One G Plus Three – Poquito Soul

By , February 14, 2016 12:57 pm

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Greetings all.

While browsing through the great, digital repository of records that I have converted from grooves into ones and zeros in furtherance of this here blog, I stumbled over this 45, which I picked up a long time ago and for some unknown reason – now lost to time – forgot to offer up to you.

The disc in question is a tasty slice of East LA Hammond action, courtesy of the group calling themselves One G Plus Three, or as is explained on the label, ‘Mas Chicano + One Gringo’).

Though both sides of this disc are very cool (the flip being a groovy reworking of Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’) I will stick with the A-side, ‘Poquito Soul’.

I do so, since ‘Poquito Soul’ was a minor hit in Southern California (and a few other markets) in 1970, but also because it’s popularity can probably be ascribed to its sailing in the wake of a much bigger hit by another band of Chicanos.

If you give ‘Poquito Soul’ a couple of listens, another languid groover might start to come to mind, that being El Chicano’s version of Gerald Wilson’s ‘Viva Tirado’, which was a substantial hit in the Spring of 1970, all over the country, but especially in SoCal.

Their hit spawned a bunch of covers, and it would seem a few imitators, of which I would venture to say, ‘Poquito Soul’ (which hit the charts in the late Summer of 1970) is one.

The group, Randy Thomas (the ‘Gringo’) on organ, Rudy Salas on guitar, Max Garduno on percussion and Manny Mosqueda on drums, recorded only this one 45, released first on Eddie Davis’s Gordo label, then picked up for national distribution by Paramount.

It is a very groovy side, indeed, and I hope you dig it.

I’ll be back on Wednesday.

Keep the faith

Larry

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One Response to “One G Plus Three – Poquito Soul”

  1. […] Funky 16 Corners suggests that “If you give ‘Poquito Soul’ a couple of listens, another languid groover might start to come to mind, that being El Chicano’s version of Gerald Wilson’s ‘Viva Tirado’, which was a substantial hit in the Spring of 1970, all over the country, but especially in SoCal.”  One G Plus Three — Randy Thomas (the ‘Gringo’) on organ, Rudy Salas on guitar, Max Garduno on percussion and Manny Mosqueda on drums — “recorded only this one 45, released first on Eddie Davis’s Gordo label, then picked up for national distribution by Paramount.” […]

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