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Sweet Soul Music
The Best Of Arthur Conley

Ichiban / Soul Classics CD & Cassette SCL 2105 (58:51)
Released September 26, 1995
Compiled by David Nathan and Harry Young
Liner Notes by Harry Young


Los Angeles Times
Friday, February 2, 1996
The Vaults: CD Reissues
**** Arthur Conley's Sweet Soul Music: The Best Of Arthur Conley, Ichiban/Soul Classics.
Conley is a soul singer from the 60s who is best known today for the infectious hit Sweet Soul Music, whose lyric salutes some of his vocal heroes, including his manager and mentor Otis Redding. But there's much more to consider in this 22-song collection, taken chiefly from his Atco recordings. Like Redding, Conley was greatly influenced by Sam Cooke. You'd swear in a blindfold test, in fact, that it was Cooke singing Let's Go Steady. Conley was devastated when Redding, who also produced some of Conley's records, was killed in a 1967 plane crash, and wrote a highly personal tribute song, "Otis Sleep On." The tribute tune was released as the flip side of Conley's version of the Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da." Both are included here. Though his impact as a recording artist was pretty much over by the 70's, Conley continues to perform in Europe.
~ ROBERT HILBURN
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For The Next Arthur Conley CD

( - ) Mister B. (Funky Street)
14355 Hear Say
~ Atlantic ATL-NP 03073 (Italy)
September 1968

14675 (La Ragatsa) "Piu" Bellissima
14676 Il Fuoco Brucia
~ Atlantic ATL-NP 03074 (Italy)
September 1968


Released September 23, 2016

This Is Fame 1964 - 1968
KENT2 504 (2xLP)

Arthur Conley:
I Can't Stop (No, No, No)
I'm Gonna Forget About You


Released September 23, 2016

Let It Be:
Black America Sings Lennon,
McCartney & Harrison

CDCHD 1483

Arthur Conley:
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da


Released September 2, 2016

Gene & Eddie:

Sweet Little Girl
(Arthur Conley - Rufus Mitchell)
Ru-Jac single 45 RJ-201


Released March 25, 2016

Ru-Jac Records founded by
Rufus Emmanuel Mitchell
b. July 30, 1909
d. February 18, 2003

Winfield Parker:

Go Away Playgirl
(Arthur Conley - Rufus Mitchell)
Ru-Jac single 45-0019

Sweet Little Girl
(Arthur Conley - Rufus Mitchell)
Ru-Jac single 45-0020
Atco single 45-6474 B
Monarch Delta 66205-X

What Do You Say?
(Arthur Conley - Rufus Mitchell)
Ru-Jac single 45-0020
Atco single 45-6474
Monarch Delta 66205

Go Away Playgirl (Stereo)
(Arthur Conley - Rufus Mitchell)
Previously Unreleased

Go Away Playgirl
Stereo Backing Track
(Arthur Conley - Rufus Mitchell)
Previously Unreleased


Released November 24, 2014

Arthur Conley
ONE MORE SWEET SOUL MUSIC
(Essential Music Group CD, UPC 894232103123)
(Japan P-Vine 12" 45rpm Album PJP-122, 1988)
01. Do We Need A Change
02. Complication #4
03. Do It Shake Your Booty
04. I Want Your Love
05. God Bless
(Atco Single 45-6747, April 1970)
06. Bless You
(Capricorn CPR 0047 B, May 1974)
07. It's So Nice
(When It's Somebody Else's Wife)
(Capricorn CPR 0047)
08. Stop Knocking
(PEACHES, Capricorn Album PRO 588,
August 1974)


Released November 28, 2011

I'M LIVING GOOD:
THE SOUL OF ARTHUR CONLEY
1964 - 1974

(Kent CDKEND 358) 67:57
All Tracks Stereo
Except #s 01 - 07 and 16, Mono

Compilation And Notes by Tony Rounce
Mastered by Duncan Cowell at Sound Mastering Ltd

01. Let's Go Steady
B side of Sweet Soul Music (Atco single 45-6463, Billboard review February 11, 1967) Monarch Delta 65249 / -X

02. Take Me (Just As I Am)
(Fame single 45-1009 B)

03. Where You Lead Me
Harold Holt And His Band
Vocal: Arthur Conley
(Ru-Jac single 45-0014-A, 1965:
Ru-Jac single 45-0015-A: Soul At Last by Bobby Sax And His House Keepers, Billboard Breakout August 28, 1965)

04. There's A Place For Us
B side of Who's Fooling Who (Jotis single 472, Variety review February 16, 1966)

05. I'm Gonna Forget About You
(Fame single 45-1009, Variety review November 26, 1966)

Monarch Delta 63887 / -X

06. Love Comes And Goes
B side of Whole Lotta Woman (Atco single 45-6529, Billboard review October 21, 1967)

07. I'm A Stranger
AKA I'm A Lonely Stranger
Harold Holt And His Band
Vocal: Arthur Conley
(Ru-Jac single 45-0014-B)

08. Let Nothing Separate Us
From SWEET SOUL MUSIC (Atco album SD 33-215, Cash Box review April 29, 1967)
Otis Redding version (I'll Let Nothing Nothing Separate Us) on Love Man (Atco album SD 33-289, June 20, 1969)

09. Put Our Love Together
B side of Funky Street (Atco single 45-6563, Billboard and Cash Box reviews March 9, 1968)

10. Keep On Talking
From SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL (Atco album SD 33-220, Billboard review August 19, 1967)

11. This Love Of Mine
From SOUL DIRECTIONS (Atco album SD 33-243, Billboard and Cash Box reviews June 1, 1968)

12. Take A Step
From MORE SWEET SOUL (Atco album SD 33-276, Cash Box review February 15, 1969, Billboard review February 22, 1969)

13. Otis Sleep On
B side of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Atco single 45-6640, Billboard review December 21, 1968)

14. Is That You Love
B side of Aunt Dora's Love Soul Shack (Atco single 45-6622, Billboard review October 12, 1968)

15. That's How It Feels
The Soul Clan
(Arthur Conley, Solomon Burke, Ben E. King,
Joe Tex, Don Covay)
B side of Soul Meeting (Atlantic single 2530, Cash Box review June 29, 1968; SOUL CLAN Atco album SD 33-281, Cash Box review February 22, 1969)

16. God Bless
(Atco single 45-6747, Billboard review April 11, 1970,
UK Atlantic single 2091 025 B)

17. All Day Singing
(UK Atlantic single 2091 025, Record Mirror review July 18, 1970)

18. Nobody's Fault But Mine
B side of Da-O (Atco single 45-6790,
Record World Review November 21, 1970)
Otis Redding version on The Immortal Otis Redding (Atco album SD 33-252, Billboard Review July 6, 1968)

19. If He Walked Today
(South Africa Atlantic single ATS 6)

20. I'm Living Good
(Capricorn single C-8017, Variety review June 2, 1971, Billboard review June 5, 1971, Record World review June 5, 1971)


Record World
June 5, 1971

21. Walking On Eggs
(Capricorn single CPR 0001, 1972)

22. It's So Nice (When It's Somebody Else's Wife)
(Capricorn single CPR 0047, 1974)

April 13, 1974
(CB June 8, 1974)

23. I Want Your Love
From ONE MORE SWEET SOUL MUSIC (Japan P-Vine 12" 45rpm album PJP-122, 1988)

24. Stop Knocking
From the PEACHES Sampler (Capricorn album PRO 588, August 1974)


Released March 31, 2014

The Complete Fame Singles
Volume 1 - 1964-67

(Ace CDCH2 1391)
Disc 02
Arthur Conley:
07. In The Same Old Way
08. I Can't Stop (No, No, No)
11. I'm Gonna Forget About You
12. Take Me (Just As I Am)


Released September 24, 2012

Hard To Handle:
Black American Sings Otis Redding

(Ace CDCHD 1352)

Track 14: ARTHUR CONLEY: WHOLESALE LOVE (Stereo)
From SWEET SOUL MUSIC (Atco album SD 33-215, Cash Box review April 29, 1967).
Identified with Arthur Conley for three years; Otis Redding's version was not released until Tell The Truth (Atco album SD 33-333, Billboard Review July 25, 1970).

