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April 1, 2020:

Looking For The Antecedent To Narvel Echols' "Country Folks Party"

Pictured: Nellie "Tiger" Travis

Listen to Narvel Echols singing "Country Folks Party" on YouTube.


first i want to say, i like your website very much. i‘m from austria and its complicate to find new southern soul songs. so i like this very much ??

my question: the song from narvel echols covers some parts of a great old soul song. do you know the original artist?

best regards from austria


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Very sorry for the delay, Gernot. Yes, I do know the original artist. It’s the Florida disco-era band K.C. & The Sunshine Band doing “Boogie Shoes,” and you’re referring to the horn charts from the song.

Listen to K.C. & The Sunshine Band singing "Boogie Shoes" on YouTube.

Many southern soul fans know it as the synthesized horn riff from Nellie “Tiger” Travis’s’ “If I Back It Up,” her early-career, signature song. Nellie’s writer, Floyd Hamberlin Jr., was the first southern soul producer to lift and use the riff in a southern soul single.

Then, after all this time, there's a run on this horn lick. Not only Narvel Echols in ”Country Folks Party”. It’s also sampled by Avail Hollywood on his latest album BLACK LOCOMOTIVE in the tune “Got To Get It,” copied a little in Hisyde’s “Hap Here,” and used extensively by Blind Ricky McCants & Joe Nice in Blind Ricky's”Sugar Daddy”.

Thanks for being such a curious southern soul listener.

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March 13, 2020:

Re: Jeter Jones Concert Venue Change In Dallas March 29th and Concert-Going During COVID 19 Outbreak In General

Good morning~~~

I went to Club Odyssey in Dallas to buy tickets for Jeter Jones on March 29 and they said that he’s not going to be there. Has there been a change in the venue or the date?? Please advise and thanks.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

I’m checking with Jeter on that. Will get back to you.

Daddy B. Nice follows up:

Hi Kendra,

Jeter says that venue has changed to the White Diamonds club. Here are the particulars:

Sunday, March 29, 2020. White Diamonds Bar & Grill, 3906 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas, Texas. Cookie B-Day Bash. Jeter Jones & The Perfect Blend Band and more. Doors open 6 pm. 469-765-7214.

Daddy B. Nice adds:

Although this is a separate and more general issue, Daddy B. Nice recommends that, due to the COVID 19 outbreak, potential concert-goers reach out via published websites, ticket-sellers and phone numbers in the Concert Calendar to insure the events they wish to attend are still scheduled to take place.

See Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar.

Kendra replies:

Thank you so much!

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March 7, 2020:

LOOKING FOR A SONG LETTER: Earl Duke's "Salt In My Sugar Bowl"


I wanted to know if you could get me a copy of Earl Dukes song salt in my sugar bowl?


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Great song, Adrian. Brings back great memories. Chicago southern soul composer/producer Floyd Hamberlin (Nellie "Tiger" Travis' "Mr. Sexy Man," "If I Back It Up," etc.) wrote this song and "Mississippi Boy" (by Will T.) for a compilation he and Charles Wilson were going to publish. "Mississippi Boy" and "Salt In My Sugar Bowl" were added to the sampler as bonus tracks. (All the other songs were performed by Wilson.) Against Hamberlin's wishes, Charles Wilson went ahead and released the collection on his own, and "Salt In My Sugar Bowl" was never released again under Earl Duke's name or anyone else's. You can still find "Salt In My Sugar Bowl" on the CD at Amazon (along with the original "Mississippi Boy") at this link:

Buy Charles Wilson's IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT CD at Amazon.

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February 23, 2020:

Readers Respond To 'Reviewer's Rant'

Hello Daddy B. Nice

I Read Where Mr. David Whiteis expressed his concern about Not having hard copies on certain artist sent to him. Well I Can't speak for All Artist But I will speak on Behalf of Dee Dee Simon. If He would like her music sent to him for review Then Please have him to contact me. Her Contact/Booking Info isn't hard to find online. I send music out on several artist via Mp3 and/or hard copies to over 2,000 DJs, Promoters etc on A Weekly basis. So I'm Not opposed to sending him anything. So For Anyone Who May be seeking Info on Dee Dee Simon as far as Bookings, Music, Appearances etc Please Contact Melody Hudson aka DJ Melle Mel (That Lady DJ) at (251)554-9861 or Via Email
Melody Hudson
That Lady DJ Productions
DJ Melle Mel (That Lady DJ)

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Well, Melody, I for one want you to send me a hard copy of Dee Dee's new album for review. (Daddy B Nice, Southern Soul, P.O. Box 19574, Boulder, Colorado 80308). And I will post your response for the benefit of David and other readers. (Always let me know if you want it taken down due to your phone blowing up.)

