Category: Soul 45

Funky16Corners Halloween Spooktacular!

By , October 29, 2020 1:34 pm

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Opening – Criswell
Johnny Sayles – My Love’s a Monster (Chitown)
Delacardos – They Put a Spell On You (Atlantic)
Lee Montgomery – Season Of the Witch (Liberty)
R Dean Taylor – There’s a Ghost In My House (VIP)
Scream Blacula Scream
Ronnie Love – Chills and Fever (Dot)
Bill Doggett – The Worm (Columbia)
Brian Auger and the Trinity – Black Cat (Atco)
Charles Sheffield – It’s Your Voodoo Working (Excello)
Bettye Lavette – Witchcraft In the Air (Lupine)
Souls Unlimited – The Raving Vampire (Wig Wam)
Roger and the Gypsies – Pass the Hatchet (Seven B)
ZZ Hill – I Created a Monster (UA)
Senor Soul – Spooky (Double Shot)
Spinners – Heebie Jeebies (Tri Phi)
Sonny Ross – Alakazam (Revue)
Alvin Cash – The Creep (XL)
Bobby Byrd – Back From the Dead (Brothers Intl)
Johnny Watson – Wolfman (Okeh)
The Thing With Two Heads
Clea Bradford – My Love’s a Monster (Cadet)
Midnight Movers LTD – Frankenstein (Renee)

Funky16Corners Halloween Spooktacular Listen/ Download 97MB Mixed MP3

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Greetings all 

Things being what they are these days, I was not inclined to cook up new Halloween shows. However, I could not let the holiday go by unnoticed, so I distilled the best Halloween jams in my crates into one party mix, guaranteed to raise the dead at your apple-bobbing soiree this year!

So dig into, pull down the ones and zeros, and, of course, BOO!

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Funky16Corners Presents: Kick In the Brass: The Big Soul Band Sound

By , February 15, 2020 1:21 pm

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New London Rhythm and Blues Band – Soul Stream (Vocalion)
Choker Campbell and His 16 Piece Band – Wild One (Motown)
Kelly Gordon – If That Don’t Get It It Ain’t There (Capitol)
Al Briscoe Clark and His Orchestra – Soul Food Pt2 (Fontana)
Steve Allen – Son of a Preacher Man (Flying Dutchman)
Quincy Jones and His Orchestra – Mohair Sam (Mercury)
Billy Clark and His Orchestra – Hot Gravy (Dynamo)
Tony Newman – Soul Thing (Parrot)
Sammy Lowe – Baby Baby Baby (Smash)
Inez and Charlie Foxx’s Swingin’ Mocking Band – Speed Ticket (Dynamo)
The Soul Finders – Dead End Street (Camden)
Gene Barge – The Fine Twine (Checker)
Al Thomas Ork – Cornbread and Molasses (Virtue)
Paul Nero – Soul Medley No1 (This Is Soul) (Liberty)
Lloyd Price – Ooh-Pee-Day (Double L)
Johnny Watson – Unchain My Heart (Okeh)
Gentleman June Gardner – It’s Gonna Rain (Philips)
Freddie Scott and the Seven Steps – It’s Not Unusual (Marlin)
Detroit City Limits – Think (Okeh)
JJ Jackson and the Greatest Little Soul Band In the Land – Win, Lose or Draw (Congress)
Woody Herman – It’s Your Thing (Cadet)
X-Citers Unlimited – Soul To Billie Joe (ABC)
Andre Williams and His Orchestra – Soul Party A Go Go (Avin)

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Greetings all!

This brand new mix has been percolating for a while, and the lockdown/quarantine thing pushed me to post it, so that you might have some groovy sounds to enjoy while hunkered.

This is just about an hour of 1960s, brass-heavy soul and funk, with some Hammond goodness mixed in for flavor.

So dig it, pass it along, and stay healthy!

