George Soule

Born:  Nov. 12, 1945 Meridian, MS

Lived in Sheffield, AL

Co-wrote "Can't Stop A Man In Love" performed by Carl Carlton. Wrote "I'll Be Your Everything" by Percy Sledge. Musician or background vocals for Greg Allman, Joan Baez, Mac Davis, Swamp Dogg, Willie Nelson, and more.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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Blue-eyed country-soul pianist-singer-songwriter George Soule also played drums (another of his many talents) on the Freddie North, ZZ Hill and Brooks O’Dell sessions at Quinvy and would return in April 1972 for a Percy Sledge session. In partnership mainly with Terry Woodford George provided a large number of classic songs for the Muscle Shoals Sound studios, and through them for Atlantic. An excellent CD of his demos from this period has just been issued on Soulscape UK. As an artist his greatest success came soon after he moved to Fame. Writing, reviewing and recording demos, playing on sessions, he got his own first national hit with the driving, funky George Jackson-penned "Get Involved" (Fame 302), a song which had been intended originally for Wilson Pickett.

Born in Meridian, Mississippi on 12th November 1945, George’s long-lasting and important role in southern soul music is such that any attempt here to even meaningfully summarise it would run to many paragraphs and so it is probably easier for you to refer to a fine biography of Soule here especially as George’s activities actually at Quinvy made up only a very tiny part of a very full career.

Source: Sir Shambling's Deep Soul Heaven

 

 

George Soulé [note 1][1] is an American songwriter, singer, drummer, record producer and studio engineer, whose songs have been recorded by some of the most successful artists in soul music including Percy Sledge, Carl Carlton, Temptations and Bobby Womack. In 1973 he had a Top 40 rhythm and blues hit as a solo artist with ‘’Get Involved’’[2]

 

George Soulé (pronounced “Soo-lay”) was born in Meridian, Mississippi on November 12th 1945. He became a DJ at the local WOKK radio station as a teenager and recorded his first discs for Carol Rachou’s La Louisianne and Tamm labels in the mid 60s.In 1964 his song Someone was recorded by Sue Thompson and covered by Frank Ifield and Etta James. Shortly thereafter Soulé made his first television appearance on the pop music programme Shindig appearing on the bill with Ray Charles.[3]

He started plugging his songs, often written with his friend Paul Davis, to music publishers in Memphis and Nashville signing a contract around 1966 with the Nashville based Acuff-Rose Music. He moved first to the newly opened Malaco Records in Jackson , Mississippi and in 1969 onto the studios of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, in Sheffield, Alabama where he worked with producers Rick Hall and Don Davis.[4]. Soulé was initially used as a songwriter and with the singer Don Covay he achieved early success with a song ‘’Shoes’’ a hit for Brook Benton. He wrote I’ll Be Your Everything a chart success for Percy Sledge. His most productive writing partnership though was with Terry Woodford. Among their best known songs was How Many Times recorded by Mavis Staples, "You Can't Stop A Man In Love" by Carl Carlton, Bobby Womack, The Temptations, Wilson Pickett and several well known rhythm and blues artists.

During this period George played drums on recording sessions produced by Swamp Dogg for artists like Brooks O’Dell and Z.Z. Hill, as well as sessions for other artists such as Ernie Shelby. He was also in demand as a demo singer for other writers and as a backup vocalist. [note 2] In 1972 he sang on a demo by Memphis writer George Jackson called Get Involved originally written with Wilson Pickett in mind. Fame Records owner Rick Hall liked Soulé‘s version so much he recorded George for his own label and the song reached no 35 in Billboard’s R & B chart the following year,spawning a successful reggae cover version from Freddie McGregor. The song was featured on the nationally syndicated TV show Soul Train and caused a mild sensation when it was realised that George Soulé was a white singer. Follow up singles on Fame and United Artists didn’t fare so well.[5]

In 1975 George Soulé joined the Music Mill organisation in Muscle Shoals, writing songs for Arthur Alexander amongst others and operating the studio’s recording process as engineer. He received Country Music’s song of the year award for his engineering and mixing of Narvel Felts hit Reconsider Me. He has contributed to numerous songs that include What I Don’t Know Won’t Hurt Me (William Bell), Catch Me I’m Fallin’ (Esther Phillips), After The Feeling Is Gone (Lulu )We’re Into Something Good (Roy Orbison) and one of his most successful songs Can’t Stop A Man In Love that was recorded by The Temptations, Bobby Womack and by Carl Carlton.

George Soulé left music as a full time occupation in the late 70s, to work in the family iron smelting business in Meridian returning to Muscle Shoals in 1987 as an announcer on WQLT FM radio. Throughout the period he has continued to write songs, often with the late Ava Aldridge or Eddie Struzick, contributing Poor Boy Blue for Johnnie Taylor and A Woman Without Love for Dorothy Moore, both on the Malaco label. He also recorded a duet with Aldridge released on MCA. In 1996 Soulé was back in Mississippi working at a casino.[6]

 

In 2004 he was part of the newly formed Country Soul Revue who recorded a CD entitled “Testyfing” for Casual Records and performed with other members of the Revue on stage a year later at London, England’s Barbican Theatre in a highly acclaimed return to performing for the first time in twenty years.[7] He followed this with the first CD in his own name “Take A Ride” for Zane Records which included both new material and also his own interpretations of songs he had written in the 1970s. In 2011 he released ‘Let me be a man’ a collection of archive material from his period with Muscle Shoals Sound Studios.

George Soulé now resides in Meridian, MS

 

References

1^ Jack Shank , Meridian: The Queen with a Past, Southeastern Printing Company, Meridian, Mississippi, 1986 isbn=0961612320

2^ Whitburn, Joel. "Top R & B Singles 1942 - 1988", Billboard, 1988

3^ Edd Hurt, Interview with George Soulé for Perfect Sound Forever, 2005

4^ Hoskins, Barney. "Say It One Time For The Broken Hearted", Fontana Press UK 1987

5^ Hoskins, Barney. "Say It One Time For The Broken Hearted", Fontana Press UK 1987

6^ Edd Hurt, Interview with George Soulé for Perfect Sound Forever, 2005

7^ http://www.senzatempo.co.uk/html/body_muscle_shoals_at__barbican_lon.html, Muscle Shoals at The Barbican, April 2004

 

Notes

1^ He is an descendant of George Soule who was a signatory of the Mayflower Compact and the grandson of George Soulé who founded the Soulé Steam Feed Works in Meridian. Mississippi. He is also a descendant of Bishop Joshua Soule (1781 - 1867)

2^ A collection of his demos from this period entitled’Let me be the man’ was released on the Soulscape label in 2011

 

Source: George Soulé (musician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Interview: Perfect Sound Forever: George Soule interview

 

 

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