The Joe Tex Band – Chocolate Cherry

Whilst today’s post features on the legendary talents of Joe Tex, I’d like to first take a moment to pay tribute to 2 legendary producers who passed away over the last week. John Schroeder was a British musician and composer best known for co-writing Helen Shapiro’s smash hit “Walking Back To Happiness” (for which he won an Ivor Novello award). As well as his work with Shapiro, Schroeder was hugely influential in the career of Status Quo. In fact, it was he who produced their breakthrough hit – “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” in 1968. The 1970s saw him launch his own label “Alaska” which became the home of the legendary funk outfit “Cymande”. Schroeder continued writing and producing soundtracks for many artists & films and in later years became an author. Sadly he was to pass away after a long battle with cancer aged 82.

David Axelrod is considered one of the most influential producers and composers in American music. His story began in 1959 when after a stint as a boxer he produced his first album – Harold Land’s “The Fox”. A number of years working with Cannonball Adderley followed before he embarked on his own solo career. From the late 60s through to the early 90s he released around 10 solo albums which proved hugely influential in the hip-hop world due to the production sound he generated. That’s not all though – he also worked alongside legendary psych band The Electric Prunes in the late 60s though due to the complexity of the arrangements none of the original band appeared on the recordings and the group subsuquently disbanded in 1970. Axelrod passed away on 5 Feb 2017 at the age of 83 after suffering a brain aneurysm.

So onto today’s selection. I picked this 45 to fight in with a charity event that I will be dj’ing at this weekend. I’m sure most of you know Joe Tex so there’s little point in me doing a lengthy biography. I’d just like to say if you are around Belfast on Saturday come and join us. All the information is on the flyer above. In the meantime, enjoy the track!

 

Chubby Checker – Gypsy

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As you know last week was the first update since I arrived back from my U.S. Tour, so this week I’m going to bring you a tune that went down particularly well at the first stop on the road – Funky Sole in L.A. I’ve also got some pictures of the night to share with you during this post to give you a bit of an idea of the club in case you’ve never seen it or indeed haven’t been before.

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There’s also a video from the night which you can see on the official Gazfunk Facebook page (wordpress doesn’t allow me to post videos!) by going here : https://www.facebook.com/gazfunkmusic/

In the meantime enjoy this absolute banger from Chubby Checker – something you wouldn’t expect from him at all –  and I’ll be back next week with yet more tales from my tour and of course another quality piece of wax. Peace! 

 

Roy Redmond – Ain't That Terrible

Just another quick update (these posts are getting like buses – you wait ages for one then 2 come at once!!). I’m playing tonight on another date on my tour, this time at Capital Soul Club in Austin.

This one will be on a bit more of a Northern tip, so the track I’m bringing for you is one you can expect to hear tonight courtesy of Roy Redmond. This is more on the funky edge of Northern Soul but I’m sure you’ll still dig it. Until next time… https://youtu.be/PD2ci4NweqU

Lynn Minor & His Band – Hesitate One Time For Me

As I’m in the middle of my U.S. Tour you may have noticed a lack of updates over the past couple of weeks. I’ve been without a laptop/tablet so this post comes direct from my mobile phone, with the result being that this update will look a little bit different than normal.

Above you will see a pretty cool flyer for my next gig (tomorrow night) in San Antonio alongside my buddies at Alamo City Soul Club. It’s gonna be a great night in what I hear is a cool venue, so if you’re in the area…

To that end I’m bringing you a track that may well featute in my set tomorrow. This one is by Lynn Minor and has a very heavy JB’s vibe going on and is perfect for the dancefloor – in fact this went down a storm when I played it at Funky Sole in L.A. a couple of weeks ago. Enjoy. https://youtu.be/p4mUL_14hcE