Category: Philly Soul

Funky16Corners Radio Show Episode #491

By , November 10, 2019 12:34 pm

Example

Show #491 Originally broadcast 11/04/2019

Roger and the Gypsies – Pass the Hatchet (Seven B)
Sons of Champlin – Fat City (Verve/Trident)
Righteous Brothers Band – Rat Race (Verve)
Betty Everett – I Can’t Hear You (VeeJay)

Gene Waiters – Shake and Shingaling Pt1 (Fairmount)
Dee Dee Warwick – Monday Monday (Mercury)
Homer Banks – A Lot of Love (Minit)
Young Holt Unlimited – California Montage (Brunswick)

Velvelettes – Lonely Girl Am I (VIP)
Eyes of Blue – Heart Trouble (Deram)
Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band – Brown Sugar (WB)

Vicky Gomez – Boys Are a Dime a Dozen (ABC/Paramount)
Four Larks – Groovin’ at the Go Go (Tower)
Gloria Jones – Heartbeat Pt1 (Uptown)

Johnny Jones and the King Casuals – Soul Poppin’ (Brunswick)
Fabulous Emotions – Number One Fool (Tamboo)
Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band – (I Gotta) Hold On to My Love (Picadilly)
Marvelettes – I’ll Keep Holding On (Tamla)

 ______________________________________________________

Greetings all

This week’s Funky16Corners Radio Show is a recap of selections from my sets at the Keystone State Soul Weekender, in Lancaster, PA. There are lots of prime dance floor soul selections.

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

Also, make sure to follow Funky16Corners on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Keep the faith

Larry

Example  

________________________________________________

If you dig what we do here or over at Funky16Corners, please consider clicking on the Patreon link and throwing something into the yearly operating budget! Do it and we’ll send you some groovy Funky16Corners Radio Network (and related) stickers!

Example

_______________________________________________

The Vibrations – Love In Them There Hills

By , April 29, 2018 10:01 am

Example

The Vibrations

Example

Listen/Download – The Vibrations – Love In Them There Hills MP3

Greetings all.

Today’s selection is yet another chapter in the musical pipeline between Philadelphia and Chicago.

The mighty Vibrations recorded a string of Lps and 45s first for Checker, and then for Okeh between 1960 and 1968, before moving on to the Philly-based Neptune an North Bay labels in the 70s.

Group member Carl Fisher had contributed songwriting to a number of Philly records under his own name and the pseudonym ‘Del Shahr’ during the 60s, and today’s selection, ‘Love In Them There Hills’ was penned by Philly giants Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff (with help from Roland Chambers) and was released in 1968.

The song was covered a year later by Maxine Brown on Epic and then in 1974 by the Pointer Sisters on ABC/Blue Thumb.

The Vibrations version starts off with a Latin flair, before the drums and voices drop in with the funk. The production by Gamble and Huff is tight.

‘Love In Them There Hills’ was the Vibrations last hit, making nto the R&B Top 40 and the Pop Hot 100.

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

Also, make sure to follow Funky16Corners on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Keep the faith

Larry

Example  

________________________________________________

If you dig what we do here or over at Funky16Corners, please consider clicking on the Patreon link and throwing something into the yearly operating budget! Do it and we’ll send you some groovy Funky16Corners Radio Network (and related) stickers!

Example

_______________________________________________

Cliff Nobles – Love Is Alright

By , November 26, 2017 11:39 am

Example

Cliff Nobles

Example

Listen/Download – Cliff Nobles – Love Is Alright MP3

Greetings all.

The track I bring you this week is one of those 45s that is probably in 99% of every soul collection, yet I wonder how many people have flipped it over to play this side.

The flipside, ‘The Horse’ by Cliff Nobles and Co was one of the biggest hits of 1968, hugely influential, spawning dozens of ‘horse’ and horse-related records and making its way into the repertoire of every hip marching band in the land.

That said, today’s selection, the vocal version of the tune – retitled as ‘Love Is Alright’ is a bit of funky genius, and in a lot of ways is my preferred side of the record.

I always thought it was deely ironic that a vocalist like Cliff Nobles had his biggest hit on a record where his voice does not appear, and a look at the charts would suggest that almost nobody (except the New Orleans station WYLD) thought to flip the record over and play the ‘Love Is Alright’.
This is a damn shame because Nobles’ vocal is right tight and outtasight.