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Funky16Corners Radio Show Episode #498

By , January 5, 2020 12:25 pm

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Show #498 Originally broadcast 12/23/2019

Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (Philles)
James Brown – Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto (King)
J Hines and the Boys – Funky X-Mas (Nationwide)
Otis Redding – Merry Christmas Baby (Atco)

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – 8 Days of Hannukah (Daptone)
Baby Washington – White Christmas (Veep)
Gems – Love For Christmas (Chess)
Honey and the Bees – Jing Jing A Ling (Chess)

Ike and Tina Turner – Merry Christmas Baby (WB)
Bobby Hollaway – Funky Little Drummer Boy (Smash)
Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa (Atlantic)
Ramsey Lewis Trio – Plum Puddin (Argo)
Harold Johnson – Greensleeves (Revue)

Rotary Connection – Silent Night Medley (Cadet)

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Greetings all

This week’s Funky16Corners Radio Show is our yearly Holiday shindig!

So dig it, make sure to tune in, and I’ll see you all next week.

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Funky16Corners Radio Show Episode #495

By , December 9, 2019 10:49 am

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Show #495 Originally broadcast 12/02/2019

James Brown – It’s a New Day Pts 1&2 (King)
JBs – The Grunt (King)
Fred Wesley and the Horny Horns – Up For the Down Stroke (Atlantic)

African Music Machine – Black Water Gold (Soul Power) 
Carl Carlton – Wild Child (Back Beat) 
Jake Wade and the Soul Searchers – Searching For Soul Pt1 (Mutt)
Jimmy and Vella – Chic A Boom (Atlantic) 

Barkays – Son Of Shaft (Volt) 
Aaron Chico Bailey and the Family Affair Band – The Point (Kris)
Denny Greene – Lonely Town Lonely Street (Buddah) 
Sweet Music – I Get Lifted (Wand) 

Reggie Milner – Soul Machine (Volt)
Freddie Scott and the Four Steps – Same Ole Beat (Marlin) 
Lavell Kamma and the Afro Soul Review – Soft Soul (Tupelo Sound) 
Inez and Charlie Foxx’s Swinging Mocking Band – Shimmy (Dynamo)
Pop Ups – Lurking (HBR) 

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Greetings all

This week’s Funky16Corners Radio Show features an hour of funky 45s and one groovy album track!

So dig it, make sure to tune in, and I’ll see you all next week.

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Larry

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Funky16Corners Radio Show Episode #492

By , November 17, 2019 1:15 pm

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Show #492 Originally broadcast 11/11/2019

Eddie Floyd – Raise Your Hand (Stax)
Rufus Thomas – Walking the Dog (Stax)
Mable John – It’s Catching (Stax)
Sam and Dave – Wrap It Up (Stax)

Cash McCall – When You Wake Up (Thomas)
Mamie Galore – Don’t Think I Could Stand It (St Lawrence)
The Drifters – Your Best Friend (Atlantic)
Young Hearts – Countdown Here I Come (Minit)
Inez and Charlie Foxx – I Ain’t Going For That (Dynamo)

Eddie Bo – Falling In Love Again (Seven B)
Eddie Bo – What You Gonna Do (Seven B)
Maurice and Mac – You Left the Water Running (Checker)
Soul Brothers Six – Thank You Baby For Loving Me (Atlantic)

Lloyd W Williams – Be Mine Tonight (ABC)
Melvin Sparks – Thank You Pt1 (Prestige)
Timmy Willis – I’m a Man (Jubilee)
Glories – (I Love You Babe But) Give Me My Freedom (Date)
Spellbinders -Help Me (Get Myself Back Together Again) (Columbia)

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Greetings all

This week’s Funky16Corners Radio Show features a set of Stax 45s, some groovy b-sides, a couple of choice Eddie Bo jams, some funk and some Northern Soul!

So dig it, make sure to tune in, and I’ll see you all next week.

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The Return of Funky16corners Meets Dolemite!

By , October 27, 2019 11:03 am

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Funky16Corners Meets Dolemite!
Special Mix for Jazz Syndicate Radio

Bill Blacks Combo – Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Be Do Dah Day (Hi)
Mighty Hannibal – Jerkin’ the Dog (Shurfine)
Kool & the Gang – The Gang’s Back Again (Dee Lite)
Rufus Thomas – Sister’s Got a Boyfriend (Stax)
Johnny Goode – Payback (Solid Hit)
Bill Cosby – Road Runner (WB)
Mr C & Funk Junction – Hot Butter’n’All (Hurdy Gurdy)
Della Reese – Compared to What (Avco)
Toby King – Mr Tuff Stuff (Federal)
Marva Whitney – It’s My Thing (King)
Triplett Twins – Get It (Thomas)
Joe Haywood – Sing Me A Cornbread Song (Decca)
Willie Mitchell – Pearl Time (Hi)
Rudy Ray Moore & the Fillmore St Soul Rebellion – Put Your Weight On It (Generation)

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Greetings all 

This week-in celebration of the release of ‘Dolemite Is My Name’ –  I’m reposting a mix I did for Jazz Syndicate Radio many years ago, that includes a bunch of clips from Rudy Ray Moore’s Dolemite movies.

