Jones,
Then they played T.K. Soul,
Put on some Tucka and Big Pokey Bear."

And like any other genre riding the headwinds of wider popularity, southern soul added a new meme to its celebrated list: "my sidepiece," "sugar shack," "twerk," "hole in the wall," "rocking the boat," "stand up in it," etc. The new term was "Nose Wide Open." (Imagine a bull's flaring nostrils). It meant to be totally "smitten" by a loved one. The new meme figured in not one but two popular singles in 2020.

In the Slack-produced song, Magic One sang, "You got my nose wide open/I think you know it/You can have anything you want from me/I can't control it."

And in the Beat Flippa-produced song, Benito sang, "You got my nose wide open/I never felt like this before/You got my nose wide open/I can't take this shit no more."

To which Lady Q responded: "Now you say/That I got your nose wide open/But you got mine wide open too/And you know we can work this thing out/Don't throw it away."

Both heralded Louisiana producers were extremely busy in 2020, Slack with well-received albums by Jeter Jones and a bevy of aspiring new singers, Beat Flippa with Pokey Bear and Flippa's own twenty-seven-track (count'em) compilation, P.O.T.Y (Producer Of The Year), a strong contender for album-of-the-year honors. Producers Ron G, John Ward and Unkle Phunk (with a new sampler announcing his bid for recognition) were also in the mix.

The "Black Lives Matter" movement coursed through the southern soul community as the debate over historic racial inequities raged across America. Dozens of singles on the topic overwhelmed radio and internet deejays. Charles Evers, the brother of civil rights martyr Medgar Evers and the "godfather" of Deep South, southern-soul, radio-station owners, passed away, but WMPR Jackson, Mississippi soldiered on under the guidance of his daughter Wanda, playing southern soul music on a daily basis. Meanwhile, CD Baby, the eponymous indie music seller (and southern soul artists' longtime go-to choice for distribution) closed its doors.

Jeter Jones continued his torrid recording pace, publishing no less than two full-length albums and too many collaborative singles to list, one of the best ("Flashlight") with the aforementioned young gun Arthur Young. The DBN 5-star-rated MUFASSA collection boasted a superb, southern soul remake of a rap single, "Mind Playing Tricks On Me". And one of the biggest and most pleasant of the surprises of 2020 was Jeter Jones teaming up with Sir Charles Jones (no relation) on the album THE JONES BOYZ: 2 KINGS.

On the CD Sir Charles was represented with the third recorded version of "Moonshine," formerly called "Soul Brothers Moonshine" on P2K DaDiddy's WELCOME TO THE BOOM BOOM ROOM and Jeter Jones' MUFASSA albums, making it the "King's" most high-profile release of the last three years. Jones also released a purely romantic solo album called INTIMACY and a strong new ballad, "I Don't Understand".

Other artists recording two albums in 2020 were T.K. Soul (one new, one retrospective) and LaMorris Williams. Onetime musical partners Big Yayo (mentor) and J-Wonn (student) continued going their separate ways, each growing in professional stature. Tucka impressed with a tuneful new single, "Won't Disapprove," while Avail Hollywood published a powerful new album and guested on Hisyde's #1 single "Is It Ova?," from the Beat Flippa POTY sampler. Lil' Jimmie was featured on the same compilation with a single called "No Drawers On". The only problem was the "drawers" being mis-spelled as "Drawls" in the track credits, meaning no slow-and-lazy, country-western speech.

Just as the pandemic was first hitting America's shores. Pokey Bear held court at the most grandiose birthday extravaganza ever seen in southern soul. His new album CROWN ME arrived later in the year, and a new single, "Excuse Me," was slated for a DBN #1 Single spot to begin the new year. Most importantly, Daddy B. Nice made official what everyone knew in their hearts was right in proclaiming Pokey the #1 recording artist in southern soul on his new Top 100: The New Generation.

Bigg Robb released a new album and connected with Wendell B on a powerful collaboration called "Take It Off". Longtime veteran Lenny Williams reappeared with a new single, as did old pro Willie Clayton with "Love Don't Hurt Me". Bobby Rush was featured on the soundtrack of a neo-black-exploitation flick, THE DOLOMITE KID. Terry Wright and Vick Allen got together on a Wright-style ballad of regret, "It's Over," and Omar Cunningham told fans to "Call Me Daddy". Shirley Brown, Latimore, William Bell and Steve Perry of "Booty Roll" fame were among the artists conspicuously AWOL.

John Cummings' "Memphis Blues Brothers" catalogued the musicians populating the Memphis scene. Johnnie Taylor-sired TJ Hooker Taylor put out his most definitive album to date. Narvel Echols recorded the brand-defining album of his career, headlined by a scorching blues, "Pour Me A Drank". Ronnie Bell finally got "Shipping Cost" on an album, and Johnny James and Stan Butler were unlikely but ever-present purveyors of new material.

Southern Soul's trio of leading ladies---Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Ms. Jody and Karen Wolfe---released no new albums and only a few singles in 2020, but veteran Vickie Baker dropped a new single and Sheba Potts-Wright returned with a 5-star-rated album. Up-and-coming divas including Crystal Parker, Carolyn Staten, Adrena, Dee Dee Simon, Ms. Portia and Rosalyn Candy worked hard to narrow the gap between the "pack" and the "peak". Meanwhile, Lady Q, Shell-B, Annie Washington, Lady Trucker and Tasha Mac held down the "big woman" niche.

Near the end of the year, the ladies of southern soul (inspired by Dee Dee Simon) came through for the holidays with The Queens For Life Virtual Christmas, featuring Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Karen Wolfe Bass, Dee Dee Simon, Lady Q, Queen of Soul, Crystal Thomas, Jesi Terrell, Krishunda Echols, Zelda Tomas, Tiffany “Ms Tip” The Singer and Mz Pat. And last but not least, the late Denise LaSalle (2019) was commemorated in a new autobiography, ALWAYS THE QUEEN, co-written by David Whiteis and published by the University of Illinois Press.

--Daddy B. Nice

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December 1, 2020:

DECEMBER TOP TEN "SPILLOVER": Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in December 2020.

