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Funky16Corners Radio Show Episode #496

By , December 16, 2019 12:16 pm

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Show #496 Originally broadcast 12/09/2019

Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm – The New Breed Pt2 (Sue)
Lloyd Price’s Band – Oo Pee Day (Double L)
Quincy Jones and His Orchestra – Mohair Sam (Mercury)
Al Brisco Clark and His Orchestra – Soul Food Pt2 (Fontana)

Fame Gang – Can I Change My Mind (Fame)
Memphis Soul Band – Who’s Making Love (Minit)
Paul Nero – Soul Medley Number 1 (Liberty)
Soul Finders – Dead End Street (Camden)

JJ Jackson and the Greatest Little Soul Band In the Land – Win Lose or Draw (Congress)
Lloyd Price Orchestra – It’s Your Thing (Lloyd Price’s Turntable)
Al Thomas Ork – Cornbread and Molasses (Virtue)
Billy Clark and His Orchestra – Hot Gravy (Dynamo)

Choker Campbell’s Big Band – Wild One (Motown)
Detroit City Limits – Big Top (Okeh)
Johnny Watson – Unchain My Heart (Okeh)
Keith Mansfield Orchestra – Soul Thing (Pronil)
Kelly Gordon – If That Don’t Get It, It Ain’t There (Capitol)
Steve Allen – Son of a Preacherman (Flying Dutchman)
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Greetings all

This week’s Funky16Corners Radio Show features a look at the big soul band sound with lots of brass!

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

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Funky16Corners Radio Show Episode #494

By , December 1, 2019 12:27 pm

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Show #494 Originally broadcast 11/25/2019

Anna King and Bobby Byrd – Baby Baby Baby (Smash)
Oliver Morgan – Sure Is Nice (Seven B)
Lee Bates – International Playboy (Instant)
Tommy Strand – Am I Grooving You (Fame)

Uptights – You Gets None of This (Skye)
Bettye Lavette – Nearer To You (Silver Fox)
Bettye Lavette – Hey Love (Karen)
Bettye Lavette – I Feel Good All Over (Calla)

Apostles – Six Pack (Kapp)
Otis Goodwin & the Casternetts – I Feel It Just a Little Bit (Jazz-EE)
Upsetters – Down Home (ABC)
Chambers Brothers – Funky (Columbia)

Donald Height – There’ll Be No Tomorrow (Shout)
Apple Adam – Give Em Soul Pt2 (Capitol)
Hoctor – Papa Was a Rolling Stone (Hoctor)
Donny Hathaway – The Slums (Atco)
Donny Hathaway – Valdez In the Country (Atco)

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Greetings all

This week’s Funky16Corners Radio Show features a bunch of new and recent arrivals, some things excavated from the crates, some funky things and a few classics by the great Bettye Lavette!

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

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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 Radio Show Episode #487

By , October 17, 2019 9:50 am

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Show #487. Originally broadcast 10/07/2019

Bobby Harden and the Soulful Saints – Runnin’ (Dala)
Railroad Ave Bullies – Alligator Shoes (Lugnutbrand)
Railroad Ave Bullies – She Ready (Lugnutbrand)
Soul Messin’ All Stars – Soul A Go Go (Soul Messin’)

Curtis Mayfield – Mighty Mighty Spade and Whitey (Curtom)
Curtis Mayfield – We’re A Winner (Curtom)
Curtis Mayfield – Get Down (Curtom)

Elgins – Put Yourself In My Place (VIP)
Little Richard – Soul Train (Brunswick)
Otis Williams and the Charms – Ain’t Gonna Walk Your Dog No More (Okeh)
Obrey Wilson – Soul Satisfaction (Bell)

Bill Deal and the Rhondels – Tucks Theme (Heritage)
Frank Penn with the Esquires Ltd – Gimme Some Skin (Penn)
Sam Moultrie – The Promised Land (Roulette)

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Greetings all

This week’s Funky16Corners Radio Show features a set of blazing new releases, some heavy stuff from Curtis Mayfield as well as a couple of sets of funky and soulful tracks!

