The Mystery Artist was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His pioneering contributions to soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Billy Preston and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.allMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that he was “the inventor of soul music,” and possessed “an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed.”
He had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, plus three more posthumously. Major hits like “You Send Me,” “A Change Is Gonna Come,” “Cupid,” “Chain Gang,” “Wonderful World” and “Twistin’ the Night Away” are some of his most popular songs. He was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the Civil Rights Movement.
On December 11, 1964, he was fatally shot by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 33. At the time, the courts ruled he was drunk and distressed, and the manager had killed him in what was later ruled a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been widely questioned.
Today’s offering is a song designated as the A-Side which was overwhelmed by the success of its B-Side, “A Change is Gonna Come”
Your Mystery Lyric is:
Put your hands on your hips, And kinda let your backbone slip, Move your body like a whip
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Sam Cooke – Shake was presented by Hil on September 24th 2014
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