Butch Kennedy photo archives.

Butch Kennedy of Charleston, South Carolina wrote in last August and revealed his amazing connections to Moe the Rooster, King Clyde Perkins, Lady Jam, and Midnight Blue, all of whom were previously profiled here at Carolina Soul:

“I just viewed your site I was wondering if moe the rooster is still alive. I just found out king clyde is no longer with us. My name is Butch Kennedy I was a DJ in the 70’s I was Mr. Boogie I worked with Lady Jam and was curious we used to play at Clydes Celestial !! all the time I also played with Midnight Blue from 1972 until 1976 thanks for the memories.”

Since then, Butch has gradually made his way through his photo albums, sharing with us these priceless images of himself and Lady Jam:

Thank you!

Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival, #41

Venerable Durham, North Carolina cultural arts festival Bimbé enters its 41st year, tomorrow, Saturday, May 22, at the CCB Plaza downtown.

1976 looks to have been a good year, with three Carolina Soul outfits on the bill, Blue Steam and Duracha, both of Durham, and the allegedly never-recorded Black Genesis of Raleigh. (Newspaper advertisement comes from The Carolina Times.)

Full line-up for 2010, also promising, is below. More details at http://www.ci.durham.nc.us/departments/parks/bimbe_index.cfm.

12 p.m. - Procession of Elders (Led by the Magic of African Rhythms)
Presentation by African American Dance Ensemble

12:45 p.m. - Special Presentations
Patricia Taborn’s Modeling Agency
Winner of Poetry Slam Contest
Campus Hills Angels

1:30 p.m. - Dezrick Dixon (Gospel)

2 p.m. - Mixed Water featuring Veeda (Jazz)

2:45 p.m. - Ohenemma (African music)

3 p.m. - Rough Draft (Old Skool)

4 p.m. - Casino Crisis and Lil Y.I.T.

4:45 p.m. - Crucial Fiya (Reggae)

5:30 p.m. - TA Grady Steppers

5:45 p.m. - Tyrand (R&B)

6:45 p.m. - Brian Dawson’s DJ Musical Medley

7:30 p.m. - Feature Headliner Act: Special Ed and Slick Rick

Carolina Soul “Thursday Night Feature” on WXYC 89.3 FM

I’ve just completed my 8th Annual Carolina Soul “Thursday Night Feature” on WXYC 89.3 FM in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The program is available for download below, in two parts, and the playlist, annotated with links for further reading, follows.

Part 1 features ‘60s and ‘70s soul and funk selections, most with dance beats:

Part 2 features ‘70s and ‘80s love ballads, a couple of slow cuts that defy categorization, and even a little soulful gospel for good measure:



Harold Dickey and The Passions “She Was Always Around” (Prescot) Further reading.
Chuck Wells “Why Did You Lie To Me” (ELL)
Chuck Wells “The Love Knot” (Goldleaf)
The Superiors Band And Their Soul Singers “Darling I Love You” (Barvis)
Clay Brown “Everybody’s Talking” (Aljon)
Chuck Cockerham “Have I Got A Right” (Mala)
Moses Dillard And The Dynamic Showmen “Go ‘Way Baby” (Mark V)
Prince Paul & The Swingin’ Imperials “In The Beginning (You Really Loved Me)” (Parker)
The Originals Orch. “Who Dun It” (Sok-It)


Frankie & The Damons “The Man From Soul” (JCP) Follow-up 45 is on “Carolina Funk”.
Soul, Inc. “What Goes Up Must Come Down” (Emblem)
The Nomads “Somethin’s Bad” (Mo-Groov)
The Soul Set “Will You Ever Learn” (Bi-Me) Further reading.
Johnny White and the Mighty Crusaders “Physical, Healthy And Trim” (Valle-Dalle) Current website.
Jessie Woods “For Once In My Life” (Leo)
Eloise L. Jackson and the Bloommanets “Tender Loving Care” (United)
The Originals Orch. “Philly Dog” (Sok-It)


Souls Unlimited “The Raving Vampire (Pt. 1)” (Wigwam) Website of member M. Dupuy.
The Golden Toadstools “Silly Savage” (Minaret)
Sound Inc. “Go Away” (Aquarius)
Bob Meyer “I Only Get That Feeling” (Blue Soul)
The Opells “Day And Time” (Linco)
James (Mr. Soulfingers) Arnold “Your Chain Of Love” (Je-eeca)
Moses Dillard And The Dynamic Showmen “Pretty As A Picture” (Mark V)
The Magnificents “Mr. Kool” (Red Coach)


The Appreciations “No, No, No” (Aware)
Gene Barbour And Cavaliers “I Need A Love” (Hit) Further reading.
Kip Anderson “I Can’t” (Tomorrow) Further reading.
Buddy Tee and the Thrillers “If You Don’t Want Me” (Thrill)
Lu’s Grooves to Satisfaction “The Time Is Now” (United)
The Funk Connection “Going Our Way” (TFC)
The Funk Connection “Dedication” (Strawberry Jamm)


The D. J. Band “Ridin’ High” (Lake View)
Harry Deal And The Galaxies “Fonky, Fonky” (Eclipse) Current website.