Track 18: ARTHUR CONLEY: A YEAR, A MONTH AND A DAY (Mono)
Previously Unreleased
Atco Master 12920
Assigned June 28, 1967

Track 10: MITTY COLLIER: I'M MISSING YOU (Stereo)

Billboard Review March 2, 1968


Released November 14, 2011

The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973
Kent 3 CD Box

Disc 1, Track 21:
ARTHUR CONLEY:
I CAN'T STOP (No, No, No)

Disc 2, Track 05:
ARTHUR CONLEY:
SWEET SOUL MUSIC

Disc 2, Track 22:
MITTY COLLIER:
TAKE ME (JUST AS I AM)


Released March 6, 2012

Memphis Boys
The Story Of American Studios

Ace CDCHD 1330

Track 13:
ARTHUR CONLEY
FUNKY STREET
(Stereo)
(Atco single 45-6563,
Billboard and Cash Box reviews
March 9, 1968)

Track 05:
SANDY POSEY:
BORN A WOMAN
(Mono! First Time On CD)


Released January 31, 2011

Sweet Inspiration:
The Songs Of
Dan Penn And Spooner Oldham

Ace CDCHD 1284

Track 17:
ARTHUR CONLEY
IN THE SAME OLD WAY
Fame 45-1007 B
Billboard Review August 13, 1966

In The Same Old Way
(Penn - Oldham)
Reg January 25, 1966
Bobby Bare
RCA 47-8758
Variety review February 16, 1966
Entered Billboard Country March 12, 1966, #34
Jimmy Dean
RCA 47-9241 B
Billboard Review June 17, 1967


Released November 7, 2012

ARTHUR CONLEY
SOUL DIRECTIONS
(Japan Atco WPCR 27574) 26:47
All Tracks Stereo

ARTHUR CONLEY
MORE SWEET SOUL
(Japan Atco WPCR 27575) 30:42
All Tracks Stereo


Released October 3, 2012

ARTHUR CONLEY
SWEET SOUL MUSIC
(Japan Atco WPCR 27546) 26:14
All Tracks Mono
Except Wholesale Love and
Let Nothing Separate Us, Stereo

ARTHUR CONLEY
SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL
(Japan Atco WPCR 27547) 27:52
All Tracks Stereo


Released October 1, 2012

ARTHUR CONLEY
SWEET SOUL MUSIC (26:07)
All Tracks Mono
Except Wholesale Love, Stereo
CD14 Of
Atlantic Soul Legends:
20 Original Albums
From The Iconic Atlantic Label

WEA Music / Warner Music France 8122797264


Released February 25, 2008

Arthur Conley:
Complication #4
on
Blame It On The Dogg
The Swamp Dogg Anthology
1968-1978

(Kent CDKEND 293)

Compiled And Annotated by Tony Rounce
Also includes
God Bless by Wolfmoon and
Stop Knocking by Ruth Brown


Released January 15, 2008

Swamp Dogg Presents
Three Sweet Soul Music Kings
Arthur Conley, Bobby McClure, Eddie Floyd

(Swamp Dog Entertainment Group SDEG 1967) 73:37

Arthur Conley:
01. Complication #4 (3:30)
02. Do We Need A Change (2:52)
03. I Want Your Love (3:09)
04. Stop Knocking (2:40)
(Peaches, Capricorn album PRO 588)
05. Bless You (3:17)
(Capricorn CPR 0047 B, May 1974)
06. It's So Nice (When It's Somebody Else's Wife) 2:42
(Capricorn CPR 0047)
07. Do It Shake Your Booty (2:57)

The above seven selections plus God Bless (Atco single 45-6747) appeared on Arthur Conley One More Sweet Soul Music (Japan P-Vine 12" 45rpm album PJP-122, 1988).

Jerry Williams, Jr also co-wrote, produced and arranged Arthur Conley's Walking On Eggs / More Sweet Soul Music (Capricorn single CPR 0001, 1972) and Rita (Capricorn single CPR 0006, Record World review June 24, 1972, Billboard review July 29, 1972, Cash Box R&B #58).


Released October 2, 2007

The Stax / Volt Revue Live In Norway April 7, 1967 DVD
With Electrifying performances of Sweet Soul Music and In The Midnight Hour by Arthur Conley plus Otis Redding, Sam And Dave, Booker T And The MGs, Eddie Floyd and The Mar-Keys


Released March 12, 2007

Arthur Conley & The Sweaters
Recorded Live At The Ganzenhoef
In Amsterdam January 6, 1980

A Tribute To His Soul Brothers
(Walboomers WBB 003)
62:00
Originally
Lee Roberts And The Sweaters
Soulin' (Blue Shadow 4703) 1988
Original Sequence:
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 16,
10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 07
Track #s 08, 09 and 17 Previously Unreleased

CD
01. You Don't Know Like I Know
02. You Send Me
03. My Girl
04. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
05. I've Been Loving You Too Long
06. Another Saturday Night
07. Twisting The Night Away
08. I Thank You
09. Stagger Lee
10. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
11. Bring It On Home To Me
12. (What A) Wonderful World
13. 634-5789 (That's My Number)
14. A Change Is Gonna Come
15. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
16. Don't Fight It
17. Soul Man

DVD (PAL)
01. Atlantis Kunst Magazin (12:15)
Arthur Conley Documentary
by Erik Lieshout
Aired March 6, 1988
VPRO Television
02. Reiziger In Muziek (57:17)
Arthur Conley Interviewed
by Erik Lieshout
Aired March 25, 2001
Dutch Subtitles
VPRO Television


Released June 20, 2006

Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Brothers
Rhino 77625

ARTHUR CONLEY:
ROME (Wasn't Built in a Day) Mono
(Sam Cooke - Betty Prudhomme - Beverly Prudhomme)
Master 12919 Assigned June 28, 1967
(Previously Unreleased)
Produced by Rick Hall
&
THE SOUL CLAN:
THAT'S HOW IT FEELS (Mono)



In The Basement
#26, May - July 2002


Monday November 17, 2003
Soul Legend Arthur Conley passed away at age 57.
Memorial Service Saturday, November 22, 2003, de Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Kerkplein 1 Ruurlo.
Funeral and burial de Algemene Begraafplaats, Kerkhoflaan in Vorden.

Billboard.com November 17, 2003
Rolling Stone
Malaysia
FOK.NL Nieuws
New York Times November 19, 2003
CNN
FOX News
The Independent

Arthur Conley Live 2002 Photos by Jack Peijzel
Original Sixties Soul Show
Motownhead.NL
Planet.NL
Liberation.FR
Mucker.AT
The Times, November 26, 2003
The Guardian, December 2, 2003
Roctober #37, December 2003
Entertainment Weekly #743 / 744, December 26, 2003 - Jauary 2, 2004
Goldmine #611, December 26, 2003
Rolling Stone #938 / 939, December 25, 2003 - January 8, 2004
MOJO #122, January 2004


Billboard November 29, 2003
SECTION: R&B/HIP-HOP; Rhythm & Blues; Pg. 22
BYLINE: GAIL MITCHELL
LET US REMEMBER: In the busy hustle of everyday living, I just want to take time to acknowledge two artists who each made R&B history.
Chic drummer Tony Thompson was an influential musician whose mesmerizing beats accompanying bassist Bernard Edwards and guitarist Nile Rodgers not only pumped up such crossover classics as "Le Freak" and "Good Times" but graced albums by Madonna, Diana Ross and David Bowie, among others. He passed away Nov. 13 at age 48.

