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Merritt Favorite pre-1980s R&B/Soul Records (39) RE: Favorite pre-1980s R&B/Soul Records 14 Dec 05


I've always liked some of the schmaltzier R & B ballads, but never liked the arrangements much. Last couple of years I've been arranging these sorts of songs for fingerstyle guitar in open D or open G - capo around to find a key to suit my voice. I think they sound cool stripped down like this. Some come from Motown; others from Philly or New Orleans. Off top of head here're some examples:

Ooh-we-ooh, Baby, Baby - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Medley: What's Going On/Mercy, Mercy Me - Marvin Gaye

Break Up To Make Up - Stylistics (works as a waltz!)

Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) - Marvin Gaye

Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - Gaye/Terrel

Since I Met You, Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter

You Really Gotta Hold On Me - SR & The Miracles

Rainy Night in Georgia - Brook Benton

Best,

- Merritt


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