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Craig Charles talks to deep soul star Otis Clay about Martin Shore's new music documentary, Take Me to the River.

When it comes to deep soul, there's no argument that Otis Clay is king. He helped shape the sound of the New Generation in the '60s with his powerful, soul-wrenching, gospel-tinged performances. Otis co-stars in director Martin Shore's new music documentary Take Me To The River, which showcases a group of southern soul legends (including Bobby Rush, William Bell, and the late Bobby Bland) combining with a new generation of rappers to illustrate how the region's indigenous music has changed over the decades. And get in touch with your top 3 Northern Soul tunes for the section of the show we call Talcum Time: Email us at At 8pm we'll have 30 minutes of back-to-back records in the 'Trunk of Funk' section of the show. Expect to hear Northern Soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, blues, gospel or hip hop, Motown hits.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Shirley Bassey


    • United Artists.
  • Maceo Parker


    • ESC.
  • Lee Fields

    Just Can’t Win (Marco Polo Mix)

    • Truth And Soul.
  • Aretha Franklin

    I Say A Little Prayer

    • Rhino.
  • B.T. Express

    Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied)

    • Collectables.
  • Third Coast Kings

    Birds And The Bees

    • Record Kicks.
  • Nina Simone

    Save Me

    • BMG.
  • Bebo Best and The Super Lounge Orchestra

    Soccer Time (Koko Chanel Brazil Mix)

    • Chin Chin.
  • Four Tops

    It’s The Same Old Song

    • Universal.
  • Lee McDonald

    I’ll Do Anything For You (Red Astaire Philly Mix)

    • Favorite Records.
  • Mr. Bird

    Funky Honey

    • Fat Bird Sounds.
  • Talcum Time

    • Joe Hicks

      Don't It Make You Feel Funky

      • AGC.
    • Butch Baker

      Working At The Go Go / The Fat Man

      • St. Lawrence Records.
    • Commodores

      Human Zoo

      • Telstar.
  • The Skatalites

    Beardman Ska

    • Supreme Records.
  • Don Varner

    Tear Stained Face

    • Harmless.
  • The Soul Searchers

    Ashley’s Roachclip

    • Sussex.
  • The Reflections

    Gift Wrap My Love

    • Goldmine Soul.
  • 6 On 6 In 6 - Sam Redmore

    • The Overton Berry Trio

      Hey Jude

      • Jaro.
    • Alice Russell

      Got The Hunger (J Boogie Remix)

      • Little Poppet.
    • Nick Pride & The Pimptones

      Gold Leader

      • Record Kicks.
    • Pauline Taylor

      The Letter

      • Cheeky.
    • Greyboy

      Got To Be A Love (feat. Sharon Jones)

      • Wagram.
    • Quantic

      Dub Y Guaguanco

      • Tru Thoughts.
  • Leda Cruz

    Bora Bira

    • Afro Baile.
  • The Mighty Mocambos

    Hot Stuff

    • Favorite.
  • Prince Fatty and Nostalgia 77

    Medicine Chest Dub

    • Tru Thoughts Recordings.
  • Hank Ballard and The Midnighters

    What’s Your Name

    • Vampi Soul.
  • Otis Clay Interview

    • Otis Clay

      She’s About A Mover

      • Hi.
    • Otis Clay

      Trying To Life My Life

      • Hi.
    • Otis Clay

      I’m Qualified

      • Hi.
    • Otis Clay

      The Only Way Is Up

      • Harmless.
    • Otis Clay

      Here I Am (Live)

      • Hi.
  • Commodores

    Brick House

    • Universal.
  • Trunk of Funk

    • Parliament

      P.Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)

      • Casablanca Records.
    • Billy Paul

      Am I Black Enough For You

      • Philadelphia International Records.
    • Bugalu Foundation


      • Kushti Records.
    • The Apples


      • Audio Montage Entertainment.
    • The New Mastersounds

      Each To Their Own

      • One Note ‎.
  • Little Willie John

    Don’t Play With Love

    • BGP.
  • Get A Room Tune

    • Heatwave

      Always And Forever

      • GTO.
  • History Of Women In Funk & Soul - Sharon Jones

    • Sharon Jones and The Soul Providers

      Damn Its Hot Pt.1

      • Desco.
    • Sharon Jones

      I Just Dropped In To See What My Condition My Condition Was In

      • Daptone Records.
    • Sharon Jones and the Dap‐Kings

      Stranger To My Happiness

      • Daptone.
  • Gregory Porter & Paul Zauner's Blue Brass


    • Membran.
  • Ivan ‘Boogaloo Joe’ Jones

    What It Is

    • Prestige.