Singer Arthur Conley was discovered by the legendary Otis Redding. Recording initially under the moniker Arthur & the Corvets, he scored two top 10 R&B hits as a solo artist: "Sweet Soul Music" and "Funky Street." He died Nov. 17 at age 57.


Billboard November 29, 2003
November 29, 2003
SECTION: DEPARTMENTS; Mileposts; Pg. 55
DEATHS
Yvonne Williams, 63, of bone marrow cancer, Aug. 28 in Northridge, Calif. Williams was the wife of R&B vocalist/writer/producer Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams. She began her career in the early '70s with the Long Island, N.Y.-based label Mankind Records. As a songwriter, Williams penned hits for Inez & Charles Foxx and Solomon Burke. She was also active in East Coast DJ pools in the '70s and served as CEO of the family label, SDEG Records. In addition to her husband, Burke is survived by her husband, five daughters, two granddaughters and four grandsons.

Arthur Conley, 57, of intestinal cancer, Nov. 17 in Ruurlo, Holland. Soul singer Conley was discovered and managed by Otis Redding, who produced his 1967 No. 2 pop and R&B hit, "Sweet Soul Music." He had eight more R&B hits on Atco before moving to Europe in the '70s, where he continued to perform under the name Lee Roberts.


Five (5) Dutch Arthur Conley Articles November 2003:

Arthur Conley (1946-2003)
Too Soft For Soul

Rotterdam, Nov. 18th. Soul singer Arthur Conley, the American soul singer who died yesterday, had finally found his niche in Ruurlo.

There, in the Achterhoek, the man who was born in McIntosh Alabama had settled after a turbulent life in the United States, Belgium and England. He lived in Holland the last 23 years of his life. He designed tapestries and furniture and also, far away from the music industry, occupied himself with music that was hardly noticed by the world at large.

But Conley's biggest hit 'Sweet Soul Music' can be heard on the radio almost daily. This worldwide hit from 1967 became the anthem of soul. It was no coincidence that two of the biggest names in the history of soul were connected with this song. The music was written by Sam Cooke, young Conley's big idol, the lyrics were by Otis Redding who had discovered Conley and brought him to the famous soul label Stax / Volt.

Redding played a key part in Conley's career. He was a father figure to Conley who started out, as most soul singers, singing gospel. After Redding died in a plane crash in 1967 Conley enjoyed a few more hit songs. As singer of the anthem of soul he was even allowed to be part of the famous Soul Clan, which otherwise was made up by only renowned big stars as Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke. But he felt out of place: despite his magnificent soul voice which eerily resembled Sam Cooke's, the friendly Conley could not survive in the jungle of soul without the support of Redding.

After his diminishing success he had less and less to say on what to record on his new label Capricorn. "It was not my fault I didn't have any more hit songs. I could not record my own songs and they coming up with these he-songs. I tried my best but they did not suit me," he said in an interview with this newspaper about this period.

In the middle of the seventies Conley finally became a great soul voice without a record contract. A few years later he ended up in Holland. Here he recorded, in 1980, before a live and enthusiastic crowd in Amsterdam once more his own soul hits and those of Otis Redding. This was released eight years later on the Soulin' album.


FAME

To be famous you need three things, novelist Geerten Meijsing once said: talent, ambition and social skills.

On the very same day two artists reminded me of this. First I learned of Athur Conley's death from the newspaper. He died at 57 in Ruurlo (the Achterhoek) where he made tapestries in his boyfriend's business.

30 Years ago he was a promising soul singer, destined to be the successor of the great Otis Redding who had died in a plane crash in 1967. On the cover of Conley's first album, Sweet soul music, Redding wrote: "He has one of the most fantastic voices in today's world of entertainment. Although he's only 21 he sings with the self confidence and maturity of many an older singer".

Great soul voices are rare, and Conley possessed it, as testified by the scarce material he has left us. Still, it soon went wrong with his career. What was he lacking? Certainly not talent. I guess he fell short on the other two 'requirements'. In interviews he came across as a modest, sweet man, not hard and cunning enough for the extremely tough world of show business. When record bosses kept demanding him to be more commercial he called it a day.


Soulsinger Arthur Conley has died Ruurlo, Tuesday

The American soulsinger Arthur Conley (57) has died in his house in Ruurlo. Conley scored a worldwide smash in 1967 with 'Sweet soul music'. He suffered from cancer.

Conley was born on the 4th of January 1946 in Georgia. His voice resembled Sam Cooke's, he was the protege and successor to be of Otis Redding, but he fled away from the world of soul. In the Achterhoek he successfully found anonymity as 'Lee Roberts'. He was active as a musician in soul bands. He also designed furniture and tapestries. "I've been all over the world, from Helsinki to South Africa, from Berlin to Los Angeles. In the middle of this cross lies Holland. When, in 1978, it was time to settle down it was obvious where I had to go", was the explanation of the soul artist for his move.


Soul singer Conley (57) died

Amsterdam - The American soul singer Arthur Conley (57) died in his house in Ruurlo yesterday. Conley scored a world wide smash in 1967 with the song 'Sweet soul music'. Other well known songs by him were 'Shake, rattle and roll'(1967) and 'Funky street'(1968). Conley died of cancer.

Conley was born on the 4th of January 1946 in Georgia. In his native town he was known as Sam Cooke junior because of the resemblance. Otis Redding, a star from the Stax Records stable in Memphis took Conley under his wing and rewrote an old gospel tune into 'Sweet soul music' for Conley. It was a world wide success. "He took me by the hand and led me to the top. A simple country boy, who found himself suddenly amongst the big soul stars" Conley said in an interview. A plane crash in 1967 ended Redding's life. His death shook up Conley's life. "I missed Otis terribly. When he died I was still the frightened little boy who had to survive in a tough business world. I didn't have to guts to speak up for myself and did as I was told." The records he made after the death of Otis Redding were flops. At the end of the seventies Conley moved to Holland. In the Achterhoek he found anonymity as 'Lee Roberrts'. From Ruurlo he played in soul bands. He also designed chairs and tapestries. "I've been all over the world, from Helsinki to South Africa, form Berlin to Los Angeles. In the middle of this cross lies Holland. When it was time to settle down in 1978 it was obvious where to go" the soul artist said.


Soul man in the grooves of the Achterhoek

Arthur Conley made world history with 'Sweet Soul Music'

Arthur Conley could have been famous and lived in Beverly Hills. It was to be the Achterhoek. The soul singer who died on Monday thoroughly hated his biggest hit. And the people who wanted to turn him into a vinyl-machine.

At the start there's tehh-tetete-tetete... three times. Then there's a silence of at least a bar and then Arthur Conley jumps into the spotlight at his most energetic. Do You Like Good Music? Sweet Soul Music?

