This week we’re gonna take you on another little trip down Hammond Street. The Mohawks should be well-known to you all by this stage given that they are one of THE most sampled artists ever, largely due to “The Champ” (the flip side of this record incidentally).
The Mohawks were fronted by the legendary British hammond organ player, Alan Hawkshaw. Hawkshaw was responsible for many theme tunes in the UK including The Dave Allen Show, Grange Hill and Countdown (currently featuring the lovely Rachel Riley). As The Mohawks, he recorded a number of singles and albums featuring many session musicians including Keith Mansfield & Brian Bennett (of The Shadows fame)
This particular selection, recorded in ’68, opens with crashing drums before Hawkshaw’s trademark funky hammond sound kicks in and a “borrowed” horn section from Etta James’ “Tell Mama” as well as proper 60’s go-go dancer sounding backing vocals.