His discography (before and after ‘The Horse’) is fairly brief, and his only other chart success was a minor regional hit with ‘The More I Do For You Baby’ few months before ‘The Horse’ broke.

It’s a groovy number, and I hope you dig it.

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

Also, make sure to follow Funky16Corners on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Keep the faith

Larry

Example  

________________________________________________

If you dig what we do here or over at Funky16Corners, please consider clicking on the Patreon link and throwing something into the yearly operating budget! Do it and we’ll send you some groovy Funky16Corners Radio Network (and related) stickers!

Example

_______________________________________________

The Soul Set – Mickey’s Funky Monkey b/w Flunky Flunky

By , March 16, 2017 7:02 am

Example

Listen/Download – The Soul Set – Mickey’s Funky Monkey MP3

Listen/Download – The Soul Set – Flunky Flunky MP3

Greetings all.

The end of the week is upon us, and so it’s Funky16Corners Radio Show time again. The podcast comes to you each and every Friday with the best in soul, funk, jazz and rare groove, all on original vinyl. You can subscribe to the show as a podcast in iTunes, listen on your mobile device via the Stitcher and TuneIn apps, check it out on Mixcloud, or grab yourself an MP3 right here at Funky16Corners.com

Today’s selection is one of those records that has been stewing in my crates since forever, picked up in my broad sweep of everything Philadelphical back in the day.

I remember grabbing this out of certain cigar smoke stained vinyl treasure trove withing the Philly city limits, along with a grip of funk and Northern Soul things, mainly on the strength of the title, and the fact that it had Philly music names (Frank Virtue and Bernie Binnick) on it.

When I got it home I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that in addition to the funky version of the Miracles ‘Mickey’s Monkey’, there was a groovy organ instro version (Flunky Flunky) on the flip.

I know nothing at all about the Soul Set, other than the fact that they probably had no relation to the Jersey Shore unit (that secorded for Selsom and Johnson).

BB was a Philadelphia imprint that released a bunch of 45s in the mid-to-late 60s including two by the Soul Set, one by Guy Maurice (who also recorded for Fairmount), and discs by Frantic Freddy, the Centurys and (dig this name) Ernie Fields and Cockroach.

The group’s version of ‘Mickey’s Monkey’ is groovy, with lots of dance floor punch.

The organ instro version ‘Flunky Flunky’ is also excellent, with lots of overmodulated Hammond sailing over the pounding drums.

Interestingly, ‘Mickey’s Funky Monkey’ charted in a bunch of Philly-area markets in the summer of 1967 (their earlier 45 had some minor regional success as well.

If anyone out there knows who was in this band, please let me know.

That said, I hope you dig the 45, and I’ll see you all on Monday.

Keep the faith

Larry

Example  

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Also, the brand new Funky16Corners ‘Keep Calm and Stay Funky’ stickers have arrived! The stickers are 4″ x 3″ and printed on high quality, glossy stock. They are $2.00 each, with free shipping in the US ($2.00 per order shipping outside of the US). Click here to go to the ordering page.

PS Head over to Iron Leg too.

The Grand Prees – Jungle Fever

By , August 21, 2016 8:52 am

Example

Dig that crazy label design!

Listen/Download – The Grand Prees – Jungle Fever MP3

Greetings all.

It occurred to me, since it was Monday and all, and most of the world is dragging themselves to work or school, that I might whip something a little crazy on you to help get you moving.

Not too long ago I was perusing a sales list and I happened upon the disc you see before you today. Since I am constitutionally unable to pass by a record entitled ‘Jungle Fever’, I clicked on the link, listened to the sample, and knew I had to grab it for my crates.

The Grand Prees (with alternating lead vocalist – Douglass Pettijohn on this side) only ever recorded one 45, which was released twice, first on Candi (in 1961), and then again on the much cooler looking Golden Grooves imprint (in 1962).

These labels (and the Barvis label) were both the work of one JJ Chavis, who operated out of Wilmington, Delaware in the early to mid 60s recording Philadelphia-area R&B, soul and gospel 45s.

Opening with a very Chips/Rubber Biscuit-like doo-wop vocalization (Mr Pettijohn I presume?), a high female voice, organ and guitar drop in, and grooviness ensues.

The whole thing is rough (not Plookie McCline ‘Gorilla Walk’ rough, but pretty rough) with the lead vocal straying off-key, and the backing, especially the male voice and the organ, verily reeks of inspiration, as in ‘these people will never be this good, on anything else again’.