If the soul singer, who died at the age of 57 from cancer in the Achterhoek meant anything it was this beautiful intro from Sweet Soul Music, recorded on Jan. 20th 1967 at Fame studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Conley wrote music history with this and had a giant hit. It could only mean one thing. He was to be the new Sam Cooke or Otis Redding. This southern soul manifesto was his way up. The beginning of a prolonged soul scream - yeah - yeah - which should have brought him fame, glamour and a villa in Beverly Hills.

That it would finally bring him to Ruurlo where his companion friend Jos ran a tapestry business, was hard to understand for soul fans. How could such a big soul man disappear in the grooves of the Achterhoek, where he lived in an apartment above his mother-in-law?

Three years ago, Lee Roberts, as Arthur Conley had called himself for years, said that he had to run away from Sweet Soul Music - the song he was to hate for many years. They wanted to turn him into a swingin' soul machine who would produce hit after hit record. As if he were not a Real Human Being but a certain commodity that spat out vinyl discs. He was the protege of Otis Redding who made the then-18-year- old record for the first time in the Stax Studios in Memphis: I'm a lonesome stranger. Conley was allowed to join Redding's big soul revue to Europe where he experienced extremely jealous colleagues for the first time. After Otis Redding died from a plane crash in December 1967, Conley had it hard. Without his mentor he still went out on the road with big stars like Solomon Burke, Don Covay, Joe Tex and Ben E. King (The Soul Clan). But there was no brotherhood between the soul brothers. Conley felt like he was being bulldozered.

In the end he fled to Europe, changed his name and met Jos for whom he started to design tapestries. In the Achterhoek he felt closer to his African roots and there were good vibes. 'Here's the crossing point of everything' he said. The last few years centered around his babies and muppies, young musicians whose careers he helped. He tried to protect them from the commercial trappings of the music industry so those babies would not be destroyed by their own success. Because after tehh-tetete-tetete (three times) there should be more in a musician's life.


ARTHUR CONLEY
CD LINER NOTES (1995)
by Harry Young

A southern Soul singer turned international Pop star, Arthur Conley racked up nine Billboard chart entries from 1967 to 1970. Strongly influenced by Sam Cooke and closely associated with Otis Redding, Arthur Conley was an accomplished songwriter, a talented interpreter and a riveting live performer.

Arthur Lee Conley was born January 4, 1946 in McIntosh, GA. In 1958, he joined The Evening Smiles, an otherwise all-female Gospel group that regularly performed on Atlanta's WAOK radio.

Conley's band, Arthur And The Corvets, released three singles on Bill Lowery's Atlanta-based National Recording Corporation:

Poor Girl 2:28
(Arthur Conley)
(S-203-A 318) /
Darling I Love You 2:44
(Arthur Conley)
(S-203-B 318)
NA-R-CO single 203
Cash Box review May 2, 1964

I Believe 2:21
(Eddie Davis)
(FC-232-A 240) /
Miracles 2:04
(Arthur Conley)
(FC-232-B 240)
NRC single 2781-232
Produced by Wallace Span(n)
Cash Box reviews July 11, 1964
and August 15, 1964

Flossie Mae 2:29
(Arthur Conley)
(2871-341 CM 1076) /
Aritha 2:27
(Arthur Conley)
(2871-34-2 CM 1077)
NRC single 2871-34-1 / 2871-34-2
Billboard September 12, 1964, page 12
R&B DJ Round-up:
Burke Johnson, WAOK Atlanta

In late 1964, Conley joined his father in Baltimore, MD and recorded "I'm A Lonely Stranger" for manager / promoter / booking agent Rufus Mitchell's Ru-Jac label.

In 1965, Mitchell passed a copy of the Ru-Jac single to Otis Redding after a concert at the Baltimore Theater. Redding was thoroughly impressed with "I'm A Lonely Stranger" and before long, Conley was summoned to Memphis to re-record the song at Stax Studios. Jim Stewart produced the session with arranging help from Booker T.

"I'm A Lonely Stranger" became the second release on Atco-distributed JOTIS Records. Jotis, named for Atlantic promo man Joe Galkin (b. 1902; d. August 27, 1978) and Otis Redding, issued four singles:

Billy Young:
"The Sloopy" (Redding) (429-A) (9046) /
"Same Thing All Over" (Redding) (429-B) (9047)
Jotis 469, Billboard review July 17, 1965
Produced by Big O Productions

Arthur Conley:
"I'm A Lonely Stranger" (9307) Copyright Sept 7, 1965 /
"Where You Lead Me" (9306)
Jotis 470,
masters assigned Sept 15, 1965

Varient Title Spelling

Loretta Williams:
"Baby Cakes" (Redding) (JO-9482)
Copyright Jan 17, 1966 /
"I'm Missing You" (Redding-Williams) (JO-9481)
Copyright Jan 17, 1966
Jotis 471,
masters assigned November 5, 1965
Billboard review December 18, 1965

Arthur Conley:
"Who's Foolin' Who" (Conley) (J-432-A) (9854)
Copyright Feb 1, 1966 /
"There's A Place For Us" (Conley) (J-432-B) (9855)
Copyright Feb 1, 1966
Jotis 472,
masters assigned Jan 19, 1966
Variety review Feb 16, 1966
Billboard review March 5, 1966.

Cash Box August 7, 1965:
Otis Redding Forms Indie Production Firm: Big O Productions, Redwal Music & Jotis Records

At Redding's direction, Conley recorded two singles in Alabama at Fame Studios. Released on Atco-distributed Fame Records in July 1966, the blazing "I Can't Stop (No, No, No)" was written by Dan Penn ("Out Of Left Field") with drummer Roger Hawkins. The 'B' side, "In The Same Old Way," was a brooding ballad composed by Penn with keyboardist Linden Spooner Oldham.

Recorded October 3, 1966, Conley's second Fame single featured "I'm Gonna Forget About You" and "Take Me (Just As I Am)." Ten months after Conley's version, "Take Me (Just As I Am)" became a Top Fifty Billboard Pop item for Solomon Burke (see The Very Best Of Solomon Burke, Rhino R2 72972, 1998).

Contrary to the ghost-written liner notes of the Sweet Soul Music album, Arthur Conley never met Otis Redding during the Jotis and Fame periods. Otis Redding and manager Phil Walden dealt with Arthur Conley through Rufus Mitchell. But when Conley finally did meet Redding in early 1967, the chemistry was undeniable. Conley moved into the Redding camp, prompting a lawsuit from Rufus Mitchell.

As manager and mentor, Redding helped Conley understand business affairs, encouraged his songwriting and gave him a say in repertoire selection. According to Conley, "Otis always asked what I wanted to do. He never did tell me what I had to do. That's what I liked about him."

"Sweet Soul Music," Conley's first Atco single, was recorded at Fame on or slightly before January 20 and certified Gold on June 23, 1967. "Sweet Soul Music" (Billboard #2; Billboard R&B #2; Cash Box #4; Cash Box R&B #1) was a Top Ten record in Canada, England, the Netherlands and The Philippines. "Sweet Soul Music" was Billboard's #17 Pop record of 1967 & #9 R&B 45. The December 30, 1967 Billboard also named Arthur Conley #11 Pop male artist and #18 R&B singles artist.

In a June 1995 interview on the origins of "Sweet Soul Music," Arthur Conley said, "Sam Cooke was a great inspiration for me. I bought all his albums. And 'Yeah Man' was on his Shake album. When I met Otis Redding, I told him I'd like to record 'Yeah Man.' Otis liked it very much as well. So he got on guitar with me and said, Let's change it like so, and we came up with 'spotlight on the artist' and all those kinds of things. But it was originally Sam Cooke. My idea was just to record 'Yeah Man.' But Otis changed it around and retitled it 'Sweet Soul Music.'"