So dig it, make sure to tune in, and I’ll see you all next week

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Larry

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Funky16Corners Radio Show Episode #488

By , October 20, 2019 11:40 am

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Show #488. Originally broadcast 10/14/2019

Jerry O – There Was a Time (White Whale)
Enoch Light and the Light Brigade – Hot Pants (Project 3)
Otis Redding – Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (Volt)
Truman Thomas – Cold Sweat (Veep)

Rodge Martin – Lovin’ Machine (Bragg)
Soul Continentals – Bowlegs (SS7)
Count Rockin’ Sidney – Dede Dede Da (Goldwax)
Little Milton – Grits Ain’t Groceries (Checker)

Isley Brothers – Seek and You Shall Find (Tamla)
Isley Brothers – Take Some Time Out For Love (Tamla)
Gene Barge – Fine Twine (Checker)
Marie Knight – Cry Me a River (Musicor)

Billy Clark and his Orchestra – Hot Gravy (Dynamo)
Lewis Clark – Dog (Ain’t a Man’s Best Friend) (Brent)
Eddie Bo – Every Dog Got His Day (Ric)
Merritt Hemmingson – Pata Pata (Camden)
Ricky Allen – Skate Boogaloo (Bright Star)
The Ultimations – Would I Do It Over (Mar V Lus)

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Greetings all

This week’s Funky16Corners Radio Show starts out with a set of James Brown covers, then moves on into a wide variety of hard hitting soul, Hammond grooves and even a bit of the sweet stuff!

So dig it, make sure to tune in, and I’ll see you all next week.

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Funky16Corners 2019 Pledge Drive!

By , June 16, 2019 10:45 am

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Funky16Corners Presents: Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache
A Solid Hour of Soul For Dancers 

Isley Brothers – Got To Have You Back (Tamla)|
Bandwagon – Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache (Epic)
Teri Nelson Group – Love Is Getting Better (Kama Sutra)
Yvonne Fair – Just As Sure As You Play (You Will Pay) (Smash)
Little Richard – Whole Lotta Shaking Going On (Veejay)
Billy Graham and the Escalators – Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Atlantic)
Anna King- If You Don’t Think (Smash)
Jimmy Jones – Don’t You Just Know It (Parkway)
Bobby Whitlock – And I Love You (HIP)
Big Dee Irwin – Discotheque (Roulette)
Aldora Britton – Do It With Soul (Columbia)
Betty Everett – I Can’t Hear You No More (Veejay)
Monti Rock III – For Days and Days (Mercury)
Johnny Moore – A Dollar Ninety Eight (Wand)
Maxine Brown – Anything You Do Is Alright (Wand)
Jun Mayuzumi – Black Room (Capitol JP)
Spyder Turner – Dream Lover (MGM)
Sweet Inspirations – Just Walk In My Shoes (Atco)
Bobby Lester – Hang Up Your Hang Ups (Columbia)
Johnny Daye – I Need You (Stax)
Toni Lamarr  – If I Didn’t Love You (Buddah)
Capitols – We Got a Thing That’s In the Groove (Karen)
Delcords – Just a Little Misunderstanding (UP)
Joe E Young and the Toniks – Get That Feeling (Toast)
Alvin Cash and the Crawlers – Do It One More Time (the Twine) (Mar V Lus)

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Funky16Corners Presents: Loose and Groovy
An Hour of Instrumental Wonderfullness Packed With Breaks!

