You’ll probably notice that I’m a little bit late with my update, that’s because I’ve had a very busy last few days (I’ll not bore you with the details). My plan for this week was to bring you a selection from one of our guest contributors but that has been delayed a little so you’ll have to stick with plain old me. Don’t worry though, you’ll be sure to appreciate it when it’s ready!
As it was International Women’s Day yesterday, I thought I’d bring you something paying tribute to a very funky soul sister, Jackie Verdell. Born in Philadelphia in 1937, Verdell followed that well-worn path of so many young black girls by joining a gospel group called The Davis Sisters in 1955. Her time with the Sisters continued until 1960 when she left the group to start a solo career in the pop world. However, she left a lasting impression on the Queen Of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin who credited Verdell with being one of her biggest influences growing up – in fact in later years she went on to say that she thought Jackie was one of the most under appreciated soul singers of all-time – high praise indeed!
She cut 3 singles for the Peacock label during this time none of which charted. After a bit of a break she returned in 1967 with a new label (Decca) with whom she released 2 more records and a further release on Coral in ’68. Fast-forward to 1973 for today’s featured track, a b-side from the single “He’s Mine” on Gospel Truth Records. This one really showcases her fantastic voice and has the great funky soul vibe that you know we dig so much here on Gazfunk. Enjoy!!