1. "Is It Ova?"---Beat Flippa feat. Hisyde & Avail Hollywood
2. "Nose Wide Open"---Beat Flippa feat. Benito & Lady Q
3. "Sunshine"---Ms. Kida
4. "Teach My Son"---Ricky Wayne feat. Luziana Wil
5. "We Steppin'"---Beat Flippa feat. Derrick (Son of Jody) Salter
6. "Stay Here Forever"---LaMorris Williams
7. "We Doin' Alright"---Beat Flippa feat. Wilson Meadows
8. "Sho' Wasn't Me"---Isaac Lindsay
9. "Thick N Juicy"---Chris Ivy
10. "Strong Country Man"---Westdawn feat. R&B Pooh

11. "No Drawls On"---Lil' Jimmie
12. "Bout To Go Stepping"---T.K. Soul
13. "Take It To The Disco"---Tucka
14. "I'm Free"---Uncle Wayne
15. "Mind Made Up"---Beat Flippa feat. Magic One
16. "Put It On Replay"---T.K. Soul
17. " Money"---Johnny Rawls
18. "Childish Games"---Highway Heavy feat Robert Butler
19. "Dance To The Beat"---Evette Busby & Leroy Allen
20. "Sippin' And Trippin'"---T.K. Soul

21. "On My Way To Memphis"---Omar Cunningham
22. "Let's Go Dancing"---Choppa Law
23. "Baby Your Love Is So Good"---Urban Ladder Society
24. "Drop Drop Drop"---Mr. Sam feat. Joe Nice
25. "Change"---J.R. Blu
26. "If Loving You Is Wrong"---Chuck Roberson
27. "Other Man"---Coup Deville
28. "How To Treat My Man"---Angel Faye Russell
29. "I'm Tired"---Beat Flippa feat. Veronica Ra'elle
30. "All We Need"---Lenny Williams

31. "She Walk That Walk"---Unkle Phunk feat. Jeter Jones
32. "Love Don't Hurt Me"---Willie Clayton
33. "This One's For You"---El' Willie
34. "Get On That Drink"---Uncle Wayne
35. "Joystick"---Ann Devae
36. "Love Is The Answer"---Omar Cunningham
38. "Hooked"---LaMorris Williams
39. "99 Problems"---Magic One feat. Fat Daddy
40. "Ol' School Love"---Beat Flippa feat. Napoleon Demp

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November 28, 2020:

The Only Christmas Song Your Daddy B. Nice Needs To Hear!

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November 18, 2020: Frank "Scrap Iron" Robinson Passes, Wendell B & A Southern Soul Thanksgiving...

News & Notes

“2020 may be the year you want to put behind you,” I write this month in my 5-star review of Wendell B’s Real Talk, “but before you evacuate, pack a little Wendell B along with your pets, precious papers and memories.” Yes, the end of this weird and grim year will soon be upon us. (If only we could say the same for the pandemic.) And as I write this for deadline, the news is finally in. The presidency has changed hands from Trump to Biden. Only think how much worse 2020 would have been if we hadn’t been blessed with a steady stream of new southern soul singles to transport us beyond the sad scenes unfolding daily around us. Thanks to the hundreds of southern soul recording artists and producers who gave us the tunes that kept us smiling. Thanks for buoying our spirits. Thanks for the musical balm for our masked loneliness.

And by the way, Wendell will be appearing Thanksgiving night (Thursday, November 26, 2020) in Columbus, Mississippi. See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar.

Frank "Scrap Iron" Robinson, born in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1951, died on Friday, November 6th, at the age of 69. Robinson was the longtime road manager for the late southern soul star Little Milton, with whom he spent three decades, dressed "to the nines," touring the chitlin' circuit. Robinson resided in Memphis. Visitation will be held 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Friday, November 20, 2020, at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, 12 South Parkway West in Memphis (901-948-7755). Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, November 21, at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 1098 South Wellington St., Memphis, Tennessee.

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November 1, 2020:

NOVEMBER TOP TEN "SPILLOVER": Top 40 Southern Soul Singles

An expanded list of the songs vying for "Top Ten Singles" in November 2020.

1. "Won't Disapprove"---Tucka
2. "Check Now"---Wendell B
3. "Flashlight"---Jeter Jones feat. Arthur Young
4. "Good Thang (Remix)"---Johnny James feat. Adrena, Lady Q, Miss Portia, Summer Wolfe & Mz. Hollywood
5. "Let That Hurt Go"---Avail Hollywood
6. "Another Weekend"---Dr. Dee
7. "Get It"---Big Yayo
8. "Keep On Rockin'"---Big G
9. "Ready For Love (Remix)"---Evette Busby
10. "Wipe Me Down"---Pa Rooze

11. "Closet Freak"---Miss Portia feat. Ice Doll
12. "Can We Just Talk"---Wendell B
13. "The Book Of Isaiah"---Johnny James
14. "I Love My Blues"---Gerod Rayburn
15. "Nosy Neighbors"---J.T. Watkins
16. "Wanna Party"---James Redd
17. "Be Your Friend"---Calvin Richardson
18. "Torn Between The Two"---Lady Q
19. "Turkey Walk"---Stan Butler
20. "Step Out"---Terrence Davis

21. "Blues Chose Me"---Adrena
22. "I'm Free"---Uncle Wayne
23. "If You Let Me"---C-Wright feat. D-Rich
24. "Southern Soul Garden"---Jeter Jones feat RnB Pooh, Volton Wright, JD
25. "Sometimes"---E.Z. Patterson
26. "For The Gram"---B Streezy feat. Juvenile
27. "Grind On Me"---Lamar Brace
28. "The Other Side Of This"---Angie Cleveland
29. "I Need To Know"---Shunte
30. "She Said I'm Tired"---Willie White

31. "Let Me Put That Thang In It"---Chuck Roberson
32. "Soul Stroke"---Uncle Wayne
33. "Flex"---Cupid
34. "Back In The Days"---Rico C feat. Jeter Jones, Big Mucci
35. "If You Wanna Party"---Stan Butler
36. "Action"---Sweet Nay feat. Roi "Chip" Anthony
37. "Shake"---Uncle Wayne
38. "Dixie"---Raymond Dickerson
39. "A Beautiful Dream"---Randy Hall
40. "Sho' Wasn't Me"---Isaac Lindsay

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News & Notes

Last weekend your Daddy B Nice uploaded new, upcoming southern soul concerts. It was as if someone (God?) snapped his fingers and… Presto! No Covid-stress. Ordinarily one of the most popular pages, the Concert Calendar has been less visited lately. And yet, while many of the concert-event sites around the country shut down, Southern Soul's Concert Calendar kept on going. Just keeping track of cancellations and updating postponements was a chore. And while most of the big, multi-act, southern soul events have moved to 2021, a batch of new multi-act concerts---almost all outdoors, almost all requiring masks and social distancing---has arrived to fill the vacuum. So take care and rejoice, southern soul lovers. Live music is back.

