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Roy Head

Actually a country and rock vocalist rather than an R&B star, Roy Head nevertheless cut one of the great pieces of uptempo soul in the mid-'60s. "Treat Her Right" on Back Beat made it to number two on the R&B charts and number two pop, and the fact that Head was white was soft-pedaled in R&B circles while the song made its way up the charts. That performance alone was enough to qualify Head as one of the finest blue-eyed soul singers of the 1960s. But in fact, Roy was one of the most versatile stylists of the era, capable of hard R&B/rock tunes (even cutting material with a pre-fame Johnny Winter on backup guitar); mournful, soul-tinged country; and straight R&B and blues covers. Head was also an excellent entertainer, and his live shows of the period even included some fancy footwork clearly under the influence of James Brown.

The Texan singer is remembered as a one-shot artist, but he actually cut many records (some under the auspices of noted producer Huey Meaux) throughout the 1960s on a confusing variety of labels. A few of these were tiny hits in the wake of "Treat Her Right," with only a couple ("Just a Little Bit" and "Apple of My Eye") sneaking into the Top 40. Quite a few of his records were dynamic, sleek hybrids (in varying degrees) of soul, rock, and country, all featuring Head's cocky, confident vocals. In a sense, though, he was damned by his versatility, not fitting comfortably into any niche or marketing plan; in any case, the tiny labels he recorded for lacked national promotional muscle. In the 1970s, after several years without success in the rock or R&B fields, Head returned to country, and landed quite a few chart hits in the arena between 1974 and 1985. Head reunited with his original band the Traits for shows in 2001 and 2007 and continued to play select gigs throughout the 21st century's first decade. ~ Ron Wynn & Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Still Treatin' Em Right

1. Earthquake

2. One By One

3. The Most Wanted Woman In Town

4. Last Call For Lovin'

5. Blue Moon Of Kentucky

6. Tonight's The Night

7. Treat Her Right

8. Come To Me

9. Can't Turn 'Em Down At All

10. Night Time In The City

11. Fool On A Stool

12. One Night

13. Conversation's Good For The Blues

14. The Beginning Of The End

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Track List: An Introduction To Roy Head

1. Same People

2. Trying To Reach My Goal

3. Driving Wheel

4. I'm Not A Fool Anymore

5. I Was Born A Free Man

6. Mama Mama

7. She's About A Mover

8. Neighbor Neighbor

10. Double Your Satisfaction

11. Let A Woman Be A Woman

12. Soul Train

14. How Do You Think I Can Live With Somebody

15. Who Do You Love

16. One More Time

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Hi Roy! Love ya Chris Hoot!
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Dude can sang!! Live that lead guitar, bass and drums! Roy Head is bad! Love his voice! They are sampling this music hook now!! I knew I had heard it before!
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Who in the world is that on bass????!!!! !
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jrboro1
I can stand it...
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one of the greats...
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And, for a white dude, he's just about the closest that I've seen to someone who can dance like JB.

Proof from Shindig TV 1965 - http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = 1 F Y A B 7 4 O I e I
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rosaliegk2
yes, there is such a thing as white soul. this artist is one of the best soul artists in the history of soul.
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107565037
One of the best white soul artists around! 'I was born a free man', 'Treat Her Right', and so on are all great classics.
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I don't know how I've missed him for so long. Great voice and style of music. Please play more of his earlier, non-country, music.
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I'd like to hear more of him in any genre'
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I was actually quite impressed. If fan mail accounts for any part of "play time" then give this guy a few more minutes.
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I like him play more oof his music

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