Ron Rush was raised in Birmingham, Alabama before relocating to Detroit, Michigan at the age of 14. After a period in the army Ron moved to San Diego, California at the end of the sixties and has been there ever since. As a recording artist he released his debut 45 single with Eddie Gross, under the name of Rush & Gross on the local label Radio City Records in 1969. Both sides of the 45 were written by Ron, with ‘City of Soul’ on the A Side and ‘Love Power’ on the flip. Ron then released his first and only solo single ‘Cloudy For Me’ and ‘Cold Cold Man’ on his own label Aidco. This was followed with The Brothers Aquarius solitary release of ‘Unity’ and ‘Born In Georgia’ on Aidco too.
When your father hands you a pair of drumsticks at the age of four, chances are you’ll wind up a drummer. Paul Tillman Smith’s father, George Smith (Kansas City Smitty) played drums during the big band era with many well-known bands including Count Basie, Trummer Young and the Harlem Aces. He was also a mentor to singer Pearl Bailey‘s husband drummer Louie Bellson.
Label: Soul4Real Records Catalog: JAR02 Release: October 2021 Format: Vinyl 7’
Having spent half a lifetime reviewing and playing new soul music I still get excited about the prospect of finding new artists. In this day and age, the internet has replaced the good hard graft of getting out there and doing the digging, but the end result is no less gratifying. Our beloved specialist record shops may have become virtual (or disappeared altogether) but social media has increased one’s exposure to our music.
Label: Soul4Real Records Catalog: JAR01 Release: October 2021 Format: Vinyl 7’
After hearing them win a local Detroit gospel talent competition it was no surprise veteran promotions man Dave Clark took brothers Rance, Steve and Tom to Stax Records and they were signed to the subsidiary label Gospel Truth.
Born in Philadelphia, music was calling Tanqueray Hayward name from a very early age. Getting her first taste for the musical spotlight, Hayward started singing in church. Like many legendary singers before her, most notably: Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle, and Aretha Franklin, the church provides the basics for soul singers when learning breath control, tone and confidence.
Label: Soul Junction Records Catalog: SJ1017 Release Date: Monday 15th November 2021 Format: Vinyl 7’
The Fabulous Counts were originally a Detroit High School group of five musicians who hung out together performing at local sock hops. Through a later chance meeting in a Wurlitzer Music Store with a slightly older guy, accompanied by his mother buying him a new guitar the group eventually became six.
Estee Pierce I was born in Fayetteville,NC While my father was in the Army he never took us overseas but we did live up and down the east coast of the U.S, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Pennsylvania.I currently call Hampton, Va home.