Various Artists – You Gave Me Reason To Live: Southern and Deep Soul From Louisiana


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Release Date:  2021

Label:  Kent Records


Track List

1. Charles Greene – Baby Oh Baby (How Far You Are From Me)
2. Ike Porter & The Fabulations – If There’s A Will There’s A Way
3. Terrie & Joy La Roy With The Bill Parker Show Band – Without Love What Would Life Be
4. Dynamic Adam & His Excitements – Groove Maker
5. Camille “Lil” Bob – Soul Woman
6. Johnny Truitt – For The Good Times
7. Moody – One Man’s Happiness
8. Freddie Love – Sea Of Love
9. Lee Bernard – Our Love Will Always Be
10. Count Rockin’ Sidney With The Dukes – Trust
11. Chester Randle’s Soul Sender’s – Why Did I Let You Go
12. Big Daddy Green – You Gave Me Reason To Live
13. Ike Porter & The Fabulations – Love For Love, Heart For Heart
14. Soul Shouting Tommy – To Be Loved By You
15. Sticks Herman – Lonely Feeling
16. Bobby Charles – Big Boys Cry
17. Clifton White & His Royal Knights – If You Love Me
18. Big Daddy Green – On Bended Knees Begging
19. Terrie & Joy La Roy With The Bill Parker Show Band – Why I Shed So Many Tears
20. Dynamic Adam – She’s Gone
21. Lee Bernard – Don’t Drive Me Deeper (Into The Ground)
22. King Carl – Blues For Men



UK collection. South-West Louisiana is famous for it’s homegrown music: the Cajun sound and it’s black cousin Zydeco. However, situated between New Orleans and Houston, the region’s music industry was ideally placed to also record local versions of soul, funk and blues. This compilation comprises high-quality Southern soul which, because of where it was recorded, tends to have been previously overlooked. The music here spans the early 60s, with artists such as Sticks Herman performing a local version of embryonic soul, and the early 1970s, when the influence of Memphis soul could be heard in the voices of Johnny Truitt and Moody (Scott). This is the sound of record men Eddie Shuler, Carol Rachou and J. D. Miller getting the best out of local talent and passing musicians and releasing timeless slices of pure musical emotion. Shuler’s ANLA label is the main source, although the artist names are often hardly more than markers, with little known about some beyond the records they made. Terrie & Joy La Roy, Soul Shouting Tommy and Big Daddy Green, for example, all released thrilling singles, then disappeared back into obscurity. Others such as Camille “Lil” Bob carved out careers that lasted decades, whilst Bobby Charles moved from his pop hit ‘Later Alligator’ to Bearsville cult status via ‘Big Boys Cry’, a fine piece of emotional mid-60s soul. “You Gave Me Reason To Live” is a celebration of the exceptional music that can occur in the most out of the way places.

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