Ray, Goodman & Brown – Special Lady (written by H. Ray, A. Goodman, and L. Walter and produced by Vincent Castellano)
I’m going to start calling incredible singles that I discover for the first time “finger finds”, so don’t be weirded out if you see it in future reviews. This group is my new favorite find of late. I love soul music that makes me groove, even in my seat, and Ray, Goodman & Brown is so good that you have to give them a try. I had never heard of them, but now I won’t forget this group or this particular song.
It immediately made me think of Frank’s daughter and my soul-mate with its chorus arrangement, lyrics, and musicality. I always tell her that “My Girl” is my song for her, but this one may follow slightly behind in my list of tunes that remind me of her. For example, with Erica-
Somehow I knew it would be you
To change my gray skies to blue
And it was strange when you called my name
Ever since that day I haven’t been the same, ooh
Before I met you, my sun didn’t want to shine
Then all of a suddenly you slipped up from behind
Pop (Pop) went the reason in my mind
A sweet special lady
And a very exciting girl (ooh, so exciting)
You gotta be a special lady (what a lady)
‘Cause you got me sittin’ on top of the world
Sittin’ on top of the world
I was like a song so out of key
Then you came and gave my soul a melody
Thanks to you, for pullin’ me through
I’ve always lost but now I win with you
I mean how beautifully is that written? I think limitlessly lovely. It’s poetically inspiring as is Erica. Without her, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today, partially due to exposure, and I will always love her. Plus, I “inherited” this sweet record collection.
– Mr. Richard
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