Even his version of ObLaDi ObLaDa was popular in the clubs
Merz's adoption of a distinctive signature style thereafter, manifested in his employment of neon numbers and writing, secured his status over the ensuing three decades.This fusion of the scientific and artistic found in Merz's work can perhaps be traced back to his parents. He is perhaps now famous for the proliferation of his igloos, which have colonised museums around the world. But this ubiquity threatens to obscure their political origins. Mario Merz, artist: born Milan, Italy 1 January 1925; married (one daughter); died Milan 9 November 2003. Mario Merz was one of Italy's most prominent post-war artists. Mario Merz was one of Italy's most prominent post-war artists.
Even his version of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" was popular in the clubs.Conley preferred Europe to America and in 1980 settled in the Netherlands.Spencer Leigh. Billy Butler, the DJ at the Mardi Gras in Liverpool recalls, We put him on in the Seventies and he was really good. He did three or four encores and mixed with the crowd, signing autographs and quite happy to talk about Otis Redding or Aretha Franklin rather than himself. "Baby Help Me" and his version of "Dark End of the Street" were big Northern Soul records. He moved to Capricorn Records in 1970 and became a parody of himself with "More Sweet Soul Music" and a soul version of "They Call the Wind Maria".Even after he stopped having hit records, he was still a popular club act. Although he could not compete with their dynamics, the audiences warmed to his stage performances.
When Redding was killed in a plane crash in December 1967, Conley was devastated. Redding had been planning to record with Solomon Burke, Don Covay, Ben E King and Joe Tex, as the Soul Clan. Conley took Redding's place but the resulting single, "Soul Meeting" and "That's How I Feel", was a mess and sold few copies.Conley had further success with "Funky Street" and "People Sure Act Funny", both from his album Soul Directions (1969), and he also recorded a soul version of the Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", which was backed by his tribute to Redding, "Otis Sleep On". But on the whole, Conley's career suffered from the loss of his mentor. Sam Cooke's publisher was not amused and threatened to sue for plagiarism.
The matter was settled out of court, with Redding agreeing to record some of Cooke's songs, which was no hardship.Sweet Soul Music was a fine d?t album, and Redding wrote in the liner notes, Being an A&R man is still a new thing for me Arthur makes the job exciting through his great artistry. I feel he's in the early stages of a sensational career as a recording and in-person performer. Listen to him on this new album and see if you don't agree.Conley came to Europe, supporting Redding and Sam and Dave on the Stax-Volt Revue. With Otis Redding's backing musicians and Redding himself on guitar, Conley celebrated the talents of Lou Rawls, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and James Brown, and called the song "Sweet Soul Music".His performance was so exuberant that the record soared up the charts, making No 2 in the United States and No 7 in the UK; in both countries Conley's record had been more successful than anything by Redding himself.