"Sweet Soul Music" paid tribute to Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett, James Brown and Lou Rawls. Otis Redding's name was added to the list at Conley's suggestion. In fact, Conley received composer credit on the record for that contribution alone. But Sam Cooke, the song's true author, was not mentioned in the lyrics or credited as composer, a glaring injustice remedied only after complaints from Kags music chief J.W. Alexander, composer of "Let's Go Steady," the non-LP 'B' side of "Sweet Soul Music."

"Sweet Soul Music," a #1 hit on Detroit's WKNR, was a southern Soul manifesto. The "spotlight" did not shine on Motown artists. Ironically, the song that kept "Sweet Soul Music" from Billboard's top spot, "The Happening" by The Supremes, was Motown's sixteenth #1 hit.

Although Stax guitarist Steve Cropper cited Maxwell House coffee commercials in Gerri Hirshey's Nowhere To Run, "Sweet Soul Music"'s ear-grabbing horn introduction came from Elmer Bernstein's theme from the 1960 film The Magnificent Seven as featured in Marlboro Man TV ads.

Backed with "You Don't Have To See Me," "Sweet Soul Music" appeared as a flexible, wafer-thin Philco-Ford 45rpm 3 7/8" Hip-Pocket record with picture sleeve.

Released in April 1967, the Sweet Soul Music LP was mainly a collection of Jotis and Fame sides; the title cut, "Let Nothing Separate Us" and the true Stereo "Wholesale Love" were the only new songs. Written by Otis Redding, "Wholesale Love" was identified with Conley for three years; Redding's version was not released until the Tell The Truth LP (1970).

Invited by headliner Redding, Arthur Conley joined the March-April 1967 Stax-Volt Revue tour of Europe / Scandinavia with Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, The Mar-Keys & Booker T. and the MGs. Frequently, Conley received second billing. Later in the year, Conley, advertised as the Prince Of Sweet Soul Music, was back in Europe on the "Soul Explosion" tour with Sam and Dave, and Percy Sledge. Conley also appeared on the French LP Rhythm & Blues Panorama (Stax 3006, 1967) with Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Rufus Thomas, etc.

Arthur Conley was booked in the United States as a mainstream Pop act. For example, when 13,000 fans attended the Big WAYS Birthday concert in Charlotte, NC on June 8, 1967, they saw Arthur Conley, Percy Sledge, Bobby Vee, Robert Parker, The Royal Guardsmen, Mrs. Miller and superstar Lou Christie.

Conley was back at Fame on or slightly before May 17, 1967, recording "Shake, Rattle And Roll," the follow-up to "Sweet Soul Music." Conley's "Shake, Rattle And Roll" (Billboard #31; Billboard R&B #20; Cash Box #47; Cash Box R&B #18) was a cover of Sam Cooke's version of the Big Joe Turner chestnut. "Whole Lotta Woman" (Billboard Pop #73; Cash Box Pop #92), recorded October 3, 1967, was also drawn from the Sam Cooke catalog. In yet another mix-up, some copies of the "Whole Lotta Woman" single incorrectly credited Conley as composer. "Let's Go Steady," "Get Yourself Another Fool" and "They Call The Wind Maria" were also drawn from the Sam Cooke catalog.

Arthur Conley was in Florida when he learned that his friend & protector, Otis Redding, had been killed in a Wisconsin plane crash (December 10, 1967). Conley was devastated. "I just couldn't believe it," he said.

Operating from the Redwal Building, 535 Cotton Ave., Macon, GA 31201, Phil Walden quickly assumed managerial control of Conley's career. But with Redding gone, Conley was increasingly subjected to record company interference and a notable lack of assistance from more experienced Atlantic / Stax artists.

Still, Conley rebounded. On or slightly before February 5, 1968, he went into American Studios, Memphis, with producer Tom Dowd. The pivotal session yielded six tracks on Conley's 1995 Ichiban CD, including "People Sure Act Funny" (Billboard #58; Billboard R&B #17; Cash Box #41; Cash Box R&B #41), "Get Yourself Another Fool," "Run On" (Billboard #115), the emotion-laden tribute "Otis Sleep On" and the stellar Conley original "Put Our Love Together." The highlight of the session was Conley's mind-blowing tribute to Atlanta's Auburn Avenue, "Funky Street" (Billboard #14; Billboard R&B #5; Cash Box #19; Cash Box R&B #10).

As detailed in Peter Guralnick's Sweet Soul Music, on February 6, 1968, The Soul Clan (Solomon Burke, Arthur Conley, Don Covay, Ben E. King and Joe Tex) cut "Soul Meeting" / "That's How It Feels." But Conley claims he was a reluctant participant, adding his vocal to the master tape at the last minute, alone in New York.

Atlantic single 45-2530
THE SOUL CLAN:
Soul Meeting (13857) /
That's How It Feels (13858)
Masters Assigned February 6, 1968, Nashville
Billboard and Cash Box Reviews June 29, 1968
Billboard Ad July 13, 1968
Entered Billboard R&B July 20, 1968
Picture Sleeve

Soul Meeting (Stereo) on
ATCO album SD 33-281 SOUL CLAN

Soul Meeting (Mono) on
The Very Best Of Solomon Burke (Rhino)

That's How I Feel (Stereo) on
ATCO album SD 33-281 SOUL CLAN

That's How It Feels (Mono) on
ALI Soundtrack II (Decca / UMG Soundtracks) 2002

That's How It Feels (Mono) on
Another Day In Paradise Soundtrack (V2) 1998

That's How It Feels (Mono) on
Beg, Scream & Shout (Rhino)

That's How It Feels (Mono) on
Sanctified Soul (Kent UK)

On Monday, March 11, 1968, Conley and his seven-piece band began a month-long tour of the UK, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Denmark.

In September 1968, Conley was back in Memphis with Dowd, cutting "Aunt Dora's Love Soul Shack" (Billboard #85; Billboard R&B #41; Cash Box #75; Cash Box R&B #31). "Aunt Dora's Love Soul Shack" spawned Syl Johnson's "Going To The Shack" (1969) & The Temptations' "Psychedelic Shack" (1970).

The Beatles ("white") LP was released in the US on November 25, 1968. On or slightly before December 6, 1968, Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd had Arthur Conley cut "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" at Fame. As the liner notes of the More Sweet Soul LP said, "This tune is part of the beginnings of a new influence in music called 'Rock Steady' that originated in Jamaica. Conley took the song and the beat, added a dash of his special soul treatment and came up with the first 'Soul-Steady' recording." Many of the musicians from Wilson Pickett's November 27, 1968 "Hey Jude" Fame session, including intrusive lead guitarist Duane Allman, appeared on "Ob-La-Di" (Billboard #51; Billboard R&B #41; Cash Box #74). On March 1, 1969, Conley performed "Ob-La-Di" on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.

In his final outing with Tom Dowd, Arthur Conley cut "Star Review" at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, 3614 Jackson Highway in July 1969. Cash Box: "Returning to the formula that produced his 'Sweet Soul Music' smash, Arthur Conley turns his booming talent to a dance fan session with powerhouse prospects on the teen & blues circuit." Allen Toussaint, the song's composer, wrote many of Lee Dorsey's hits, including "Working In The Coal Mine."

Switching to producer Johnny Sandlin, Conley entered Phil Walden's Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA in December 1969. "They Call the Wind Maria," the best known song from the Broadway show Paint Your Wagon, was timely in light of the Fall 1969 film version. "God Bless" (Billboard #107; Billboard R&B #33; Cash Box #91; Cash Box R&B #42) evoked O.C. Smith's hugely successful "Little Green Apples" (1968).

