Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #8 – Luther Ingram: “If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don’t Want To Be Right)” b/w Hot Butter: “Popcorn” – Collectables Records Double A-Sided 45 RPM Single COL-3170 (O1/P1)


        Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – The Jukebox Series #8 – Luther Ingram: “If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don’t Want To Be Right)” b/w Hot Butter: “Popcorn” – Collectables Records Double A-Sided 45 RPM Single COL-3170 (O1/P1) “The Jukebox Series” focuses on the 80 records that inhabit my […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “36-22-36” by Bobby “Blue” Bland


Thirteen hours in a car, from Chicago to West Orange, New Jersey. Some would think of this mammoth road trip as a major drag…I see it as a golden opportunity for some uninterrupted music listening! Typically, I like to start long road trips with newer music I’m less familiar with, and as the miles and […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Pusher Love Girl” by Justin Timberlake


Growing up in public is nothing new. Sammy Davis, Jr. did it. So did Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Heck, even Justin Bieber’s doing it now. Some have handled it better than others, and while it’s probably not the easiest thing to do, there are some that make it seem effortless. Justin Timberlake is one […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Crazy” by Bettye LaVette

Summer of 2006…the only song you heard ANYWHERE was “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. The song was so prevalent, that while at Lollapalooza that August, no less than three bands performed it as part of their sets – The Raconteurs, Violent Femmes and, of course, Gnarls Barkley. Cee Lo Green has one of the greatest soul […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Take Me Back” by Aloe Blacc – Lollapalooza Recap Day 2


The sad truth about day two of Lollapalooza was the storm that evacuated the festival and closed it down for several crucial hours during the afternoon cancelling sets by Alabama Shakes and truncating sets by tUnE-yArDs and many others. Before the rain came, the day showed some promise including a terrific set by Aloe Blacc […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Think” by The 5 Royales


If ever a group deserved to be in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame, it should be The 5 Royales. Not only were they a pioneering R’n’B and Doo Wop vocal group, but they had one of the greatest songwriters of the era in Lowman “Pete” Pauling as a member. Pauling wrote most of […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Disparate Youth” by Santigold


American born Santi White got her start as an A&R rep for Epic Records before joining the band Stiffed who released two punk rock records in the early two-thousands. In 2008 she went solo in a new direction as a singer, songwriter and dance music maven and scored with the hit “Creator” from her self-titled […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Keep On Truckin’” by Eddie Kendricks from the 1973 album “Eddie Kendricks”


Originally a member of The Primes (to the Supremes’ Primettes), Kendricks possessed one of the most soulful voices in the group that would later be renamed The Temptations. His angelic falsetto voice climbed the charts numerous times on such classics as “Just My Imagination,” “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Get Ready” and dozens […]

Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “Hang Loose” by Alabama Shakes


Sometimes I find I’m way to critical a listener of music. On face value, the Alabama Shakes’ debut album “Boys & Girls” is a fine old-school, STAX-inspired soul record with sturdy songs sung by newcomer powerhouse vocalist Brittany Howard. But here’s where the rub comes…when I hear a retro record like this that hawks back […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Got A Job” by The Miracles


Before there was The Miracles, before there was Berry Gordy and before there was Motown, a talented singer and aspiring songwriter named William Robinson formed a group called The Matadors. The Matadors consisted of Bobby Rogers, Ronnie White, Warren Moore, and Claudette Rogers. They met a hungry promoter named Berry Gordy who had his first […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” by Jessie Hill


Mardi Gras may be over, but the music keeps rolling on. Jessie Hill was originally a drummer who backed both Professor Longhair and Huey “Piano” Smith before turning to vocals striking and out with his own group, The House Rockers. To further heighten his New Orleans pedigree, this track was produced by none other than […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Thin Line Between Love And Hate” by The Persuaders


Although they were best known for this 1971 million seller, The Persuaders also recorded the original versions of classics like “The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” (later covered and brought to the charts by Gladys Knight & The Pips) and “Some Guys Have All The Luck” (covered and charted by Rod Stewart). In […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Had You Told It Like It Was (It Wouldn’t Be Like It Is)” by Albert King


Like Jimi Hendrix after him, Albert King had a unique guitar sound due to his playing of a right handed guitar upside down with his left hand. In King’s world, he was pushing up on the strings a righty would normally push down on. His style was an inspiration to the likes of Robert Cray, […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “I Turned You On” by The Isley Brothers


From gossamer to “grit-tay”…yesterday I featured a track by the smooth soul group, The Delfonics…today we’re going gritty with this funky 1969 track by The Isley Brothers. They were one of the longest running R’n’B groups of all time forming in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1959 and recording and touring together in some form through 2010. […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Joy In Repetition” by Prince


There are guitarist who can play from the head, but rarer are the guitarists who play from the heart….you know, the ones whose emotions are left out hangin’ to dry with each note. Jimi Hendrix did…so did Jerry Garcia and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Derek Trucks sure does and so does Neil Young. Here we have […]