Chavis worked a lot with gospel groups, and ‘Jungle Fever’ sounds like a bunch of gospel records fell on the floor and were pieced back together by someone that was good and lit.

The organist especially, sounds like someone shackled to the amen corner that was yearning to let his (or her) freak flag fly.

The flip side is your basic, yearning ballad, without much to recommend it.

That said, ‘Jungle Fever’ is worth repeat plays.

I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all on Wednesday.

Keep the faith

Larry

Example  

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Also, the brand new Funky16Corners ‘Keep Calm and Stay Funky’ stickers have arrived! The stickers are 4″ x 3″ and printed on high quality, glossy stock. They are $2.00 each, with free shipping in the US ($2.00 per order shipping outside of the US). Click here to go to the ordering page.

PS Head over to Iron Leg too.

Al Thomas – I Had a Good Thing (But I Blew It)

By , August 11, 2016 1:27 pm

Example

Al Thomas solo, and with the Sweet Delights

Example

Listen/Download – Al Thomas – I Had a Good Thing (But I Blew It) MP3

Listen/Download – Al Thomas Ork – Cornbread and Molasses MP3

Greetings all.

The end of the week is here, so I will beseech you once again to tune in to the Funky16Corners Radio Show. You can subscribe to the show as podcast in iTunes (maybe review and rate it while you’re there?), listen on your mobile device via the TuneIn app, check it out on Mixcloud, or grab an MP3 right here at the blog.

We’re going to close out the week with a groovy Philly 45 that I’ve had in my crates for years but only just recently made a discovery about.

I picked up the Al Thomas Ork 45 ‘Cornbread and Molasses’ after hearing it in a mix back in the day. I was already buying up any Philly soul and funk I could get my hands on, especially anything on the Virtue label.

My assumption at the time was that Al Thomas was the same cat as ‘Big Al T’ who did the two-sided instrumental funk 45 of ’25 Miles’ b/w ‘Do the Slide’ which I already had.

So – as is often the case – I didn’t really dig into the flipside, the vocal version of the song ‘I Had a Good Thing (But I Blew It)’ until years later.

When I did, with my aptitude and taste for sweet soul more highly developed, it really made a mark. It has that groovy, slightly funky, late 60s (1968) vibe that you heard a lot coming out of Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit.

So I started digging around, looking for information on the participants and I discovered some interesting things.

First off, ‘Al Thomas’ was in fact Albert Thomas Byrd. Secondly, Al Thomas was the sole male member of the Sweet Delights, who made an excellent 45 for Atco ‘Baby Be Mine’ that same year.

As it turns out, ‘I Had a Good Thing (But I Blew It)’ is in fact the Sweet Delights. It should have been their second 45, but someone decided that they’d be better off marketing it as a solo single by Thomas/Byrd.

Unfortunately, neither 45 seems to have made a dent either inside or outside of Philadelphia, though the funky, instrumental side of the Sweet Delights ATCO 45, ‘Paul’s Midnight Ride’, credited to the Delights Orchestra got some regional airplay in the Midwest and the South.

It’s an excellent 45, and I hope you dig it.

See you all on Monday.

Keep the faith

Larry

Example  

 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Also, the brand new Funky16Corners ‘Keep Calm and Stay Funky’ stickers have arrived! The stickers are 4″ x 3″ and printed on high quality, glossy stock. They are $2.00 each, with free shipping in the US ($2.00 per order shipping outside of the US). Click here to go to the ordering page.

PS Head over to Iron Leg too.

Ruth McFadden – Rover Rover

By , August 9, 2016 11:07 am

Example

Ruth McFadden

Example

Listen/Download – Ruth McFadden – Rover Rover MP3

Greetings all.

Back in the day, when I was digging up (and taking home) all the Philadelphia soul I could find, I was lucky enough to find all three 45s released on a short-lived label called Huff Puff.

The ‘Huff’ was of course Leon Huff (of Gamble and…) and the releases, by the Landslides, The Producers and Ruth McFadden (all 1968) were all arranged by Bobby Martin (though he’s not explicitly credited on the Producers 45) and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

The music – as is to be expected – is all first rate, played by the Philly rhythm section guys (Baker, Harris, Eli, Montana etc) and of course amazingly written songs.

They’re all interesting (I wrote up the Producers a while back and all three 45s have been played on the Funky16Corners Radio Show), but the Ruth McFadden 45 especially so.

