I’ve been working with a lot of college-aged musicians and singers who are not well-versed in Motown and Soul music. So far, not one of them has asked me “what is soul music” and I’m relieved as I wouldn’t have a clue as to how to answer it without stammering and stating that soul music has, well, “soul”…
This hasn’t stopped me from thinking about just what is is that makes Soul music Soul music and how it differs from Rock and Pop. I think I’ve found a song that does a good job of illustrating the differences.
Let’s listen to Just One Look and hear how it differs in the hands of a pop group and a soul artist
The Hollies’ Version
Here’s a version of the song that was a monster hit for The Hollies in the UK in 1964.
Great song and great performance.
Doris Troy’s Version
Here’s the original version performed by its composer, Doris Troy. It reached number 10 on the US Singles chart. This version just oozes soul.
Which version do I prefer? I really enjoy both (and enjoy watching the baby-faced Graham Nash in the video) but the Doris Troy version really does it for me.