Another one of my all time favorite songs and a Motown classic. Bernadette was written by Holland, Dozier and Holland. the studio band was the Funk Bros. I find myself amazed at how often this song pops up in my head.
Sam & Dave - Soul Man (1974) written by Issac Hayes and Dave Porter after 67 Detroit riot -- of "a story about one's struggle to rise above his present conditions. It's almost a tune [where it's] kind of like boasting 'I'm a soul man'. It's a pride thing." / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_Man_%28song%29