Arthur Conley And His Sweet Soul Music

Arthur Conley And His Sweet Soul Music

Arthur Conley And His Sweet Soul Music, is just right, for that’s his biggest hit.

Arthur Lee Conley (January 4, 1946 – November 17, 2003) was a U.S. soul singer, best known for the 1967 hit “Sweet Soul Music”.

Arthur Conley

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Arthur Conley in 1967

Background Information

Born

January 4, 1946
McIntosh County, Georgia, U.S.

Origin

United States

Died

November 17, 2003( aged 57).
Ruurlo, Netherlands.

Genres.

Soul.

Occupation.

Singer.

Years Active.

1959 1988.


Early Life

Conley was born in McIntosh County, Georgia, U.S., and grew up in Atlanta. Hefirst recorded in 1959 as the lead singer of Arthur & the Corvets. With thisgroup, he released three singles in 1963 and 1964 Poor Girl, I Believe, andFlossie Mae on the Atlanta-based record label, NRC Records.


Biography and Career

In 1964, he moved to a new label (Baltimore‘s Ru-Jac Records) and released I‘m aLonely Stranger. When Otis Redding heard this, he asked Conley to record a new version, which was released on Redding‘s own fledgling label Jotis Records, as only its second release. Conley met Redding in 1967. Together they rewrote theSam Cooke song Yeah Man into Sweet Soul Music, which, at Redding‘s insistence,was released on the Atco-distributed label Fame Records, and was recorded at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. It proved to be a massive hit, going to thenumber two position on the U.S. charts and the Top Ten across much of Europe.Sweet Soul Music sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
After several years of hit singles in the early 1970s, he relocated to England in 1975, and spent several years in Belgium, settling in Amsterdam (Netherlands) in spring 1977. At the beginning of 1980 he had some major performances as LeeRoberts and the Sweaters in the Ganzenhoef, Paradiso, De Melkweg and theConcertgebouw, and was highly successful. At the end of 1980 he moved to the Dutchtown of Ruurlo legally changing his name to Lee Roberts his middle name and hismother‘s maiden name. He promoted new music via his Art-Con Productions company.Amongst the bands he promoted was the heavy metal band Shockwave from The Hague. Alive performance on January 8, 1980, featuring Lee Roberts & the Sweaters, wasreleased as an album entitled Soulinin 1988.


Personal Life

Conley was gay, and several music writers have said that his homosexuality was bar to greater success in the United States and one of the reasons behind his move to Europe and his eventual name change. In 2014, rock historian Ed Ward wrote,Conley headed to Amsterdam and changed his name to Lee Roberts. Nobody knew Lee Roberts, and at last Conley was able to live in peace with a secret he had hidden or thought he had for entire career: he was gay. But nobody in Holland cared.

Death

Conley died at the age of 57 from intestinal cancer in Ruurlo, Netherlands inNovember 2003. He was buried in Vorden.


Recordings

Aunt Dora‘s Love Soul Shack, 1968.
Burning Fire 1968.
Baby, What You Want Me To Do.
Day-O, 1969, Jamaican folk song recorded by Harry Belafonte.
Flossie Mae, 1963, as Arthur & the Corvets.
Funky Street, 1968, # 5 R&B, # 14 pop.
God Bless, 1970, Top 40 R&B.
Ha Ha Ha.
I Believe, 1963, as Arthur & the Corvets.
I Can’t Stop (No, No, No), 1966, written by Dan Penn.
I Got A Feeling.
I‘m a Lonely Stranger, 1964, solo, re-recorded in 1965.
I‘m Living Good, 1971 1974.
It‘s So Nice [When It‘s Someone Else‘s Wife], 1971 1974.
Is That You Love.
Let‘s Go Steady, B-side of Sweet Soul Music.
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, 1968, # 51 pop, # 41 R&B, Beatles cover featured guitar ofDuane Allman.
One Night Is All I Need.
Otis Sleep On, 1968.
People Sure Act Funny, 1968, Top 20 R&B.
Poor Girl, 1963, as Arthur & the Corvets.
Put Our Love Together, B-side of Funky Street on Atco Records produced by TomDowd.
Rita, 1971 1974.
Run On, 1968.
Shake, Rattle and Roll, 1967, # 31 pop, # 20 R&B.
Shing-A-Ling.
Something You Got.
Speak Her Name, featured guitar of Duane Allman.
Star Review, 1969, with Tom Dowd, written by Allen Toussaint.
Stuff You Got ta Watch, featured guitar of Duane Allman.
Sweet Soul Music, 1967, co-written with Otis Redding, # 2 R&B, # 2 pop.
Take A Step.
Take Me (Just as I Am), 1966-1967(?).
That Can’t Be My Baby.
Walking on Eggs, 1971 1974.
Who‘s Foolin Who, 1966.
Whole Lotta Woman, 1967, # 73 pop.
Wholesale Love.

 

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