Chuck Carbo – Can I Be Your Squeeze

Chuck Carbo - Can IBe Your Squeeze

I’m returning to the Crescent city this week for a track that certainly ranks up there as one of my all-time favourite funk records. Released in 1969, this one was like many N’awlins records, the work of the legendary Eddie Bo. The Soul Finders were Bo’s studio band who featured on many of his compositions and even managed to cut a couple of albums of their own which featured covers of well-known soul tracks including a fantastic version of Lou Rawls’ excellent “Dead End Street”.

Carbo’s career started out way back in the early 50s alongside his brother in a vocal group called The Spiders – success wasn’t very forthcoming although they did have a top 10 hit on the U.S. charts with a song entitled “I’m Slippin In” and a couple of r&b chart hits. Fast forward to ’61 and Carbo who had recently left The Spiders was to embark on his own solo career working on tracks written by two of New Orleans most legendary artists – Allen Toussaint and Mac Rebennack (aka Dr John). The third of the “holy trinity” that Carbo joined was of course Eddie Bo but this was to be a very short relationship and upon the breakup of their partnership, Carbo took on menial jobs to keep his family.

For any of you that dig this record and would like to own a copy I should just advise that it’s not too easy to come by these days on the Fire Ball label but it was released on the Canyon label which is slightly easier to source. Whilst not exactly expensive in the realms of record collecting, a decent copy would still set you back £100+ so worth bearing in mind. However if owning an original 45 isn’t something that bothers you, I’d highly recommend buying the New Orleans Funk compilation where you’ll find this and plenty of other excellent New Orleans tunes.

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