What triggered this is the fine current Australian film The Sapphires that features a terrific rendition of "What A Man", which sent me back looking for the 1968 Stax Records Linda Lyndell original, produced by Isaac Hayes:
All I can say is what a jam, what a jam, what a mighty good soul jam!
But until researching this today, I did not know that Linda Lyndell was white, endured all kinds of death threats from the KKK and others, and never performed the song live until 2003 at a Stax Records anniversary event. Did you know that there was a white girl from Gainesville, Florida who could hold her own with the best soul singers of the late '60's?
And here's the Sapphires film version:
Many of you may know the song from being the basis of the Salt-N-Pepa remake "Whatta Man" from 1993: