Smooth Soul Survivors

"Smooth Soul Survivors" is a regular feature of SoulTracks contributed by noted Soul Music writer Denis Poole.  It traces the roots of much loved smooth jazz and Soul tracks, and encourages you, the reader to search the racks of your favourite record store for these items of buried treasure.

Prior Articles

"After The Dance" - by Marvin Gaye

"Ain't Nobody" - by David "Hawk" Wolinski

"And the Beat Goes On" - by William Shelby/Stephen Shockley/Leon F. Sylvers III

"Anniversary" - by Raphael Saadiq and Carl Wheeler

"Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" - by Mervin and Melvin Steals

"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" - by Thom Bell and William Hart

"Fantasy" - by Eduardo del Barrio, Maurice White & Verdine White

"Feel Like Makin' Love" - by Eugene McDaniels

"For the Love of You" by the Isley Brothers

"How Could You Break My Heart" by Bobby Womack

"Hurry Up And Wait Again" by The Stylistics

"I'll Be Around" by Thom Bell and Phil Hurtt

"Joy and Pain" by Frankie Beverly

"Just My Imagination" - by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong

"Let's Stay Together" - by Al Green/Al Jackson, Jr./Phillip Mitchell

"Look at Me (I'm in Love)" - by The Moments

"Love Don't Love Nobody" by Joseph B. Jefferson and Charles Simmons 

"Love TKO" - by Gip Noble and Cecil and Linda Womack

"Mercy Mercy Me" - by Marvin Gaye

"Pick Up The Pieces" - by AWB, Roger Ball, Hamish Stuart

"Sara Smile" - by Hall and Oates

"Shining Star" - by Maurice White, Philip Bailey and Sonny Burke

"Soulful Strut" by Eugene Record and Sonny Sanders

"Strawberry Letter 23" - by Shuggie Otis

"Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" - by Thom Bell and Linda Creed

"That Lady" - By the Isley Brothers

"The Closer I Get To You" by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas

"The Look of Love" - By Burt Bacharach and Hal David

"The Secret Garden" - by El DeBarge, Siedah Garrett, Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton

"Use Me" - by Bill Withers

"Walk In The Night" by Johnny Bristol

"Walk On By" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David

"Yes I'm Ready" by Barbara Mason

"You Are My Lady" by Freddie Jackson

"You Make Me Feel Brand New" by Thom Bell and Linda Creed

Denis also produces articles on Smooth Jazz for his creation "The Secret Garden" at You can also visit Denis's own site at Denis is available to artists and publicists for the production of biographies, discographies and promotional material. Contact him at 

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