Here’s a cautionary note, though. Outdoor venues, inherently safer than inside venues, are bound to dwindle and disappear as winter approaches. That the Concert Calendar lists no upcoming events for December or January reflects the uncertainty still looming over the club scene. On Sunday, to my surprise, I again spent most of the day transcribing concerts, among them the first gig in December! Most of these live shows are taking place in Mississippi---a few in Alabama. The other hotbed of southern soul music---Louisiana---is conspicuously lacking live music, either due to the hurricanes, Covid-19, or both.

Jeter Jones, the "King of Trail Ride Blues," told me he's been getting through the pandemic in better shape than a lot of recording artists. A major segment of his fan constituency is the trail-ride circuit, and that has kept him relatively busy.

Avail Hollywood asked your Daddy B. Nice to give a shout-out to all his fans. His Apple/iTunes sales and streaming passed the 3 million all-time plays mark this month. The most recent songs bringing in the bulk of the plays: "Twenty-five And Up," "Sinking In Quicksand" and "Don't Rush".

Chuck Roberson released---if that's the right word---a new album, "Let Me Put That Thang In It" before the pandemic hit, assuring your Daddy B. Nice he'd get it on CD Baby. Then CD Baby closed its doors, and the record still can't be found on the platforms of any of the major music retailers, although I've been told it's available at a local record outlet.

Another seasoned and even more obscure singer/songwriter is enjoying a resurgence---at least behind the deejay turntables. Her name is Lady J, and I've been getting one or two letters annually for years asking where to buy her (unfortunately out-of-print) albums. Like the late Jackie Neal, Lady J made a big impression with a very small body of work, combining svelte vocals with realistic and totally convincing lyrics. DJ Sir Rockinghood begins his latest YouTube mixtape with the most requested of her tunes, "Same Old Bullshit," and pristine copies of "I Fell In Love" and "Part Time Lover" have just recently been posted on YouTube by DJ George S, gaining more views (along with praise-giving comments) in a month than scores of new tunes by current artists. My particular favorite Lady J song is "Part Time Lover," which I've been known to play over and over for an hour at a time just to put me in a special, magical frame of mind. "Caught Up In The Wings Of Love" and "Teaser Warrant Out For A Pleaser" from Lady J's second album, Missing You, are also worth checking out.

Listen to Lady J singing "Part Time Lover" on YouTube.

Vintage southern soul sounds carry over into this month's Top 10 Singles, where C.C. Miles' "Want That Feeling (Dedicated to Roy C)" is reminiscent of the great music put out by past stars like Eddie Holloway and Maurice Wynn, and where Isaac Lindsay's gospel-tinged "Chokin' Kind" lends new life to the great Joe Simon original.

Bigg Robb's "black-lives-matter" single, "America" made the Top 10 this month. So many artists are recording their "takes" on this most recent push of many for true civil rights in this country, it's hard to stand out from the crowd. Like the Christmas songs soon to be pouring in, they're easy to get lost in the shuffle, but "black-lives-matter" singles by three singers besides Robb's deserve special mention: Dr. Dee, Bill Avery and Billy "Soul" Bonds. The first two are titled "Black Lives Matter," the third "I Can't Breathe".

And don't forget to check out this month's featured artist Syl Johnson's perspective on "black lives matter" from many years ago. The first verse of "Is It Because I'm Black?" gives me goose pimples every time I hear it, even now. And it's so personal and non-accusatory, making it even more powerful and damning. One of the lines runs, "You keep on putting your foot on me..." And, folks, that was some twenty years ago.

Listen to Syl Johnson singing "Is It Because I'm Black?" on YouTube.

In other featured artist news, Daddy B. Nice goes in depth on Ronnie Bell and the dear, departed Roy C, while beginning a new "labor of love"---his new “top 100” chart---at the top, where Big Pokey Bear edges out Sir Charles Jones at #1 with "My Sidepiece," but in a new album alert pans Pokey's new Crown Me album.

--- Daddy B. Nice - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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January 3, 2021: Daddy B. Nice's

Top 25 Southern Soul Songs of 2020

1. "Cheatin' With The DeeJay"------Mr. David

2. "Staying In Love Ain't Easy"------Wendell B

3. "Funky Forty"------Arthur Young

4. "Won't Disapprove"-----Tucka, Marcus Fisher

5. "Pour Me A Drank"-----Narvel Echols

6. "Mind Playing Tricks On Me"------Jeter Jones

7. "I Don't Understand"------Sir Charles Jones

8. "Get'cha Head Right"------Wendell B

9. "Nukie Pie"-----Carolyn Staten, Jennifer Watts, Unkle Phunk

10. "Love Train (Black Locomotive)"-----Avail Hollywood

11. "Is It Ova?"-----Hisyde, Avail Hollywood, Beat Flippa

12. "Nose Wide Open"------Benito (Teddy Bear), Lady Q, Beat Flippa

13. "I Put It On Him"------Dee Dee Simon

14. "Nose Wide Open"-------Magic One

15. "Rock With You"------R.T. Taylor

16. "That's Life"------T.K. Soul

17. "Last Few Dollars"------David J, Tony Tatum

18. "Goin' Out"------Lokey Kountry

19. "Can Somebody Take Me?"-----Tyree Neal

20. "I'll Be Down In A Minute"------J'Cenae, Wendell B

21. "One Freak To Another"------Sheba Potts-Wright

22. "I Got That Good Good"------Kinnie Ken, Sojo

23. "Memphis Blues Brothers"-----John Cummings

24. "Da Fire"-----Dee Dee Simon

25. "Touch Me"------J-Wonn

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles For. . .

