Weekly Recommended Listens: August 2017 – Week 2 – Sixties Soul

Hi everyone, this week we’re continuing our month long look at some of the best soul artists of the sixties, by checking out the music of Arthur Conley, Percy Sledge & Sly & The Family Stone.

And I’m going to switch formats a bit and just give you the bare bones cliff notes version of musical suggestions, i.e. Arthur Conley was a great soul artists from this sixties and his recommended streaming and albums on CD are –. After all, the music is the point! And on a time management note, I need to streamline my postings in order to have enough time to get to everything in Library Land – which is a very busy place!

And without further ado the listening recommendations of the week!

Freegal Music Recommendations Of The Week (streaming music):

Arthur Conley:

Arthur Conley’s music is rich and sweet soul music. On his recordings his expressive singing is backed by horns, piano and up-tempo guitar playing. He is best known for his hit Sweet Soul Music.

In the sixties he released four albums:
Shake, Rattle & Roll (1967)
Sweet Soul Music (1967)
Soul Directions (1968)
More Sweet Soul (1969)

A selection of his best songs include the previously mentioned Sweet Soul Music, Shake, Rattle & Roll, Funky Street, Shake Your Booty and Do We Need A Change.

The Freegal Music Catalog features one album by Arthur Conley titled One More: Sweet Soul Music and it was recorded in the seventies so it does fall outside our sixties time frame.

However, it is a fun album and a perfect accompaniment for summer parties!

Here’s the link to stream the album One More: Sweet Soul Music:


Percy Sledge:

Percy Sledge’s had an emotionally drenched style of singing. His singing style is exemplified by his biggest hit When A Man Loves A Woman. When he sings that song you can truly feel heartache through the music!

Percy Sledge released four albums in the sixties:
When A Man Loves A Woman (1966)
Warm & Tender Soul (1966)
The Percy Sledge Way (1967)
Take Time To Know Her (1968)

Percy’s best known songs include the previously mentioned When A Man Loves A Woman, Warm And Tender Love, It Tears me Up, Love Me Tender and Take Time To Know Her.

The Freegal Music Catalog doesn’t feature any studio albums by Percy Sledge. However, several of his songs are included in several various artist’s collections including:

 When A Man Loves A Woman:

From the album Grandes Éxitos del Soul, Vol. III 

Here’s a link to stream the album:


 My Prayer:

From the album Grandes Clásicos de los 60’s, Vol. X

Here’s a link to stream the album:


Sly & The Family Stone:

The original line up of Sly and the Family Stone featured singing siblings Sly, Freddie and Rose Stone, drummer Greg Ericco, bassist Larry Graham, singer and trumpet player Cynthia Robinson and saxophonist Jerry Martini.

Sly & The Family Stone released four albums in the sixties:
A Whole New Thing (1967)
Dance To The Music (1968)
Life (1968)
Stand! (1969)

The group’s best known songs include: Dance To The Music, Everyday People, Stand!, Hot Fun In the Summertime, Thank You, Everybody Is A Star, I Want To Take You Higher, Family Affair and If You Want Me To Stay.

 Remember Who You Are:

The Freegal Music Catalog features one album by Sly & The Family Stone titled Remember Who You Are. The LP was originally released in 1979 with the title Back On The Right Track and it falls outside of our sixties time frame; however, at it is the only studio album by the group found in the Freegal Music Catalog — it is the one to stream.

Here’s a link to stream Remember Who You Are: 


II. Artists of the Week Music on CD:

Albums on CD by the artists of the week will be available in the library’s collection shortly:

Soul Directions by Arthur Conley:

This excellent soul album was produced by the legendary Tom Dowd. On this album you can hear Conley’s gospel roots and what an inspiration his mentor Otis Redding was to him. The LP features the songs Otis Sleeps On, about the then recently departed Otis Redding, You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy, This Love Of Mine, Funky Street, Hear Say, Love Comes & Goes, Putting our Love Together & People Sure Act Funny.

When A Man Loves A Woman & Warm And Tender Soul Double LP Set by Percy Sledge:

This double LP set includes Percy’s first two albums, both of which were released in 1966. There are 27 songs in all including the title tracks of both albums and: Love Me All The Way, Thief In The Night, Love Makes The World Go Round, Try A Little Tenderness and (With) Every Beat of My Heart.

Stand! By Sly & The Family Stone:

This 1969 album features Sly & The Family Stone at the epitome of their musical and commercial success. The songs on this classic album include: Stand!, I Want To Take You Higher, Sing a Simple Song, Everyday People, Sex Machine, You Can Make It If You Try and Soul Clappin’ II.

And again, all three of these albums will be available for request in StarCat soon!

III. Videos Of This Weeks’ Artists/Groups

Arthur Conley:

Funky Street

Sweet Soul Music

Percy Sledge:

When A Man Loves A Woman

My Special Prayer

Sly & The Family Stone:

Everyday People & Dance To The Music

Thank You

IV. Print References:

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)
Sixties Rock: A Listener’s Guide by Robert Santelli (Contemporary Books. Chicago. 1985.)

Online References:

Arthur Conley, Percy Sledge and Sly & The Family Stone AllMusic Biographies & Discographies from the allmusic.com site found at:

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL
P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and including our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York. Library cards are free and at our library you can obtain one by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features both your name and your current address.


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