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George Soule

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George Soulé was born in Meridian, Missisippi in 1945. Perhaps best known for his vocal performance on the 1973 single “Get Involved,” Soulé has had a remarkable career as a songwriter. He wrote “Shoes,” a 1970 hit for Brook Benton, as well as “Can’t Stop a Man in Love,” which was covered by both Bobby Womack and Carl Carlton. In addition, Soulé wrote “I’ll Be Your Everything,” a hit single for Percy Sledge. Although he had released several recordings under his own name, and under various pseudonyms such as “George Glenn,” he had never made a full-length recording of his own until 2006, when he released Take a Ride, a fine debut. It was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with Mark Nevers as producer, and includes contributions by Jeb Loy Nichols, Greg Cartwright, Tony Crow and Brian Kotzur. Take a Ride includes Soulé’s versions of “Shoes,” “My World Tumbles Down,” “I’ll Be Your Everything” and Cartwright’s gospel-tinged “Wait and See,” and reveals Soulé as a remarkably accomplished vocalist.

He was signed as a songwriter to Nashville’s Acuff-Rose Publishing, had recorded a privately released song, “Would You Even Care,” at Memphis’ Stax Studios in the early ’60s, and had seen an early composition, “Someone,” cut by Sue Thompson, Etta James, Frank Ifield, and New Orleans artist Floyd Brown. (“Someone” became a minor hit in the Crescent City.) Soulé worked in Jackson, Missisippi during the early days of soul label Malaco. There he wrote “Simon Says” with Paul Davis; this became a small hit for Eddie Houston. He pitched songs to Jerry Wexler in northern Alabama, and relocated to Alabama from Jackson after Wexler gave him the nod.

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