With the New Orleans Mardi Gras coming to a close yesterday, I felt is was fitting to mark the occasion with a great record from the Crescent City. Unfortunately I’ve never managed to make it to Mardi Gras (it’s on my bucket list) but regular viewers will know I visited New Orleans a couple of years ago for the Ponderosa Stomp which was a fantastic consolation!
So what of today’s selection I hear you ask. Well, the little I know of Gus Lewis is that he was a radio dj who cut this one single on the Tou-Sea label. He also worked with Inell Young ( for whom he wrote the hugely sought after “What Do You See In Her?”) This particular record has fantastic drum work and probably gained more attention when it was covered by Glasgow’s “Boogaloo Investigators” in 2004. This saw it cross over to the mod scene and gain a whole other group of fans who weren’t aware of it’s popularity among funk aficionados.
Soul Jazz recently featured this track on the 4th installment of the excellent New Orleans Funk compilation (Volume 1 still remains my favourite compilation of all-time!) It took me a while to source this one and I was delighted when it finally came into my possession. Whilst not a super expensive record (in comparison to some of Eddie Bo’s rarer work or the aforementioned Inell Young) a decent copy will still set you back about £100. If you can’t afford that, just click the little play button below, lay back, relax & let the groove move you!