David Nathan’s Diary

NINA SIMONE: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS & MEMORIES FROM THE '60s

In celebration of the anniversary of her birthday on February 21st, 1933 and in conjunction with the digital release of an expanded edition of “Folksy Nina,” the iconic Nina Simone’s 8th album for Colpix Records, SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan recalls in this Q&A the impact this pioneering artist and SoulMusic Hall Of Fame ‘Legacy Posthumous’ inductee had on him during his teenage years in London...

THE DIARY OF A BRITISH SOUL MAN: Dateline: London, January 1, 2021

SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan offers personal reflections on 2020, with music as an antidote to lockdown, loneliness and turbulent times and essential for lifting the spirit... Talkin' Esther Phillips, Aretha, Dionne...as well as three films that truly moved me....

Earth, Wind & Fire: Classic 1975 Interview + Personal Postscript From David Nathan

2020 Introduction: The now-legendary supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire were experiencing their first major breakthrough into mainstream success in 1975 with the release of “That’s The Way Of The World,” (inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame Classic Album category in 2020) ahead of their first European tour in September ’75 as special guests of the group Santana when SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan conducted what he considers a life-changing conversation with Maurice White (read the personal postscript for more about this...)

ASHFORD & SIMPSON: Classic Soul Interview, 1979

SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan conducted his first in person interview in America while on holiday in October, 1974 with Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson, already established as hitmaking songwriters and producers at Motown and by 1974, one year into recording a series of amazing albums for Warner Brothers. By 1979, David was living in New York and Nick & Val were riding a wave of success as performers and chartmakers in their own right...

Aretha - Life, Love, Laughter & The Groove

ARETHA… Reflecting on my thoughts on August 16, the second anniversary of the passing of the acknowledged ‘Queen Of Soul’ (with whom I first had contact back in 1966, as a teenage fan writing a letter c/o her father’s church and, oh happy day, getting a reply) – I find myself drawn to the aspects of her music, her legacy and her personality, notably different from what first touched my heart and soul…

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY OF A BRITISH SOUL MAN: Dateline: London, March 24, 2020

In these challenging times, David offers a playlist of inspiring tracks by soul music greats...checks out the amazing quintet of pioneers born between March 23-26...Stephanie Mills, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Teddy Pendergrass

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY OF A BRITISH SOUL MAN: Dateline: Los Angeles, February 14, 2020

…in advance of my 72nd birthday (February 15), I planned a trip to Los Angeles just after the Grammy Awards (not something I felt compelled to attend, having been to more than a few during my years living in the U.S., given that actually being at the event itself offers very little in the way of a great view unless