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Craig Charles takes a look at the pivotal protest songs in funk and soul.

Tonight Craig takes a look at the pivotal protest songs in funk & soul. This is to tie in with the first episode of the new series of Radio 4's Soul Music, which explores Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come'. We'll be taking a look at the songs that deliver a powerful and emotional impact on the listener. Expect music from The Isley Brothers, Gil Scott-Heron, Marvin Gaye..... To link in with the Radio 4 series they've produced a beautiful animation that wraps up the history of 'A Change Is Gonna Come' and reveals why it became an anthem for the civil rights movement:

3 hours

Music Played

  • Marlena Shaw

    Wade In The Water

    • Soul Brother Records.
  • Maceo Parker


    • ESC.
  • The Putbacks

    Spanish Harlem (feat. Nai Palm)

    • Hope Street Recordings.
  • Lou Ragland

    Since You Said You'd Be Mine

    • : Numero Group.
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones

    Is It Me

    • Sony Music.
  • Smoove & Turrell

    No Point In Trying

    • Jalapeno Records.
  • Jazzotron

    Let's Go (feat. Sofija Knežević)

    • Freshly Squeezed.
  • Average White Band

    When Will You Be Mine

    • Sony-BMG.
  • The Soul Jazz Beat


    • Sweet Records.
  • Roy Ayers

    Running Away

    • Polydor.
  • Lady Wray

    Do It Again

    • Big Crown Records.
  • Nick Waterhouse

    Katchi (feat. Leon Bridges)

    • Innovative Leisure.
  • Us3

    Are You Nuts

    • Us3.
  • The Horace Silver Quintet

    Cape Verdean Blues

    • Blue Note Records.
  • Martha Reeves & The Sweet Things

    Willie D

    • MCA Records.
  • Bobby Womack

    Across 110th Street

    • United Artists.
  • The Cherryboppers

    Yo No Quiero Un Doctor

    • Keep On Boppin Records.
  • WDR Big Band & Arturo Sandoval

    Manteca (CdB rmx)

    • Glamjazz Records.
  • Curtis Mayfield


    • Curtom ‎.
  • Eddie Henderson


    • Blue Note ‎.
  • The Brecker Brothers

    Some Skunk Funk

    • BHM Productions.
  • Sam Cooke

    A Change Is Gonna Come

    • RCA Victor ‎.
  • Nina Simone

    Mississippi Goddam

    • Philips.
  • The Impressions

    People Get Ready

    • ABC-Paramount ‎.
  • Les McCann and Eddie Harris

    Compared To What

    • Atlantic ‎.
  • James Brown

    Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)

    • Starday King.
  • Marvin Gaye

    Abraham, Martin & John

    • Tamla Motown ‎.
  • Sly & the Family Stone

    Dance To The Music

    • Epic.
  • Federation of The Disco Pimp


    • Dusty Reel Records.
  • Weekend Sun

    Hole In My Heart

    • Hero Records.
  • Bugalu Foundation

    La Cadena

    • Stutter & Twitch Records.
  • Pama International


    • Cherry Red Records.
  • Melvin Sparks

    If You Want My Love

    • Rocafort Records.
  • Funkadelic

    Funky Dollar Bill

    • Westbound Records.
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Get Up, Stand Up

    • Island Records ‎.
  • The Staple Singers

    Long March To DC

    • Stax ‎.
  • Billie Holiday

    Strange Fruit

    • Atlantic.
  • Gil Scott‐Heron

    B Movie

    • Arista ‎.
  • The New Mastersounds


    • Royal Potato Family Records.
  • D/troit

    The 45

    • Crunchy Frog Recordings.
  • Weldon Irvine

    We Getting Down

    • Athens Of the North.