In his final Atco session, October 7, 1970, Conley recorded "Nobody's Fault But Mine" in Miami with future Millie Jackson producer Brad Shapiro and Dave Crawford. The song, which originally appeared on The Immortal Otis Redding LP (1968), was released as the 'B' side of Conley's questionable Belafonte cover "Day-O."

From May 1971 to 1974, Arthur Conley recorded for Phil Walden's Capricorn label. Four singles were released:

"I'm Living Good" / "I'm So Glad You're Here" (Capricorn 8017, BB rvw June 5, 1971)

"Walking On Eggs" / "More Sweet Soul Music" (Capricorn CPR 0001, 1972)

"Rita" / "More Sweet Soul Music" (Capricorn CPR 0006, RW rvw June 24, 1972, BB rvw July 29, 1972, Cash Box R&B #58)

"It's So Nice (When It's Someone Else's Wife)" / "Bless You"
(Capricorn CPR 0047, May 1974).

Conley's " Stop Knocking" (recorded in Macon, GA, January 1974) appeared on the various artists LP Peaches (Capricorn PRO 588).

In the 1970's, Conley resided in England and Belgium. In 1980, he moved to the Netherlands and legally changed his name to "Lee Roberts." (Roberts was his mother's maiden name.) In 1988, Lee Roberts and the Sweaters released the Soulin' LP (Blue Shadow 4703, recorded live in Amsterdam January 6, 1980).

In 1995, Conley's Art-Con Productions boasted nine divisions, including Sweat Records (208021 Langa Langa, vocal by Lee Roberts: It's All Right / Freedom Is The Thing, both sides composed by Glenn Helstone of South African band Jabula, 1980), Upcoming Artists Records (Attila Featuring Arthur Conley: Funky Street, Flock Of Fools, Who Knows Better, 1997), Charity Records, Lee's Disc Shop, Happy Jack Publishing and the New Age Culture Exchange radio station.

"Sweet Soul Music" remains one of the best-loved Soul Classics of the sixties. Rod Stewart, Jose Feliciano, Sam & Dave, and Run C&W have recorded it. Tom Jones and Bruce Springsteen perform it in concert. "Sweet Soul Music" even served as the theme for the 1992 NBC-TV sitcom Rhythm and Blues.

Spotlight on Arthur Conley, y'all.

~ revised February 1998



Special Thanks to David Nathan

Sweet Soul Music: The Best Of Arthur Conley
Ichiban / Soul Classics CD & Cassette SCL 2105,
Compiled by David Nathan and Harry Young April 12, 1995
Released September 26, 1995

01. I'm A Lonely Stranger  
(Arthur Conley-Otis Redding)  
or (Arthur Conley-Rufus Mitchell)  
Master 9307  Copyright Sept 7, 1965  
Master assigned Sept 15, 1965 Stax  
Jotis 470  

02. Who's Fooling Who
(Arthur Conley) Copyright Feb 1, 1966  
Master 9854  Jotis 432-A  
Master assigned Jan 19, 1966, Stax  
Jotis 472, Var Feb 16, 1966  

03. In the Same Old Way  
(Dan Pennington-Linden Oldham)  
Copyright Jan 25, 1966  
Master 10470  assigned July 12, 1966, 
Fame Studios
Fame 1007 B  

04. I Can't Stop (No, No, No)
(Dan Pennington-Roger Hawkins)  
Copyright May 23, 1966  
Master 10471  assigned July 12, 1966,
Fame Studios
Fame 1007, Billboard Aug 13, 1966

05. Take Me (Just As I Am)  
(Dan Pennington-Linden Oldham)  
Copyright May 4, 1965  
Master 10886  assigned Oct 3, 1966, 
Fame Studios 
Fame 1009

06. Sweet Soul Music  
(Sam Cooke-Arthur Conley-Otis Redding)  
Copyright Jun 19, 1967  
Master 11557 assigned Jan 20, 1967, 
Fame Studios 
Atco 45-6463, BB Feb 11, 1967  
BB #2  BB R&B #2  CB #4  CB R&B #1  
WCFL #4  WLS #7  WKNR #1  CKLW #1  
CHUM #3  NME #9  MM #9  RR #7  

07. Let's Go Steady  
(James W. Alexander)  Copyright Feb 9, 1959  
Master 11558 assigned Jan 20, 1967,  
Fame Studios 
Atco 45-6463 B  

08. Wholesale Love  
(Otis Redding)  Copyright Sept 5, 1967  
Master 11874  assigned Mar 10, 1967,  
Fame Studios  

09. Shake, Rattle & Roll  
(Jesse Stone)  
Master 12436 assigned May 17, 1967, 
Fame Studios  
Atco 45-6494, BB Jun 3, 1967  
BB #31  BB R&B #20  CB #47  
CB R&B #18  WLS #37  CHUM #30  

10. Whole Lotta Woman  
(Sam Cooke~ so, BB rvw)  or  
(J.W. Alexander-Lowell Jordan)  
Copyright Mar 1, 1961  
Master 13122  assigned Oct 3, 1967  
Atco 45-6529, BB & CB Oct 21, 1967  
BB #73  CB #92  

11. People Sure Act Funny  
(Titus Turner-James McDougal)  
Copyright May 8, 1963, Turner only  
Master 13839  assigned Feb 5, 1968,  
American Studios, Memphis, TN  
Atco 45-6588, BB Jun 8, 1968  
BB #58  BB R&B #17  CB #41  
CB R&B #41  WLS #31  CHUM #33  

12. Funky Street                        Stereo  
(Arthur Conley-Earl Simms)  
Copyright Apr 4, 1968  
Master 13840  assigned Feb 5, 1968, 
American Studios, Memphis, TN  
Atco 45-6563, BB & CB Mar 9, 1968  
BB #14  BB R&B #5  CB #19  
CB R&B #10  WLS #8  WCFL #10  
CHUM #37  RR #46  

13. Get Yourself Another Fool      Stereo  
(Ernest Tucker-Frank Haywood)  
Master 13844  assigned Feb 5, 1968,  
American Studios, Memphis, TN  

14. Run On                                         Stereo  
(Arthur Conley-Earl Simms)  
Copyright Mar 17, 1969  
Master 13845  assigned Feb 5, 1968, 
American Studios, Memphis, TN  
Atco 45-6661, BB & CB Mar 22, 1969  
BB #115  

15. Otis Sleep On                             Stereo  
(Arthur Conley)  Copyright Jun 24, 1968  
Master 13848  assigned  Feb 5, 1968,  
American Studios, Memphis, TN  
Atco 45-6640 B  (Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da)  

16. Put Our Love Together          Stereo  
(Arthur Conley)  Copyright Apr 4, 1968  
Master 13849  assigned Feb 5, 1968,  
American Studios, Memphis, TN  
Atco 45-6563 B  (Funky Street)  

17. Aunt Dora's Love Soul Shack    Stereo!
(Arthur Conley- 
Ronald Cranston Grier- 
Jackie Avery- 
Earl Edward Simms) 
Copyright Nov 4, 1968 
Master 15283  assigned  Sept 24, 1968,  
American Studios, Memphis, TN  
Atco 45-6622, BB & CB Oct 12, 1968  
BB #85  BB R&B #41  CB #75  
CB R&B #31  

18. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da  
(John Lennon-Paul McCartney)  
Master 15812  assigned Dec 6, 1968,  
Fame Studios 
Atco 45-6640, CB Dec 21, 1968  

19. Star Review  
(Allen Toussaint-Warren Lee)  
Master 17397  assigned  July 24, 1969,  
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
3614 Jackson Highway

Atco 45-6706, BB & CB Aug 16, 1969 20. They Call The Wind Maria (Frederick Loewe-Alan Jay Lerner) Master 18325 assigned Dec 23, 1969, Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA Atco 45-6733, CB Feb 14, 1970 BB Feb 21, 1970 21. God Bless (Jerry Williams, Jr.) Copyright Jan 17, 1969 Master 18327 assigned Dec 23, 1969, Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA Atco 45-6747, BB Apr 4, 1970 CB Apr 11, 1970 BB #107 BB R&B #33 CB #91 CB R&B #42 22. Nobody's Fault But Mine Stereo (Otis Redding) Master 20293 assigned Oct 7, 1970, Criteria Studios, Miami, FL Atco 45-6790 B (Day-O)


For Atlantic [Mono / Stereo compatible] CSG Stereo,
see Cash Box April 6, 1968.
The CSG era began by Conley CD cut #11, People Sure Act Funny.

