Psychedelic Soul

Psychedelic Soul

Soul gets high.

Cultural Origin

Late 1960s

Prominent Artists

The 5th Dimension, The Temptations, Edwin Starr, Shuggie Otis, The Chambers Brothers

Influenced By

Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Psychedelic Rock

Later Influenced

Funk, Rock, Hip Hop, Neo Soul

Sly & The Family Stone
Sly & The Family Stone

About The Genre

In the late 1960s, both rock and soul music were influenced by new production techniques, electronic effects and chemically-induced altered consciousness. Jimi Hendrix pioneered this sound in rock, but Sly & The Family Stone's strong rhythm and blues influence made them the quintessential practitioners of the genre.
Besides Sly & The Family Stone and a few other groups, psychedelic soul was a genre that artists dabbled into various degrees but did not exclusively record in that style. Artists such as The Temptations, Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield all incorporated elements of psychedelic soul into their work at some point in their careers.

Although the popularity of the genre was short-lived, its influence on funk, disco, and hip-hop cannot be overstated.

Trivia/Famous Lyrics

DId you know...

There is a blue one who can't accept
The green one for living with
A fat one tryin' to be a skinny one
Different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and scooby dooby dooby

"Everyday People" by Sly & The Family Stone


Hello my love, I heard a kiss from you
Red magic satin playing near, too
All through the morning rain I gaze, the sun doesn't shine
Rainbows and waterfalls run through my mind

"Strawberry Letter 23" by Shuggie Otis

Artists from this genre

Sly And The Family Stone

Sly And The Family Stone

The premiere artists of the psychedelic soul genre.

The Chambers Brothers

The Chambers Brothers

Best known for their 1967 hit "Time Has Come Today."

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