Daddy B. Nice notes:

Dee Dee Simon currently holds down the #2 spot on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles, with "Da Fire" (February 2020).



Well, artists don't seem too eager to send MP3s to folks like me, either. It's even more difficult because "albums" (song collections, regardless of format) seem also to have faded away. I've already approached Living Blues about extending their reviews to include singles, but since the vast majority of singles these days (again, no matter what the format) are southern soul, they weren't interested. The end result is that a lot of artists with the potential to appeal to a much wider and diverse audience aren't getting heard outside their own already-established network of online friends and fans.

Marketing oneself solely online is well and good, but the way to really get your stuff out there into the wider world is to find a way to reach people who DON'T know who you are, but who would really like your music if they got to hear it. These folks won't be googling you or clicking onto your website, because right now they've never heard of you; but they'd really like your music if they got to hear it. That's what writers and critics from other media and sources can help out with.


Daddy B. Nice notes:

Watch for Daddy B. Nice's upcoming review of Always the Queen
The Denise LaSalle Story (with David Whiteis).

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February 16, 2020: Three Miscellaneous Letters

1. Looking For A Song By Jesse Graham: Stop The Rain Inquiry


I’m from Mobile, AL and I have been looking for “Lovers before friends” by Jesse Graham for years and I cannot seem to find it anywhere on the web or any information about it. Where can I at least stream the song let alone purchase a CD/cassette? My father used to play southern soul for me when I was a little girl and we love this kind of music. We just can’t seem to find this song that we used to play off a long lost blues mix cassette. Please help,


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Sorry for the long delay, Jaelyn. I actually hear from Jesse Graham fairly often--sometimes positive, sometimes negative--and I was hoping to re-discover his e-mail address after both a computer crash and the usual storage and deletion problems that plague my site due to the volume of mp3's I get. Unfortunately, I can't follow up right now because I can't find Jesse's info. Watch the site. He's due to write me one of these days and I'll ask him.

Daddy B Nice

2. Thank You Letter from Summer Wolfe

Daddy B Nice

I was so overjoyed of the review and recognition that you gave me.. not to mention that I finally got that drawing??. I want to thank you and to make that you understand just how much I appreciate you for your continuous support & honesty, it makes me better as an artist. But I must admit that when I saw the feature of me, I literally started screaming, I couldn't get it out... All I could say was "THIS IS A BIG DEAL...THIS IS HUGE!!".. I screenshoted it to EVERYBODY twice...and is so honored to have a place on your means everything to me and I thank you so much!!

Daddy B Nice notes:

See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Summer Wolfe.

3. Reviewer's Rant to Daddy B Nice From "Southern Soul Blues" Author David Whiteis:

I know I've said this many times before . . .

. . . but just clicking rapidly through some of your latest links (Avail, Dee Dee Simon, J-Wonn, et al.)--really good stuff. If ONLY these artists (or their management) would send product to reviewers, we could get the word out about them to listeners who otherwise probably wouldn't know of them.

I only wish . . .

David Whiteis

Daddy B Nice replies:

I agree, but the world has changed and will never be the same. I still get CD's, but fewer all the time. Ecko Records is the best at sending hard copies of their artists' material. Everyone these days wants to send mp3's via e-mail, and that works, but somehow those hard copies have a presence that e-mails will never have. They're also more likely to be reviewed because they don't go away. (As evidence see today's posting of the Itz Karma release KARMA UNLEASHED in Daddy B Nice's New CD Reviews.) Which reminds me that one new-guard label--Jonez Boy Entertainment, the Jeter Jones-fronted recording group--mails out their artist's material. If you need a hook-up, David, let me know.

The new young artists may think it won't help their careers sending product for professional review--they may think it's all about their audience, and that's partially true--but what they fail to realize is the very real influence being professionally reviewed means to their long-term careers and their place in southern soul history.

Daddy B Nice notes:

David Whiteis's new book, the autobiography of the southern soul superstar, Always the Queen: The Denise LaSalle Story, has just been published by the University Of Illinois Press. (And I'm ashamed to say it's still sitting in its mailer on my vintage 1940's, stand-up, wood-cabinet radio with a basket of unopened CD's.) Hopefully, I will get to it soon. One thing for sure. It won't go away! - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

February 1, 2020.

