Classic Soul Interviews

Gene Page: Classic Soul 1976 Interview

2021 Introduction: We celebrate the induction into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame (in the category ‘Producer/Arranger’), the late Gene Page, one of the most prolific arrangers and conductors in the world of ‘60s and ‘80s’ soul music and a recording artist in his own right. David Nathan spoke with him back in 1976 when his second album for Atlantic Records was released…

ARETHA FRANKLIN: Rare Classic Soul 1977 Interview

We mark the August 16, 2018 passing of Aretha Franklin, the undisputed ‘Queen Of Soul’ with this seldom-seen interview that occurred spontaneously and unexpectedly one summer evening in 1977 when Aretha called from Encino, California to share with David Nathan in New York about her then-new album “Sweet Passion” and more,…

HIGH INERGY: Classic Soul 1977 Interview

2021 Introduction: Inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame in July 2021 in the ‘Motown’ artist category, High Inergy were riding the crest of popularity in 1977 with their hit “You Can’t Turn Me Off (In The Middle Of Turnin’ Me On)” as David Nathan discovered when he caught up with the female quartet towards the end of their first year as Motown artists…

CHIC: Classic Soul 1978 Interview

2021 Introduction: Celebrating an unprecedented number of (5) inductions into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame with Bernard Edwards (Producer) and ‘C’est Chic’ (Classic Soul Album) in July, the group Chic and its founding members continue to experience global appreciation. In 1978, David Nathan had his memorable first in person encounter with Nile Rogers…

Deniece Williams: Classic Soul 1976 Interview

2021 Introduction: A two-time inductee into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame in the categories ‘Female Artist’ and ‘Lifetime Achievement,’ Deniece Williams is one of the semi-finalists for her timeless track, “Free” in the ‘Classic Soul Single’ category. In 1976, her recording career was just getting started as David Nathan discovered…

DIANA ROSS: Classic Soul 1973 Interview

2021 Introduction: One of the first inductees into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame ‘Lifetime Achievement’ category (in 2013) and into the ‘Motown Artist’ category (in 2016), global music icon Diana Ross has created an incredible legacy as a solo recording artist and entertainer since 1970. In September 1973, in London, David Nathan had a rare opportunity to sit down with her to with about her ‘Touch Me In The Morning’ LP and more…

Average White Band Classic Soul 1978 Interview

2021 Introduction: Recently inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame in the category ‘Funk Group,’ Average White Band first broke through with their distinctive brand of groove’n’soul back in 1974 with the US No. 1 pop/R&B and dance hit, “Pick Up The Pieces.” By 1978, as they shared with David Nathan, it was time to venture out to new terrain…

Larry Graham/Graham Central Station: Classic Soul 1977 Interview

2021 Introduction: In the rare category of being a recipient of (3) inductions into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame – Lifetime Achievement Award, Male Artist and Musician/Instrumentalist, the iconic Mr. Larry Graham has traversed the funk, pop and R&B musical terrain over a remarkable six decades, starting with Sly & The Family Stone, his own solo career and working with Prince among others… As the founder of Graham Central Station, Larry spoke with David Nathan in 1977 about stretching the musical boundaries…