The Soulman

Biography

SoulMan (Rob Jennings) is a solo performer using the very best available backing tracks to recreate an era when dance music was designed to fill the dance-floor to the great sounds of Motown and Soul.

The SoulMan act came into existence in Autumn, 2003. Before that, Rob had his own 7-piece soul band performing in the UK and in continental Europe. The band was noted for the dynamic performances of its lead singer. Rob is The SoulMan in more ways than one…He grew up listening to Classic Soul and Tamla Motown, visiting many local dance-halls and seeing live events whenever possible. His first musical endeavours always included covers of songs made famous by his idols.

The range of songs performed is truly incredible; from the throaty sounds of Sam & Dave, Otis Redding and Wilson Picket to the velvet smooth offerings of Smokey Robinson, Jackie Wilson, Martha Reeves and The Temptations. This is party music, performed in way that makes dancing, singing and having a good time, truly irresistible.

What makes music soulful? It has to be the passion in the performance and the ability to invest every word with heartfelt emotion. It was these characteristics that made the songs of the Soul and Motown era precious to so many people in the 1960’s and 1970’s. This ability is something that an artiste is born with and Rob uses this to get his message across to party-goers of all ages. The potential audience for this music is vast; ranging from those that were there first time around to those converted to the cause by revivalists such as The Blues Brothers and The Commitments and to the younger generation constantly stealing their parents CD’s.

The core of the act is always Classic Soul and Tamla Motown. Sets performed on any given night may, depending on the occasion, also include elements of 1960’s Northern Soul or 1970’s disco.

Playlist

The Soul Man 2 X 45 Standard Sets –
These first two sets contain Classic Soul, Tamla Motown, Blues Bothers, Commitments and Disco tracks; a mixture. I would normally use these on a first visit or at a function in the absence of any specific theme.

Set One 1 Sweet Soul Music 1967 | Brokenhearted 1966 | Dock of the Bay 1968 | Grapevine 1969 | How Sweet It Is 1964 | I Feel Good 1966 | Signed, Sealed, Delivered 1970 | Under the Boardwalk 1964 | You Can’t Hurry Love 1966 | Everybody Needs Somebody 1990 |Midnight Hour 1965 | The Way You Do | Stand By Me 1961 | Shake a Tailfeather 1990 | My Girl 1965 | Green Onions

Set Two | Higher and Higher 1969 | Soul Man 1967 | Reach Out, I’ll Be There 1966 | It Takes Two 1967 | Mustang Sally 1966 | Tears of a Clown 1970| Land of a 1000 Dances 1966 | Love Train 1973 | Stop Her on Sight 1966 | Get Ready 1969 | Dancing in the Street 1964 | Disco Inferno 1977 | All Night Long 1983 | Wooly Bully 1965 | Soulfinger

Motown & Soul 2 x 45mins the classic 1960’s era

Set One Sweet Soul Music 1967 | Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy 1970 | Brokenhearted 1966 | Walk Away Renee 1967 | Grapevine 1969 | How Sweet It Is 1964 | I Feel Good 1964 | Reach Out (I’ll Be There) 1966 | Too Busy Thinkin’ 1969 | You Can’t Hurry Love 1966 | Knock on Wood 1967 | Midnight Hour 1965 |v The Way You Do the Things 1965 | Stand By Me 1961/9 | My Girl 1965 | Green Onions

Set Two Same Old Song 1965 | Soul Man 1967 | Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me 1971 | It Takes Two 1967 | Tears of a Clown 1970 | Higher & Higher 1969 | I Can’t Help Myself 1965/70 | Harlem Shuffle 1969 | Love Train 1973 | Stop Her on Sight 1966 | Get Ready 1969 12 Dancing in the Street 1964 | This Old Heart of Mine 1966 | Uptight 1966 | Wooly Bully 1965 | Soulfinger

Northern Soul 20m – (may be used as encores)

Out on the Floor | The Snake | You’re Ready Now | Seven Days Too Long | Ain’t Nothing But a Houseparty | Skiing In The Snow | What Does It Take

Blues Brothers & Commitments 45 minute Set

Everybody Needs Somebody BB | Mr Pitiful Comm’s | Take Me to the River Comm’s | Show Me Comm’s | Minnie the Moocher BB | Rawhide BB | Hard to Handle Comm’s | Mustang Sally Comm’s | Land of a 1000 Dances Comm’s | Gimme Some Lovin’ BB | Shake a Tailfeather BB | Jailhouse Rock BB | Try a Little Tenderness Comm’s | Sweet Home Chicago BB | Peter Gunn

Disco & Funk Set

The Love I Lost 1974 | More Than a Woman 1978 | Disco Inferno 1977 | Don’t Take Away The Music 1976 | Something Old, Something New 1971 | Feel The Need In Me 1973 | Heaven Must Be 1976 | Working My Way Back 1980 | Celebration 1980 | All Night Long 1983 | Hang On In There 1974 | Three Times a Lady 1978 | Do The Hustle (Fade Out) 1975

The SoulMan – Slow 30 minute Set

Lean On Me 1972 v Help Me Make it Through 1972 | I Get the Sweetest Feeling 1972 | Tracks of My Tears 1969 | My Cherie Amour 1969 | Baby I Need Your Loving 1966 | Hello 1984 | I Second That Emotion 1967/9 | Just My Imagination 1971 | Lost in Music

The SoulMan – Mixed 30 minute Set 

Bring It On Home | Unchain My Heart | Aint Too Proud to Beg | Under the Boardwalk | Signed, Sealed, Delivered | Dock of the Bay | Hold On, I’m Coming | The In-Crowd | Love Man | 634-5789 | Soulfinger