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Atlantic Records: The Story Of How One Record Label Changed The World
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Atlantic Records: The Story Of How One Record Label Changed The World

For 75 years, Atlantic Records has been home to an array of artists and landmark albums. It is one of the most influential labels in history.

Best Soul Singers: 20 Must-Hear Voices From Soul Music’s Golden Era
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Best Soul Singers: 20 Must-Hear Voices From Soul Music’s Golden Era

From powerhouse personalities to gentle falsettos, the best soul singers can make you dance or weep, can touch your hearts or move your hips.

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman: Aretha Franklin’s Song Of Discovery
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(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman: Aretha Franklin’s Song Of Discovery

A song inviting multiple readings, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman became an anthem in Aretha Franklin’s hands.

‘Spirit In The Dark’: How Aretha Franklin Shone A Light On Her Soul
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‘Spirit In The Dark’: How Aretha Franklin Shone A Light On Her Soul

A conceptual triumph, ‘Spirit In The Dark’ is a deeply personal album on which Aretha Franklin asserts her dignity in love and in society.

‘Don’t Play That Song!’ How Ben E King Broke Through With Soul
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‘Don’t Play That Song!’ How Ben E King Broke Through With Soul

Containing classics such as Stand By Me and the title track, ‘Don’t Play That Song!’ made Ben E King one of the finest singers of his era.

‘Super Fly’: How Curtis Mayfield Fashioned A Blaxploitation Classic
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‘Super Fly’: How Curtis Mayfield Fashioned A Blaxploitation Classic

The ultimate Blaxploitation soundtrack, Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Super Fly’ album transcends the movie it was written for.

Good Times: How Chic’s “Bang-Bang Boogie” Song Inspired Hip-Hop
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Good Times: How Chic’s “Bang-Bang Boogie” Song Inspired Hip-Hop

Boasting one of the most-sampled hooks in history, Chic’s funky disco song Good Times made waves and kick-started the art of sampling.

‘Amazing Grace’: How Aretha Franklin Took Gospel Into The Mainstream
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‘Amazing Grace’: How Aretha Franklin Took Gospel Into The Mainstream

Recorded live in church, Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ was a landmark gospel album that converted believers and non-believers alike.

Aretha Franklin: Why The “Queen Of Soul” Will Never Lose Her Crown
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Aretha Franklin: Why The “Queen Of Soul” Will Never Lose Her Crown

Gifting her life to us through her art, Aretha Franklin remains the singer against which all others will forever be judged.

‘I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You’: Aretha Franklin’s Soul Serenade
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‘I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You’: Aretha Franklin’s Soul Serenade

Crowning Aretha Franklin the ‘Queen Of Soul’, the ‘I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You’ album was ‘the sound of self-assurance’.

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