Star Time #23: Sweet Like Sugar Cane


A show with a defiantly split personality. I got all these songs from the mid-'60s to mid-'70s and slung each one into a trough. The first hour includes songs loosely described as "Northern soul," which for what I can perceive is just another name for melody-oriented pop crossover soul that some British kids came up with (and are curiously passionate about). The second hour is "psychedelic soul," an even more uncertain term, but for our purposes includes a cover of one of Paul McCartney's more whacked-out songs and a tune by Chubby Checker about getting stoned in a bathroom. I wasn't shooting for odd, but sometimes the odd shoots you. This being Star Time #23, it was only right to include "Strawberry Letter 23" on it. My numerology counselor will be tickled to death.

ArtistSongYearLabel
Set 1
Richard CaitonListen to the Drums1964GNP Crescendo
Christine CooperS.O.S. (Heart in Distress)1965Parkway
The ShalimarsStop and Take a Look at Yourself1966Verve
The ServicemenI Need a Helping HandunknownPatheway
Bobby EatonWe Gonna Do Our Thing1969Galaxy
Pat BrownThe Good Got to Suffer for the Bad1967Seven B
Chuck WoodSeven Days Too Long1967Big T
August & DeneenWe Go Together1977ABC
The Yum YumsGonna Be a Big Thing1965ABC
Set 2
Terrible TomWe Were Made for Each Other1968Maverick
Sandy WynnsThe Touch of Venus1964Champion
Porgy & the MonarchsMy Heart Cries for You1966Musicor
Ernie LucasWhat We Pay For Love1969Okeh
Brothers of SoulI Guess That Don't Make Me a Loser1968Boo
Joe BataanOrdinary Guy1967Fania
Celest HardieYou're Gone1972Reynolds
The Masqueraders(Call Me) The Traveling Man1975HBS/ABC
Set 3
Rotary ConnectionPaper Castle1968Cadet Concept
The Majestic ArrowsGoing to Make a Time Machine1973Bandit
ExumaMonkberry Moon Delight1972Kama Sutra
Chubby CheckerStoned In the Bathroom197151 West
BarrabásNever in This World1972RCA Victor
Essra MohawkYou Make Me Come to Pieces1974Asylum
Black HeatStreet of Tears1972Atlantic
Set 4/Outro
FunkadelicFunky Dollar Bill1970Westbound
King HannibalThe Truth Shall Make You Free1973Aware
Del Jones' Positive VibesInside Black America1973Hikeka
Cafe Con LecheLand of Light1973RCA Victor (Spain)
Shuggie OtisStrawberry Letter 231971Epic
Big BlackLove, Sweet Like Sugar Cane1968UNI


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