Charles Whitehead – Between The Lines

Charles Whitehead - Between The Lines

Our selected piece of funky wax this week comes to you via two of the most highly respected names in the funk & soul world in the 60s & 70s – Mr Clarence Reid and the one and only Swamp Dogg (a.k.a. Jerry Williams Jr). Charles Whitehead is the singer on this funky soul number offering advice to brothers out there who fear their woman has been cheating on them.

Whitehead’s story begins in 1942 way down South in Franklin, Virginia. In 1968 he made the move up North to New York to chase his dream of becoming a singer. Upon meeting Swamp Dogg, they hastily put an album together in 1970 on the Canyon label entitled “Raw Spitt” a politically aware social commentary on the challenges facing young black Americans.

The record I’ve chosen for you today didn’t feature on his debut LP as it wasn’t recorded until 1972 nor was it included on 1973’s eponymously titled follow-up album “Charlie Whitehead & The Swamp Dogg Band”. However in spite of this, you’ve still got a worthwhile piece of funky soul. You can pick up this single for around £10 so for me it’s a no-brainer! Whitehead released one final album in 1977 called “Whitehead in Yellowstone” before drifting off into obscurity. Hopefully this track will at least revive a little bit of interest in his career!

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