The Impressions - I'm So Proud
Today's selection is by no means an obscurity, but hearing it recently at a restaurant over lunch brought back one of my favorite soul music memories. When I was a broke, single graduate student in Chicago I used to visit a hole-in-the-wall bar near where I lived. I was easily the youngest person to visit the bar, but the regulars were very friendly and I always enjoyed going in there. One of the regulars was an older black man named Alvin, who would be generally pretty inebriated by the time I would arrive. He never remembered my name, but he remembered that I was from Kentucky, so when he would see me he would call me "Kentucky." We would sit around, have a few drinks and talk while the jukebox was playing. He really liked "I'm So Proud," and could sing every part of the song very well. And what a song to sing parts to - Curtis Mayfield's falsetto tenderly caresses the lyrics and the harmony work is fantastic. I don't know what ever became of Alvin, but today's selection is dedicated to him.