Spencer Wiggins

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Eight singles for Quinton Claunch’s Memphis-based Goldwax Records label in the late 60s gave Wiggins his place in soul music history, with his deep-soul, ‘churchy’ style, similar to that of Solomon Burke, except that Wiggins seemed capable of even greater vocal power and range, and a telling occasional falsetto. As well as Wiggins, the Goldwax roster in that era boasted O.V. Wright (for just his first single), James Carr, the Ovations, Willie Walker and Percy Milem. Perhaps his best-known track was the Dan Penn / Spooner Oldham ballad, ‘Uptight Good Woman’, taken at an almost funereal pace. Some of Wiggins’ other Goldwax recordings were equally emotive, notably ‘That’s How Much I Love You’, ‘The Power Of A Woman’, ‘Take Me (Just As I Am)’, and an excellent cover version of Aretha Franklin’s first ever hit for Atlantic Records, ‘I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love...

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