-------JANUARY 2021-------

1. "Excuse Me"-------Big Pokey Bear

"I was just sipping on the Hennessy," Pokey sings in one of his finest vocals, "Me and my homies chilling V.I.P." In poetry that's called iambic pentameter, and I could give a lecture on all the things this song does, among them nailing a surefire melodic riff (Beat Flippa on the track!) and, foremost, bringing a Notorious B.I.G., hiphop-at-its-best "coolness" to southern soul. Even if you don't like rap culture, you can feel the relevance, the feeling that this is the music of "now," oozing out of every bar Pokey Bear sings.

Listen to Pokey Bear singing "Excuse Me" on YouTube.

2. "Southern Soul Woman"------Cadillac Man

This artist has been beating on your Daddy B Nice's "green door" for a couple of years now, at first with reggae-based, southern-soul submissions that confounded me and then other, expedient projects that alienated me. And yet, in that same time Cadillac Man has transformed himself into a true southern soul singer, as this anthem to southern soul women attests. It just goes to show what true "want-to" will do.

Listen to Cadillac Man singing "Southern Soul Woman" on YouTube.

3. "When You Work It"------P2K feat. T.K. Soul

P2K Dadiddy, the singer/songwriter behind the popular singles "Soul Brothers Moonshine" (with Sir Charles and Jeter Jones) and "Bottle After Bottle," returns with another cozy, guy-next-door groove, assisted ably by T.K. Soul.

Listen to P2K and TK singing "When You Work It" on YouTube.

4."A Little Freaky"------Big Yayo

Written by Omar Cunningham, from Big Yayo's just-released album Electric Cowboy, the risque' yet tender ballad "A Little Freaky" showcases Big Yayo singing without any enhancement and very little accompaniment, and guess what. Yayo kills it. He can really sing.

Listen to Big Yayo singing "A Little Freaky" on YouTube.

5. "Southern Soul Man"------Mr. Nelson feat. Sonya B.

A dynamic pairing of two new southern soul singers perfectly captures southern soul culture. Impressively produced and arranged.

Listen to Mr. Nelson and Sonya B singing "Southern Soul Man" on YouTube.

6. "Bout To Go Stepping"------T.K. Soul

T.K. Soul harks back to the electronic good vibes of "The Ladies Love To Slide" with this new single from his new album Chocolate Jamz. And don't miss Daddy B Nice's new profile of T.K. Soul---#4 The New Generation.

Listen to T.K. Soul singing "Bout To Go Stepping" on YouTube

7. "Work That"------Tha Party King

He's the brother of young diva Donyale Renee and guested on her "Backyard Booty" single. Both siblings forge a hiphop-hybrid southern soul, but "Work That" surpasses anything the duo's yet recorded, and just when you think Party King might falter or get repetitive, an uncredited rapper (or Party King himself in a different rap style?) comes in with a verse that makes it a certified hit.

Listen to Tha Party King singing "Work That" on YouTube.

"That Bomb Love"-----J. Red The Nephew

J. Red shines in another of his signature, mid-tempo ballads with all the finely-wrought trimmings.

Listen to J. Red The Nephew singing "That Bomb Love" on YouTube.

9. "Torn Between The Two"------Lady Q

Fresh from rousing turns on "Lumberjack (I Need That Good Wood)" and "Nose Wide Open," Lady Q goes solo to remake the legendary Carl Sims' "Trapped".

Listen to Lady Q singing "Torn Between The Two" on YouTube.

10. "Different From The Rest"------King Fred

Singing with unaccustomed swagger, King Fred testifies to his southern soul "cred" in ways that have never been recorded before.

Listen to King Fred singing "Different From The Rest" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles For. . .

-------DECEMBER 2020-------

1. "Is It Ova?"-----Beat Flippa feat. Hisyde & Avail Holly-

Wild, delirious energy courses through "Is It Ova?" The bottom (bass, drums and all Flippa mixes into it) is terrific! And Hisyde and Avail ride this rambunctious rhythm track like cowboys on a bucking bronco. Beat Flippa does nothing less than define today's southern soul with "Is It Ova?" and, by extension, his twenty-seven-track (!) musical feast P.O.T.Y., Producer Of The Year, whose tracks dominate this month's top ten singles.

Listen to Beat Flippa, Hisyde & Avail Hollywood singing "Is It Ova?" on YouTube.

2. "Nose Wide Open"-----Beat Flippa, Benito & Lady Q.

Time to retire "sidepiece" and welcome "nose wide open" as the new "go-to" meme of southern soul. The term refers to someone, most usually a male, who is completely smitten by a female. Magic One scored with his soulful version of "Nose Wide Open" in September (#3). Now it's Benito (the youngster who did "Guademala") and Lady Q's turn, and it's not only the young bull's (Benito's) nostrils flaring; Lady Q's nose is quivering too. Beat Flippa on the tracks---both from P.O.T.Y.

Listen to Beat Flippa, Benito & Lady Q singing "Nose Wide Open" on YouTube.

3."Sunshine"-----Ms. Kida

We "playas" need our honeys breaking up the "rowdy-rowdy," southern soul raucousness with their refreshing, dulcet harmonies. Ain't that right, playas? And that's exactly what "Sunshine" accomplishes on a recent DJ Sir Rockinghood mixtape as well as this month's Daddy B Nice singles. Ms. Kida has no idea she has a hit single in the making with this melodious riff on David Ruffin and The Temptations' "My Girl". "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day," she sings, "But Baby, it ain't cool when you push me away... "

Listen to Ms. Kida singing "Sunshine" on Jackson Music Awards Spotlight Soul Recording of The Week on Facebook.

4. "Teach My Son"-----Ricky Wayne feat. Luziana Wil

It has a hook, simple but effective, and it's got that scruffy, one-take, "Mississippi Boy"-like production, but lyrically this song is #1. "I'm going to teach my son/ How to be a real man./ Make Shorty know the truth,/ And make Shorty understand."

