Arthur Conley - SWEET SOUL MUSIC

First performance: 19/04/1981


Coverinfo

Sweet soul music has been covered 91 times. He performed SWEET SOUL MUSIC in full a few times during The River Tour, Tunnel Of Love tour, Working On A Dream Tour, the Wrecking Ball Tour, and off-tour. The first time he played SWEET SOUL MUSIC at Palais Des Sports De Saint-Ouen in Paris, France, during The River Tour. This was the first time, that the song was played in full instead of being a short snippet played as part of DETROIT MEDLEY. Bruce generally performed SWEET SOUL MUSIC as part of DETROIT MEDLEY or TWIST AND SHOUT, and occasionally during the band introductions in ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) .
 
The song was also included in the Detroit Medley, a medley of various songs - including in this medley, depending on the period:  
Back in the U.S.A., CC Rider, Devil with the blue dress, Good Golly Miss Molly, High School Confidential, I got you (I feel good),I'm ready, Jenny take a ride, Kansas City, Land of 1000 Dances, Mystery train, Shake, Sock it to me baby, Sweet Soul Music, Tallahassee Lassie, Travelin' Band, Uptight. 
 
 
1981-04-19 - PALAIS DES SPORTS DE SAINT-OUEN, PARIS, FRANCE
1981-05-27 - THE BRIGHTON CENTRE, BRIGHTON, ENGLAND
1981-06-02 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
1981-06-04 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
1981-06-05 - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON, ENGLAND
1981-06-07 - BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL ARENA, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
1981-06-08 - BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL ARENA, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
1981-07-02 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-03 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-05 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-06 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-08 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-09 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1981-07-13 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1981-07-15 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1981-07-16 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1981-07-18 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1981-07-19 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1981-07-29 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1981-08-04 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD
1981-08-11 - JOE LOUIS ARENA, DETROIT, MI
1981-08-16 - RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE, MORRISON, CO
1981-08-20 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1981-08-23 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1981-08-24 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1981-08-27 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1981-09-08 - ROSEMONT HORIZON, ROSEMONT, IL
1982-08-15 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Cats on a Smooth Surface)
1984-11-02 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1984-11-04 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1984-11-08 - ASU ACTIVITY CENTER, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, TEMPE, AZ
1988-02-25 - CENTRUM IN WORCESTER, WORCESTER, MA
1988-02-29 - CENTRUM IN WORCESTER, WORCESTER, MA
1988-03-03 - DEAN E. SMITH STUDENT ACTIVITIES CENTER, CHAPEL HILL, NC
1988-03-04 - DEAN E. SMITH STUDENT ACTIVITIES CENTER, CHAPEL HILL, NC
1988-03-08 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1988-03-09 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1988-03-13 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1988-03-14 - RICHFIELD COLISEUM, RICHFIELD, OH
1988-03-17 - ROSEMONT HORIZON, ROSEMONT, IL
1988-03-22 - THE OMNI, ATLANTA, GA
1988-03-28 - JOE LOUIS ARENA, DETROIT, MI
1988-04-02 - NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM, UNIONDALE, NY
1988-04-04 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD
1988-04-05 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD
1988-04-20 - McNICHOLS SPORTS ARENA, DENVER, CO
1988-04-22 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1988-04-23 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1988-04-25 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1988-04-27 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1988-04-28 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1988-05-02 - SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
1988-05-03 - SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
1988-05-05 - TACOMA DOME, TACOMA, WA
1988-05-06 - TACOMA DOME, TACOMA, WA
1988-05-09 - METROPOLITAN SPORTS CENTER, BLOOMINGTON, MN
1988-05-10 - METROPOLITAN SPORTS CENTER, BLOOMINGTON, MN
1988-05-13 - MARKET SQUARE ARENA, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
1988-05-16 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1988-05-18 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1988-05-19 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1988-05-22 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1988-05-23 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1988-06-11 - STADIO COMUNALE, TURIN, ITALY
1988-06-15 - STADIO FLAMINIO, ROME, ITALY
1988-06-16 - STADIO FLAMINIO, ROME, ITALY
1988-06-19 - HIPPODROME DE VINCENNES, PARIS, FRANCE
1988-06-21 - VILLA PARK, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
1988-06-22 - VILLA PARK, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
1988-06-25 - WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON, ENGLAND
1988-06-28 - STADION FEYENOORD, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
1988-06-29 - STADION FEYENOORD, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
1988-07-02 - STOCKHOLMS STADION, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
1988-07-03 - STOCKHOLMS STADION, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
1988-07-07 - RDS ARENA, DUBLIN, IRELAND
1988-07-09 - BRAMALL LANE, SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND
1988-07-10 - BRAMALL LANE, SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND
1988-07-12 - WALDSTADION, FRANKFURT, WEST GERMANY
1988-07-14 - ST. JAKOB STADION, BASEL, SWITZERLAND
1988-07-17 - OLYMPIA REITSTADION RIEM, MUNICH, WEST GERMANY
1988-07-19 - RADRENNBAHN WEISSENSEE, EAST BERLIN, EAST GERMANY
1988-07-22 - WALDBUHNE, WEST BERLIN, WEST GERMANY
1988-07-25 - IDRAETSPARKEN, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
1988-07-27 - VALLE HOVIN STADION, OSLO, NORWAY
1988-07-30 - WESERSTADION, BREMEN, WEST GERMANY
1988-08-02 - ESTADIO VICENTE CALDERON, MADRID, SPAIN
1988-08-03 - CAMP NOU, BARCELONA, SPAIN
2004-04-25 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Rumson Country Day School Benefit)
2009-11-08 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
2011-07-17 - WONDER BAR, ASBURY PARK, NJ (J.T. Bowen & The Sensational Soul Cruisers)
2013-07-27 - NOWLAN PARK, KILKENNY, IRELAND