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

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Funky16Corners Radio Show Episode #484

By , September 22, 2019 10:52 am

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Show #484. Originally broadcast 09/16/2019

Clarence Carter – Soul Deep (Atlantic)
Clarence Carter – Take It Off Him and Put It On Me (Atlantic)
American Group – Enchilada Soul (AGP)
Les McCann Ltd – Fake Out (Limelight)
Les McCann Ltd – Watermelon Man (Limelight)

Grant Green – Nighttime In the Switching Yard (Versatile)
Hubert Laws – Feeling Alright (CTI)
Hubert Laws – How Long Will It Be (CTI)

Clarence Frogman Henry – Tore Up Over You (Parrot)
Gentleman June Gardner – One Mint Julep (Philips)
Gentleman June Gardner – Hammerhead (Philips)
Perry and the Harmonics – Do the Monkey With James (Mercury)

Junior Walker and the All Stars – Shoot Your Shot (Soul)
Junior Walker and the All Stars – Ain’t That the Truth (Soul)
Soul Finders – Sweet Soul Music (Camden)
Fabulous Emotions – Number One Fool (Tamboo)

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Greetings all

Starting this week, and for the foreseeable future I will be taking a hiatus from the traditional blog posts here at Funky16Corners and over at Iron Leg, focusing instead on the radio broadcasts and live mixes (Funky16Corners Radio Show here and Iron Leg Radio Show and Testify! over at Iron Leg).

The weekly work of assembling, broadcasting and archiving two (sometimes three) radio shows a week has gradually muscled out the traditional posts that I have been doing at Funky16Corners for the last 15 years and at Iron Leg since 2007.

I have loved the research/learning that went along with writing those posts, but the current schedule leaves little time for them.

When I started these blogs I scarcely imagined that the time would come when I’d be producing several hours of live radio a week, but that’s what happened, and while I’ll miss doing the old posts, I love doing the radio shows.

All of the existing archives will remain, and hopefully I’ll be able to work some writing back into the schedule along the way.

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

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Best of F16C – All Strung Out

By , January 13, 2019 11:19 am

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Funky16Corners Presents: All Strung Out


San Remo Golden Strings – Hungry For Love (Ric Tic) 1965
San Remo Golden Strings – I’m Satisfied (Ric Tic) 1966
Luther Ingram Orchestra – Exus Trek (Hib) 1966
Kaddo Strings – Crying Over You (Impact) 1966
Robert Walker and the Soul Strings – Stick To Me (RCA) 1967
Lebaron Strings – Now She’s Gone (Solid Hit) 1967
Soulful Strings – Burning Spear (Cadet) 1967
Soulful Strings – Soul Message (Cadet) 1968
Soul Strings and a Funky Horn – Yester Love (Solid State) 1968
Soul Strings and a Funky Horn – Think (Solid State) 1968
Soft Summer Soul Strings – I’m Doing My Thing (Columbia) 1969
Soulful Strings – Chocolate Candy (Cadet) 1969
Soulful Strings – Zambezi (Cadet) 1969
101 Strings – A Taste of Soul (Alshire) 1970 (also billed as Les Baxter and 101 Strings)
Gordon Staples & the Motown Strings – Strung Out (Tamla/Motown) 1971
Gordon Staples & the Motown Strings – Get Down (Tamla/Motown) 1971
Soft Summer Soul Strings – Theme For Soul Strings (Columbia 1969)

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NOTE: This has been an exceptionally busy week, so I thought I’d dig into the archives and repost a favorite mix. I hope you dig it (or re-dig it) and I’ll catch you all next week. – Larry

Greetings all.

Welcome to another week here at Funky16Corners.

What you see before you is the result of one of my musical obsessions, taken to the nth degree.

Longtime readers of Funky16Corners will already be hip to the fact that I am a huge fan of the Soulful Strings.

I consider Richard Evans to be a genius, and the work he did for the Cadet label, with the Soulful Strings and otherwise made for some of the finest music of the 1960s.

It was a while back, while prepping a blog post about a JJ Barnes 45, that I discovered, quite by accident that two of his sides had been redone (using the same raw tracks) as string instrumentals on a Solid Hit 45, billed as the Lebaron Strings (after label honcho Lebaron Taylor).

This got me thinking about other “strings” instrumentals, and so the search began.

I dug back into my own crates, and started to look elsewhere and was surprised by much of what I found.

The “soulful string” instrumentals can be divided into pre-and-post Soulful Strings.

The first wave, starting with the San Remo Golden Strings made its way onto vinyl in 1965.

