People Get Ready

Starting and ending with ‘People Get Ready’ made famous by Curtis Mayfield, we made a playlist powered by Hittin’Around. It has Stevie Wonder, Slim & The Supreme Angels, Marvin Gaye , Joe South and many more.

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Wikipedia: Bob Dylan has recorded three different known versions of ‘People Get Ready ‘ in three different decades. Dylan recorded the song with The Band in 1967 during the famed Basement Tapes Sessions. This version has never been officially released, but is widely available on the various bootlegs of The Basement Tapes.

Rolling Stone : Shortly after “People Get Ready” was released, Chicago churches began including their own version of it in songbooks.

GospelFlava : If you know Howard Hunt (aka Slim) and his Gospel sound and if you re a quartet enthusiast, you know them well then you ve been waiting a while for this live project.

Joe South : “Games People Play” reached number twelve in the United States, but South’s wider appeal was reflected in the single’s top-ten rating in the United Kingdom. At the 1969 Grammy Awards it won both Song of the Year and Best Contemporary Song. : Chuck Willis had long suffered from ulcers prior to his 1958 death from peritonitis. Much has been made of the ironic title of his last hit, the touching “What Am I Living For,” but it was no more a clue to his impending demise than its flip, the joyous “Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes.”

allmusic : After German record producer Frank Farian recorded the single “Baby Do You Wanna Bump?” he created Boney M to support the song, bringing in four West Indian vocalists who had been working as session singers in Germany –

The History of Rock’n Roll : The Four Tops only recorded one single with Chess “Kiss Me Baby’ which flopped. They then went to Red Top and Riverside before they were signed by John Hammond to Columbia in 1960 where they recorded “Ain’t That Love.” This was the first of a string of supper club style flops that lasted for seven years on a number of labels. All the while, they were performing in top clubs. The Four Tops toured with the Billy Eckstine revue in the early ’60s.

soulwwalking : Curtis wrote tender love songs and those protesting social and political equality. Decades later Bob Marley lifted lines from ‘People Get Ready’ to populate his own recording, ‘One Love’.

PLAYLIST : Slim & The Supreme Angels – People Get Ready . Joe South – Games People Play . Four Tops – A Simple Game . Sly & Family Stone – Sing A Simple Song . Marvin Gaye – Anna’s Song . Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) . Stevie Wonder – Living for the City . Chuck Willis – What Am I Living For . Al Green – What Am I Gonna Do With Myself . Dusty Springfield – I just don’t know what to do with myself . Aretha Franklin – Walk On By . Judy Garland – You´ll Never Walk Alone . Johnny Cash – You’ll Never Walk Alone . Ray Charles – Alone In The City . Everly Brothers – I Got A Woman . Boney M – No Woman No Cry . Bob Marley – One Love-People Get Ready . Curtis Mayfield – People Get Ready .

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