Monday, November 17, 2003

SOULOBIT: Arthur Conley, the 'Sweet Soul Music' man, has died from intestinal cancer at the age of 57.

Although best known for Sweet Soul Music - a spirited reworking of Sam Cooke's Yeah Man - Conley built up a repertoire of soul gems, including the US Top 20 hit Funky Street and Otis Sleep On, a memorial track for his early mentor, Otis Redding. More recently, he released work under the pseudonym Lee Roberts. Despite worsening health, he had continued to keep his connections to the music world, offering advice to a Dutch band led by Gunter Giesen. Conley had lived in Ruurlo in the Netherlands since quitting the States in the 70's to escape "the pressure."

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