Moses Dillard & The Tex Town Display “We Gotta Come Together” (Shout)
Opus Seven “Hey Big Brother” (Source)
Manifest Destiny “I’m Missing You” (Mark V)
Exit “I Wanna Be Close To You (When It Rains)” (Rex)
Sudden Change “Used To Think We Were Lovers” (Blackout)
One-On-One “Why Must (It Be That Way)” (Digital Sound Studio)
Tanger Harris & T.M.S. Band “This Lonely Dream” (Showcase) Flipside was reissued.


Toby King “Operator” (Cotton)
The Saints “Love Can Be” (Wigwam)
The Travelers “Love Is A Part Of Living” (Love)
Dorothy Glass & Dorothy Glass Singers “By The Time” (TAP)
The Sensational Brown Sisters and Mother “Tribute To Friends And Relatives” (Florentine) Related to the Brown Brothers?
Laurence Miller & The Carolina Playboys “I’ve Never Been To Vegas” (JSJ)
Cal Brandon “I Kept On Smilin’” (Hit Man) R.I.P. Cal “Skeeter” Brandon (1948-2008).


Brown Sugar Inc. “Sweet Love Of Mine” (Impel)
Style “Do You Miss My Love” (Panda) Myspace page of guitarist Garry Percell.
Babay “In Her Eyes” (SoundTrax)
The Gospel Impressions “Simple Prayer” (Pro Sound)


Ivan R. Sturdivant “The World That Died” (Strategy) Further reading. Video.
The Funk Connection “Dreams” (TFC)
The Funk Connection “Good Night” (Strawberry Jamm)
Harold Dickey “Dance” (DBF)

Black Dynamite Has Arrived!

Modern Blaxploitation smash Black Dynamite has finally touched down in the Carolinas for a one-week screening at Greensboro’s Carousel Cinemas. Attn: Most of that week is behind us! The film, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the delightfully bad Black action films of the 1970s, stars alpha male Michael Jai White as a karate-kicking ex-cop who returns to the streets to fight the power, the pushers, the Man, et al. Writer and director Scott Sanders is an Elizabeth City native and a UNC graduate to boot, making this movie’s better-late-than-never Triad debut all the more significant. 

To commemorate the occasion, Artistika Nightclub is throwing a party tonight, Wednesday, February 10th. Carolina Soul selector Harley Lyles will be on hand invoking cinematic moments with his qualified arsenal of righteous rarities. Click the flyer to show detail. Both experiences come highly recommended.

Welcome to the new Carolina Soul website.

Welcome everyone to the new Carolina Soul website. I first launched this website in the Fall of 2005, at which time it served only as a discography, listing 45-rpm soul records released in the Carolinas back in the day, as well as soul artists from the Carolinas and their records that came out on labels from other parts of the country. Thanks to collectors and musicians who have shared information plus dumb luck on my own part in trawling the internet and the real world, this reference has grown since the initial launch, and the process of discovery tells me that there’s more to come, and that the listings will continue to grow. Now, almost five years later, we are re-formatting the discography to make it more browsable, so stay tuned, and in the meantime, please keep viewing the old discography here.

I’m also happy to say that the Carolina Soul website now serves a second purpose, to share news, articles, interviews, media, mysteries, etc. of Carolina Soul via our new blog. Many thanks to my friend Jonathan Kirby for encouraging me to add this exciting feature, and for signing on as a partner in its maintenance. We hope that it will be a means for us to share our passion for this region and its musical output, and also a forum for you, the audience, to help us learn more. We will be delighted to hear from collectors, musicians, and fans who can shed light on the music and turn us on to new stuff. Please feel free to comment on our posts and/or email us about contributing through guest posts. Thanks.


The Carolina Soul website serves as a living encyclopedia of soul music made in North and South Carolina. We strive to share Carolinian songs and stories of the last half century, and we invite the input of musicians and fans. We hope you will contact us if you have information on bands or recordings from the region.