Dizzy Gillespie – Stomped and Wasted (GWP)
Sonny Cox – Chocolate Candy (Bell)
Cal Tjader – The Tra La La Song (Skye)
George Shearing, the Quintet and the Amigos – Aquarius (MPS/BASF)
Gordon Staples and the String Thing – Get Down (Tamla)
Bob Dorough – A Taste of Honey (MMO)
Harry J All Stars – Spyrone (Harry J)
Impact of Brass – So Far So Good (Rare Earth)
Al Serafini his Electronic Sax and Orchestra – Lil Rosey (Audio Fidelity)
Willie Bobo – Grazing In the Grass (Verve)
Odell Brown and the Organizers – Day Tripper (Cadet)
Terumasa Hino Quintet – Snake Hip (Capitol JP)
Lou Garno Quintet – Chicken In the Basket (Giovannia)
Johnny Frigo Quartet – Dance of Love (Orion)
Richard Fudoli – Gwee (Date)
Soulful Strings – Zambezi (Cadet)
The Touch – Pick and Shovel (LeCasVer)
Soul Searchers – Think (Sussex)

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Greetings all.

The Funky16Corners 2019 Allnighter/Pledge Drive is here!

Things are looking (much) different this year.

This is the 10th year of doing a pledge drive here at Funky16Corners, and the landscape, and (forgive the use of the word) ‘mission’ of Funky16Corners has evolved fairly drastically since the blog opened it’s doors nearly 15 years ago (not counting the webzine years).

The world of music blogging is not what it once was. The way people access music and information on the web is a whole different thing than it was when I started. Traffic is a small fraction of what it once was.

The main thrust of what I do here at Funky16Corners has also changed significantly.

Starting with single-song blog posts in the early days, moving on to DJ mixes, then the beginning of the Funky16Corners Radio Show (which is nearing the 500 episode mark!), then the various and sundry guest mixes, in and outside of the pledge drive context.

I have to begin by sending out my thanks to all of the amazing DJs that have been generous with their time and their records over the years, all of whom I am proud to have featured at Funky16Corners.

The last few years have seen my move into live radio broadcasts, with Funky16Corners Radio Show and Testify!, my show for WFMU’s Give the Drummer Radio appearing weekly, and the Iron Leg Radio Show (nearing 100 episodes) monthly.

As a result of the workload associated with this change, the frequency of blog posts has decreased to once a week.

This year I decided that I needed to take a break from the Allnighter/Summer of Soul format, if only to ease off of the workload associated with putting it all together (and maybe spend a little more time with the fam while they’re home for the summer).

In it’s place I have created two brand new, hour-long mixes.

The first, Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache is an hour of dancefloor soul, with a grip of new and recent arrivals in the Funky16Corners crates.

The second. Loose and Groovy is a collection of instrumentals, many of them funky, packed with breaks and loopable grooves for days.

The focus on using Patreon to raise money to pay the bills around here (paying for server space/bandwidth and broadcast fees) has proven to make a lot of sense, moreso than the previously used Paypal model.

If you dig any of the stuff I do here, any of the radio shows, or the mix archives, or even if you’re one of the few that still read the blog posts, please consider signing up for Patreon and making a small, recurring, monthly donation of a few dollars.

You can click on the link below.

It’s pretty simple, very safe and a great way to keep Funky16Corners up and running for another year.

So thanks in advance, and enjoy the tunes!

Keep the Faith

Larry

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The pledging will continue this year with Patreon (click here or on the logo below to go to the Funky16Corners page) , where you will be able to spread your contributions out over the entire year, which will help cover the ongoing server/broadcast/hardware expenses. This year has seen the move to 100 percent live broadcasting (Mixlr.com/Funky16corners)  and continued hardware and software upgrades at Funky16Corners central, to keep the radio/podcasting experience as seamless and groovy as possible. So please dig deep so we can continue to do the same, and if you’re already a Patreon donor, please accept my heartfelt thanks!

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Emanuel Laskey – I Need Somebody

By , June 2, 2019 8:00 am

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Greetings all.

I hope the new week finds you well.

Today’s selection is one of the pile of 45s that I picked up while DJing at the Keystone State Soul Weekender in 2018.

Emanuel Laskey was a journeyman soul singer who recorded for a variety of Detroit-based labels through the 1960s and 1970s, including Thelma, Westbound and Stag.

‘I Need Somebody’ was recorded for Thelma in 1964, with backing from the Fabulous Peps. The record charted locally on the R&B and Pop charts and had some regional R&B success elsewhere (thus the licensing and pressing of the 45 on the Pittsburgh, PA NPC label).

