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The Skippy White Story Boston Soul 1961-1967 Yep Roc Records
October 28th, 2022

Various Artists, The Skippy White Story: Boston Soul 1961-1967 Out Today Features Rare and Unreleased Recordings From Boston’s Soul Scene


The Skippy White Story: Boston Soul 1961-1967, a 15-track various artists compilation that pays tribute to the soul music of Boston and the legendary record store owner turned label owner and curator who captured the music on tape, is out today on Yep Roc Records; listen/buy: here. 
To celebrate its release, compilation curator/producer Eli Paperboy Reed will lead and perform with a band of local performers on October 29 as part of The Sinclair‘s long-running ‘Soulelujah’ with Skippy White acting as special guest MC. The set will include songs from the record and other Boston Soul obscurities. Following the band’s show, DJs will play Boston 45s and other soul records. Tickets are available here.
Specializing in R&B, soul, and gospel music, in 1961, Skippy White opened his first record store in Boston. Along with his radio show on WILD-AM, they served as a resource and beacon for R&B and soul until 2019, when his last store closed. For decades, fans and musicians from the Boston area and beyond would come to his store for the best and latest in R&B, soul, and gospel music. In addition to the stores, Skippy’s radio show began recording music by local Boston artists to capture the music of these great musicians.
An avid record collector, the set was curated and produced by Eli Paperboy Reed. Culled from obscure R&B, soul, and gospel 45s from the early 1960s, many of these recordings are from Eli’s private collection of 45s and acetates. The set features extensive liner notes by Peter Guralnick, Peter Wolf, Eli Paperboy Reed, and co-producer Noah Schaffer. Each provides context for the music, the time, and the impact that Skippy White, his stores, and the music he discovered and released had on those who frequented his stores, loved the music he released, and were influenced by it all.
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