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Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music 

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Series cast summary:
Colin Salmon ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 2005
James Brown ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2005
Solomon Burke ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2005
Jerry Butler ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Gerald Early ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2005
Peter Guralnick Peter Guralnick ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Etta James ...  Herself / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Magnificent Montague Magnificent Montague ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Earl Palmer Earl Palmer ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Jerry Wexler ...  Himself - Billboard Magazine 1947-1951 / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Bobby Womack ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Lou Adler ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Barney Ales Barney Ales ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Gene Barge ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Fontella Bass ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Al Bell Al Bell ...  Himself - Vice President, Stax 1 episode, 2005
Renaldo Benson Renaldo Benson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Beyoncé ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Mary J. Blige ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Ruth Brown Ruth Brown ...  Herself - Singer 1 episode, 2005
Malcolm Cecil Malcolm Cecil ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Ray Charles ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Marshall Chess Marshall Chess ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Quinton Claunch Quinton Claunch ...  Himself - Producer, Goldwax Records 1 episode, 2005
George Clinton ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Bootsy Collins ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
L.C. Cooke L.C. Cooke ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Barry Michael Cooper ...  Himself - Music Writer 1 episode, 2005
Luigi Creatore Luigi Creatore ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Steve Cropper ...  Himself - Booker T. & the M.G.'s 1 episode, 2005
Stanley Crouch ...  Himself - Music Critic 1 episode, 2005
Carl Davis Carl Davis ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Clive Davis ...  Himself - President, Arista Records 1974-99 1 episode, 2005
Destiny's Child ...  Themselves 1 episode, 2005
Lamont Dozier ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Pee Wee Ellis Pee Wee Ellis ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Greg Errico Greg Errico ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Ahmet Ertegun ...  Himself - Atlantic Records 1 episode, 2005
Abdul 'Duke' Fakir Abdul 'Duke' Fakir ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Isaac 'Dickie' Freeman Isaac 'Dickie' Freeman ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Nelson George ...  Himself - Music Writer 1 episode, 2005
Robert Hamlett Robert Hamlett ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Andre Harrell ...  Himself - CEO, Uptown Records 1986-96 1 episode, 2005
Brian Holland Brian Holland ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Eddie Holland Eddie Holland ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Wayne Jackson Wayne Jackson ...  Himself - The Memphis Horns 1 episode, 2005
Jimmy Jam ...  Himself - Record Producer 1 episode, 2005
Roosevelt Jamison Roosevelt Jamison ...  Himself - James Carr's Manager 1 episode, 2005
Wyclef Jean ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Mable John ...  Herself - Singer 1 episode, 2005
Uriel Jones Uriel Jones ...  Himself - Drummer, The Funk Brothers 1 episode, 2005
Erica Kennedy Erica Kennedy ...  Herself - Journalist and Novelist 1 episode, 2005
Ben E. King ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Mathew Knowles Mathew Knowles ...  Himself - Manager, Destiny's Child 1 episode, 2005
Terry Lewis ...  Himself - Record Producer 1 episode, 2005
Michael Lydon Michael Lydon ...  Himself - Biographer 1 episode, 2005
Robert Margouleff Robert Margouleff ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Branford Marsalis ...  Himself - Saxophonist 1 episode, 2005
Jerry Martini Jerry Martini ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Cosimo Matassa ...  Himself - Record Producer 1 episode, 2005
Portia Maultsby Portia Maultsby ...  Herself - Professor, Indiana University 1 episode, 2005
Sam Moore ...  Himself - Sam & Dave 1 episode, 2005
Mark Anthony Neal Mark Anthony Neal ...  Himself - Professor, Duke University 1 episode, 2005
David 'Fathead' Newman Jr. David 'Fathead' Newman Jr. ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Spooner Oldham Spooner Oldham ...  Himself - Songwriter 1 episode, 2005
Deanie Parker Deanie Parker ...  Herself - Marketing Manager, Stax 1 episode, 2005
Dan Penn ...  Himself - Songwriter 1 episode, 2005
Wilson Pickett ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
David Porter David Porter ...  Himself - Songwriter 1 episode, 2005
Robert Pruter Robert Pruter ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Martha Reeves ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
David Ritz David Ritz ...  Himself - Music Writer 1 episode, 2005
James Roberson James Roberson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Cynthia Robinson Cynthia Robinson ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Kelly Rowland ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Dean Salvara Dean Salvara ...  Young Ray Charles 1 episode, 2005
Percy Sledge ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Mavis Staples ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Candi Staton ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
William Stevenson William Stevenson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Barrett Strong Barrett Strong ...  Himself - Songwriter 1 episode, 2005
Greg Tate Greg Tate ...  Himself - Music Critic 1 episode, 2005
Marvell Thomas Marvell Thomas ...  Himself - Stax Musician 1 episode, 2005
Allen Toussaint ...  Himself - Pianist 1 episode, 2005
Rickey Vincent Rickey Vincent ...  Himself - DJ and Music Critic 1 episode, 2005
Alan Walden Alan Walden ...  Himself - Otis Redding Management 1 episode, 2005
Wilson Waters Jr. Wilson Waters Jr. ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Fred Wesley Fred Wesley ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Hype Williams Hype Williams ...  Himself - Video Director 1 episode, 2005
Otis Williams Otis Williams ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Mary Wilson ...  Herself 1 episode, 2005
Daniel Wolff Daniel Wolff ...  Himself 1 episode, 2005
Muhammad Ali ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 2005
Dick Clark ...  Himself (archive footage) unknown episodes
Sam Cooke ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 2005
The Dixie Hummingbirds The Dixie Hummingbirds ...  Themselves (archive footage) 1 episode, 2005
Aretha Franklin ...  Herself (archive footage) 2 episodes, 2005
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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