Songinfo

"Sweet Soul Music" is a soul song, first released by Arthur Conley in 1967. Written by Conley and Otis Redding, it is based on the Sam Cooke song "Yeah Man" from his posthumous album Shake; the opening riff is a quote from Elmer Bernstein's score for the 1960 movie The Magnificent Seven. Sam Cooke's business partner, sued both Redding and Conley for appropriating the melody. A settlement was reached in which Cooke's name was added to the writer credits, and Otis Redding agreed to record some songs in the future from Kags Music, a Cooke–Alexander enterprise.
The song is an homage to soul music. The following songs are mentioned in the lyrics:

A brief instrumental version of the chorus for the song is quoted, after Conley says, "Hit it, Otis".
Additionally, James Brown is described as "the king of them all".
At the end of the song, Arthur Conley sings, "Otis Redding got the feeling." 
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Do you like good music? (yeah, yeah)
Ah, that sweet soul music (yeah, yeah)
Just as long as it's swingin' (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah (yeah, yeah)

Way out here on the floor, y'all (yeah, yeah)
Ah, going to a go-go (yeah, yeah)
Dancing with the music (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah (yeah, yeah)

Spotlight on Lou Rawls, y'all (yeah, yeah)
Ah, don't he look boss, y'all? (yeah, yeah)
Singin' Love's A Hurtin' Thing, y'all (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah (yeah, yeah)

Spotlight on Sam and Dave, y'all (yeah, yeah)
Ah, don't they look great y'all? (yeah, yeah)
Singin' Hold On I'm Comin' (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah (yeah, yeah)

Spotlight on Wilson Pickett, now (yeah, yeah)
That wicked, wicked Pickett (yeah, yeah)
Singin' Mustang Sally (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah (yeah, yeah)

Spotlight on Otis Redding, now (yeah, yeah)
Singing fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa (yeah, yeah)
Fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah (yeah, yeah)

Get in on this one!

Ah, you're lookin' good out there

Spotlight on James Brown, y'all (yeah, yeah)
He's the king of them all, y'all (yeah, yeah)
He's the king of them all, y'all (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah, oh, yeah

Do you like good music? (yeah, yeah)
That sweet soul music (yeah, yeah)
Just long as it's swingin' (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah (yeah, yeah)
Oh, yeah
I got to get the feel, now (yeah, yeah)
I got to get the feel, now (yeah, yeah)
Do you like good music? (yeah, yeah)
That sweet soul music (yeah, yeah)
Help me get the feeling (yeah, yeah)
I want to get the feeling (yeah, yeah)
Otis Redding got the feeling (yeah, yeah)
James Brown, he got the feeling (yeah, yeah)
Oh, I love good music