Thank You Letter: Best of 2019

Hello Daddy B Nice!!!

I would first like to say thank you for all that you do. Thank you for giving Southern Soul a platform and supporting good quality music. Secondly I am honored to be recognized as having one of the best albums this past year and among its top producers. I do have to inform you that I am not responsible for the production of Get It Done Right. Those credits belong to my good friend Simeo Overall. I am however responsible 4 production on Party Starter, Don't Disturb This Groove, For The Weekend and several others (Nellie Tiger Travis, Mr. Sexy Man Remix and Mr. David's Knock the Fire Remix, which are not featured on this project). I hope this doesn't impact my nomination but I cannot take credit for someone else's work. Thank you again and I look forward to another year of pushing Southern Soul music to the forefront!!!


See Daddy B. Nice's Artist Guide to Joe Nice.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

I also heard from Simeo and got it all straightened out.

See Daddy B. Nice's Best Of 2019: Albums, Producers.

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January 18, 2020:

RE: "I Love Southern Soul" on Amazon


Happy New Year!

Have either of you seen the first episode of the Amazon reality show "I Love Southern Soul?" It's one of the offerings which can be streamed for free with an Amazon Prime account.

I cannot stress enough that the producers are going for a "Real Housewives"-style affair full of shouting and screaming rather than a more traditional documentary about the genre we all love, but perhaps it will draw some new fans to the music of Stephanie McDee, Rosalyn Candy and whatever artists appear in future episodes.

Take care,

PS -- Daddy is as always free to run my comments in his mailbag.

Daddy B. Nice notes:

This letter was cc'd to David Whiteis, whose biography of Denise LaSalle is to be released soon. Both Noah Schaffer and Whiteis write for Living Blues Magazine. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

January 18, 2020

RE: Best of 2019: Nekita Waller

Hi Daddy B Nice

Thank you for recognizing my friend Nekita Waller’s song.

Nekita was born in Alabama and her parents were raised there. She may have grown up in Connecticut but her southern roots and family are extremely important to her. To be recognized by you is really awesome. I know the song didn’t get much play up here.

I can’t wait to show her your page.

Thank you

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Hey, thanks for responding, Jessica. I don't know if you saw Nikita's Top 10 Singles charting in March of 2019. You can check it out by going to the Comprehensive Index.

4. "Won't Stop Loving You"-----Nekita Waller

Connecticut southern soul! Who woulda thought? Hey, Peggy Scott-Adams recorded her classics in Van Nuys! (That's Los Angeles.) If it's got that down-south feeling, it can come from anywhere. And I love the video with the impromptu dancers. Never would have heard this instant classic if not for DJ Sir Rockinghood!

Listen to Nekita Waller singing "Won't Stop Loving You" on YouTube.

See Daddy B. Nice's BEST OF 2019.

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January 1, 2020:

Daddy B Nice Bias?
Music Over Lyrics

Pokey Bear

Dear Daddy B Nice,

I really enjoy your reviews. As a reviewer/critic, do you have any particular biases that would help artists like me?

P.S. Please don't use my name.


Daddy B Nice replies:

Me? Biases? Are you kidding? Okay, I'll give you a straight answer. My main and overriding bias. I favor music over lyrics. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate lyrics. Lyrics (conveying thoughts) are obviously easier to write about in a review. And great lyrics, as we all know, will take great music to another level. But what draws me to a song is first and foremost the instrumental track and the vocal--the "sound" of the vocal, not the words.

Crystal Thomas

And it's often evident in the first few bars of a song, before a singer even gets to the words. That's what pulls me in. It's an "ear" thing, a physical thing. I'm looking for a new, favorite melody or dance hook or passionate vocal to get me through the next month of work, commuting and leisure. So as a reviewer, I follow the same formula as I would as a fan.

I do think artists make a mistake by starting with lyrics (sometimes calling it a "concept") and then searching for music to carry the words. Great lyrics are often wasted if they're tied to a sub-par instrumental track.

A couple of the most glaring examples of my bias:

Listen to Pokey Bear and Crystal Thomas singing "All I Want Is You"

I was so enamored of the music--the instrumental track (Beat Flippa) and vocals by Pokey Bear and Crystal Thomas (their "sound," not the words)--including a year-end award ("Best Collaboration")--that I didn't realize it was a Christmas song until six months later. And this in spite of the fact "Christmas Eve" is mentioned in the lyrics.


