Hidden gems by Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Etta James


Some of Tina Turner’s earliest and funkiest songs will be blasting from Black Cat speakers on Saturday. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

“You could throw a dart at a wall of their 7" singles and get a top 40 hit every time,” Soul Call Paul says of the mighty trio. “[But as a DJ] the true excitement lies in uncovering the more obscure songs in each artists’ discography and then watching those songs destroy a dance floor just as successfully as the well-known hits,” he says.

With that, we asked Paul to share one of his very favorite deep, deep cuts by each of Saturday’s three combatants:
Ike & Tina Turner, "Worried & Hurtin' Inside"

“The recordings Tina did with Ike Turner for New York's Sue label are some of my all-time favorites. Unbelievably heavy for 1962.”

Etta James & Sugar Pie Desanto, "Do I Make Myself Clear?"

“I managed to find this on 7" a year ago, and it kills every time. One of her most infectious recordings, joined by the criminally neglected Sugar Pie Desanto.”

Aretha Franklin, "Niki Hoeky"

“From "Lady Soul," the LP that produced mega-hits "Chain of Fools" and "Since You've Been Gone," this maraca-driven floorshaker is often unjustly overlooked.”

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