In recent years, Archer has become one of the best shows on television, and one of it’s better gags is the constant reference to Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”, the song from Top Gun which is stuffed with gratuitous testosterone bluster. 20 years prior, Wilson Pickett recorded a far better song with the same exact title. There’s no posturing here though, Pickett’s a man’s man, and this is a great song.

Danger Zone – Wilson Pickett 

Johnnie Taylor falls into the category of soul singers whose talents outweigh their commercial legacy, but “I Got To Love Somebody’s Baby” is an incredible cut from his debut Wanted: One Soul Singer that begs to be heard.  It’s not just the incredibly raw recording, or the scene-setting guitar intro. Taylor has an incredible ability to bend words to his will, no longer just a description, but the actual events themselves. Co-written by Stax Records stalwarts Isaac Hayes and David Porter, “I Got To Love Somebody’s Baby” is a bluesy narrative of a lover done wrong, a man who’s “got to love somebody’s baby/ cuz somebody, somebody, somebody, sure been lovin mine” and while the band is in peak form, like so many other great soul songs, it’s the vocal performance that drives it to perfection.

I Got To Love Somebody’s Baby – Johnnie Taylor 

My introduction to one of the most influential and steadfast bassists of all time was through the original Blues Brothers movie. Little did I know at the time that Dunn, (who smoked a pipe and at the time of filming had quite a large  afro ) along with Steve Cropper had been part of the famous Booker T. & the MG’s the backing band for Stax Records and  behind every Otis Redding song you’ve ever heard, along with many others like Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, Sam & Dave, pretty much all Southern Soul worth listening to in the mid to late 1960s.  Here he is on “She Caught The Katy” from the original Blues Brothers soundtrack and “Hold On, I’m Comin’ ” by Sam & Dave playing that inimitable fluid blues bass groove. RIP

She Caught The Katy- Blues Brothers 

Hold On, I’m Comin’- Sam & Dave