In Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band, John Capouya shows that Florida made valuable contributions to soul, on par with notable soul capitals Memphis, Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia. On this ep of Miami Now i spoke with this wonderful author about his invaluable book, a must for music heads everywhere. He’s at the Bookfair this weekend with a great panel – and some great music. James & Bobby Purify, Papa Don Schroeder, Linda Lyndell, Same More, Willie Clarke, Johnny Persall, Timmy Thomas, Henry Stone, Betty Wright, Latimore, Helene Smith, KC and the Sunshine Band, Liberty City, Overtown, Deep City Records all come into play in our conversation and his fantastic book.
Join Capouya this Sunday for a panel that includes producer and songwriter Willie Clarke of Miami’s pioneering Deep City Records; singer Helene Smith, this city’s first soul queen; Marlon Johnson, co-director of the documentary Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound; Jackie Moore, best known for her 1970 hit, Precious Precious; and Miami’s legendary singer/songwriter Timmy Thomas. After the panel discussion and Q&A, Thomas will perform, including his classic Why Can’t We Live Together, a #1 hit in 1972.
All this info is at this link
John teaches journalism and nonfiction narrative at The
University of Tampa. He mentors students in UT’s
lowresidency Creative Writing MFA program, as well as
working with private writing clients. During his journalism
career he was an editor at Newsweek and SmartMoney
magazines, New York Newsday, and the New York Times.
Florida Soul is his third book; his previous one, the
biography Gorgeous George, is being adapted into a