Listen to Champagne singing "Mouth On You" on YouTube.

I can't pretend I didn't hear the X-rated lyrics to this scandalous Highway Heavy ode to fellatio, but it was the music--Tyree Neal's incredibly-inspired guitar, H.H.'s smoky, deep-soul organ, and Champagne's mesmerizing vocal and voice-overs--that hooked me, so much so that I would have given it a #1 if the lyrics had been--

"Let me put my scarf on you."

Believe it or not.

Daddy B Nice

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December 12, 2019

Thank You Letter:

Awesome Website

Pictured: Bobby Womack

Hello Daddy B. Nice,

I just wanted to take the time to thank you for a well developed, articulated, informative and definitely detailed website. Being a "true mobile DJ" your website helps keep me informed as well as up to date with everything Southern Soul/Blues. Your integrity and passion for your craft shows throughout your website. May you have continued success with all of your endeavors!!!

DJ Marvelous Marc

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Thank you, Marc. Really appreciate it! - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

December 5, 2019:

Looking For A Song Letter: Artist Inquiry

Daddy B Nice,

Hi. How are you? I follow your playlists online to keep up with new music. I heard a song on the radio and it has the beat and some lyrics of Betty Wright's Tonight Is The Night but another female is singing. I was wondering if you know who's the artist. I asked a local DJ (we're in south Alabama) and he didn't know who sings the song but he's heard it.


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Oh, Tamella, you've really put a bug in my night-shirt. I think I've heard that song you're talking about too, but it was awhile back and I can't remember it now. I'll post your question in the Mailbag and see if anyone else can help. Also, I always like to remind people that Betty "stole" that melody/instrumental track from Italian rock and roller Felix Cavaliere of The Young Rascals. "Groovin'"... A true classic.

Tamella replies:

Hi. My friend found it. It's Angel Faye Russell,....My Baby Boo Remix. I didn't know Betty "stole" the melody. I'll be sure to check out Felix Cavaliere's song. Thanks for the info.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Good for you! - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

November 30, 2019:

Looking For A Song Letter: trying to find "what i like about christmas" by patrick green

Daddy B. Nice,

Heard this song in Houston Texas can't seem to find it. Can you help me find a copy?

thanks so much.

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Anybody help?

(Patrick Green is Daddy B. Nice's 55th-ranked southern soul artist.)

A reader replies:

What I Like About Christmas by Patrick Green:

I downloaded it from The Boogie Report.


Daddy B. Nice adds:

Thanks, Pete! The "Boogie Report" is a long-running, ever-changing, tech-and-media-savvy website run by Jerry "Boogie" Mason, who also churns out promotional e-mails to the southern soul community. Here is his current base website: The Boogie Report. It may take a bit of doing to search through Boogie's many pages for the Christmas song you're looking for, but if unsuccessful, there is always the option of contacting Boogie through his website e-mail. He has featured Patrick Green in many promotional features and downloads recently. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide
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November 17, 2019:


Record Pool

Daddy B Nice

How can I join to get mp3 to download?'





i'm in need of more southern soul music,I checked out your website and I believe I've found the jackpot. How can I get music from your list?



Daddy B. Nice replies:

Remember, there's a universe of southern soul artists out there--it's not just a small or exclusive or recently-formed club--so you will have to find the music through the individual artist, which is not hard at all. Links to CD's and mp3's are scattered everywhere in the website content. I know, because I painstakingly insert them; it's one of the "perks" of the site. But if you're not on a page with links to a retailer, or if you're on a page that only offers links to Youtube viewings (another "perk" of the site) there are three surefire ways to buy the music. One, go to the CD/MP3 Store.

If you can't find what you want in the CD Store, go to one of two indexes. The Index to Artist Guides takes you to feature pages on the artist. Each artist guide has a Recommended Singles section (right-hand column) with retail links, in addition to links in the text of the page's stories. If you're on one of the Top 100 charts it will also take you to the artist guides by clicking the artist's name.

If all else fails and you cannot find an mp3 in either the CD Store or the Artist Guides, go to Daddy B. Nice's Comprehensive Index. This index attempts to instantly link the reader to all references to the artist throughout the website's hundreds of pages. Hopefully, there you will find what you're looking for, no matter how obscure.

