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Album Review

Bobby Patterson's How Do You Spell Love? (The Paula Recordings 1971-1973) is a gritty 19-track collection of the Texas soul singer's '70s output recorded between 1971-1973 for Paula. He never had any hits, but Patterson's low-down delivery and the backing band's tough-as-nails sound deliver an enjoyable punch. He wrote most of the tunes here, focusing mainly on extracurricular affairs and their fallout. "Right On Jody" is an answer song to Johnnie Taylor's "Jody Got Your Girl and Gone," "One Ounce of Prevention" is a funky warning, "This Whole Funky World Is a Ghetto" is a harsh and strong protest song. Patterson's style is a kind of cross between the folksy style of Joe Tex and the smooth Southern sound of Luther Ingram. That is a mighty fine cross to bear. Sundazed and Ace have focused on the man's earlier recordings. If you dug those, you will find this set to be essential. Otherwise if you are a fan of early-'70s non-Philly soul, this is top-notch stuff.

Biography

Born: 13 March 1944 in Dallas, TX

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Like many other Dallas-based rhythm & blues musicians, Bobby Patterson is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who continued the deep soul tradition of people like Otis Redding, Joe Tex, and Wilson Pickett. But unlike some of these other singers, Patterson has worked in all aspects of the record business: as a songwriter, producer, promotion man, and label owner. Patterson began performing when he was ten, playing guitar and drums. While still in his early teens, he formed a band called the Royal...
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