“I CAN TELL A LIFE STORY IN THREE MINUTES” (Found in the Connection: Rattling Loose End #128)

Here’s a nice Sunday treat, an interview with the great Candi Staton about her journey from gospel to soul to disco and back again. It’s a journey only she took (despite the deep impact of gospel on soul music, only a handful of soul singers had actually been professional gospel singers and I can’t think of any others who made it in soul and then transitioned successfully to disco, let alone returned to gospel) and she does a beautiful job here of explaining the distinctions, difficulties and transitions, how the various forms both repel and attract each other. Along the way, she also gives a dissertation on the art of interpreting lyrics. Fitting for the woman who recorded this, in competition with the 12″ versions of Vicki Sue Robinson’s “Turn the Beat Around” and Evelyn “Champagne” King’s “Shame” for the greatest vocal on a disco record….and, like she says, she got it done in half the time.

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