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Jews With Soul

Musicians throwback to Motown

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Probably worth pointing out that many of the cool kids in last weekend’s Times Magazine feature about white kids in L.A. who do soul music are … y’know … “white middle-class Jewish guy[s]” like Mayer Hawthorne (real name: Andrew Mayer Cohen) and Eli (Paperboy) Reed (real name: Eli Husock).

Pretty cool. And even cooler when you see Paperboy Reed bust out “Come and Get It.” And even cooler when you remember that some of the best Motown songs were written by a woman from Brooklyn named Carole King (real name: Carol Klein).

Can a Nerd Have Soul? [NYT Magazine]

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Jim Steinblatt says:

Carole King was and is a great songwriter and she wrote many R&B and Soul classics, but Motown had its own stable of songwriters in Detroit and never relied on her.

I definitely did not want to like Eli Reed, and I didn’t think much of this acoustic version of Come and Get It, but I went to the iTunes store and bought several of his songs. Reed is hardly the first Jewish lad to try and sing and play black; he’s doing an admirable job.
But as someone who worked for Motown, I can tell you that not one major hit on that label was penned by Carole King, who I also adore.

Johnny says:

Yup. Carole King never wrote for Motown.

Carole King wrote a lot of stuff that might be considered “soulful”, but not Soul music.
A more important connection of Jews to early R&B was the contribution of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (although I don’t know if any of their work was on the Motown label either).

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