Posts tagged with "Original"



12. January 2019
Wanda Davis came up in the gospel community and started dipping her toes into the burgeoning funk and soul scene in the Twin Cities by sitting in with bands like the Soul Sensations, the Project Soul Band, and Maurice McKinnies and the Blazers. Davis ended up recording the obscure Aretha Franklin cut “Save Me” as part of a one-off recording session with Project Soul. Although Wanda was quite active throughout the late ’60s and early ’70s in the Twin Cities scene, she left music behind...
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...
31. December 2016
Nolla Mainor was originally a dancer from Fayetteville, North Carolina, who entered the music business by the mid 1960s when she assembled and managed a trio of local youths known as The Soul Rockers. Taking them, plus an organ player, to a tiny two-track sound studio in Washington, North Carolina, where the group cut two Mainor originals “Reach Down And Get It” b/w “Center Of My Heart” for Charles O. Johnson’s Rocky Mount-based Goldleaf imprint. "Reach Out And Get It" by Nola &...
21. December 2016
Irving ‘Scacy’ Haywood started singing when he was 13 years old. He and a few of his Northeast Washington D.C. friends began harmonizing on their street corners often until dark just enjoying the sweet sounds of the music they had created. The guys, Wes Ford, Hurrie Finch, Jerry Shell, Alvin Mcloud and Irving started a group they named "The Vells" and started performing at school functions and talent shows. In 1961 they entered a talent show contest and won one week at the Howard theater....

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