McFadden had had a career as an R&B singer back in the 1950s, and then dropped off the radar almost completely (other than a 1965 one-off for Sure Shot) until she reappeared on Huff Puff with ‘Rover Rover’ in 1968.

‘Rover Rover’ is a funky, atmospheric (dig those strings) number with a great, gritty vocal by McFadden and a Bobby Eli guitar line that would pop up again in the Brothers Of Hope 45 ‘Nickol Nickol’ on Gamble that same year.

Though she would go on to record another great single for Gamble and Huff (‘Ghetto Woman Pts 1&2’ in 1972) none of her stuff charted (even locally in Philly) and she remains a fairly obscure artist (though there appears to be a compilation of her earlier recordings).

That said, this is a very groovy 45 that grows on you with repeated listens.

I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all on Friday.

Keep the faith

Larry

Example  

 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Also, the brand new Funky16Corners ‘Keep Calm and Stay Funky’ stickers have arrived! The stickers are 4″ x 3″ and printed on high quality, glossy stock. They are $2.00 each, with free shipping in the US ($2.00 per order shipping outside of the US). Click here to go to the ordering page.

PS Head over to Iron Leg too.

Fabulous Emotions – Number One Fool b/w Funky Chicken

By , August 4, 2016 11:24 am

Example

Clockwise from top left: Thom Bell, Bobby Martin, Sam, Erv & Tom

Example

Listen/Download – Fabulous Emotions – Number One Fool MP3

Listen/Download – Fabulous Emotions – Funky Chicken MP3

Greetings all.

The end of the week is upon us, so I will remind you all to dig into the Funky16Corners Radio Show podcast, which drops each and every Friday with the best in soul, funk, jazz and rare groove, all on original vinyl. You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, listen on TuneIn, Mixcloud or grab an MP3 right here at the blog.

The tunes we end the week with compose both sides of one of my favorite Philadelphia 45s, and part of an interesting story as well.

I first picked up the local, Nico release of the Fabulous Emotions ‘Number One Fool’ b/w ‘Funky Chicken’ more than ten years ago from my buddy Haim.

The a-side is a hard charging number with a following on Northern Soul dance floors. Produced by Philly mainstays Bobby Martin and Thom Bell (with writing credited to an otherwise unknown ‘F. Hill’, but more on that in a minute), ‘Number One Fool’, is a really well produced, prefect representation of the late 60s Philly sound.

The flip, ‘Funky Chicken’ is merely an instrumental dub of ‘Number One Fool’, but this time is credited to Martin and Bell! It was actually a minor local hit, charting on two different Philly stations, WDAS and WHAT (home of the Mighty Burner Sonny Hopson, Make no mistake-a Jake-a!).

The story takes an interesting turn when the track was released again on the Tamboo label, then recycled/reissued yet again (also on Tamboo) this time credited to the NY Jets!?!

Check out this old Funky16Corners web zine article where I go into detail on the multiple releases, but I will say that the 45 picked up a new track in its last version, this time with writing and singing by Sam, Erv and Tom of ‘Soul Teacher’ fame!

All versions of this record are excellent, as well as fairly hard to put your hands on these days. It is highly recommended that you grab one for your playbox should you encounter one in the field.

I hope you dig the tunes, and I’ll see you all on Monday.

Keep the faith

Larry

Example  

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Also, the brand new Funky16Corners ‘Keep Calm and Stay Funky’ stickers have arrived! The stickers are 4″ x 3″ and printed on high quality, glossy stock. They are $2.00 each, with free shipping in the US ($2.00 per order shipping outside of the US). Click here to go to the ordering page.

PS Head over to Iron Leg too.

Little Joe Cook and the Thrillers – Funky Hump

By , July 7, 2016 10:43 am

Example

Little Joe Cook

Example

Listen/Download -Little Joe Cook and the Thrillers – Funky Hump MP3

Greetings all.

The end of the week is near so I will remind you once again to check out the Funky16Corners Radio Show, which drops each and every Friday with the best in funk, soul, jazz and rare groove, all on original vinyl. You can subscribe to the show as a podcast in iTunes, listen on your mobile device via the TuneIn app, check it out on Mixcloud or grab yourself an MP3 right here at Funky16Corners.com.

Today’s selection is by another one of those groups with roots that lead back into the early days of R&B and doowop.

