The Phono Project

Exploring the history of the groove

Soul on Fire

During the 1950’s, music carried rhythm, melodies, and luxurious harmonies, accompanied with the bold flare of instrumentals to make records.  LaVern Baker’s lyrics, in the song “Soul on Fire,” explains how she could have any guy she desires, but her heart only yearns for one guy who causes her soul to catch fire and create excitement thru song.  In 1953, Baker decided to make her solo debut outside of the United States on a European Tour, where she blossomed throughout Italy .  Once back from the tour, Baker was fortunate enough to sign a deal with world-famous Atlantic Records.   Track after track, hit after hit, Atlantic Record’s very own LaVern Baker was on track to being among the greatest African-American female singers of all time.


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