The first of these tracks, ‘Hungry For Love’ got its start as an uncredited instrumental on the flipside of Barbara Mercer’s 1965 Golden World 45 ‘The Things We Do Together’.

Reportedly, when the instrumental started to get some airplay, Ed Wingate, using the name of an Italian town that he and his wife had been to on vacation, paired the tune with ‘All Turned On’ (featuring pianist Bob Wilson) and the San Remo Golden Strings were born.

The “group” was in fact various and sundry moonlighting Funk Brothers, backed by string players from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, led by violinist/concertmaster Gordon Staples.

‘Hungry For Love’ was a minor hit, as was its follow-up ‘I’m Satisfied’. Another San Remo cut, ‘Festival Time’ buoyed by the Northern Soul scene, became a UK Top 40 hit in 1971.

The UK soul scene is an important link, especially in regard to the early string-laden instrumentals.

‘Exus Trek’ by the Luther Ingram Orchestra was released in 1966. It was an instrumental dub of that single’s A-side ‘If It’s All the Same To You’. Both sides of the 45 became popular spins in the UK.

The same can be said of 1966s ‘Crying Over You’. An instrumental version of Duke Browner’s vocal of the same name got its own 45 release, three catalog numbers before Browner’s version (both writing and production are credited to Browner. As with the Ingram 45, both sides became popular spins on Northern dance floors.

I haven’t been able to track down much in the way of info on Robert Walker and the Soul Strings. The involvement of producer/arranger Ernie Wilkins suggests to me that it was a Detroit record. The side presented here, ‘Stick To Me’ is classic Northern Soul and is one of the rarer 45s in this mix. The flipside ‘The Blizzard’ is a great, uptempo dance craze vocal.

‘Now She’s Gone’ by the aforementioned Lebaron Strings was released in 1967, pre-dating the vocal version of the tune by JJ Barnes by a year.

As I mentioned earlier, these tracks can largely be divided into pre-and-post Soulful Strings eras.

Though Detroit producers and musicians were ladling strings over all kinds of records (the classy sound of strings an important component of what would become known/collected as Northern Soul) Richard Evans work with the Soulful Strings was the first purpose-built example of the sound.

It was in Evans hands that the string aspect of the music became more than an embellishment. He integrated the sound of the string section with the more innovative aspects of the Cadet Records sound. That he had access to the finest musicians in Chicago had a lot to do with the artistic success of the records.

Their first album ‘Paint It Black’ was released in 1966, but it wasn’t until ‘Burning Spear’ charted, making it into the R&B Top 40 in early 1968 as well as having regional success on Chicago radio that the group had some success.

Not only was ‘Burning Spear’ covered many times, but the group must have been selling LPs, since Cadet released no less than seven albums, including a live set and a Christmas record.

Evans was no less than a visionary, taking what could have been a simple, easy listening concept and doing something entirely unexpected with it.

The first two Soulful Strings tracks included in this mix are the classic ‘Burning Spear’ from the 1967 LP “Groovin’ With the Soulful Strings’ and ‘Soul Message’ from 1968’s ‘Another Exposure’. Both are fantastic examples of the broad palette that Evans was working with.

The remainder of the tracks in the mix seem to have been following the lead of Evans and the Soulful Strings to varying degrees.

‘Soul Strings and a Funky Horn’, released in 1968 seems a direct attempt to capitalize on the sound of the Soulful Strings. Produced by Sonny Lester for his Solid State label, the record bears no other credits whatsoever (aside from songwriting).

The LP was a mixture of covers of obvious hits and more obscure numbers.

The two tracks included here, a cover of the Smokey Robinson and the Miracles ‘Yester Love’ and Aretha Franklin’s ‘Think’ may not be nearly as adventurous as the Soulful Strings, but the band and the arrangements are tight.

The Soft Summer Soul Strings are another mystery. Though the catalog number of the 45 seems to indicate a 1969 vintage, the music on the 45 points to a somewhat earlier time.

The first tune included here, ‘I’m Doing My Thing’ is a fairly obvious lift of the Supremes’ ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ and the flip (with which we close the mix) ‘Theme For Soul Strings’ applies the same MO to King Curtis’ ‘Soul Serenade’ (both 1964 records). I haven’t been able to make any connections using the info on the labels, so if anyone knows where this one is from, please drop me a line.

