Classic Soul Interviews

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…

CHIC: Classic Soul 1979 Interview

2021 Introduction: Included in the list of semi-finalists for induction into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame in the category ‘Classic Soul Album’ is the legendary group Chic for their second groundbreaking LP, “C’est Chic.” As the LP was just beginning to take off as 1978 turned into 1979, Atlantic Records sent David Nathan to Los Angeles to spend a day with Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards and company..

LENNY WILLIAMS: Classic Soul 1977 Interview

2021 Introduction: A semi-finalist for induction into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame in the category ‘R&B Pioneer,’ Lenny Williams came to the attention of record buyers and audiences as the ‘voice’ behind hits by Tower Of Power such as “So Very Hard To Go” and “What Is Hip?” His solo career took a few years to jumpstart and by 1977, Lenny was riding a hit wave with “Choosing You” as he explained to David Nathan…

BUNNY SIGLER: Classic Soul 1978 Interview

2021 Introduction: One of the nominees for induction into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame in the category, ‘Legacy (Posthumous) Award,’ Bunny Sigler created a musical legacy as a formidable singer, songwriter and producer in particular with his recordings at Philadelphia International and then with Salsoul Records in the late ‘70s. He met up with David Nathan in the summer of 1978 to talk about his disco hit “Let Me Party With You”…

TEDDY PENDERGRASS: Classic Soul 1977 Interview

2021 Introduction: Previous inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame in the category, ‘Legacy (Posthumous) Award,’ the late Teddy Pendergrass is also one of the nominees in the current slate for the ‘Male Artist’ category. In 1977, he was just at the start of his solo career when David Nathan checked in with him…

WILLIAM BELL: Classic Soul 1977 Interview

2021 Introduction: Inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame in May, veteran soul man William Bell created classic recordings during his years with Stax in the ‘60s and early ‘70s including international pop/R&B hit duets with the late Judy Clay. David Nathan met up with him in 1977 for an in person conversation as the single “Trying To Love Two” headed for No. 1 on the US R&B charts and gold record status…