--Daddy B. Nice - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Looking For A Song Letter

Dear Daddy B. Nice,

I recently played a v.a. cassette tape that I recorded in 2006. And I can’t figure out who the artist is on one song. It’s a slow blues song by a woman accompanied w/guitar (BBK style), organ, bass & drums.
The title might be “ONE NIGHT WITH YOU “

The opening lyrics are:

I’m a loose woman, Wrapped up in lust.

Imagine you here with me,
Just the two of us.

So just stop talking daddy,
Let your body do some walking, over here.

I’m just an open minded fool, trying to make my dreams come true.

Just one night with you.

Being a loose woman gives me flexibility.
I can can swim a river, climb a tree.
And take care of you without leaving my seat.

Any help from you or your readers would be appreciated.

Thanks, Pete

Daddy B. Nice replies:

I'm stumped, Pete. Haven't a clue. As you suggest, I'll give the readers a chance to weigh in. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Avail Hollywood Checks In!

What’s up MR. B NICE ... Been a minute— HOPE ALL IS WELL!! You didn’t hear this from me, but Avail Still Sings, STILL PRODUCES, still records and mix, still writes, all his stuff, still pack out and HEADLINES venues, EVERY WEEKEND ... ??????. and sold a lil bit over $90,000.00 downloads this year alone on independently-that means by my damn self !!???????? Now if that ain’t worth a lil article I don’t know what is!!.... lol I can’t talk about show money. IRS MIGHT COME LOOKING FOR ME????.... IM THE REAL DEAL MAN!!!! peace LUV YA , keep doing what you do!

p.s. that ranked 47 southern soul artist is so UNDERRATED and only two 5 star singles. Come on now U CANT BE SERIOUS TWENTY FIVE AND UP GOT 5.5million hits just on YouTube man that’s a damn CLASSIC !!! Not to mention SINKING IN QUICK SAND, and Lil Age On It

Daddy B. Nice replies:

Good to hear from you, man. Always glad to hear you giving me some shit. I’m working on your calendar postings today. I like your letter too, and I’m trying to decide whether to put it in the Mailbag (pending your approval) or siphon some of the stuff into an upcoming DBN’s Corner “News & Notes”. Any preference? Stay bad now!

Avail Hollywood replies:

Lol now you know don’t no southern soul artist BOAST more than AVAIL HOLLYWOOD!! and plus the great SOUTHERNSOULRNB.COM IS the home of AVAIL HOLLYWOOD ???? now u remember that!!

no But humble-ly its always great to here back from you DADDY B! YOU R A LEGEND MANNN!!

but of course POST THIS!! like the younger generation say “a lil CLOUT/CONTROVERSY” don’t hurt nobody!

Ps! Pray for me I’m a 36 year old SOUL singer with 115 songs Out, and I’m itching to drop another 12track album after CHRISTMAS—— guess you could probably say I’m a studio junky, and “REHAB AINT WORKING” that’s why I been “DRINKING AGAIN”, I stay “WASTED”, but you can do that when you “TWENTY FIVE AND UP”!! ??????. Let me go I could do this all day!!

we Love ya Man!

Avail Hollywood

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RE: News & Notes: Mixtape DJ's

Daddy B. Nice,

Hey thanks for mentioning my mix in your article.

DJ Mr. Melvin

Mr Melvin's Super Southern Soul Blues.

Hello Daddy B Nice,

I would like to thank you for all your hard work, without you I feel there will be no DJ Sir Rockinghood. You have kept it real on every aspect of Southern Soul/Blues and I hope everyone can see your passion. You have given us a place to learn about the history as well as the the present of good Southern Soul/Blues music.

Again Thank You,

DJ Sir Rockinghood

Ain't No Stopping Me Now SS Mix.

Read the article "News & Notes: BOOKS...MIXTAPES...RADIO STATIONS"
on Daddy B. Nice's Corner. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Re: Lee Fields - "I'll Put My Life On The Line"

Daddy B. Nice,

(Re:) Your link:
Lee Fields Artist Guide

A friend in Manhattan let me listen to a track from Lee's BDA release "Let Me Hit It"

The song "Tell Me Where To Be" seems to be the one you are describing in your original 2011 post.

It seems that this song was also on his cassette "I Got A Problem" although I don't know if it is the same version.

Lee was not filing copyrights for most of his work in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
This Title does not show up on as a song he wrote.

During the interview, perhaps Lee did not recall this, even though the lyrics frequently mention "Life On The Line." I suspect that he hasn't listened to these cassettes in ages since he has moved away from the modern Southern soul style.

