Sweet Soul Music

Album: Arthur Conley (1967)
Charted: 7 2
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  • Do you like good music
    That sweet soul music
    Just as long as it's swingin'
    Oh yeah, oh yeah

    Out here on the floor now
    We're going to a go go
    Ah dancin to the music
    Oh yeah, oh yeah

    Spotlight on Lou Rawls y'all
    Ah don't he look tall y'all
    Singin' loves a hurtin' thing now
    Oh yeah, oh yeah

    Spotlight on Sam and Dave now
    Ah don't they look boss y'all
    Singin' hold on I'm comin'
    Oh yeah, oh yeah

    Spotlight on Wilson Pickett
    That wicked picket Pickett
    Singin Mustang Sally
    Oh yeah, oh yeah

    Spotlight on Otis Redding now
    Singing fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa
    Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa
    Oh yeah, oh yeah

    Spotlight on James Brown now
    He's the king of them all, y'all
    He's the king of them all, y'all
    Oh yeah, oh yeah

    Do you like good music
    That sweet soul music
    Just as long as it's swingin'
    Oh yeah, oh yeah

    Do you like good music
    That sweet soul music Writer/s: Arthur Lee Conley, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke
    Publisher: Abkco Music Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 8

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOops, in an earlier post I goofed, please refer to this one...
    On this day in 1967 {April 29th} Arthur Conley was interviewed by Dick Clark during the 'Hot Line' segment on the ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon program, 'American Bandsatand'...
    At the time Arthur Connelly's "Sweet Soul Music" was at position #4 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, the following week it was at #3, then a week later it peaked at #2* {for 1 week} and it spent fifteen weeks on the Top 100...
    And also at the time the song was in it's first of five weeks at #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, during it's first two weeks at #2 the #1 record was "I Never Loved A Man (Like I Loved You)" by Aretha Franklin, then "Jimmy Mack" by Martha & The Vandellas kept it out of the top spot during it's third week, and for it's fourth and fifth week at #2 Aretha was back, it was her "Respect" that was at position #1 for those two weeks...
    Besides the above "Sweet Soul Music", the Georgia native had six other Top 100 records, his next biggest hit was "Funky Street", it reached #14 in 1968...
    As noted above, Arthur Conley passed away at the young age of 57 on November 17th, 2003 {intestinal cancer}...
    May he R.I.P.
    * The week "Sweet Soul Music" was at #2 on the Top 100 chart, the #1 record for that week was "The Happening" by the Supremes...
  • Anonymous from NyThis song was really written by Sam Cooke. Conley and Otis Redding plagiarized Cooke's "Yeah Man" and were subsequently sued. I smile every time I hear this song cause they mention a lot of great soul singers but they don't mention the greatest of all time. You know the one they ripped off. ;)

    From Wikipedia: "Sam Cooke's business partner, sued both Redding and Conley for plagiarizing the melody. A settlement was reached in which Cooke's name was added to the writer credits, and Otis Redding agreed to record some songs in the future from Kags Music, a Cooke – JW Alexander enterprise."

    If you listen to Cooke's "Yeah Man", it is practically the same song. The just changed the words.
  • Babbling Babette from Tulsa OkOh yes I still have the vinyl album after all these years, I gave the single to one of my cousins decades ago. It was such an upbeat song. I haven't listened to the song in years, but I still recall hearing voices in the background like it might've been the record producer or engineer or someone at the studio. Can't really tell what they're saying. Anyone know? I think Otis Redding was the producer so it might've been Otis' voice. The drums on this song are absolutely riveting!! Sacre bleu !!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 5th 1967, "Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #81; and on May 7th it peaked at #2 (for 1 week) and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 7 of those 15 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    It also reached #2 (for 1 week) on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    The week that it was at #2 on the Top 100 and the R&B Singles chart, the #1 record was "The Happening" by the Supremes on both those charts...
    R.I.P. Mr. Conley (1946 - 2003).
  • Stella from Ham Lake, MnOtis Redding is the only one mentioned twice in the song.
  • Jay from Brooklyn, NyThis is not my own observation - I read it elsewhere - but it is interesting. In 2006, three people mentioned in this song died: Low Rawles, Wilson Pickett, and James Brown. Otis Redding died in 1967, and Dave Prater in 1988. This leaves Sam Moore the last living person sung about by Arthur Conley.
  • Don from Newmarket, CanadaAlso produced by Otis. A great track!
  • Lynne from Baltimore, MdThis song was written by Otis Redding. Arthur Conley grew up in Aberdeen, Maryland and was an entertainer at a friends "beer joint" on weekends. I was privileged to know this great singer.
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