Good music is good music in my opinion, I don’t look at black and white when it comes to soul music, and even the most die hard Northern Soul Fan would lend ear space to the likes of Steve Winwood or Dusty Springfield.
The terms ‘blue-eyed soul’ and ‘white soul’ were first used in the 1960s to describe white singers whose style was heavily influenced by soul, rhythm and blues, Stax and Motown. Rumour has it that Georgie Woods, a radio personality with WDAS in Philadelphia, came up with the term blue-eyed soul to describe white artists receiving airplay on black R&B radio stations. And no, not all the artists actually have blue eyes!
Blue-eyed soul artists in the 1960s included: The Righteous Brothers, The Rascals, Steve Marriott, Eric Burdon, Dusty Springfield, Van Morrison, The Box Tops, Joe Cocker, Spencer Davis Group, Chris Farlowe, The Action, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, Janis Joplin and Tony Joe White. In the 70s and 80s, soul music flourished, and blue-eyed soul artists such Hall & Oates, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, Robert Palmer and Tower of Power all developed their style of soul/rhythm and blues.
Today there are many blue-eyed soul artists such as Adele, Joss Stone, Marc Broussard, James Hunter and Robin Thicke keeping the fires burning, generating a throwback to the future of soul!