Smooth Groovers Podcast – S3-Ep1 – Soul Special

Welcome to the first episode of Season 3.

Not the same as conventional media, we don’t take any breaks!
Instead we’re back with Season 3.


Hard to believe that we start our 3rd year.
We love all your support.

You can listen to the Podcast from i-tunes, Podfeed or by clicking on the play button below:


Featured Soul tracks in the special include:

Sam and Dave – The Soul vocal duo, Sam & Dave recorded and performed together from 1961 through 1981; Their music and electrifying live performances have also influenced countless other artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Michael Jackson, Steve Winwood, and Phil Collins.
Detroit Spinners – A great soul group that started in a high school in Michigan over half a century ago. They had a great string of hits in the seventies with classic songs like – ‘Could it be I’m Falling In Love’, ‘The Rubberband Man’, ‘Toni My Love’, ‘They Just Can’t Stop It (Games People Play)’, ‘Getto Child’ , ‘Its A Shame’ and a great collaboration With Dionne Warwick called, ‘Then Came You’, plus a more recent collaboration with Elton John entitled, ‘Are You Ready For Love’.

Ronnie Laws
A great Fusion of Jazz-Funk and Soul, saxophonist Ronnie Laws, is the Brother of the classically trained Jazz flautist , Hubert, and vocalists Eloise and Debra. Ronnie taught himself to play alto saxophone at the age of eleven. He has worked with The Jazz Crusaders and Hugh Masakela and was a member of Earth Wind and Fire, where he played tenor and soprano sax for a two-year stint, before pursuing a solo career.

Pockets – A group from Baltimore who moved to Los Angeles in the mid seventies. They formed association with Earth, Wind And Fire, and released their debut album Come Go With Us in 1977. Working closely EWF, they had another success with the highly acclaimed album Take It On Up in 1978

Drifters – Please visit (The Drifters Official Website) and

EWF This track appeared on the album ‘That’s the Way of the World’ in 1975 and also appears on the album ”The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire” in 2002.

Check out the vid…

Joss Stone – with a really slow sultry and soulful sound!

Isley Brothers – With some amazing guitar work!

Johnny Bristol – With a single release in both 7 & 12″ formats back in 1981. Johnny is possibly best known for his hit,
‘Hang On In There Baby’. This track also appears on his album, ‘Free to Be Me’.

Ray Charles – The legendary singer/pianist/composer, Ray Charles, who once said ‘In music you just can’t escape when something is beautiful’. A musical genius with over five decades of great music.

Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
– From a 12″ single released in 1979. It also appeared on their 1980 LP called ‘The Blue Album’.

Sounds of Blackness – A great track from a group that beautifully combines soul, gospel and inspirational music. Soul Holidays comes from their 1992 CD called ‘The Night Before Christmas: A Musical Fantasy’.

James Ingram with Michael McDonald – A Grammy award winner for Best R&B Vocal Performance for a Group or Duo, in 1984.

We close the show with a track from the When we Were Kings sound track album released in 1997. This track is by Brian McKnight and Diana King. Other artist’s on the CD include, The Fugees with a collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes.

For the next show S3-2 we will be back with the new Jazz, Funk, Soul, OldSchool and Fusion format for Season 3.

Until then, enjoy our collective involvement with the podcast revolution!

Best Regards and Love from

The Doctor and Professor…

PS Many Thanks to Peter White, for his contribution, it is much loved and valued.

One thought on “Smooth Groovers Podcast – S3-Ep1 – Soul Special

  1. Dear Smoothgroovers!

    I know, I know….it’s been 4 whole days without any feedback from me…..hopefully forgiveable when I tell that is mainly becouse I have been busy spreading the words about you:)))

    First of all a big thank you for a lovely lovely show. So many good old favourites and you also manage to stick to the pure Soul, just like most of us know it and love it. I need to mention two tracks that I really appreciated. First one was Ronnie Laws, he was new to me and I fell intstantly! Wonderful! The other one was a huge favourite of mine in the early 80’s, the duet with Ingram and Mc Donald. I still have it on vinyl…somewhere at least.

    …….and not for one second did I think of leaving out a comment about your singing in between….was that you Dr. Groove?? That truely spiced it all up! *lol* *lol*

    Finally I just want to remind you (allthough I know it’s not necessary) that it is really so much NEW and UPCOMING soul artists out there who makes amzing music. I am sure they too will have your attention later on.

    Look forward to your upcoming episode as allways.

    Ps! Prof. Smooth….if you need any support to play some more disco, I am right here!

    Ps 2! Chis Standring is coming to London in March…and so will I!!

    Until next time..
    Love, Hilde

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