Little Joe Cook was a Philly-based singer who got his start in gospel in the 1940s, moving into secular music and forming the Thrillers in the early 50s. Little Joe Cook and the Thrillers went on to have R&B hits for Okeh with ‘Let’s Do the Slop’ in 1956 and then their biggest hit ‘Peanuts’ in 1957.

Cook also managed his daughter’s group the Sherrys who had a hit with ‘Pop Pop Pop-Pie’ in 1962.

The Thrillers continued to release 45s for labels like 20th Century, Reprise, Fury and Loma through the 60s.

I haven’t been able to date today’s selection definitively but it sounds like it would fall nicely sometime between 1969 and 1971. Released on the Philadelphia-based Soultown label (and as far as I can tell their only release) ‘Funky Hump’ sees Little Joe Cook and the Thrillers getting funky (of course…). The tune has a very groovy rhythm guitar figure repeated through the song, with a cool dance craze lyric delivered by Cook.

Cook retired in 2007 and passed away in 2014 at the age of 91.

I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all on Monday.

Keep the faith

Larry

Example  

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Also, the brand new Funky16Corners ‘Keep Calm and Stay Funky’ stickers have arrived! The stickers are 4″ x 3″ and printed on high quality, glossy stock. They are $2.00 each, with free shipping in the US ($2.00 per order shipping outside of the US). Click here to go to the ordering page.

PS Head over to Iron Leg too.

Sonny Ross – Alakazam

By , July 5, 2016 11:42 am

Example

Sonny Ross and a Euro Picture Sleeve for ‘Alakazam’

Example

Listen/Download – Sonny Ross – Alakazam MP3

Greetings all.

Every once in a while, no matter how deep your crates, or how jaded you’ve become, a record comes along from out of nowhere and knocks you right on your ass. One of those 45s that explodes from confounding obscurity, a hit, fully formed, that just never happened.

I forget exactly where I first heard Sonny Ross’s ‘Alakazam’, but it just blew me away. I couldn’t believe that I’d never heard it, or that it hadn’t been a hit when it was released in 1971.

Opening with what sounds like an overmodulated kick drum, and then vibes accents, the snare and some fantastic fuzz guitar (how has this not been sampled?) come in with the main riff. Ross then comes in with a raspy voice, just this side of Teddy Pendergrass.

I haven’t been able to find out much about Ross. He appears to have been from Philadelphia and was a member of a mid-60s incarnation of the Flamingos alongside Eddie Edgehill who was connected to the Sweet Delights/Delights Orchestra, and was brought to Event Records in a licensing deal by Philly singer/songwriter George Tindley (who co-wrote the song).

Why ‘Alakazam’ failed to break through in 1971 is a mystery. It is a great song/record, well produced and arranged and on a major label. Whether it just didn’t get into the right hands, or there were some other forces at work, I cannot say.

Aside from two Midwestern markets (Cleveland and Wichita) it didn’t make a dent (though it did get released in the UK on Mojo, and on Polydor in Germany the following year).

And so, it languished in obscurity, the province of some of your hipper UK collectors (Northern, Funk and Modern) and DJs, waiting to be rediscovered.

It isn’t a terribly expensive record – the highest price I can find is just over 50USD – but it is hard to put your hands on. I had it as a saved search for a long time before a copy surfaced, so keep your eyes peeled if you want to add it to your playbox.

I hope you dig it as much as I do, and I’ll see you all on Friday.

Keep the faith

Larry

Example  

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Also, the brand new Funky16Corners ‘Keep Calm and Stay Funky’ stickers have arrived! The stickers are 4″ x 3″ and printed on high quality, glossy stock. They are $2.00 each, with free shipping in the US ($2.00 per order shipping outside of the US). Click here to go to the ordering page.

PS Head over to Iron Leg too.

F16C 2016 Allnighter/Pledge Drive – Larry Grogan – Kings

By , June 19, 2016 11:25 am

Example

Example

Larry Grogan – Kings

Artistics – So Much Love In My Heart (Okeh)
Millionaires – A Rather Hip Shing (Philips)
Volcanos- You’re Number One (Arctic)
Sims Twins – A Losing Battle (Omen)
Spirit of St Louis – Wait Until Tomorrow (Philips)
Eddie Purrell – The Spoiler (Volt)
The Spellbinders – A Little On the Blue Side (Columbia)
Bobby Bland – Shoes (Duke)
Bull and the Matadors – Move With the Groove (Toddlin’ Town)
Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers – It’s Growing (Gordy)
Billy Leonard – Tell Me Do You Love Me (Fairmount)
George Guess – No Matter What (Pearl Harbor)
Olympics – Baby Do the Philly Dog (Mirwood)
Benny Gordon and the Soul Brothers – I’m Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got (Wand)
Marketts – Stirrin’ Up Some Soul (WB)
Trade Martin – Moanin’ (RCA)
Bobby Newton – Do the Whip (Mercury)
The Groovers – I Got To Go Now (Up On the Floor) (Groovy)

