Jimmy Bee – The Outside Man

This week’s choice comes from Jimmy Bee and is a cover of a song originally recorded by Jimmy Parker. Jimmy Bee (real name Jimmy Brunsen) was in many 50’s/60’s r&b bands (most famously as a backing vocalist for the Johnny Otis Show) before moving on to his own solo career. To my knowledge he only recorded one album (which was a live album) and it mainly consisted of slow/midtempo soul tracks. This selection however is somewhat more funky.

 The song itself follows a similar theme to Don Covay’s “Overtime Man, Lou Donaldson’s “Who’s Making Love” and Clarence Carter’s “Backdoor Santa” in that it’s all about taking care of your woman or else someone else might come along and take care of her for you!

This is a favourite of Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s and can often be heard during one of his dj sets. B-boys and hip-hop dj’s should find the break very appealing and ripe for sampling.

Dig!

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