Listen to Ricky Wayne and Louisiana Wil singing "Teach My Son"

5. "We Steppin'"-----Beat Flippa feat. Derrick (Son of Jody) Salter

Here's another Beat Flippa instrumental track with a gorgeous bottom and a "wall of sound" that leaves you gasping with pleasure, not to mention a head-turning vocal from yet another (Hisyde and Benito having been just cited) young virtuoso who loves southern soul music.

Listen to Derrick Salter singing "We Steppin'" on You Tube.

6. "Stay Here Forever"-----LaMorris Williams

Oh, man. Just when you start to count a guy out, he gets up off the mat and comes back. I love me some LaMorris. Play that acoustic guitar, boy. Saaaaang that song.

Listen to LaMorris Williams singing "Stay Here Forever" on YouTube.

7. "We Doin' Alright"-----Beat Flippa feat. Wilson Meadows

"We doin' all right," Wilson croons, "let's leave it that way," in a hot-plate single that even hardcore funksters will appreciate. Wilson's always had a knack for finding and milking that one hook everybody else overlooked, and even as he ages he retains his smoldering "cool".

Listen to Wilson Meadows singing "We Doin' Alright" on YouTube.

8. "Sho' Wasn't Me"-----Isaac Lindsay

The Delta singer who recorded a fine cover of Joe Simon's "Chokin' Kind" (#6, October 2020) steps on "holy ground" when he tackles Ronnie Lovejoy's (not Tyrone Davis's or Bill Coday's or anyone else's) "Sho' Wasn't Me". Your Daddy B Nice vacillated but has eventually been won over: it's not the original but it's pretty damned good.

Listen to Isaac Lindsay singing "Sho' Wasn't Me" on YouTube.

9. "Thick N Juicy"-----Chris Ivy

A lot of these new singers on Beat Flippa's new P.O.T.Y. album sound as authentic and gritty as Mr. Ivy (Chris Ivy) when he came out with "Turn Road," which is high praise. "Thick & Juicy" is in the mold.

Listen to Chris Ivy singing "Thick N Juicy" on YouTube.

10. "Strong Country Man"-----Westdawn feat. R&B Pooh

Not to be confused with West Love, Westdawn follows up on her "I Want To Love You" debut (#5, April 2020) in convincing style.

Listen to Westdawn singing "Strong Country Man" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles For. . .

-------NOVEMBER 2020-------

1. "Won't Disapprove"------Tucka feat. Marcus Fisher.

Now you take the geo-
graphy of a woman... Who has expanded our apprec-
iation of the contours, the smells, the intoxicating pheromones of the fair sex more than Tucka? "Lick, lick, lick" from "Sweet Shop" is a flat-out illumination of Marvin Sease's "Candy Licker," as is this latest portal into the ways a woman's movement mesmerizes a man and brings heaven to earth.

Listen to Tucka and Marcus Fisher singing "Won't Disapprove" on YouTube.

2. "Check Now"-----Wendell B.

When Wendell gets to, "Can't you see Martin shaking his head?", the pounding piano and the gorgeous musical depth transported me back to Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" This is looking like the album of the year. Read Daddy B. Nice's 5-star review of Wendell B's Real Talk.

Listen to Wendell B singing "Check Now" on YouTube.

3. "Flashlight"----Jeter Jones feat. Arthur Young

Jeter pumps some life into this shopworn old metaphor, and how about Arthur Young? The man can sing. Can anyone beat him out for best new artist of the year?

Listen to Jeter Jones and Arthur Young singing "Flashlight" on YouTube.

4."Good Thang (Remix)"----Johnny James feat. Adrena, Lady Q, Miss Portia, Summer Wolfe & Mz. Hollywood

Even more---much more---than having talent, becoming a star requires the aggressiveness and persistence of a badger. Few of us have it; Johnny James does. He's back with a troupe of ladies on a memorable remix of "Good Thang". He's stingy with the YouTube postings (only samples) but you can hear the tune in its entirety at the beginning of....

Listen to Johnny James singing "Good Thang (Remix)" on DJ Whaltbabieluv's Southern Soul Quick Mix VI 2020.

5. "Let That Hurt Go"-----Avail Hollywood

Avail's after another man's gal. Love this verse: "Now all he can do for you/ Is lay on his back./ But most of the time,/ He ain't even good at that./ He had a good job, Shorty/ But he blew it./ Must I remind you/ I'm the King of Grown Folks music?"

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "Let That Hurt Go" on YouTube.

6. "Another Weekend"-----Dr. Dee

A Jackson-area artist who has been matriculating in southern soul music for the past decade, Dr. Dee delivers a nice, tight instrumental track with a lot of punch.

Listen to Dr. Dee singing "Another Weekend" on YouTube.

7. "Get It"------Big Yayo

Big Yayo gets back to the kind of dance groove that made "I Need A Cowgirl" such a big hit single. In fact, the introductory rhythm track is identical. Not quite as inspired as "Cowgirl," but we'll take it.

Listen to Big Yayo singing "Get It" on YouTube.

8. "Keep On Rockin'"-----Big G

As I've testified before, Big G is at his best when he inserts a little novelty into his tunes. This time he hits the bullseye with a jam glorifying the real old folks. Reminiscent of Stan Butler's "Took My Grandma To The Club".

Listen to Big G singing "Keep On Rockin'" on YouTube.

9. "Ready For Love (Remix)"-----Evette Busby

Listen to Evette Busby singing "Ready For Love (Remix)" on YouTube.

10. "Wipe Me Down"----Pa Rooze feat. Lady Coco

Listen to Pa Rooze and Lady Coco singing "Wipe Me Down" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles For. . .

-------OCTOBER 2020-------

1. "Pour Me A Drank" ------ Narvel Echols

By now it sounds perfectly natural, but only in contemporary southern soul will you hear the blues interwoven with rap. This isn't the "same-old" blues. This is blues through the southern soul prism. Impressive lyrics. Impressive delivery. Narvel joins the big boys.

Listen to Narvel Echols singing "Pour Me A Drank" on YouTube.

