The Music Explosion: A Little Bit o’ Soul

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The Music Explosion was an American garage rock band from Mansfield, Ohio, United States, who were best known for their 1967 hit single “A Little Bit o’ Soul”.


During the 1960s, soul music became one of the most popular genres in the United States. Its popularity was due in part to its simple production values and its appeal to both white and black audiences. The music was also a return to traditional black vocal groups, which had been largely overshadowed by solo artists during the early part of the decade.

The Music Explosion was an American rock band from Mansfield, Ohio, best known for their 1967 hit single “A Little Bit o’ Soul”. The band originally comprised vocalist Doug Gray, guitarists Noah Ogle and Scott Keelor, bassist Bill Dansard, and drummer Steve infusion of R&B into pop radio md for.”Dirty Water”, which is now recognized as a garage rock classic.

The Motown Sound

The Motown sound was a style of soul music produced by Motown Records in Detroit, Michigan during the 1960s and 1970s. The label’s signature sound was a mix of black popular music styles including pop, R&B, funk, and disco.

Motown’s hits were performed by a number of artists including Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and many others. The sound was founded by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., who modeled the label’s success after that of Elvis Presley’s label, RCA.

The Motown sound helped to change the face of popular music and break down racial barriers in the United States. It also influenced a number of subsequent genres including disco, hip hop, and contemporary R&B.

The British Invasion

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, and Donovan were just a few of the British Invasion bands that topped the American charts in the 1960s. But there was another Brit who was hugely popular in America during that time, albeit not with a band. His name was Dusty Springfield, and she was a solo artist who had a string of hits on both the pop and R&B charts. Her best-known song is “Son of a Preacher Man,” which was written by songwriter John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins.

The Psychedelic Sound

ThePsychedelic Soundof The Music Explosion was one of the most interesting and innovativesounds of the 1960s. The band took traditional pop and rock music andadded elements of acid rock, jazz, and classical music to create a soundthat was both experimental and accessible. The band’s biggest hit was”A Little Bit o’ Soul,” which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100in 1967. The band’s other hits include “I See the Light,” “CrazyWorld,” “Please Mr. Postman,” and “No Good to Cry.” The MusicExplosion disbanded in 1969, but their sound continues to influence musicians today.

The Singer-Songwriter Movement

The singer-songwriter movement of the 1960s and 1970s brought a new confessional, introspective style to pop music. Singer-songwriters such as Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Cat Stevens created songs that were deeply personal and often reflective of the times. These artists found success with both their recordings and their live performances, which were often described as “intimate” and “stripped down.”

The singer-songwriter movement was also notable for its DIY aesthetic; many of these artists were self-taught musicians who recorded their own albums and booked their own tours. This do-it-yourself approach was in keeping with the countercultural spirit of the times, and it helped to make singer-songwriters some of the most important cultural figures of the period.

The Disco Era

The disco era was bookended by two chart-topping singles. The first, Barry White’s “Love’s Theme” (1973), was an instrumental written by White and produced with his group, Love Unlimited. The second, “Funkytown” (1979) by Lipps Inc., would help define disco’s demise. In between, a number of soul artists enjoyed significant success with the genre.

Disco’s popularity peaked in the late 1970s, with a number of artists achieving mainstream success. Among them were the Bee Gees, whose 1979 Saturday Night Fever soundtrack spent 24 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 and remains one of the best-selling albums of all time; Donna Summer, who had a string of hits with producer Giorgio Moroder, including “I Feel Love” (1977), “Last Dance” (1978), and “Bad Girls” (1979); and Chic, whose songs “Le Freak” (1978) and “Good Times” (1979) are among the most popular disco tracks ever recorded.

However, by 1979, disco was beginning to lose its luster. In part due to its association with the drug culture of the time—especially cocaine—disco became increasingly unpopular with older audiences. This backlash came to a head on July 12, 1979, when New York radio station WKTU held a ” Disco Sucks!” rally in Chicago’s Comiskey Park during a White Sox game. The event is widely credited with hastening disco’s decline in popularity.

By 1980, disco was all but dead as a mainstream commercial genre. Although it continued to influence pop music—in particular, dance music—disco would never again enjoy the level of popularity it did in its heyday.


In conclusion, The Music Explosion: A Little Bit o’ Soul was a great album that showcased the talents of a great band. While the album didn’t achieve the same level of commercial success as their debut album, it is still considered a classic by many fans. If you’re a fan of soul music, or just want to check out a great album from the 60s, then I highly recommend The Music Explosion: A Little Bit o’ Soul.

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