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by Mosi Reeves

February 20, 2013

Radio: Classic Soul

by Mosi Reeves  |  February 20, 2013

Classic soul: Everyone knows what that means. It's Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Impressions, and hundreds of others. It's a little bit of music from the dawn of rock 'n' soul (especially Ray Charles), some music from the 1960s, and a lot of songs from the 1970s. It ranges from the Godfather's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" to Vicki Anderson's "Message from the Soul Sisters," and from The Supremes' "Baby Love" to Betty Wright's "Clean Up Woman."

Classic Soul is one of our most popular Rhapsody radio stations, and over the past few months I've cleaned up the track listing and given it a sparkling finish. There are more than 1,000 tracks from three decades' worth of black music, and there's a good chance you may never hear your favorite song when you play the station. So I've also created a playlist to give you an idea of what you'll encounter on Classic Soul. Some you may know by heart, like Martha & the Vandellas' timeless "Come and Get These Memories," and others you may find a pleasant surprise, like Marvin Gaye's unjustly forgotten post-What's Going On hit "You're the Man." Enjoy.


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