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In Soulful Remembrance: Dr. Mable John – Personal Reflections by David Nathan

2022-08-27T09:40:38-04:00August 27, 2022|Categories: David Nathan’s Diary, Features, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

In soulful remembrance, Dr. Mable John (November 3, 1930-August 25, 2022) In

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2022-03-27T13:41:25-04:00March 26, 2022|Categories: David Nathan’s Diary, News|Tags: , , , , , |

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 – December 16th, 2021: ARETHA – A Closer Look (Pt. 17): Angel (Work Tape)

2022-02-16T06:29:09-05:00December 14, 2021|Categories: David Nathan’s Diary|Tags: , , |

In this final instalment of my series on the wonderful tracks that I selected with co-producer Patrick Milligan for the one-of-a-kind ARETHA 4CD box set for Rhino released this year, what better example of Aretha Franklin’s masterful artistry than a work tape of her 1973 No. 1 R&B and Top 20 pop hit, “Angel,” co-written by her sister Carolyn…

DAVID NATHAN’S DIARY – December 9th, 2021: ARETHA – A Closer Look (Pt. 16): Somewhere-Alternate Version

2022-02-15T03:46:49-05:00December 7, 2021|Categories: David Nathan’s Diary|Tags: , , , , |

In compiling the career-spanning ARETHA 4CD box set, co-producer Patrick Milligan and I approached Aretha’s golden years at Atlantic intent on showcasing her approach to her recordings and her innate creativity. One track that exemplifies Aretha’s artistry is the extraordinary 1972 outtake of “Somewhere” (from the film “West Side Story”) and what better time to take a closer look at this Aretha gem with the December 2021 release of the remake of the movie itself…

CHIC: Classic Soul July 1979 Interview

2023-08-07T09:54:22-04:00December 7, 2021|Categories: Artist Spotlight, Classic Soul Interviews, David Nathan’s Diary, Features|Tags: , , , |

2021 Introduction: Exactly 43 years ago in December 1978, the group Chic were enjoying a No. 1 hit with “Le Freak.” 1979 turned out to be an even more triumphant year for the pioneering group and in July of that year, David Nathan spoke with Nile Rodgers as Chic were working on their then-untitled third album…

DAVID NATHAN’S DIARY – December 2nd, 2021: ARETHA – A Closer Look (Pt. 15): Bridge Over Troubled Water (Long Version)

2022-02-15T17:27:31-05:00November 30, 2021|Categories: David Nathan’s Diary|Tags: , , |

Putting together the career-spanning 4CD box set ARETHA with co-producer Patrick Milligan proved to be a daunting task, given just how many amazing recordings Aretha made over nearly sixty years! One of the highlights, undoubtedly is the long version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” which Aretha in her inimitable way made her own...

DAVID NATHAN’S DIARY – November 25, 2021: ARETHA – A Closer Look (Pt. 14): Til It’s Over & Oh Baby-1973 Demos

2022-02-15T03:47:53-05:00November 16, 2021|Categories: David Nathan’s Diary|

Culling the vast Atlantic tape vaults allows the opportunity to uncover all kinds of musical treasures and with an artist as prolific as Aretha Franklin, there are fortunately many soulful gems, such as a trio of 1973 demos, two of which – “Til It’s Over” and “Oh Baby” - Patrick Milligan and I as co-producers of the 4CD Rhino box set ARETHA included as rarities on Disc 3…

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