David Nathan’s Diary

DAVID NATHAN’S DIARY: THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS – IN THE SPOTLIGHT…

The voices behind countless hits of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the ladies that ‘Queen Of Soul’ Aretha Franklin and icon Elvis Presley chose to tour with on many occasions, The Sweet Inspirations are now being honoured with a first-time 3CD set of all their Atlantic recordings. The box set’s producer David Nathan shines the spotlight on the sweet sweet soul sound of this remarkable group…

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY - September 16, 2021: ARETHA - A Closer Look (Pt 4): You’re All I Need To Get By

Continuing the ongoing series of taking a closer look at tracks from the 2021 career-spanning 4CD set, "ARETHA" that illustrate ‘The Queen Of Soul’ at work in the studio, co-producer David Nathan focuses on Aretha’s 1971 version of the Motown classic, “You’re All I Need To Get By” from Disc 2…

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY - September 9, 2021: ARETHA - A Closer Look (Pt 3): I Say A Little Prayer

Continuing the series of giving the background to the rarities, hidden gems and previously unreleased tracks to be found on ”ARETHA,” the 2021 career-spanning 4CD Rhino box set, co-producer David Nathan takes a closer look at the historic 1981 one-time only pairing of Aretha and Dionne Warwick from the US television show “Solid Gold”…

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY - September 2, 2021: ARETHA - A Closer Look (Pt 2): Until You Come Back To Me (Demo)

As part of an ongoing series delving into many gems, rarities and previously unreleased tracks to be found on the 2021 career-spanning 4CD set, "ARETHA," co-producer David Nathan takes a closer look at the 1973 demo of "Until You Come Back To Me," found on Disc 3....

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY - August 26, 2021: ARETHA - A Closer Look (Pt 1): Ooo Baby Baby

With the release of ARETHA, a first-of-its-kind career-spanning Rhino 4CD box set that chronicles the recordings of the iconic Aretha Franklin from 1956 to 2015, the project's co-producer David Nathan takes a closer look at some of the rarities, hidden gems and previously unreleased tracks in a multi-part series. First up is "Ooo Baby Baby," Aretha's 1979 duet with Smokey ...

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY - August 13, 2021: DEEP SOUL LEGENDS: JUDY CLAY AND LORRAINE ELLISON

The term 'deep soul' first appeared in musical vernacular in the mid-'60s when Dave Godin, one of David Nathan's partners at Soul City record store in London referenced it to describe the intensely emotional feeling that certain R&B vocalists injected into their recordings. David pays tribute to two of the 'unsung' purveyors of the genre, Judy Clay and Lorraine Ellison...

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY- August 6, 2021: PHYLLIS HYMAN: JOYOUSLY HONORING AN OLD FRIEND...

In 1977, David Nathan met the iconic Phyllis Hyman for the first time when they were Manhattan neighbors, conducting her first interview for a British magazine. It was the start of a professional and personal association that continued close to twenty years and now, 44 years later, David shares memories and the joy of honouring the legacy of a great artist with a 2021 collection of her music...

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY- August 14, 2021: ARETHA: FOREVER LIGHTING UP MY LIFE....

In the summer of1978, David Nathan conducted one of his memorable interviews with 'The Queen Of Soul,' then living at her beautiful home in Encino, California. Among the many topics covered in their extensive conversation was Aretha's then-recent recording of the song, "You Light Up My Life" which she had been performing in concert to standing ovations. In a remarkable turn of events, David had a hand in bringing that recording to light in 2021!

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY - February 22, 2021: NINA SIMONE: FURTHER 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...

DAVID NATHAN'S DIARY- January 1, 2021: Personal Reflections on 2020

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....