The next two cuts hail from what in my opinion is the finest of all the Soulful Strings albums, 1969’s ‘String Fever’. The first of the group’s albums to be composed almost entirely of original material and featuring some of the grooviest sounds of their catalog, ‘String Fever’ is also one of the hardest Soulful Strings albums to come by.

‘Chocolate Candy’ and ‘Zambezi’ are both funky, forward thinking and leave the listener wondering why the Soulful Strings weren’t much more successful.

The next cut is an aberration of sorts, since it comes not from the world of soul, but out of Exotica. ‘A Taste of Soul’ was released a few different times, credited to Les Baxter, Les Baxter and 101 Strings and just 101 Strings.

One of the more prolific exploit-Exotica outfits, 101 Strings created albums aimed squarely at squares, especially those with ‘hi fi’ systems.

The California-based Alshire label was home to all manner of cash-in records aimed at the rock, pop, country and easy listening markets. There were dozens of albums issued under the 101 Strings name, including classical, ethnic, exotica and pop efforts.

This material, once recorded was often issued and reissued with different covers, in different collections, getting the maximum mileage out of the product.

‘A Taste of Soul’ is itself an anomaly in the Alshire catalog. Though the cut opens with waves of strings that sound like they were lifted from a contemporary movie soundtrack, once the drums come in (and they come in heavy) you begin to realize that you’re hearing something unusual.

Where Cadet may have been casting an eye at the easy/hi-fi crowd with the Soulful Strings albums, leaving them in the hands of Richard Evans and the Cadet house band took them in another direction entirely.

101 Strings, emanating from the 99 cent bins in supermarkets, gas stations and occasionally record stores had no overt musical agenda beyond basic competence, but like any broken clock that reads the correct time twice a day, they struck gold with ‘A Taste of Soul’ (which even had a 45 release under Baxter’s name).

Gordon Staples and his compadres from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra were fixtures on all manner of Detroit soul records, for Motown as well as various and sundry smaller labels. It was in 1970 that Staples and the Funk Brothers (once again, anonymously) were paired yet again as ‘Gordon Staples and the String Thing’ (aka the Motown Strings).

Of all the tracks in this mix, Gordon Staples and the String Thing meet the Soulful Strings on their own turf and come away looking (and sounding) quite good.

The 1970 LP ‘Strung Out’ features a couple of well-chosen covers, as well as a grip of excellent originals penned by Motown arranger Paul Riser. Riser, who won a Grammy with Norman Whitfield for the instrumental b-side of ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’ wrote some stellar material for the String Thing/Motown Strings.

The first cut here ‘Strung Out’ – which also saw release as a 45 – is sought out by crate diggers and is a great showcase for the Funk Brothers (dig that James Jamerson bass line).

‘Get Down’, which is a little less laid back features some excellent guitar work.

Many of the tracks from the ‘Strung Out’ album were recycled a few years later on the soundtrack to the Fred Williamson Blaxploitation flick ‘Mean Johnny Barrows’.

The last track in this mix – the only one presented out of chronological order – is the Soft Summer Soul Strings ‘Theme For Soul Strings’. As I mentioned before, it sounds as if it was written as a ‘tribute’ to King Curtis’ 1964 ‘Soul Serenade’. It’s slow, mellow, and is a great way to close out the mix.

I hope you dig this look into an often forgotten chapter of the ‘soul story’.

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Keep the faith

Larry

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Gloria Jones – Heartbeat Pt1

By , January 6, 2019 2:35 pm

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Greetings all.

The track I bring you today is one of the finest examples of hard-hitting, dance floor-ready West Coast soul.

Gloria Jones is duly famous for her 1965 killer ‘Tainted Love’, which went on to be one of the pillars of the Northern Soul canon (New Wave as well via the cover by Soft Cell in the 80s).

Jones was (along with Sandy Wynns and Brenda Holloway) a beneficiary of the writing and producing talents of the great Ed Cobb.

‘Heartbeat’ was written and produced by Cobb, with an arrangement by Lincoln Mayorga (as was Tainted Love).

‘Heartbeat’ is a thunderous mover, with a pulsing bass line, soul clapping, drums and organ, with a great vocal by Jones and an almost gospel-adjacent feel to it.

Jones’ original version was a fairly sizable hit on the West Coast, as well in a number of other regional markets.

