10. June 2018
I just fixed my next trip to Russia in July 2018. Before I’m writing about my forthcoming tour, I have to tell you about my first journey in 2014. Chakster, a DJ and Promoter from St. P. invited me to join the decks for a weekend. Well, I never made it across the borders of Europe so I was quite nervous. However, I was brave enough to agree on his invitation and never regret it! The trip was not that easy as I thought I would, I tell you. It all started with my Passport. Not the first thing...
02. July 2017
Gloria Ann Taylor was born 1944 in West Virginia. She moved to Toledo, Ohio at the age of two with her mother and siblings. At a very young age, she was diagnosed with rheumatic fever and it was thought she wouldn’t live past 16. During this uncertain time, she remembers frequently going to church with her mother, hearing her mother sing, and admiring her voice. Her brother reflects, “I can remember being in the cradle and my mom holding my head and singing to me. I could feel it deep...
28. May 2017
Although Funk, Inc. was probably the most famous band of Indianapolis' thriving late 1960s-early 1970s funk scene, there were many lesser-known outfits who were also musically compelling but recorded only a single or two before fading away into obscurity. The Ebony Rhythm Band was one such group. Its members comprised the personnel of what was essentially the house band for LAMP (Layden And Miller Productions), a small label set up by entrepreneur Herb Miller. This businessman got his start as...
07. May 2017
South Carolina’s Carleen and The Groovers released only two 7” singles, in the early 1970s: "Can We Rap/Hot Pants" and "Right On/The Thing". They all have gone on to become standards in the Deep Funk scene due to bootlegged, poor-sounding, anonymous compilations. The singles themselves are so rare that copies almost never exchange hands. Carleen Jean Butler is five years Clary Butler’s senior. But it was Clary who moved his big sister’s musical taste towards funk music. “She started...
16. April 2017
Based on recent conversations contributor Josh Davis (DJ Shadow) and Jason Perlmutter (Carolina Soul) had with Blenders members Hobart “Bill” Sharpe and Ervin Stowe, it's confirmed: The Blenders are The Soul Hustlers. Though the Blenders didn’t even know they had a third record...
26. March 2017
Born on 24th May 1950 in Chigaco, Illinois, George Lou Pride performed a solo at grade school and became hooked on music. Along with his family, support came from Reverend Edward J. Cole of the First Baptist Church, father of singer Nat King Cole. Reverend Cole gave Lou advice about music as well as spiritual advice and encouraged him to sing in the choir, directed by his wife Perlina. Lou recalls meeting Nat many times, greeting him in the street and spent many days at the Cole house playing...
12. March 2017
The Black Experience Band came together around 1970 to back up the Communicators, a vocal group. The band’s early line-up featured Charles Bailey (trumpet), James “Butch” Barton (trombone), Eli Brown (saxophone), Willis Norman (lead guitar), Roy Hubert (rhythm guitar), Willie Hill (bass guitar) and Linwood Parker (drums). The B-sides of their two 45s with the Communicators released on Durham's, North Carolina, record labels Duplex and TRI OAK, highlight the band’s immersion in funk in...
19. February 2017
From the state of Ohio, in the heart of the American Midwest, Harvey & The Phenomenals were a mainstay of the Cleveland club circuit throughout the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Harvey Hall (also known as Harvey Nickerson-Hall) formed this self contained soul group after having been a singer in the Fabulous Flames.
22. January 2017
Take Five was founded early 1967 in Bonn, West-Germany. Original member Walter Stremmel (vocals, guitar, percussions) was 16 when he played guitar in the band “The Rockets” out of Cologne, West-Germany. In Hamburg, he was on stage with the Rockets as backing group for Tony Sheridan. After they toured through France, Stremmel stopped playing the guitar and picked up the drums. From October 1966 till February 1967 he played the drums for Big Six, Tony Sheridan’s backing group. With the Big...
15. January 2017
Dancer and B3 Hammond player Leon Gardner moved from his home in Texas to Los Angeles sometime in the mid '60s. It was soon after this that he set up his own Igloo record label, and a publishing company which he named Shelita after his eldest daughter. The first release on the label was issued in either 1964 or early 1965, a rare and collectable 45 called “Mr. Magic” b/w “Can’t Stop Now”. It was also issued on the Vault label as “Can’t Stop Now” (Pts. I & II) around the same...

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