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Candi Staton (2006)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 25 January 2006

The gospel-soul songthrush talks about her new album, His Hands; on her move from gospel to soul in the '60s; her memories of ex-husband Clarence Carter; how 'Young Hearts Run Free' was so personal to her; on her struggle with alcohol and return to the church, and on her surprise hit 'You Got The Love'.

File format: mp3; File size: 36.2mb, interview length: 37' 42" sound quality: ** (phoner)

Candi Staton (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages audio, April 2006

Starting with her collaboration with The Source on the dancefloor classic 'You Got The Love', this fascinating interview takes us back to racist Alabama, gospel, her marriage to Clarence Carter and her time at Rick Hall's Fame, and takes in the years of abuse and drink, and her return to the church.

File format: mp3; file size: 67.8mb, interview length: 1h 10' 39" sound quality: ****

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Clarence Carter & Candi Staton: Clarence and Candi and Rick Hall

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 14 August 1970

WHEN WE heard the good news of Clarence Carter's impending marriage to his protege, Candi Staton, we felt we had to get in touch with ...

Clarence Carter: 'Patches' An Ideal Album Track

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 6 November 1970

OWN UP, all those who didn't give Clarence Carter's 'Patches' even an outside chance of making the U.K. charts; let alone actually make the Top ...

Candi Staton

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 30 June 1972

IT'S BEEN many months since Candi Staton was last featured on the charts in the States. Now, to confound everybody, she has two singles at ...

Candi Staton: Foxy Lady Of Soul

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 15 September 1973

RIGHT FROM the days when Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox and later the ladies Holliday, Vaughan, Fitzgerald and Washington ruled the blues/jazz roost there ...

Candi Staton and Bettye Swann: Broken Hearts, Do Right Women

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 14 June 1975

EVERY TIME I hear Bettye Swann's pained 'Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me' I'm so moved I want to go and punch that ...

Candi Staton: Candi's running free

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 22 June 1976

WITH THE greatest respect in the world to the delightful Candi Staton, I would have taken virtually any odds against ever seeing her sitting on ...

Candi Staton: Young Hearts Run Free (Warner Bros. K56259)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 13 July 1976

WELL, IF ever an artist(e) was deserving of success, then that role belongs to the ever-lovely Ms. Candi Staton. Over the past half decade, she ...

Candi Staton: I'd Rather be a Disco Sweetheart than a Southern Soul Fool

Profile and Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, August 1976

"NO... 'YOUNG Hearts Run Free' wasn't cut with no discos in mind. I just did it, and when it came out we found the clubs ...

Candi Staton: sweet as ever, but "I van run producers up the wall!"

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 7 June 1977

Ms. Staton was well pleased with her B&S award for '76's Record Of The Year. She's very self-critical and tries to look at everything she ...

Candi Staton: Disco Confuses Candi

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 12 September 1978

As long as she can remember, people have been dancing to Candi Staton's records. "It's just a new word for an old style," she says ...

Candi Staton: The Four Phases Of Candi

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 11 September 1979

"It's about time that people realized that we can do more than change diapers and wash up dishes!" ...

Candi Staton: Journey From Sensuality to Salvation

Discography by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, 17 March 1995

When you get that old yearningTo come around knocking on my doorYou know I'm gonna let you inBaby just as sure as sin, as sure ...

Candi Staton: Candi Staton (Capitol)

Review by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, 10 January 2004

ONCE UPON a time, before Beyoncé Knowles was conceived and Whitney Houston ordered up her first re-mix, R&B divas were valued for their grit rather ...

Candi Staton Comes Home to Country Soul

Sleeve notes by Barney Hoskyns, Honest Jon's Records, March 2006

THERE ARE southern soul voices and there are southern soul voices. Raw and ravaged, Candi Staton's is one of the signature sounds of that particular ...

Candi Staton: "I was so drunk I fell on to the stage"

Interview by Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 24 March 2006

DISCO DIVA CANDI STATON lost everything to alcohol and abuse, but the song she recorded for a diet video saved her. Now, at 66, she's ...

Candi Staton's Dandy, Liquor's Licked

Profile and Interview by Martin Aston, The Times, 24 March 2006

THERE ARE TIMELESS songs, and then there are timeless songs, those that chart across time itself. Take the Righteous Brothers' revered 'You've Lost That Lovin' ...

Candi Staton (2006) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages transcripts, April 2006

This is a transcript of Gavin's audio interview with Candi. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

In Praise of Gospel Music

Report and Interview by Angus Batey, Daily Telegraph, 23 July 2007

IN THE BOWELS of the BBC's Maida Vale studios, a spirit is stirring. Spread around the large room, a band, choir and two singers are ...

Candi Staton: She's got the love

Interview by John Lewis, Hotline, February 2009

The country-soul queen, disco diva and gospel howler talks to John Lewis about Sam Cooke, Dolly Parton and Bonnie "Prince" Billy. ...

Candi Staton: We Want Candi

Profile and Interview by John Doran, The Quietus, February 2009

CANDI STATON is, to put it simply, one of the most consistently underrated female vocalists ever. This is not to say that she hasn't had ...

Candi Staton: How tragedy makes the diva

Retrospective and Interview by Pete Paphides, The Times, 13 February 2009

WHAT IS CANDI Staton doing on Valentine's Day? With hindsight, it seems an indiscreet question to ask a single 65-year-old woman. ...

Deep Soul: How Muscle Shoals became music's most unlikely hit factory

Retrospective and Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, October 2013

IN JANUARY 1967, a young singer named Aretha Franklin arrived in the small Alabama town of Muscle Shoals, her career hanging in the balance. ...

Candi Staton: Nitelites

Sleeve notes by Bob Fisher, Sequel Records, November 2014

"As the president of Sugarhill Records Ltd, I have never given my opinion in writing on an album cover. I have often wondered why Candi ...

Ken Mansfield on Capitol Records and the Beatles

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 2015

INTERVIEWER'S NOTE: Ken Mansfield is a former Capitol executive and was the U.S. Manager of Apple Records. He was on the rooftop at Savile Row ...

The Godmother of Pop: Candi Staton

Retrospective and Interview by David Burke, Classic Pop, September 2018

CANDI STATON is set to release Unstoppable, her 30th album of a 50-year career, and hoping to score a sixth hit in as many decades. ...


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