WELCOME TO SIR SHAMBLING'S DEEP SOUL HEAVEN
Here you’ll find articles – some brief, some less so – on soul music and the artists who made it. Mostly concentrating on deep soul and southern soul recordings from below the Mason - Dixon line in the Golden Age between about 1960 and 1980 when the dreaded synthesisers began to take over. But like all the “rules” of the site, this one was made to be broken, and a lot of other sorts of black music have found their way here as well.
To help you find your way around the site:
Artists - an ever growing index that will lead you to biographies, discographies, label shots and, of course, the music from deep and southern soul artists - famous and not so famous. Sound files you can listen to or download are highlighted by this symbol
Articles - Index of some reviews, articles and ramblings from Sir Shambling and various guest writers. These include small features on what this site is all about, a definition of the music highlighted here, who Sir Shambling is and a "thank you" list of friends without whom this site would not have been possible.
Links - Sir Shambling's favourite websites, record dealers, magazines and other friends of this site.
Contact Sir Shambling - leave your comments positive or not right here.
NEW!! Search - Search for artists, labels or anything or anybody else covered in this website.
NEW!! CD Reviews - a section highlighting CDs both old and new of interest to southern and deep soul fans.
16 June - new artist pages added - Cathy Davis, Uncle Tom, Freddie Tate, Bobby Turner and Sunny Carrington.
26 May - new artist pages added - Billy Mitchell, Brother Elray Johnson, L J Mitchell, Willie James and Tipsy Taylor.
5 May - new artist pages added - Five Bosses, George Johnson, Freeman King, Rabbit & Geno and John Parker.
Also both Kev Briscoe and Pete Nickols have kindly written new CD reviews. You can find the full list of reviews here.
21 April - new artist pages added - James Taylor, Cora Washington, Jimmy Dobbins, Jimmy Pace and Ray Algere.
14 April - new artist pages added - Tiny Watkins, Frank Curt, Tip Watkins, Columbus Smith and the Visitors.
7 April - new artist pages added - Heti Lloyd, Thomas Clock, Baby Lloyd, Judy Greenand Sonny Holley.
24 March - new artist pages added - Joey Dees, Jerry Rankin, Jannie Williams, Chain Of Fools and Earl Harrison.
17 March - new artists pages added - Earl Davis, Jesse Slaughter, Gene Vell, Judy Stokes and Larry Blakely.
Additionally you might want to visit the online magazine Spin where David Marchese has written a fine piece on the ever wonderful Swamp Dogg. You can find the article here.
10 March - three new CD reviews added - The full list can be found here. I'm very grateful to Pete Nickols for his efforts.
3 March - new artist pages added - Charlie Roberson, Charles Moore, Eula Cooper, Keynoters and Sherman Evans. There are also new CDs reviews added. The full list can be found here. I'm very grateful to Kev Briscoe for his efforts.
25 February - new artist pages added - Johnny K, Wiley Humphrey, Sammy King, George Pepp and Gloria & The Relations.
18 February - new artist pages added - Little Helen, Clarence Mann, Jerry Richardson, Dennis Robinson and Shade Of Soul.
11 February - a new article added - Tom de Jong has written a fine piece on the careers of Rhodes Chalmers & Rhodes, the South's best background vocalists. You can find it here. I'm very grateful to Tom for his efforts.
4 February - new artist pages added - Sebastian Williams, Arthur Ponder, Joe Valentine, Calvin Golden and the Roc-Kays Band.