Chicago Soul

Move On Up cover
Move On Up cover

Chicago Soul

From the late 1950s through the 1970s, the Chicago Soul musical movement was thriving and inspiring listeners with its diverse sounds.

From Curtis Mayfield to Minnie Riperton, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the signature artists of the era, and how the music tells the story of political and cultural change in Chicago.

Plus, they explore its lasting impact on musicians today.

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Featured Songs

Curtis Mayfield, “The Makings of You,” Curtis, Curtom, 1970
Curtis Mayfield, “Move On Up,” Curtis, Curtom, 1970
The Dells, “Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation,” The Mighty Mighty Dells, Cadet, 1973
The Impressions, “For Your Precious Love (feat. Jerry Butler),” For Your Precious Love (feat. Jerry Butler) (Single), Falcon, 1958
The Impressions, “Let Me Know (feat. Curtis Mayfield),” For Your Precious Love, Get Back, 1964
The Impressions, “People Get Ready,” People Get Ready, ABC-Paramount, 1965
Curtis Mayfield, “Superfly,” Super Fly, Curtom, 1972
The Impressions, “Sad Sad Girl and Boy,” The Impressions, ABC-Paramount, 1963
Jerry Butler, “Never Give You Up,” The Ice Man Cometh, Mercury, 1968
Five Stairsteps, “O-O-H Child,” Step by Step by Step, Buddah, 1970
The Dells, “Oh, What a Night,” Oh, What a Nite, Vee-Jay, 1959
The Dells, “Stay In My Corner,” It’s Not Unusual, Vee-Jay, 1965
The Dells, “Freedom Means,” Freedom Means, Cadet, 1971
Rotary Connection, “Magical World,” Aladdin, Cadet, 1968
Rotary Connection, “We’re Going Wrong,” Songs, Cadet, 1969
Rotary Connection, “Sunshine of Your Love,” Songs, Cadet, 1969
Baby Huey, “Running,” The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend, Curtom, 1971
Baby Huey, “Hard Times,” The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend, Curtom, 1971
Ghostface Killah, “Buck 50 (feat. Cappadonna, Method Man & Redman),” Supreme Clientele, Epic, 2000
The Dells, “The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind),” Freedom Means, Cadet, 1971
Terry Callier, “900 Miles,” The New Folk Sound Of Terry Callier, Prestige, 1965
Curtis Mayfield, “(Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below,” Curtis, Curtom, 1970
BJ The Chicago Kid, “Turnin’ Me Up,” In My Mind, Motown, 2016
Kanye West, “Impossible (feat. Twista, Keyshia Cole & BJ) [Radio Edit],” Impossible (feat. Twista, Keyshia Cole & BJ) [Radio Edit] (Single), Def Jam, 2006
Avery R. Young, “Get to Know a Nina Simone Song,” Tubman., FPE, 2019
Jamila Woods, “BALDWIN (feat. Nico Segal),” Legacy! Legacy!, Jagjaguwar, 2019
Shalamar, “Let’s Find the Time for Love,” Big Fun, SOLAR, 1979
Dave Hollister, “One Woman Man,” Chicago ‘85… The Movie, DreamWorks, 2000
Carl Thomas, “I Wish,” Emotional, Bad Boy, 2000
Talking Heads, “Once In a Lifetime,” Remain in Light, Sire, 1980
The Black Angels, “Telephone,” Phosphene Dream, Blue Horizon, 2010
Bruce Cockburn, “If I Had a Rocket Launcher,” Stealing Fire, A&M, 1984
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, “What Have I Done To Help?,” Reunions, Southeastern, 2020
Phosphorescent, “Song For Zula,” Muchacho, Dead Oceans, 2013
Joni Mitchell, “Case Of You,” Blue, Reprise, 1971