Founding Fathers: Arthur Conley
Known as “The Crown Prince of Soul,” [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Arthur Conley[/lastfm] was a Founding Father of R&B and a protege of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Otis Redding[/lastfm], whose sound was a little like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sam Cooke[/lastfm].
Born in 1946 in McIntosh County, Georgia, Arthur Conley first laid tracks to wax in 1959 as the leader of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Arthur and the Corvets[/lastfm]. In 1963 and 1964, he laid down singles for the National and Ru-Jac labels. It was a tune on the latter called “I’m a Lonely Stranger” that caught the ear of Otis Redding.
Redding released a re-recorded version of Conley singing “I’m a Lonely Stranger” on his own Jotis label and helped Conley rewrite Sam Cooke’s “Yeah Man,” turning it into Conley’s biggest hit, “Sweet Soul Music.”
After turning out of a number of singles in the ’70s, Conley moved to Europe and became active in promoting music — including a heavy metal band from the Hague — and also took interest in industrial design. He passed away from intestinal cancer in the Netherlands in 2003 at the age of 59.
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