A big thanks to Larry Grogan for being our first guest contributor last week. We’ve got a number of other friends lined up in the coming months who will be delving into their collection to bring you one of their choice cuts, so stay tuned! In the meantime, we’re onto this week’s update.
Monk Higgins’ story begins in Arkansas where he was born in 1936. He started out playing the bass tuba in a marching band at a young age (in no small part due to his size) before graduating to playing the piano, viola and pretty much all of the brass instruments. Whilst he carved out a reputation for himself in the jazz world, he was also not afraid to experiment in his musical styles and this led him to working with many different musicians including The Chi-Lites, Muddy Waters, Etta James and Bobby Bland amongst others.
His skills in writing, arranging & producing also came to the fore when he produced a number of albums for Blood, Sweat & Tears in the 70s. Sadly Monk died at the age of 49 (in 1986) from a respiratory disease, but his records still live on to this day. This week’s selection is the flip of “Gotta Be Funky” which hit No 22 in the US R&B chart back in ’72 and is the much funkier track in my opinion.