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Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

“Jazz Ain’t Nothin’ But Soul”: What Jazz Is

From what I can tell, Norman Mapp only released one album as a vocalist – 1961’s Jazz Ain’t Nothin’ But Soul on the Epic label, an imprint of almighty Columbia Records.  As a songwriter, however, Norman Mapp saw his songs recorded by a number of artists, such as “Rock and Stroll Room” for Mickey & Sylvia (1958), “By the River” for Wilt ‘The Stilt’ Chamberlain (1960), “Mr. Ugly” for Aretha Franklin (1963), and “I Worry About You” for Marvin Gaye (1966).

Norman Mapp LP

The title track from Mapp’s lone album has been famously covered by Betty Carter and more recently by Esperanza Spalding, but right here you can enjoy the original version:

Answer Songs:  Validators of Cultural Currency

As a musical artist, you know you’ve penetrated popular consciousness when a fellow artist answers you in song – as when Pat Lundy recorded “Soul Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues” as the title track to her 1968 Columbia album, no doubt in response to Norman Mapp.

Soul Ain't Nothin' But the Blues

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