Sweet Soul Music

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"Sweet Soul Music"
Single by Arthur Conley
from the album Sweet Soul Music
B-side "Let's Go Steady"
Released 1967 (1967)
Recorded FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, January 1967[1]
Genre Soul, rhythm and blues
Length 2:20
Label Atco
Songwriter(s) Sam Cooke, Arthur Conley and Otis Redding

"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.

It reached the number two spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard R&B chart and number 7 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] J. W. Alexander, 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.[citation needed]


The song is an homage to soul music. The following songs are mentioned in the lyrics:

Additionally, James Brown is described as "the king of them all".[3]

At the end of the song, Arthur Conley sings, "Otis Redding got the feeling."


  1. ^ The Muscle Shoals Sound CD Liner Notes, Rhino Records, 1993
  2. ^ "Sweet Soul Music". Songfacts. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 51 – The Soul Reformation: Phase Three, Soul Music at the Summit. [Part 7]: UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries. 

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