It's hard to say whether there was a release by Johnny Vincent, but it would have had to be after his third Ace CD in 1996. Wikipedia says that Johnny Vincent sold Ace in 1997. I don't know what (if any) involvement he had on Avanti. There are a couple of Ace 45s (5012, 5013) from 1995 or so that have not turned up anywhere, so it is possible that one might be from Lee, but it seems more likely that any Ace 45 would have come from an existing CD. So I'm skeptical about a release by Johnny Vincent, but it's certainly possible since you heard it on a radio station in Jackson, MS.

Before you update your webpage, please try to find one of these cassettes to verify that this is the song you remember. Maybe that Chicago music writer has a copy. If you do post something, please don't use my name.

Good luck!


Daddy B. Nice replies:

Dear (Anonymous),

I really appreciate this letter because you have unearthed the first documented release (actually two documented releases) of the Lee Fields single ("I'll Put My Life On The Line") in question. As a matter of fact, for many years I presumed the title of the song was "Tell Me Where To Be". I often did online searches with the keywords "Tell me where to be"--with, of course, no results. I only settled on the title "I'll Put My Life On The Line" after talking with DJ Handyman (WMPR Jackson, Mississippi deejay). He said the title was "I'll Put My Life On The Line," but I often suspected that he wasn't sure himself--that is, that he didn't have a copy of the single in front of him at the moment I was talking with him. My decision to go with Handyman's title "I'll Put My Life On The Line" was also influenced by the fact that the late Tina Diamond and the late Reggie P. had done a cover of the tune called "Life On The Line". I'm not going to "update" any text in the Lee Fields artist guide, but I am going to include the "alternate" title in the song heading and I'm going to post your most informative letter. Thank you!

P.S. I'm an old Manhattanite (eighties).

P.P.S. By the way, and coincidentally, Lee Fields touts the #1 single this month (September '19) on Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles with a capsule review that says in part: Wouldn't it be ironic if Lee Fields, who left southern soul and the chitlin' circuit for greener pastures in the "Little J.B" mainstream, should turn out to be the embodiment of everything southern soul strives to be?

A reader responds:

For what it's worth, when I asked Lee Fields, for my Living Blues profile, about why "Life On the Line" was virtually impossible to find, he answered: "“That’s because I was on Ace Records, and the contract was up. Johnny Vincent was focusing on some of his other artists, so he never go the chance to really push that record or put it out there. It was released, but it wasn’t released properly. The contract was over. I began to decide to move on; there were certain things that were happening with the label that I didn’t really go along with, so . . . I said, well, I’m just going to wait my contract out. And that’s what I did. I knew I was going.”

David W.

Daddy B. Nice notes: David Whiteis, the "Chicago music writer" mentioned in the letter above, is the author of an upcoming biography of Denise LaSalle. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Re: Marquee Of Soul:
More info regarding blues artist?


My name is Tiffany and I was wondering if you have heard of a blues singer by the name of the Marquee of Soul? I saw him at a show recently and truly enjoyed him. He sung a few of his songs like Yo Daddy, Giving that thang up and this particular song got the crowd to grooving - think it was Party on the Weekend. I was told he was a former background singer for Shirley Brown. Do you know of this artist? Any albums out, etc. Thought his show was really good.



Daddy B. Nice replies:

I first noticed The Marquee' of Soul cropping up in venue line-ups in Daddy B. Nice's Concert Calendar. He's posted a picture of his unpublished 2007 release, Kitty Purr, on his YouTube page for the song "Party On The Weekend," and he's published two singles, "Party On the Weekend" and "Stalkin'", at CD Baby. Although I've never heard from him, The Marquee' has a distinctive vocal style, and I'd watch for him to soon be breaking into Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles. - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

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Daddy B. Nice's Top 10 Souther Soul Singles

Friday, April 3, 2020. Indiana Farmers Coli-
seum, 1202 East 38th St., Indianapolis, Indiana. 2nd Annual Indy Blues Festival 2020. Latimore, Lenny Williams, Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Pokey Bear.

9:30 pm, Friday, April 3, 2020. Platinum Event Center, 132 Georgetown St., Hazlehurst, Mississippi. "Let Me Take Care Of You Tour". Adrian Bagher, Coldrank. BYOB. 601-668-0160, 601-668-0160.

7 pm, Saturday, April 4, 2020. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galeria Pkwy., Atlanta, Georgia. Pokey Bear, Shirley Brown, Latimore, Bobby Rush, Clarence Carter, Theodis Ealey, Melvia “Chick” Rodgers-Williams. Tickets.