Arthur Conley Albums

Sweet Soul Music
Atco SD33-215, CB Apr 29, 1967
BB #93 CB #65

Shake, Rattle & Roll
Atco SD33-220, BB Aug 19, 1967
BB #193

Soul Directions
Atco SD33-243, BB & CB Jun 1, 1968
BB #185

More Sweet Soul
Atco SD33-276, CB Feb 15, 1969
BB Feb 22, 1969

V/A: Soul Clan
Atco SD33-281, BB & CB Feb 22, 1969
w/ Sweet Soul Music & Funky Street

V/A: The Muscle Shoals Sound
Rhino R2 71517, 1993
w/ Sweet Soul Music

V/A: Rubber Souled
Risky Business AK53918, 1993
w/ poor quality Stereo Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Best Of Arthur Conley
UK Atlantic K 20062, 1973



Sanctified Soul
Kent CDKEND 180, February 2000
w/ Arthur Conley
"You Don't Have To See Me" (Stereo) &
The Soul Clan
"That's How It Feels" (Mono)


The Original 10 Track
Sweet Soul Music album (26:15)
German / Sweden Atlantic CD 7567-80284, July 2002
Mostly Mono CD with "Wholesale Love" and "Let Nothing Separate Us" in Stereo


The Original 12 Track
More Sweet Soul album (30:43)
German Atlantic CD 7567-80768-2, July 20, 1998
All Tracks Mega-Stereo




Dave Godin's
Deep Soul Treasures Volume Four

Kent CDKEND 230, August 2004
w/ Arthur Conley
"I'm A Lonely Stranger" (Mono)




Dave Godin's
Deep Soul Treasures Volume Two

Kent CDKEND 158, February 1999
w/ Arthur Conley
"Let Nothing Separate Us" (Stereo)


Released November 23, 2004

Sweet Soul Music / Shake, Rattle & Roll
Collectables COL CD 7632 (54:02)
Stereo Tracks 06, 09 and 11 - 20
Original Album Liner Notes

01. Sweet Soul Music
02. Take Me (Just As I Am)
03. Who's Foolin' Who
04. There's A Place For Us
05. I Can't Stop (No No No)
06. Wholesale Love
07. I'm A Lonely Stranger
08. I'm Gonna Forget About You
09. Let Nothing Separate Us
10. Where You Lead Me

11. Shake, Rattle & Roll
12. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
13. Love Got Me
14. A Change Is Gonna Come
15. Hand And Glove
16. Ha! Ha! Ha!
17. You Don't Have To See Me
18. Baby What You Want Me To Do
19. I'll Take The Blame
20. Keep On Talking


Released April 16, 2006

Sweet Soul Music
Priceless Collection

Collectables COL CD 9983 (27:58)
Stereo Tracks 03 06, 09 10
Three Previously Unpublished Dezo Hoffmann Photos

01. Sweet Soul Music
02. Funky Street
03. Shake Rattle And Roll
04. I've Been Loving You Too Long
05. A Change Is Gonna Come
06. Let Nothing Separate Us
07. I Can't Stop (No, No, No)
08. Take Me (Just As I Am)
09. Baby What You Want Me To Do
10. Ha! Ha! Ha!


Released March 25, 2008

Arthur Conley:

Soul Directions (26:42)
10 Tracks
CCM0913 2 (Stereo)
Remastering by Bob Fisher

Arthur Conley:
More Sweet Soul (30:42)
12 Tracks
CCM0914 2 (Stereo)
Remastering by Bob Fisher


Released March 19, 2007

Arthur Conley
The Platinum Collection (56:45)
(Warner Platinum / Rhino UK 8122-79994-6)
All Tracks Stereo
Except 01, 08, 10, 16 & 20

01. Sweet Soul Music
02. Funky Street
03. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
04. Shake, Rattle & Roll
05. Aunt Dora's Love Soul Shack
06. Hear Say
07. People Sure Act Funny
08. Who's Foolin' Who
09. I Got A Feeling
10. I Can't Stop (No, No, No)
11. Something You Got
12. Stuff You Gotta Watch
13. That Can't Be My Baby
14. Run On
15. Shing-A-Ling
16. I'm A Lonely Stranger
17. Is That You Love
18. Speak Her Name
19. Take A Step
20. Take Me (Just As I Am)
21. This Love Of Mine
22. Otis Sleep On


Sweet Soul Music: The Best Of Arthur Conley
Ichiban / Soul Classics CD & Cassette SCL 2105,
Compiled by David Nathan and Harry Young April 12, 1995
CD & Cassette released September 26, 1995

Los Angeles Times, February 2, 1996
The Vaults: CD Reissues
**** Arthur Conley's Sweet Soul Music: The Best Of Arthur Conley, Ichiban/Soul Classics. Conley is a soul singer from the 60s who is best known today for the infectious hit Sweet Soul Music, whose lyric salutes some of his vocal heroes, including his manager and mentor Otis Redding. But there's much more to consider in this 22-song collection, taken chiefly from his Atco recordings. Like Redding, Conley was greatly influenced by Sam Cooke. You'd swear in a blindfold test, in fact, that it was Cooke singing Let's Go Steady. Conley was devastated when Redding, who also produced some of Conley's records, was killed in a 1967 plane crash, and wrote a highly personal tribute song, "Otis Sleep On." The Tribute tune was released as the flip side of Conley's version of the Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da." Both are included here. Though his impact as a recording artist was pretty much over by the 70's, Conley continues to perform in Europe.
~ ROBERT HILBURN
New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor),
two stars (fair), three stars (good) & four stars (excellent)

The (Glasgow) Herald, Jan 27, 1996
"Come with me now down to Funky Street, for this where the grooviest people meet. Their purpose? To move it to the west and move it to the south prior to turning around and kissing their partner on the mouth- dig? This 22-track CD is largely based on the four Atco albums made by groovy street-funker Arthur Conley, the cruelly-underrated protege of Otis Redding, between 1966 and 1969.
Arthur's smokey pleadings are well-served by top-notch songsmiths, including Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, Allen Toussaint, and Jerry Williams, as well as Otis himself. Sweet Soul Music and the afforementioned Funky Street remain Arthur's best-known hits, but if you like good music, Arthur Conley can provide plenty. Buy this collection, and then write to its creator at his current place of European exile in order to affirm your undying belief in the lure of soul-power."
-- DAVID BELCHER


Sweet Soul Music: The Best Of Arthur Conley
Ichiban /Soul Classics CD reviewed / mentioned:

