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Lowman Pauling wrote most of the songs for his band the 5 Royales, an influential, if largely forgotten, R&B and doo-wop band that had a string of hits in the early ‘50s, some of which were covered a decade later by Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, and others. The 5 Royales are credited with being a precursor to soul music, and it’s easy to understand how a young Steve Cropper was taken by their sound, and especially Pauling’s funky yet never flashy guitar playing. Dedicated is a labor of love, and Cropper gets a lot of help here from fellow Pauling admirers. Along with a backing band that includes bassist David Hood and keyboard player Spooner Oldham, legends in their own rights, Cropper invited some talented friends to help, including B.B. King, Lucinda Williams, Brian May, Steve Winwood, John Popper, Bettye LaVette, Sharon Jones, Shemekia Copeland, Delbert McClinton, Buddy Miller, Willie Jones, Dylan LeBlanc, and Dan Penn. These musicians turn in some inspired performances worthy of Pauling’s timeless material. Though Pauling died in 1973, his musical legacy lives on in this fine tribute.

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Crisp, clean, clear, and musically fun. Glad you got the chance to honor your influences. Great supporting cast. Honest versions with today's clarity.
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.."Put Some South In Your Mouth!"..Yeah; You Right!-"Don't Be Ashamed" to admit that you still dig "Mouldy Oldies" like The Five Royales; Man!-"Dedicated" certainly rounds up some Major Talents; New Friends & Old Hands; All willing to play with that Funky Fine Guitarist from Booker T. & The M.G.'s!-Lucinda Williams & Bettye LaVette are two of my Favorite Females who can smolder any song!-And the One & Only B.B. KIng adds Class & Style as only a true "Son Of The South" can!-So; Just "Say It"; Mr. Steve Cropper; Thank You so much for this "Looking Back" Tribute to a Fondly Remembered Era of some "Sweet Soul Music!" Grimmbo.

Dedicated - A Salute To The 5 Royales



Born: October 21, 1941 in Willow Springs, MO

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Probably the best-known soul guitarist in the world, Steve Cropper came to prominence in the early '60s, first with the Mar-Keys ("Last Night"), then as a founding member of Booker T. & the MG's. A major figure in the Southern soul movement of the '60s, Cropper made his mark not only as a player and arranger (most notably on classic sides by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Wilson Pickett) but as a songwriter as well, co-writing the classic "In the Midnight Hour." After the breakup of the MG's, Cropper...
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