Interestingly, the Hour Glass (featuring Gregg and Duane Allman) covered ‘Heartbeat’ on their first album in 1967.

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

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Steve Karmen Big Band – Breakaway

By , October 28, 2018 10:40 am

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Steve Karmen, earlier in the 60s

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Greetings all.

Here’s a very groovy one for you all.

One of my favorite subgenres is Northern Soul instrumentals, and within that, records that are not in any real way “soul’ records, yet manage to pack enough of a punch to light up a dancefloor (which in the world of Northern Soul are legion).

Steve Karmen was a very successful advertising/jingle composer in the 60s and 70s, as well as having a sideline recording his own pop records from he 50s on.

In 1968, he composed a jingle for Pontiac Motors called ‘Breakaway’.

Jimmy Radcliffe recorded a wild, freeform vocal over the big, brassy tune, and that single, released on United Artists in 1968 (with the instrumental dub credited to the ‘Steve Karmen Big Band’) became a huge fave on Northern Soul dance floors.

It’s not hard to see why. The tune has a big, bold sound with lots of dramatic brass stabs, drums and Radcliffe’s feverish vocal really takes off.

So, going back a few years, I’m wandering around on Ebay, and what do I see but a promotional record with eight different versions (some very short) of the ‘Breakaway Theme’ on the Pontiac label with writing credit to Steve Karmen.

If memory serves it was a very inexpensive ‘buy it now’, so I figured I’d give it a try.

A week or so later the record slipped through the mail slot and under the needle and it was indeed the same ‘Breakaway’.

The information on the label seems to suggest that the different length/style versions of the theme were meant to be played in the background while the DJ/announcer read advertising copy over it.

All in all, a very groovy artifact, especially since it includes the full (actually a few second longer than the UA release) version of the ‘Breakaway’ instrumental.

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

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Larry

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Best of F16C – Fat Stack’O 45s -Botanica 12/04/13

By , May 13, 2018 10:35 am

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Funky16Corners Set List – Botanica 12/04/13

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes – Get Out (and Let Me Cry) (Landa)
Theresa Lindsey – Daddy-O (Golden World)
Ted Taylor – (Love Is Like A) Ramblin’ Rose (Okeh)
Delores Hall – Good Lovin’ Man (Keymen)
Shirelles – Last Minute Miracle (Scepter)
Homer Banks – 60 Minutes of Your Love (Minit)
Four Larks – Groovin’ At the Go Go (Tower)
Jimmy Hanna and the Dynamics – Leaving Here (Seafair/Bolo)
Lee Garrett – I Can’t Break the Habit (Harthon)
Otis Clay – I Got To Find A Way (One-Derful)
Wynder K Frog – Dancing Frog (UA)
Eyes of Blue – Heart Trouble (Deram)
The Soul City – Everybody Dance Now (Goodtime)
Mary Wells – Can’t You See (You’re Losing Me) (Atco)
Jimmy Holiday – The New Breed (Diplomacy)
G. Davis and R. Tyler – Hold On Help Is On the Way (Parlo)
Joann and Troy – Who Do You Love (Atlantic)
The Olympics – Mine Exclusively (Mirwood)
Bobby Hollaway – Cornbread Hog Maws and Chitterlins (Smash)
Warren Lee – Star Revue (Deesu)
Rubaiyats – Omar Khayyam (Sansu)
Betty Lavette – I Feel Good All Over (Calla)
The Performers – I Can’t Stop You (Mirwood)
Irma Thomas – What Are You Trying To Do (Imperial)
Roger and the Gypsies – Pass the Hatchet Pt1 (Seven B)
Gene Waiters – Shake and Shingaling Pt1 (Fairmount)
The Eldorados – The New Breed (Port)
Albert Collins – Cookin’ Catfish (20th Century Fox)
Bob and Earl – Harlem Shuffle (Marc)
Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band – (I Gotta) Hold On To My Love (Picadilly)
The Chitlins – Sugar Woman (Pala)
Jeanne and the Darlings – Soul Girl (Volt)
Wayne Cochran – Going Back to Miami (Mercury)
Danny White – Cracked Up Over You (Decca)

Trading one for one with Mr Finewine

Billy Davis – Stanky Get Funky (Cobblestone)
Little Bob and the Lollipops – I Got Loaded (La Louisianne)
Harvey – Any Way You Wanta (Tri Phi)
BJ and the Profits – It’s Gonna Rain Outside (Uptown)
Scatman Crothers- Golly Zonk! (It’s Scat Man!) (HBR)
Ross D Wylie – Do the Uptight (A&M)
Dinah Washington – Soulville (Roulette)
Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers – I Gotta Go Now (Out On the Floor) (Like)
Richie Barrett – Some Other Guy (Atlantic)

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Greetings all

This is a re-up of a post from December of 2013, from a night a spent spinning 45s with Mr Finewine at Botanica in NYC.