Billboard, Aug 26, 1995 (& ad)
ICE, Sept 1995 (& ad)
Goldmine, Dec 22, 1995
DisCoveries, Feb 1996
Riverfront Times, Jordan Oakes 1995
Record Collector #201, May 1996
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Dec 15, 1995
Blue Suede News #34
Riverfront Times, Jan 8-14, 1997
Honorable Mention, Terry Perkins' Best of 1996
Living Blues #126, Mar/Apr 1996
Yoni's Soul Of The Net

Arthur Conley / Lee Roberts in 2002:
Lee's Diskshop
Groenloseweg 34
7361 AN Ruurlo
Netherlands
Phone: 00-31-573-45-1022
FAX: 00-31-573-45-1072



Arthur Conley Atlantic Masters

by Harry Young

9306 Where You Lead Me LP1  
9307  I'm A Lonely Stranger LP1  
assigned  Sept 15, 1965, Stax, Memphis 
~ Jotis 470 

9854 Who's Fooling Who  LP1  
9855 There's A Place For Us LP1  
assigned Jan 19, 1966, Stax, Memphis 
~ Jotis 472 

10470  In The Same Old Way  
10471  I Can't Stop (No, No, No)  LP1  
assigned July 12, 1966, Fame 
~ Fame 1007  

10885  I'm Gonna Forget About You  LP1  
10886  Take Me (Just As I Am)  LP1  
assigned  Oct 3, 1966, Fame
~ Fame 1009  

11557  Sweet Soul Music  LP1  
11558  Let's Go Steady  
assigned Jan 20, 1967, Fame 
~ Atco 45-6463  

  

11872 What Do You Say 
11873 Sweet Little Girl 
~ Atco 45-6474 Winfield Parker 
also Ru-Jac 020 
B / S Arthur Conley - Rufus Mitchell 
assigned Mar 14, 1967 
Sweet Little Girl 
also by Gene & Eddie 
ru-jac RJ-201 B

11874  Wholesale Love  LP1  
11875  Love Got Me  LP2  
11876  Ha! Ha! Ha!  LP2  
11877  Let Nothing Separate Us  LP1  
11878  Give Me A Little Time  
assigned Mar 10, 1967, Fame
 
12047  In The Midnight Hour  
12048  Sweet Soul Music  
12070  In The Midnight Hour  
12071  Sweet Soul Music  
12092  In The Midnight Hour  
12093  Sweet Soul Music  
12118  634-5789  
12119  Sweet Soul Music  
12202  In The Midnight Hour  
12203  Sweet Soul Music  
12226  In The Midnight Hour  
12227  Sweet Soul Music  
live w/ Stax / Volt Revue, Mar 1967, Olympia Theatre, Paris 

12434  You Don't Have To See Me  LP2  
12436  Shake, Rattle & Roll  LP2  
~ Atco 45-6494  
12435  Come On Over  
12451  Hand And Glove  LP2  
12452  Little Piece Of Leather  
12453  I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)  LP2  
12454  Keep On Talking  LP2  
12455  Baby What You Want Me To Do  LP2  
12456  I'll Take The Blame  LP2  
12457  A Change Is Gonna Come  LP2  
assigned May 17, 1967, Fame  

12918  Country Boy  
12919  Rome Wasn't Built In A Day  
12920  A Year, A Month And A Day  
Co-written by Arthur Conley
Cut by Jotis' Billy Young 
Mercury 72769 
Prod / Arr by Otis Redding 
12921  Love Comes And Goes  
assigned Jun 28, 1967  

13122  Whole Lotta Woman  
13123  Love Comes And Goes  
~ Atco 45-6529  
13124  Shout Bama Lama (2nd Version)  
13125  Funky Street  
13126  Come On / Let The Good Times Roll
13127  Shout Bama Lama (1st Version)  
assigned Oct 3, 1967, American, Memphis 

13839  People Sure Act Funny  LP3  
13840  Funky Street  LP3  
13849  Put Our Love Together  LP3  
~ Atco 45-6588  
13841  This Love Of Mine  LP3  
13842  Burning Fire  LP3  
13843  One Night Is All I Need  LP4  
13844  Get Yourself Another Fool  LP3  
13845  Run On  LP4  
13846  You Really Know  LP3  
13847  Something You've Got  LP4  
13848  Otis Sleep On  LP3  
assigned Feb 5, 1968, American, Memphis  

The Soul Clan: 
13857  Soul Meeting  
13858  That's How It Feels
assigned Feb 6, 1968, Nashville  
~ Atlantic 45-2530  

14355 Hear Say  LP3  
assigned Apr 25, 1968  

14524  People Sure Act Funny (45 edit)  
assigned Feb 5, 1968, American, Memphis  
14556  Burning Fire  
assigned May 10, 1968, American, Memphis   
~ Atco 45-6588  

( - )  Mister B. (Funky Street) 
14355  Hear Say 
~ Atlantic ATL-NP 03073 (Italy) Sept 1968 

14675  (La Ragatsa) "Piu" Bellissima  
14676  Il Fuoco Brucia  
rec Jun 13, 1968, Atlantic NYC
~ Atlantic ATL-NP 03074 (Italy) Sept 1968 

15281  Take A Step  LP4  
15282  Summer's Gone  
15283  Aunt Dora's Love Soul Shack  LP4  
15284  Is That You Love  LP4 
~ Atco 45-6622  
15285  You Mis-use Me  
assigned Sept 24, 1968 , American, Memphis   

13848  Otis Sleep On  LP3  
assigned Feb 5, 1968, American, Memphis  
15812  Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da  LP4  
~ Atco 45-6640  
15813  Shing-A-Ling  LP4  
15814  I Got A Feeling  LP4  
13845  Run On  rec Feb 5, 1968  LP4  
15815  Speak Her Name  LP4  
~ Atco 45-6661  
15816  That Can't Be My Baby  LP4  
15817  Stuff You Gotta Watch  LP4  
assigned Dec 6, 1968, Fame
Intrusive Duane Allman, Guitar;
David Hood, Bass;
Barry Beckett, Keyboards; 
Roger Hawkins, Drums; 
Jimmy Johnson, Guitar  

17397  Star Review  
17398  Love Sure Is A Powerful Thing  
rec Jul 24, 1969, Muscle Shoals Sound
3614 Jackson Highway
~ Atco 45-6706  

17521  Have Mercy  
17522  Keep The Music Playin'   
17523  He's Got It Bad  
17524  She's Got It Bad  
assigned Aug 14, 1969  

18325  They Call the Wind Maria  
18326  Hurt  
~ Atco 45-6733 
18327  God Bless  
18328  (Your Love Has Brought Me) A Mighty Long Way  
~ Atco 45-6747  
assigned Dec 23, 1969, Capricorn, Macon, GA

19676  All Day Singing  
~ UK Atlantic 2091 025  
19677  If He Walked Today  
assigned  Jul 13, 1970  

20232  Day-O  
rec Sept 30, 1970, Electric Lady NYC  

20293  Nobody's Fault But Mine 
assigned  Criteria, Miami Oct 7, 1970  
~ Atco 45-6790  

22003  I'm Living Good 
22004  I'm Glad You're Here  
rec Capricorn, Macon, GA 
~ Capricorn C-8017, BB rvw June 5, 1971  

28460  Love Is Here  
rec July 11, 1967, Fame  

29984  I'm Falling In Love With You  
29985  I'm Gonna Love You  
29986  What Do You Say If The Answer Is No 
rec Fame

~~~  

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(Sonny Bono) /
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(L. Sayer - D. Courtney)
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