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News Flash:  Canadians have Soul! R&B time travel via that Black chick from T.O.

This is classic Motown -- and I don’t mean Marvin Gaye in ’68.  It’s the soul sound that doesn’t have to be updated.  It’s the horn arrangements, the harmony vocals, and the unconditional love. 
Originally recorded by Etta James in 1961, Seven Day Fool was one of those songs passed around in music circles for decades, and it was finally brought back to life by Canadian soul singer Jully (pronounced Julie) Black in 2007. The aptly titled album it came from, Revival, rightfully won the Juno Award (the Canadian Grammys) for Best R&B Recording of the Year. 
You’re not wrong if you see a young Tina Turner here – and it’s not just the fringe-swirling ‘60s mini-skirt!  Where Tina was an inspiration to so many for so long, this should give anyone today the courage to deliver what’s inside them.  This is an empowered, passionate, strong woman with pipes, taste and charisma. 
There was a wonderful showmanship built into the original R&B shows, from the suit-wearing band members and choreographed background singers, to the call-and-response audience involvement.  Think of Aretha’s outfits or the Godfather of Soul’s sequins and stage show.  It was music written to hit deep, but it was performed in the “light,” intended to take the audience to another place, away from a world that perhaps wasn’t so bright for many of its audience members. 
Jully captures everything that was and is the soul music experience in this clip.  She sings about scrubbing her man’s dirty clothes, but it’s done with a smile and a Proud Mary toughness that makes clear it’s out of love and not oppression.  Respect.  The phat funky groove takes you over, the Chess Records organ sound takes you back, and the harmonies take you higher.  Or at least that’s what Sly told me. 
It’s a testament to the very real Canadian cultural diversity that this authentic soul could come out of the same streets as the Barenaked Ladies.  If this was viewed without the name & date you’d swear it was a Detroit singer circa 1967 or ‘77 – and not a Toronto girl from 2007.  Although Black is an accomplished songwriter herself, there’s a brilliance in mining the lost gems of music and polishing them into diamonds like this.  It’s all about the feeling.  There’s not a single instrumental solo in this entire performance.  It’s a large orchestration in support of a vocalist, which is not far from that whitest of all forms, opera. 
But white this ain’t.  It’s so mo’ better.  And once you hear Black, you can’t go back. 

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Jully Black performs "Seven Day Fool" Live on "MTV | LIve" October 17th 2008, the day after the release of her 2nd album, "Revival".

Retrieved from Wikipedia:
Seven Day Fool on Wikipedia
"Seven Day Fool"
Single by Etta James
from the album The Second Time Around
B-side"It's Too Soon to Know"
Format7" 45 RPM
Recordedcirca 1960-1961
LabelArgo Records
Chess Records
Writer(s)Billy Davis
ProducerLeonard Chess
Philip Chess
Keith Harris
Etta James singles chronology
"Seven Day Fool"
Single by Jully Black
from the album Revival
ReleasedAugust 2007 (Canada)
FormatCD single, 12" single, Digital download
LabelUniversal Music Canada
Jully Black Entertainment Inc.
Writer(s)Billy Davis
Keith Harris
Jully Black singles chronology

"Seven Day Fool" is an R&B song written by Billy Davis, and first recorded by Etta James for Argo Records (a subsidiary of Chess Records) in 1961. The track was released both on a 45 RPM single (Argo # 5402), paired with "It's Too Soon to Know", and on her album The Second Time Around (Argo # 4011). Although not a big hit upon release (# 95 US pop chart), the track has since become very well known on the Northern Soul and Mod scenes in the UK.

A second recording of "Seven Day Fool" has been made in 2007 by singer-songwriter Jully Black, produced by Black Eyed Peas' drummer & songwriter Keith Harris. It is the first single from Black's second album, Revival. It was released to Canadian radio in August 2007. As of November 2, 2007, it has peaked at number 9 on the Canadian Hot 100, becoming her first top 10 single.

The song became very successful in Canada, gaining a lot of radio airplay. In September 2007, the music video for "Seven Day Fool" was released.


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