Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………..on June 23rd of 1967 Arthur Conley receives a Gold record for “Sweet Soul Music”, a song that reached number two in the US on both the Pop and R&B charts. It was one of nine records that Conley put on the Billboard charts between 1967 and 1970. This was originally written by Sam Cooke as “Yeah Man” and released on Shake, his first posthumous album. Conley and Otis Redding updated it as a tribute to various Soul singers. The songs mentioned in this song are “Going To A Go-Go,” “Love’s a Hurtin’ Thing,” “Hold On I’m Coming,” “Mustang Sally” and “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song).”Additionally, James Brown is described as “the king of them all”. At the end of the song, Arthur Conley sings, “Otis Redding got the feeling.” As mentioned the song reached the number two spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard R&B chart and number 7 on the UK Singles Chart.  J. W. Alexander, Sam Cooke’s business partner, sued both Redding and Conley for appropriating the melody. A settlement was reached in which Cooke’s name was added to the writer credits, and Otis Redding agreed to record some songs in the future from Kags Music, a Cooke–Alexander enterprise. After several years of hit singles in the early 1970s, Conley relocated to England in 1975, and spent several years in Belgium, settling in Amsterdam (Netherlands) in spring 1977.  He died of cancer on November 17, 2003 in The Netherlands. He was 57.