I istoria tis mavris mousikis See more »

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BBC Bristol See more »
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Runtime:

(6 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Documenting a Great Chapter in American Music
19 January 2010 | by mackjay2See all my reviews

In its first 5 parts, this is a largely excellent BBC documentary on one of America's greatest cultural contributions. The program is divided into 6 parts, each jammed with useful information and many archival clips that are presented nearly complete (often not the case in such documentaries). Another praiseworthy feature is the large number of interviews with people from behind the scenes, those who made it happen. You see and hear, among many others, such figures as Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, Etta James, Barrett Strong, Candi Staton and David Porter. These interviews outnumber the critical observations of writers like Peter Guralnik, although his contributions here are excellent as well. This is a historical documentary that successfully attempts to trace the roots and development of American Black popular music. Possibly due to time constraints, certain people and institutions are never mentioned (Tyrone Davis, Gene Chandler, VeeJay Records, the entire Chicago Soul scene is reduced to Chess Records and a brief mention of Curtis Mayfield. Also omitted is the Philadelphia Soul scene, which includes The Spinners, The OJays, Harold Melvin.) And what about Al Green? Surely among the greatest soul singers of all time. He's never mentioned. In the Motown segment, perhaps too much time is devoted to The Supremes. They were important, to be sure, and made some great records, but so little is said about Smokey Robinson who, along with Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, was one of the greatest of all Motown talents. Wonder and Gaye are given their due in the following segment. While a great deal of attention is focused on the development of Funk, by way of James Brown (his section is a major highlight), no mention of Disco can be found. Like all the other genres here, Disco produced both good and bad music. It deserves at least a mention. Black American Popular Music continues to develop, but this great documentary charts the often magnificent strides it took in the early years of its history, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke (a segment superior in every way to a recent PBS program), Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Motown, Stax, Atlantic and numerous others. An unsatisfying Part 6 is limited by its attempt to document the present of 2005. All that said, it is well worth the trouble of tracking this program down.


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