2. "Want That Feeling (Dedicated to Roy C)"-----C.C. Miles

This is sweet southern soul music in the nineties' style of Eddie Holloway and Maurice Wynn. It's also a reference-filled homage to Roy C, who just passed, making it even sweeter.

Listen to C.C. Miles singing "Want That Feeling (Dedicated to Roy C)" on YouTube.

3. "America"------Big Robb

There have been scores of "black lives matter" tributes in the last few months, but no one does it like Bigg Robb. His instrumental palette, on which he lays and mixes his musical colors, is simply palatial. This song is quite a contrast with James Brown's celebratory "Living In America".

Listen to Bigg Robb singing "America" on YouTube.

4. "Swangin'"------RnB Pooh

Producer Ronald "Slack" Jefferson whips up an instrumental concoction that will go down as deliciously as a root-beer-and-vanilla float. Remember K.P. & Envyi's "Swing My Way"? From RnB Pooh's fine debut album, The Prince of Trail Ride Blues.

Listen to RnB Pooh singing "Swingin'" on YouTube.

5. "Listen Girl"-----Pretty Kenny

This absorbing and original debut illustrates the old maxim, "It's not what you say (because everything's been said); it's how you say it. All it takes is belief in yourself.

Listen to Pretty Kenny singing "Listen Girl" on YouTube.

6. "The Chokin' Kind"-----Isaac Lindsey & The Soul Experience

Here's a cover (Joe Simon) by a newly secular artist (he's also a pastor) who recasts the song with a striking, orchestral, gospel-based arrangement that's begging to be widely disseminated. And to Mississippi Delta residents...Yes, this is the stentorian voice you've heard for years making announcements on WMPR (Jackson) and WAGR (Lexington). He's still raw, but what a sound.

Listen to Isaac Lindsey singing "The Chokin' Kind" on YouTube.

7. "Reasons"----Pokey Bear

A riveting ballad from the new, .#1-ranked artist in southern soul music, from his new album Crown Me. Is the orneriest womanizer in southern soul really turning in his playa's card for true love?

Listen to Pokey Bear singing "Reasons" on YouTube.

8. "Tell Me Is It Love"----Beat Flippa & Sir Charles Jones

The Flippa purloined (fancy word for "stole") this repeating, dah-dah-dah-dah, ascending progression from somebody, but I can't put my finger on it. It goes down smooth. Charles excels.

Listen to Beat Flippa and Sir Charles Jones singing "Tell Me Is It Love" on YouTube.

9. "Ain't Gonna Lie"----Dee Dee Simon

Great hook and arrangement provide a dynamic backdrop for another lively Dee Dee Simon vocal.

Listen to Dee Simon singing "Ain't Gonna Lie" on YouTube.

10. "A Lil' Of You Is Better Than None"----Avail Hollywood

Superb single from the new, love-oriented Avail.

Listen to Avail Hollywood singing "A Lil' Of You Is Better Than None" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles For. . .

-------SEPTEMBER 2020-------

1. "I Don't Under-
-------Sir Charles Jones

Only two people in southern soul can concoct synthesized symphonies this sumptuous---Bigg Robb and Sir Charles Jones---and only one can sing like an angel: Sir Charles. "I Don't Understand" is almost six minutes long, but it goes by in what seems like three. Read Daddy B. Nice's enthusiastic review of The Jonez Boyz: Two Kings, in which he compares "I Don't Understand" to "The Letter" and "Is Anybody Lonely?"

Listen to Sir Charles Jones singing "I Don't Understand" on YouTube.

2. "That's What We Gonna Do"------Wendell B.

It's just a routine stepping song, but The Boss transforms into something unique. He could make us dance to the Burger King menu. From that great new album, Real Talk.

Listen to Wendell B singing "That's What We Gonna Do" on YouTube.

3. "Nose Wide Open"------Magic One

Not a cocaine song. Nevertheless, the melody is addictive, as is the impressive vocal, a follow-up to Magic One's popular "High Heels & Jeans". That's pronounced "Juan" in the Deep South---Magic "Juan"---and he works magic on this "juan".

Listen to Magic One singing "Nose Wide Open" on YouTube.

4. "Step With Me"-----J-Wonn feat. Jeter Jones

This tune is all J-Wonn "want-to". The mesmerizing young star has matured amazingly as a vocalist, assembling a whole bag of J-Wonn-tailored techniques and phrasings, including a refreshingly youthful, voice-over personality. The "just give me some...drums and a bass line" chorus brought smiles because I criticized J-Wonn a couple albums back for ignoring the bass clef.

Listen to J-Wonn & Jeter Jones singing "Step With Me" on YouTube.

5. "Netflix And Chill"------Sassy D. feat. Arthur Young

This is a match made in southern soul heaven: two up-and-comers with real credibility and authenticity. Love Sassy punctuating her phrases with "Mmmm's," and love Arthur's yapping-dog-like styling. They know what to do and they do it.

Listen to Sassy D and Arthur Young singing "Netflix And Chill" on YouTube.

6. "Goin' Out"-----LoKey Kountry

Two or three melodies intertwine to make a rousing southern soul debut by this oddly-named act. Didn't know if it was a band or a solo artist until I found the YouTube video. Thanks to music buddy DJ Sir Rockinghood for the "heads up".

Listen to LoKey Kountry singing "Goin' Out" on YouTube.

7. "Southern Soul Kinda Vibe"-----Calvin Taylor

I fell under the spell of this song before I knew Calvin was a son of Johnnie Taylor, and I wish I hadn't said that because he doesn't need the hype, and I liked the track even better before I knew. (But I have to be a reporter.)

Listen to Calvin Taylor singing "Southern Soul Kinda Vibe" on YouTube.

8. "Memphis Blues Brothers"-----John Cummings

John Cummings adds to his gospel of Delta-themed compositions---"Here In The South," "I'm Going Home" (O.B. Buchana), "Arkansas Caramel"---with this tuneful postcard from Ecko Records' Blues Mix 31: Dirty South Soul.

Listen to John Cummings singing "Memphis Blues Brothers" on YouTube.