Dig it and I will see you all next week.

Keep the Faith

Larry

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Mr Finewine cues up another killer!

This past Wednesday I had the privilege of joining Matt ‘Mr Finewine’ Weingarden at his regular weekly shindig at Botanica in New York City.

Thanks to a variety of difficulties – most of which have been covered in this space – I haven’t been able to get out and spin soul 45s for more than two years, and I was eager to get back on the decks.

It turned out to be a very groovy affair indeed, with some heavy record people – including Connie T. Empress of the Empire State Soul Club (and Asbury Park 45 Sessions) and my man Keenan Popwell falling by to soak up the sounds.

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Connie T. Empress and Keenan Popwell rap about wax.

I also got to meet some new folks (Monk One was in the house), and sample a couple of glasses of sparkling ginger beer (I had to drive back to NJ…).

The only bummer was, once we got ready to toss some platters on the decks, my trusty digital recorder decided not to cooperate, and would not fire up, preventing me from recording my set live.

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Somebody’s got a frowny face… (I’m probably thinking about the drive home).

Not one to let a little technology rain on my parade, I sat down this morning (after not quite enough sleep) and typed up my set list, then moved over to my turntables and mixer to recreate my set.

I was on the decks for about an hour and twenty minutes, and then Matt and I closed out the night by trading off, 45 for 45. Though I did not recreate that part of the evening, I listed the 45s I played above.

Mr Finewine was an exceptionally gracious host, and I really had a gas. Hopefully I’ll be getting back into the city to spin some more in the coming year. I will of course keep you apprised of any upcoming dates.

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

Now I’m gonna take me a nap…

Keep the faith

Larry

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Northern Soul at Northern Soul – Recorded live 3/31/18

By , April 15, 2018 11:19 am

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DJ Scott Boyko Set One
Pacific Ocean – I Wanna Testify (VMC)
John Roberts – Sockin 1-2-3-4 (Duke)
Tony Borders – What Kind of Spell (South Camp)
Jimmy Soul Clark – If I Only Knew (Karen)
Joe Tex – I Don’t Play (Dial)
The Secrets – No Matter What You Do to Me
The Sapphires – I’ve Got to Have Your Love (ABC/Paramount)
New World Soul Choir – Keep a Talkin’ (Uni)
Spinners – Just Can’t Help But Feel the Pain (Motown)
The Larks – Mickey’s East Coast Jerk (Money)
Bettye Swann – Don’t Take My Mind (Money)

Listen/Download – Scott Boyko – Northern Soul Set One 3/31/18 64MB/Mixed MP3

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DJ Larry Grogan Set One
Roger and the Gypsies – Pass the Hatchet (Seven B)
Yvonne Fair – Baby Baby Baby (Smash)
Gentleman June Gardner – It’s Gonna Rain (Emarcy)
Sam Cooke – Shake (RCA)
King Solomon – Louisiana Groove (Cadillac)
Johnny Daye – I Need Somebody (Stax)
Johnny Wyatt – Everybody’s Goin’ Mod (Mustang)
Ted Taylor – (Love Is Like) A Ramblin’ Rose (Okeh)
Lonnie Youngblood – Go Go Shoes (Fairmount)
Billy Mack – Son of a Lover (Betty)
Chuck Edwards – Downtown Soulville (Punch)
Steve Colt and the 45s – A Little Bit of Soul (RCA)
Johnny Maestro – Come See Me (Parkway)
Chuck Berry – Back To Memphis (Mercury)
Koko Taylor – The Egg or the Hen (Checker)
Jimmy Hannah and the Dynamics – Leaving Here (Seafair/Bolo)
Lynne Randell – It’s a Hoe Down (Epic)
Billy Preston – Let the Music Play (Capitol)
Roy Lee Johnson – Boogaloo #3 (Josie)
Mr Wiggles – Fatback Pt 1 (Parkway)
Howard Peters – Soulville (Coral)
Bobby Newton – Do the Whip (Mercury)
Henry Lumpkin – Soul Is Taking Over (Buddah)
Mamie Galore – Special Agent 34-24-38 (St Lawrence)
Thelma Jones – Stronger (Barry)
Little Milton – Grits Ain’t Groceries (Checker)

