Seems like everyone’s covered “Soul Serenade” – so why does no one play it on the radio? Don’t you think it’s about time for this tune to be rediscovered?
“Soul Serenade” Beau Dollar & the Coins 1966
This irresistible instrumental was produced by Lonnie Mack, one-time musical compatriot of Roger Troy. Beau Dollar – last celebrated in this offbeat & oddball historical highlight reel – once served as a session drummer for Syd Nathan’s King Records in Cincinnati. Three of the Coins – Ed Setser, Tim Hedding & Les Asch – in fact, would join Roger Troy’s Jellyroll.
DJ copy 45 on Cincinnati’s Fraternity label
Originally recorded by legendary session musician and bandleader, King Curtis, in 1964, this song would be covered by the likes of Quincy Jones, Gloria Lynne, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Willie Mitchell, The Allman Brothers, Jimmy Castor Bunch, Bill Black’s Combo & The Derek Trucks Band.
The song would also spawn a slew of ska, rocksteady & reggae covers by such notable names as Prince Buster, The Soul Brothers, The Paragons, The Gaylads, Tommy McCook, Boris Gardiner, St. George & the Dragon Killers, Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, and don’t forget The Federalmen.