9. "Like Voodoo"-----Sir Charles Jones, Jeter Jones & King South

"This southern soul will take control of you..." All three vocalists excel on this ethereal hymn to the genre. Charles crows like a rooster strutting across the barnyard, King South is an eye-opener, and Jeter's verse is truly transcendent. From The Jones Boyz: Two Kings.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones, Jeter Jones & King South singing "Like Voodoo" on YouTube.

10. "Southern Soul Party"------Jay Morris Group feat. Jeter Jones

More love for southern soul, this time from the best new group to grace the scene since The Revelations and the Klass Band Brotherhood. The omnipresent Jeter Jones once again lifts the ensemble to another, higher level.

Listen to the Jay Morris Group and Jeter Jones singing "Southern Soul Party" on YouTube.

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles For. . .

-------AUGUST 2020-------

1. "Cheatin' With The DJ"-------Mr. David

Smashing vocal. Monstrous rhythm track. Every bar of this dance jam pulses with energy and excitement. It's so direct it takes your breath away. Tell the deejay to play it over and over, dancers, and get wild with it. Mr. David hits the mainline.

Listen to Mr. David singing "Cheatin' With The DJ" on YouTube.

2. "Leave Me"-----Summer Wolfe feat. L.J. Echols

Summer sounds ballsy and vulnerable, like she was just discovered and pulled off the street. And LJ? Who else would dare use mariachi-band horns? Southern Soul would be poorer without his unique producing talents.

Listen to Summer Wolfe and L.J. Echols singing "Leave Me" on YouTube.

3. "After Hours"-----2 Buck Chuck feat. Dee Dee Simon

Sugar Daddy debut artist 2 Buck Chuck returns with a great new song simmering with tempo and melody, and Dee Dee Simon nails it for good with her trademark brio.

Listen to 2 Buck Chuck & Dee Dee Simon singing "After Hours" on YouTube.

4. "You Know I Miss You"----Jeter Jones

A worthy successor to Jeter's trail-blazing "My Country Girl" from Trail Ride Certified. From J.J.'s new album "Mufassa". See Daddy B. Nice's 5-star CD Review.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "You Know I Miss You" on YouTube.

5. "He Working Me (Over)"------CoCo Wade

A briskly-paced, one-of-a-kind ballad sweating with atmosphere. This is the more recent CoCo Wade of "Get Loose" and "Jump On It," not to be confused with the more veteran Coco of "Crazy About You, Baby" and "Old Man's Sweetheart".

Listen to CoCo Wade singing "He Working Me Over" on YouTube.

6. "It's Over"------Terry Wright & Vick Allen

How do you describe the amount of soul that can be contained in the voices of two men trained like ballerinas since childhood in their art?

Listen to Terry Wright and Vick Allen singing "It's Over" on YouTube.

7. "Call Me Daddy"-----Omar Cunningham

The only thing I can't figure out is... Do we call him "Daddy," or don't we call him "Daddy"?

Listen to Omar Cunningham singing "Call Me Daddy" on YouTube.

8. "I'm Sorry, Baby"-----Cheff Da Entertainer feat. Yoo Neek

You may be running for the exits on first listen, but give these young amateurs a chance and their deep-soul keyboard and brazen vocals may just engulf you in their rap/blues/bayou quicksand.

Listen to Cheff Da Entertainer and Yoo Neek singing "I'm Sorry, Baby" on YouTube.

9. "I'll Be Down In A Minute"-----J'cenae feat. Wendell B.

What singer wouldn't want Wendell B. singing back-up on her debut single? And it's a good single, with a lot of staying power. Wendell must have been working on this project just about the time he was working on his superlative 2020 album, Real Talk.

Listen to J'cenae and Wendell B. singing "I'll Be Down In A Minute" on YouTube.

10. "Ripping And Running"-----Narvel Echols

I've been watching Narvel Echols knock around since a decade ago with Luther Lackey on "Mississippi Twerk" and later, my favorite, the under-produced "Going Solo". Now, with this new album Return Of The Country Boy, he's finally coming into his own.

Listen to Narvel Echols singing "Ripping And Running" on YouTube.

Comprehensive Index Archives: See Daddy B. Nice’s original write-up on Narvel Echols' "Mississippi Twerk".

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles For. . .

-------JULY 2020-------

1. "(I) Put It On Him"----Dee Dee Simon

Dee Dee Simon hits the sweet spot of southern soul in this smashing culmination to her quest for a hit single, "southern-soul style". Not only is it great music. Dee Dee sings it with a technical intensity and passion few divas even dream of. This anthem goes on southern soul's top shelf and will be played--as Vick Allen says in "Soul Music"--"twenty years from now".

Listen to Dee Dee Simon singing "Put It On Him" on YouTube.

2. "I Got That Good Good"----Kinnie Ken feat. Sojo

You'll be saying, "Put it on me, big boy!" Kinnie Ken has a big, burly voice, with a female co-singer (Sojo) who can match his power. The strength of the record is in its over-sized vocals.

Listen to Kinnie Ken and Sojo singing "I Got That Good Good" on YouTube.

3. "Cadillac Willie"----Wendell B

The secret to this song is not in the lyrics, which are incredibly likable, descriptive and exotic. I've been waiting to see if the music--specifically the tempo/rhythm--would endure, and it does. Wendell scores his third consecutive top ten single.

Listen to Wendell B singing "Cadillac Willie" on YouTube.

4. "Touch Me"----J-Wonn

With "Yo Love, Baby" (January '20) and now this song, "Touch Me" (July '20), J-Wonn has taken his writing to a new level, making his total package--writing and performance--first-rank, unparalleled for sheer hormonal excitement.

Listen to J-Wonn singing "Touch Me" on YouTube.

5. "Southern Soul"----R.T. Taylor

"Do you wanna go to southern soul?" R.T. asks. "Yes, I do," I answer breathlessly. Southern soul is the place-name of the club we lucky few enjoy. This beautiful ballad and message is anchored by the truly unique vocal quality of its ageless singer. Slack on the track.

Listen to R.T. Taylor singing "Southern Soul" on YouTube.

