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The Stars of Fame, Emily Oaks Nature Center, and "Yesterday's Losers"

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Zak Piper, coproducer of The Interrupters and director of production at Kartemquin Films is fascinated by:

The Stars of Fame

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For half my life I've been obsessed with 60s soul music and collecting obscure soul 45s and LPs. Earlier this year I came across The Stars of Fame—an excellent EP of four previously unreleased songs, which perfectly exemplify the sounds and strength of Fame Records, cofounded by legendary producer Rick Hall. George Jackson's "Search Your Heart" is a catchy ballad drenched in the signature sounds of Muscle Shoals. Ben & Spence offer the upbeat, midtempo, organ-driven, complete-with-horn-outro "Thief in the Night" (later recorded by Percy Sledge)—solid. The C&C Boys' track "Thread the Needle" captures the popular boogaloo flavor of soul from the mid- to late 60s. The EP is rounded out with Jimmy Hughes and an update to his biggest hit: "Steal Away '68 Part 1"—a begging ballad with bonus female backup singers that bring the whole thing home. The Kent Records release is a wonderful slice of southern soul music.

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