Roscoe Shelton

Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


22 August 1931, Lynchburg, Tennessee, USA, d. 27 July 2002, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Based in Nashville, Shelton, with his high tenor voice, made his mark in the mid-60s with a style that reflected both gospel and country music influences and modestly rode on the back of the popularity for southern-style deep soul. Shelton served a long apprenticeship singing for the Fireside Gospel Singers and, more importantly, for the famed Fairfield Four, before recording blues for Excello Records in the 50s. For John Richbourg’s Sound Stage 7 operation, he released two deep-soul ballads, ‘Strain On My Heart’ (number 25 R&B, 1965) and ‘Easy Going Fellow’ (number 32 R&B, 1965), both written by New Orleans’ Allen Orange. An appealing album followed, Soul In His Music, Music In His Soul, which featured more fine compositions by Orange. Shelton, however, could not sustain his career, despite later recording some outstanding songs, notably Dan...

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