Listen/Download – Larry Grogan – Northern Soul Set One 3/31/18 147MB/Mixed MP3

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DJ Scott Boyko Set Two
P.J. Proby – Niki Hoeky (Imperial)
Dick Whittington’s Cats – In the Midnight Hour (Round)
Johnnie Mae Matthews – Two Sided Thing (Big Hit)
M. Ali and J. Tucker – Shuffle With Ali (Diamond Jim)
Soul Brothers Six – You Better Check Yourself (Atlantic)
Dee Dee Sharp – Bye Bye Baby (Atco)
Kim Weston – You’re Just the Kind of Guy (MGM)
Chubby Checker – At the Discotheque (Parkway)
Jackie Lee – Bring it Home (Mirwood)
Bob and Earl – Dancin’ Everywhere (Mirwood)
The Delights Orchestra – Paul’s Midnight Ride (Atco)
Party Bros – Do the Groundhog (Revue)
Taurus and Leo – I Ain’t Playing Baby (Velvet Sound)
Garnet Mimms – Prove it to Me (UA)
Brothers of Soul – Hurry Don’t Linger (Boo)
Carla Thomas – Dime a Dozen (Stax)
Bobby Patterson – Soul is Our Music (Jet Star)
Wilmer and the Dukes – Get It (Aphrodisiac)
Leon Haywood – It’s the Last Time (Decca)
Jesse James – If You’re Lonely (20th Century Fox)
Panic Button – Hitch It to the Mule (Chalom)

Listen/Download – Scott Boyko – Northern Souul Set Two 120MB/Mixed MP3

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Larry and Scott close out the night going one-for-one
Incredibles – I Can’t Get Over Losing Your Love (Audio Arts)
The Commands – Hey It’s Love (Dynamic)
Mad Lads – Not Time Is Better Than Right Now (Volt)
Little Jerry Williams – Just What Do You Plan To Do About It (Calla)
Exciters – Blowing Up My Mind (RCA)
Tony Talent – Gotta Tell Somebody About My Baby (Vando)
Aldora Britton – Do It With Soul (Columbia)
Mad Men – African Twist (Gamble)
Zodiacs – Surely (Deesu)
Lee Dorsey – Tears Tears and More Tears (Polydor)
Trade Martin – Moanin’ (RCA)

Listen/Download – Larry Grogan & Scott Boyko go one-for-one Northern Soul 3/31/18 67MB/Mixed MP3

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Greetings all.

A few weeks back I was invited to bring my record box up to my man Scott Boyko’s Northern Soul night at (dig this) Northern Soul kitchen and bar in Hoboken, NJ.

I recorded almost the whole night, and what you see before you are two sets by Scott, one long set by me, and a shorter set at the end of the night where Scott and I go one-for-one trading off.

There is a grip of good music to be heard, so pull down the ones and zeroes and get hip.

See you next week.

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

Keep the faith

Larry

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Funky16Corners Valentines Day!

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F16 Presents: Super Duper Love
Soul Brothers Six – Some Kind of Wonderful (Atlantic)
Marvelows – Talkin’ Bout You Baby (ABC)
Pat Lewis – Look At What I Almost Missed (Solid Hit)
Platters – I Get the Sweetest Feeling (Musicor)
Etta James – I’m So Glad (Cadet)
Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers – It’s Growing (Gordy)
Eddie Holman – Stay Mine For Heaven’s Sake (Parkway)
Exciters – Blowing Up My Mind (RCA)
Intruders – Every Day Is Like a Holiday (Gamble)
Johnny Nash – Ooh Baby You’ve Been Good To Me (Epic)
Mad Lads – No Time Is Better Than Right Now (Volt)
Aubrey Twins – Love Without End Amen (Epic)
Benny Spellman – I Feel Good (Atlantic)
Sam and Dave – You Don’t Know What You Mean To Me (Atlantic)
Felice Taylor – I’m Under The Influence of Love (Mustang)
Foundations – Baby Now That I’ve Found You (UNI)
Bettye Lavette – I Feel Good All Over (Calla)
Marva Whitney – This Girl’s In Love With You (King)
Contributors of Soul – Look What You Done For Me (New Miss)
Darrell Banks – Open the Door To Your Heart (Revilot)
Four Tops – Something About You (Motown)
Sugar Billy – Super Duper Love (Are You Digging On Me) (Fast Track)
Willis Wooten – Your Love Is Indescribably Delicious (Virtue)