Listen/Download – Larry Grogan – Kings 103MB Mixed MP3

 

Greetings all 

Welcome back to the Funky16Corners 2016, Allnighter/Pledge Drive.

 

 

Today I give you the final mix of this year’s Allnighter, the complementary/second half of this years mix from yours truly, ‘Kings’.

This is an hour of the finest male soul 45s – all dancers – from the classic era. You get soul from Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Los Angeles, St Louis, Memphis and Houston, all with the sounds to put some pep in your step.

Make sure to spin this one with the ‘Queens’ mix posted on 6/5 for the full effect.

I want to thank all the selectors that participated this year for putting together these great mixes, as well as everyone that donated.

If you haven’t donated, please click on the Paypal link and drop something in the bucket to help cover the 2016 operating costs.

Don’t forget to click that Paypal button and donate, and we’ll be back later in the week with some more of the soul and funk goodness you’ve come to expect from Funky16Corners!

___________________________




Your donations help to keep Funky16Corners up and running, with the blog, Funky16Corners Radio Show podcast and hundreds of hours of archived mixes.

Example

Everyone that donates will get the new 2016 Funky16Corners badge and bumpersticker, with which you can adorn the garment and flat surface of your choosing.

Also, everyone that donates will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of the new 45 by the M-Tet!

Example

So pull down the ones and zeros, dig deep and Keep the Faith!

___________________________




Keep the faith

Larry

Example  

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Also, the brand new Funky16Corners ‘Keep Calm and Stay Funky’ stickers have arrived! The stickers are 4″ x 3″ and printed on high quality, glossy stock. They are $2.00 each, with free shipping in the US ($2.00 per order shipping outside of the US). Click here to go to the ordering page.

PS Head over to Iron Leg too.

Patti and the Emblems – Please Don’t Ever Leave Me Baby

By , May 10, 2016 1:27 pm

Example

Patti and the Emblems

Example

Listen/Download – Patti and the Emblems – Please Don’t Ever Leave Me Baby MP3

Greetings all.

Many times over the years, I’ve talked about getting inured to an unfamiliar tempo.

Doing so (many times over the years) has expanded my musical horizons exponentially.

Though I started collecting fast-moving, dance floor killers back in the day, I have come to love ballads, deep soul, as well as all the wonders of mid-tempo stuff.

One such record is today’s selection, ‘Please Don’t Ever Leave Me Baby’ by Camden, NJ’s own Patti and the Emblems.

Though it is certainly brisk enough to dance to, ‘Please Don’t Ever Leave Me Baby’ is one of those songs that you reserve for the beginning/build up of a set. It’s not likely to drag people out onto the floor, but if they’re already their, they’ll get into the groove and keep moving.

Patti and the Emblems were a discovery of Frank Bendinelli and Leroy Lovett of B&L productions. They had their first (and only) hit in 1964 with ‘Mixed Up Shook Up Girl’ on Herald, eventually moving on to Kapp Records in 1967.

During their career they were fairly prolific, recording 10 45s over a four year period.

They were lucky to have a great lead singer in Patty Russell, and the help of a young Leon Huff on piano.

‘Please Don’t Ever Leave Me Baby’ (penned by Bendinelli and Lovett) is a hook-filled, very nicely produced number with all the hallmarks of a great Philly soul side (I live the vibraphone accents).

As far as I can tell, this 45 isn’t terribly expensive these days, so go and get yourself one for your play box.

I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you on Friday.

Keep the faith

Larry

Example  

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Also, the brand new Funky16Corners ‘Keep Calm and Stay Funky’ stickers have arrived! The stickers are 4″ x 3″ and printed on high quality, glossy stock. They are $2.00 each, with free shipping in the US ($2.00 per order shipping outside of the US). Click here to go to the ordering page.

PS Head over to Iron Leg too.

Panorama Theme by Themocracy