Indeed, the very fact that blue-eyed soul appeared on the scene at the same time as its root music would seem to mitigate against it being a mere white man's ripoff. The Rascals came from a pop place yet had real soul, yet they're thought of differently than, say, Sly and the Family Stone, who made much the same journey, but in the other direction. A pop or pop-rock song that contains strong gospelish elements is more likely to be considered BES (Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets") than soul musicians aiming for the pop charts (Motown).
Most BES started out heavily orchestrated, as with the Righteous Brothers and Walker Brothers, but like its counterpart, became grittier (or not) according to the times, but blue-eyers who get a little too good (or too pure) risk being recategorized, like Van Morrison or Joe Cocker. And the trend continues today: through the Eighties, acts like Hall and Oates and Paul Young paved the way for contemporary blue-eyed soulsters like Amy Winehouse and Duffy.
- "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin," The Righteous Brothers
- "People Got To Be Free," The Rascals
- "Treat Her Right," Roy Head
- "Soul Deep," The Box Tops
- "Son Of A Preacher Man," Dusty Springfield
- "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)," Van Morrison
- "I Saw The Light," Todd Rundgren
- "Rich Girl," Hall and Oates
- "What A Fool Believes," The Doobie Brothers
- "Lido Shuffle," Boz Scaggs