Listen/Download – Funky16Corners Presents: Super Duper Love 108MB Mixed MP3
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Frank Wilson – Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
Charlie Rich – Dance Of Love
Darrell Banks – Our Love Is In the Pocket
Jackie Wilson – I Get the Sweetest Feeling
Eddie Bo and Inez Cheatham – Lover and a Friend
Charlie Earlands Erector Set – Cherie Amour
JJ Barnes – Hold On To It
Spinners – Sweet Thing
Sand Pebbles – Love Power
Platters – Sweet Sweet Loving
Lee Dorsey and Betty Harris – Love Lots of Lovin’
Len Barry – I Struck It Rich
Producers – Love Is Amazing
Lee Williams and the Cymbals – It’s Everything About You That I Love
Broadways – You Just Don’t Know Good You Make Me Feel
Velvelettes – Since You’ve Been Loving Me
Soul Brothers Six – Your Love Is Such a Wonderful Love
Wilson Pickett – Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

Listen/Download -Funky16Corners Valentine’s Mix: Dance of Love – 86MB Mixed Mp3/256K
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Greetings all.

Just a quick, mid-week re-post of the two previous Funky16Corners Valentine’s Day mixes if you are (like so many) in both a soulful and romantic mood, pull down the ones and zeroes and get to lovin’!

Until next time,

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

Keep the faith

Larry

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Funky16Corners Mardi Gras Pt2 – Keep the Fire Burning

By , February 11, 2018 11:52 am

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Warren Lee – Star Revue (Deesu)
Mac Rebennack and the Soul Orchestra – The Point (AFO)
Candy Phillips – Timber Pt1 (Atlantic)
Tommy Ridgley – In the Same Old Way (Ronn)
Eddie Lang – Something Within Me (Seven B)
Aubrey Twins – Love Without End Amen (Epic)
Bates Sisters – So Broken Hearted (Nola)
Benny Spellman – I Feel Good (Atlantic)
Chitlins – Sugar Woman (Pala)
Curley Moore – Soul Train (Hot Line)
Danny White – Cracked Up Over You (Decca)
Eldridge Holmes – Emperor Jones (ALON)
Irma Thomas – What Are You Trying To Do (Imperial)
Lee Dorsey – Do Re Mi (Fury)
Robert Parker – Secret Service (Nola)
Zodiacs – Surely (Deesu)
Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover (Sansu)
Eddie Bo – Fence of Love (Seven B)
Jesse Hill – My Children My Children (Chess)
John Williams and the Tick Tocks – Do Me Like You Do Me (Sansu)
Lee Calvin – You Got Me (Sansu)
Mary Jane Hooper – That’s How Strong My Love Is (World Pacific)
Aaron Neville – A Hard Nut To Crack (Parlo)
Skip Easterling – Keep the Fire Burning (ALON)
Alvin Robinson – Seaching (Tiger)
Dr John – Big Chief (Atco)

 

Listen/Download – Funky16Corners Keep the Fire Burning MP3

Greetings all.

What you see before you is a special, all-new (all New Orleans!) mix for Mardi Gras 2018.

Funky16Corners Boogaloo Mardi Gras, first posted in 2012 has rerun in this space every year since then.

As I have procured lots of excellent New Orleans vinyl in the interim, I thought that it behooved me to dig back into the crates and whip something new on y’all.

F16C: Keep the Fire Burning is just a hair over an hour of high quality New Orleans soul 45s, all of which are suitable for rug-cutting, second lining and however you are moved when the music comes on.

Allen Toussaint and Eddie Bo are both heavily represented as songwriters, producers, arrangers and in Eddie’s case, performer, and there are lots of other Crescent City masters (and mistresses) getting down in the grooves.

So pull down the ones and zeroes, get out your um-ba-rella and Mardi Gras!

See you next week

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

Keep the faith

Larry

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