‘I Need Somebody’ is a remarkable piece of midtempo 60s soul, opening with an unusual, raw guitar figure (probably played by producer Don Davis, and I wonder if Eric Clapton heard it…) , backs by the vibes and organ. Laskey’s vocal, often veering into falsetto is perfection, and the arrangement manages to weave together the technical limitations of the session (the studio, not the musicians, who all turn in an excellent performance) into something really special.

The flipside, ‘Tomorrow’ is a sweet ballad with some nice piano.

Laskey is the kind of guy who had talent to spare, recorded some great records but is now known almost exclusively by hardcore soul fans.

That’s a shame.

I hope you dig the cut, and I will see you all next week.

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Kip Anderson – A Knife and a Fork

By , May 26, 2019 9:01 am

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Greetings all.

The first time I heard today’s selection I was pretty much knocked on my ass.

Though I was familiar with the Rockpile version of ‘A Knife and a Fork’ from the 1980 ‘Seconds of Pleasure’ album, I had no idea that the song was a cover.

Kip Anderson was one of those singers that hovered on the border between soul and blues for his entire career. He was born in South Carolina in 1942, recording his first 45 for Veejay in 1959.

He recorded ‘A Knife and a Fork’ in 1966 in Muscle Shoals.

The song – with it’s dark, humorous bent – has a rock solid beat, with guitar, bass, drums and combo organ pushing things along at a brisk pace with a sax solo coming.

Like Tommy Tucker’s ‘Long Tall Shorty’, it seems to almost plod at the beginning, but picks up steam almost imperceptibly until its ready for the dance floor.

Anderson would continue to record for a variety of labels before a heroin dependency led to a 10 year stint in prison.

After he got out of jail he recorded both gospel and soul, recording for the Ichiban label in the 90s.

He eventually passed away in 2007.

I hope you dig the tune and I’ll see you all next week.

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Lonnie Brooks and the 4 Souls – Soul Meeting

By , May 5, 2019 10:55 am

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Greetings all.

Today’s selection is a great example of a guy that started out in an R&B/Soul bag, and went on to make his mark in the blues.

Lonnie Brooks (nee Lee Evans Jr) got his start in his native Louisiana, made his way up to Chicago where he started out as Guitar Jr.

By the mid-1960s he was making soul 45s on his own and as part of Lonnie Brooks and the 4 Souls for labels like USA, Chess and Chirrup.

Today’s tune was the b-side of a 1967/68 45 and is one of my fave shout-out records (where one artist mentions another).

‘Soul Meeting’ has a slightly funky underpinning, and starts out with mentions of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, as well as Jackie Wilson, Etta James, Booker T and the MGs. Ruby Andrews, Joe Tex, Temptations, Jackie Wilson, Gladys Knight, Otis Clay, Wilson Pickett, Junior Walker, and Sam and Dave.

There’s not a lot of ‘song’ here, but it’s still a ot of fun hearing Lonnie shout out (and in some cases imitate) the hot artists of the day.

The a-side, ‘Good Soul Lovin’ is a killer as well.

I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all next week.

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Louisiana Red – Sugar Hips

By , April 28, 2019 9:13 am

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Greetings all.

Today’s selection is a small slice of the discography of the great Louisiana Red.

Born Iverson Minter in 1932, Louisiana Red recorded for a variety of labels (under his own name) from the early 60s on.

His 45 discography is relatively brief, dwarfed by his LP catalog which stretches from 1963 to his death in 2012.

His style mixed traditional acoustic blues, electric blues and R&B, the latter of which is in evidence on 1964’s ‘Sugar Hips’.

Ironically, ‘Sugar Hips’ was the b-side of his biggest commercial success, ‘I’m Too Poor To Die’ which grazed the Billboard Hot 100 and made the Cashbox Top 30.

‘Sugar Hips’ is the kind of fast moving, gritty R&B that the Mods in the UK were crowding dance floors for.

It has a persistent guitar/bass/drums kick, but it’s the wailing harmonica that really starts a grease fire. Red’s vocal interjections sound like Slim Harpo and Howling Wolf got trapped in the same echo chamber.

‘Sugar Hips’ was recorded in New York for Henry Glover, who along with sleazy, mob-connected Roulette Records honcho Morris Levy tacked his name onto the writing credits with Red.

It’s a very groovy side indeed, and I hope you all dig it.

See you all next week.

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