Saturday, April 4, 2020. The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North, Mobile, Alabama. Spring Fling Music Festival 2020. Lil' Jimmie, Pokey Bear, Jeff Floyd, O.B. Buchana, T.K. Soul, Wendell B, Tucka, Calvin Richardson, Jeter Jones, Magic One, Sir Charles Jones, Coldrank, Lebrado, King South, Lady Q, Summer Wolfe, Lacee, Karen Wolfe, Mr. Smoke, R&B Pooh, Kenny Cox, Itz Karma, Sassy D, Fat Daddy, Lamar Brace, Big Yayo, P2K, Big Mucci, Tamara McClain, Till 1, Ann DeVae, Tara, Rico Cason, Ida Lee, Rhomey, Madonna and more. See official website. 251-379-8283. Buy tickets.

Saturday, April 4, 2020. The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North, Mobile, Alabama. Southern Soul Network VIP Stage at Spring Fling Music Festival 2020. Carolyn Staten, Angel Faye Russell, Mz. Connie, Jennifer Watts, Lamar Brace, Mo' B, O.C. Soul, Uncle Phunk, Hummin' Boy, Cadillac Man, Vicki Baker, Eric Nolan, Mr. Lyle, Frederick, Donyale Renee, Lokey Kountry, Britt Foxx, Jo Jo Hammett, Uncle Eddie, Mr. Salt, Shai Simone. Host: DJ Uncle Verge.

8 pm, Saturday, April 4, 2020. Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton St., Ruston, Louisiana. 10th Annual Celebrities B-Day Party & Show. Donnie Ray, Avail Hollywood, Adrian Bagher, Karen Brown, Mr. Juicy (Luster Baker). Doors open 7 pm. 318-805-8609, 318-242-0024, 318-251-8613. BYOB.

8:30 pm, Saturday, April 4, 2020. Central City Complex, 609 West Woodrow Wilson Avenue, Jackson, Mississippi. Willie Clayton B-Day Bash. Willie Clayton. Doors open 7 pm. 601-352-9075.

8 pm, Friday, April 10, 2020. Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, 705 Elvis Presley Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana. 14th Annual Shreveport Blues Festival. O.B. Buchana, Pokey Bear, Tucka, Jeter Jones, Calvin Richardson, Melvia “Chick” Rodgers-Williams. Tickets.

9:30 pm, Saturday, April 11, 2020. Incommons Bank Building, 307 East Commerce St., Mexia, Texas. R.T. Taylor, RnB Pooh, Itz Karma, Jeter Jones, Shana D, Tasha Mac. 254- 562-3821.

Saturday, April 11, 2020. Canton Multi-Purpose Complex, 501 Soldiers Colony Road, Canton, Mississippi. Bigg Robb, LaMorris Williams, Vicki Baker and more. 601-859-4830.

Friday, April 17, 2020. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 North Academy Street, Greenville, South Carolina. 5th Annual Greenville Blues Festival. Tucka, Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Lacee, Theodis Ealey, Calvin Richardson. 864-241-3800. Tickets.

7 pm, Saturday, April 25, 2020. Mississippi Coliseum, Mississippi State Fairgrounds, 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson, Mississippi. 2020 Soul City Blues Fest. Ms. Jody, Sir Charles Jones, Ronnie Bell, Omar Cunningham, L.J. Echols, Lenny Williams. Tickets.

Sunday, May 3, 2020. LA Purchase Gardens And Zoo, 1405 Bernstein Park Drive, Monroe, Louisiana. First Sundays At The Zoo: Crab Fest 2020. L.J. Echols & Neckbone Band, Jeter Jones & Perfect Blend Band, Donnie Ray, J. Red The Nephew, P2K, Nathaniel Kimble. Hosts: Rob Lloyd, DJ Trucker. Gates open 2 pm. 318-348-8846.

7 pm, Friday, May 8, 2020. African American Heritage Center, 1600 Phoenix Square, Hammond, Louisiana. Jeter Jones, Calvin Richardson, Arthur Young, Leroy Jermaine. 985-542-4259.

8 pm, Friday, May 8, 2020. Ruston Civic Center, 401 North Trenton St., Ruston, Louisiana. Pre-Mothers' Day Black & Gold Affair. Fat Daddy, Bigg Robb, Kenne' Wayne, Ghetto Cowboy, Benito, C. Lamont, Rodnae. Deejay: DJ Big Daddy. Doors open 7 pm. 318-436-6905.

