Soul Song

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"Soul Song"
Single by Joe Stampley
from the album Soul Song
B-side Not Too Long Ago
Released October 1972 (U.S.)
Format 7"
Recorded September 1972
Genre Country
Length 2:25
Label Dot 17442
Writer(s) George Richey, Billy Sherrill and Norro Wilson
Producer(s) Norro Wilson
Joe Stampley singles chronology
"If You Touch Me (You've Got to Feel Me)"
(1972)
"Soul Song"
(1972)
"Bring It On Home to Your Woman"
(1973)
For other uses, see Soul Song (disambiguation).

Soul Song” is a song made famous by country music singer Joe Stampley. Originally released in 1972, the song became his first No. 1 song and was the title track to Stampley’s album, released in early 1973.

The song also represented a first for co-writer Norro Wilson: a No. 1 hit as a producer. Wilson had previously written several songs that topped Billboard magazine’s Hot Country Singles chart—notably, David Houston’s “Baby, Baby (I Know You’re a Lady),” and Tammy Wynette’s “He Loves Me All the Way” and “My Man (Understands).” During the next three decades, Wilson would produce numerous No. 1 hits (including two more by Stampley), including Margo Smith, Charley Pride, Janie Fricke, Chely Wright, Kenny Chesney and Reba McEntire.

Prior to Stampley's hit version, Tanya Tucker recorded "Soul Song."

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972–1973) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 37
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

Sources[edit]

  • Allmusic — Soul Song
  • Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2))
  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006.
Preceded by
"She's Got to Be a Saint"
by Ray Price
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

January 20, 1973
Succeeded by
"(Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine"
by Tom T. Hall