6."Sad Rat"-----Chris Ivy feat. Omar Cunningham

Now this is what drives the black academics nuts and makes them even more determined to sweep southern soul music under the rug: chitlin' circuit balladeers in a "sidepiece" culture justifying polygamy on the basis of the pain a monogamous husband feels when cuckolded. This song has been waiting in my "wings" for months. For a long time I couldn't get past the "rat"stuff, but I began to enjoy and revel in its Harrison Calloway-at-Malaco-like instrumental track. And the vocals are good.

Listen to Chris Ivy and Omar Cunningham singing "Sad Rat" on YouTube.

7. "City County BooThang"----Mr. Lyve

The vocal's tentative at times, the production sketchy, the mix off, but the ingredients of a hit single are here: great tempo, melody and lyrics. "Drives a Mercedes/But she still rides horses too..."

Listen to Mr. Lyve singing "City County BooThang" on YouTube.

8. "One Lover To Another"/ "One Freak To Another"----Sheba Potts-Wright

Take your pick. They're the same song. Your Daddy B Nice gravitated naturally to "One Freak To Another".

Listen to Sheba Potts-Wright singing "One Freak To Another" on YouTube.

9. "Loopty Loop"----Arthur Young

He's a natural, and if the breaks break right, he should have a long career.

Listen to Arthur Young singing "Loopty Loop" on YouTube.

10. "Teacha Wha You Ought to Know"----Jennifer Watts

This song's been marinating for about a year. What has me hooked is the chord change (or bridge) that begins with the lyrics--
"I'm gonna give you everything
You've been missing,
What them school teachers
Didn't mention..."
In that moment the song rocks hypnotically. It mesmerizes.

Listen to Jennifer Watts singing "Teacha Wha You Ought to Know" on YouTube. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "BREAKING" Southern Soul Singles For. . .

-------JUNE 2020-------

1. "Rock With You"-----R.T. Taylor

Even after honoring him with Best Male Vocalist Of The Year for his debut southern soul single "It's A Mule," your Daddy B. Nice didn't know if R.T. Taylor could ever do it again. A man's loving life compressed into three verses and choruses, "Rock With You" proves it wasn't a fluke. Was Taylor delivered to southern soul fans to make up for the loss of the late Bishop Bullwinkle? My guess is that he will become as beloved. When R.T.'s voice occasionally cracks and wavers with the frailty of age, it makes the effect of the vocal even more powerful. One of Ronald "Slack" Jefferson's finest productions, from R.T.'s new debut album The Mule Man.

Listen to R.T. Taylor singing "Rock With You" on YouTube

2. "Mind Playing Tricks On Me"----Jeter Jones

Everybody should give this song to their rap and hiphop-loving friends. It'll blow their minds while giving them an instant vision of what southern soul is. Bigg Robb had a #1 Single in July of 2019 sampling this same Geto Boys song. From Jeter's hot new album, Mufassa.

Listen to Jeter Jones singing "Mind Playing Tricks On Me" on YouTube.

3. "Staying in Love Ain't Easy"----Wendell B

Following on the heels of last month's #1 Single, "Get'cha Head Right," from The Boss's new LP Real Talk, "Staying In Love Ain't Easy" is the next hit single from what is increasingly sounding like the best solo-artist album since Tucka's Working With The Feeling.

Listen to Wendell B singing "Staying in Love Ain't Easy" on YouTube.

4. "Go Get A Room"----Ronnie Bell

With over 15 million views on YouTube and counting, recording artist Ronnie Bell struck a chord with his women’s power-enhancing “I’ll Pay The Shipping Cost”. Now he's back with an equally fetching, cautionary song for the men. From his long-awaited new album, Ronnie Bell 365.

Listen to Ronnie Bell singing "Go Get A Room" on YouTube.

5. "Can Somebody Take Me?"----Tyree Neal feat. Omar Cunningham

This is a sweet southern soul tribute with an intoxicating rhythm track and maybe Tyree's best vocal ever. Regular readers know your Daddy B Nice touts Tyree as one of the best guitarists in southern soul (I'd probably say the best right now) but gives short shrift to his laid-back solo efforts. (Felt the same way about Eric Clapton, so don't feel bad, Tyree.) However, "Can Somebody Take Me" takes the cousin of the late Jackie Neal to another level. Mostly invisible on the recording, lending an obviously inspirational hand, is Omar Cunningham. It's from Tyree's new album, I'm Missing My Baby.

Listen to Tyree Neal singing "Can Somebody Take Me?" on YouTube.

6. "Last Few Dollars"---------David J

"I've got two kids/ I got a cat and a dog/ I've got a whole damn wife at home/ But tonight I'm gonna risk it all." This is one hell of a southern soul song, and one hell of a vocal. Note that this is David J, the performer who recorded "Super Woman" and co-sung "Sunshine" with Solomon Thompson, not David G, a former artist who recorded southern soul in 2008 and 2009.

Listen to David J singing "Last Few Dollars" on YouTube.

7. "Still In Love"-----Sir Charles Jones feat. Jeter Jones

The verses in this song are right up there with the best Charles has ever done, but they seem wasted on an unfulfilling chorus. This caused your Daddy B Nice no end of aggravation this month as I listened and wrote comments that went near-viral on the Sir Charles page. Read more.

Listen to Sir Charles Jones and Jeter Jones singing "Still In Love" on YouTube.

8. "Can You Keep A Secret?"-----Pokey Bear

The Big Pokey Bear throws down his strongest track in awhile. That's not only because "Can You Keep A Secret?" is the perfect material for our favorite, cuddly but ornery, southern-soul grizzly. It's also because, like in Josephine Son Pokey, he "sangs" the heck out of it.

Listen to Pokey Bear singing "Can You Keep A Secret?" on YouTube.

9. "I Sing Da Blues"----Chrissy Luvz

This is a singer to watch out for; she's shined on a number of recent projects. Here's how I referred to Chrissy in a new review of Dee Dee Simon: "For a look at a tune that qualifies as southern soul because it is doing something original with "funk," check out Chrissy Luvz's new jam, 'I Sing Da Blues'."

Listen to Chrissy Luvz singing "I Sing Da Blues" on YouTube

10. (Tie) "Operate On Me"-----Sheba Potts-Wright

"Give Him Love"-----T.J. Hooker Taylor

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