8 pm, Saturday, May 9, 2020. Florence Center, 3300 West Radio Drive, Florence, South Carolina. Southern Soul Music Festival. Lebrado, Tucka, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Pokey Bear, Calvin Richardson. Doors open 7 pm. Buy tickets.

2 pm, Saturday, May 9, 2020. National Peanut Festival Amphitheater, 5622 US-231, Dothan, Alabama. Tri-State 7th Annual Family Reunion Concert Adrian Bagher, Bigg Robb, J-Wonn, Jeter Jones, Karen Wolfe, O.B. Buchana, T.K. Soul, Willie Clayton. 334-793-4323.

2 pm, Sunday, May 10, 2020. The Magnolia Center, Laurel Fairgrounds, 1457 Ellisville Blvd., Laurel, Mississippi. 33rd Annual Mother's Day Blues Festival. Bobby Rush, Tucka, O.B. Buchana, Ra'Shad The Blues Kid, Lebrado, L.J. Echols, Big Yayo, Lady Trucker and more. 601-649-9010.

8 pm, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Tallahassee Pavilion, Tallahassee, 2415 North Monroe St., Tallahassee, Florida. Southern Soul Festival 2020. Sir Charles Jones, Pokey Bear, Tucka, Calvin Richardson. 850-999-6326. Buy tickets.

11 am, Saturday, May 23, 2020. Huntsville Dragway, 502 Quarter Mountain Road, Harvest, Alabama. 24th Annual Old School & Blues Festival. Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Morris Day & The Time, Chubb Rock, Montell Jordan, Freddie Jackson, Regina Belle, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Ronnie Bell, Poka Jones, Lavelle, Dee Bradley, Whodini and more. Host: Lightfoot. Tickets.

1 pm, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Windy Hill Vineyard, 14663 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. Lloyd 2020 Southern Soul & Blues Festival. Mr. David, J.T. Money, 69 Boyz, Mystikal, Lakeside, Teena Cisco, Big Yayo, Coldrank, Cupid, Jeter Jones, Lacee. 850- 894-1511.

Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7, 2020. Millenium Park, 201 East Randolph St., Chicago, Ilinois. 37th Annual Chicago Blues Festival. Line-Up to be announced. See festival website. Free admission.

2 pm, Saturday, June 6, 2020. Lithonia Amphitheatre, 2515 Park Drive, Lithonia, Georgia (Atlanta). 3rd Annual Back Yard Boogie Festival. Avail Hollywood & DJ Trac, Jeter Jones, T.J. Hooker Taylor, Wilson Meadows, Carolyn Staten, CoCo Wade, Uncle Wayne, Antwuan Lefthand Lewis & Kollaboration, DJ Mr. Melvin. Gates open 1 pm. 770-265-3023. Tickets.

7 pm, Saturday, June 13, 2020. Union County Fairgrounds, 1430 East 19th St., El Dorado, Arkansas. 19th Annual South Ark Soulfest. J-Wonn, Bigg Robb, Jeter Jones, P2K, R&B Pooh, Wild Cowboy, West Dawn, Blues Boy Bo. Deejay: DJ Big Daddy. Gates open 6 pm. 870-866-7441.

8 pm, Saturday, June 27, 2020. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Bobby Rush. Blues Alley Website & Tickets.

7 pm, Friday, July 3, 2020. 359 Suburban Drive, Sandersville, Georgia. Southern Soul Festival. Tucka, P2K, DJ Trucker & more. Gates open 6:30 pm. Local ticket outlets.

Friday, July 10, 2020. African American Heritage Center, 1600 Phoenix Square, Hammond, Louisiana. For The Love Of Southern Soul. Sassy D, T.K. Soul, P2K, Doctor Dee, Chef Da Entertainer. Host/DJ: Sweet Nay/DJ Trucker.. 985-510-5564.

8 pm, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Altria Theater,
6 N. Laurel Street, Richmond, Virginia. Roy C, Tucka, Calvin Richardson, Pokey Bear,
Sir Charles Jones, Ronnie Bell.
Richmond’s First Southern Soul Music Festival. Buy Tickets.

Wednesday, July 29 through Saturday, August 1, 2020. Horseshoe Tunica Casino Hotel, 1021 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, Mississippi (Memphis). Honoring Denise LaSalle. Jus' Blues Music Awards 20th Anniversary. See official website, book tickets and make hotel reservations. 1-800-303-7463.


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