Curley Moore And The Kool Ones – Funky, Yeah

Curley Moore And The Kool Ones - Funky, Yeah

I’d just like to take a moment to thank my brother Music Man Miles for his fantastic contribution last week. We’re very blessed here at Gazfunk to have some of the world’s biggest and best funk and soul djs and collectors give up their time to share a favourite piece of wax with us. We hope we can keep delivering such quality content over the coming months and years.

As you know, there’s probably no funkier city than New Orleans and few funkier cats than the legendary Eddie Bo. It’s with that in mind that I bring you this fantastic little 45 courtesy of a dude called Curley Moore. Moore was a New Orleans artist whose first release came in 1965 and who followed that up with another 4 singles (all of which were issued on the Sansu label, home to the likes of Betty Harris). This particular 45 was issued on one of my favourite label designs – House Of The Fox, a label out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Upon first listen it should come as no surprise that Bo had his fingerprints all over this one. It just oozes with funkiness and has a fuzz guitar that just draws you in. Strangely this isn’t a track that I’ve ever heard anyone play out and I’m not sure I’ve ever played it myself – perhaps it’s just a little too difficult to dance to, but it certainly deserves to be heard out loud and proud. Enjoy and I’d like to wish y’all a very Happy Easter!

 

Tony Newman – Soul Thing

Tony Newman - Soul Thing

As well as my love of funk and soul and 60s/70s “modernist” sounds I also have a big fondness for “library”/KPM music. For those of you not so familiar with those styles, they are the type of groovy instrumental pieces that you would often hear on BBC shows but probably didn’t know who was behind them.

Alan Hawkshaw is probably the most well-known of all the KPM artists and someone we featured a long time back here on Gazfunk as the Mohawks, best known for one of the most sampled songs of all-time, The Champ. UK tv addicts will undoubtedly know his music from tv shows and in particular Channel 4’s long running quiz show, Countdown.

Another hugely influential and essential part of the KPM stable was the producer, Keith Mansfield. Like Hawkshaw, Mansfield’s most well-known works were tracks that he composed for sports programmes in the UK including Grandstand and the BBC’s coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. The song I have chosen today was another of Mansfield’s compositions. Originally titled “Funky Fanfare” this track also became known as Soul Thing and was recorded by a variety of artists including Paul Raven aka Gary Glitter and as “House Of Jack” when released by James Royal.

This version is slightly different to Mansfield’s original – the piano is replaced by organ and the drums are a little more prominent in the mix. To be honest though, all four versions are killer and if you don’t already own them, I’d certainly suggest buying them if the opportunity arises as well as being quality pieces of wax, any investment will certainly hold their value!

 

 

Hot Sauce – I’ll Kill A Brick (About My Man)

Today’s selection is surprisingly one of the very few records that I own on the Stax-Volt label. I have plenty of 45s on Stax but the Volt offshoot doesn’t feature too heavily for some reason. This particular track is something that I was familiar with even before I became a big collector of funk and soul music. As to why I knew it, I have no idea and to be honest, I never knew what it was called or who it was by, until much later.

Released in 1971 “I’ll Kill A Brick…” was the first release by Hot Sauce in a career that spanned 6 singles on the aforementioned Volt label. The subsuquent releases were slower ballady type tracks (not that this is exactly a 100mph stomper!) In spite of the fact that this track was so familiar to me (and no doubt some of you), the group themselves I know very little about. I do know that they were an all female trio and that this single was rather oddly recorded in Detroit. Aside from that, I know that there was a tie-in with Al Perkins – some suggest his wife Irene Perkins was a member of the group, but I don’t know for sure. Anyway, regardless of the personnel involved this is a surefire winner in my eyes and a little bit of a slower groove than what I normally bring you but variety is indeed the spice of life. Enjoy!

Jacqui Verdell – We’re Gonna Have A Good Time

Jacqui Verdell - We're Gonna Have A Good Time

You’ll probably notice that I’m a little bit late with my update, that’s because I’ve had a very busy last few days (I’ll not bore you with the details). My plan for this week was to bring you a selection from one of our guest contributors but that has been delayed a little so you’ll have to stick with plain old me. Don’t worry though, you’ll be sure to appreciate it when it’s ready!

As it was International Women’s Day yesterday, I thought I’d bring you something paying tribute to a very funky soul sister, Jackie Verdell. Born in Philadelphia in 1937, Verdell followed that well-worn path of so many young black girls by joining a gospel group called The Davis Sisters in 1955. Her time with the Sisters continued until 1960 when she left the group to start a solo career in the pop world. However, she left a lasting impression on the Queen Of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin who credited Verdell with being one of her biggest influences growing up – in fact in later years she went on to say that she thought Jackie was one of the most under appreciated soul singers of all-time – high praise indeed!

She cut 3 singles for the Peacock label during this time none of which charted. After a bit of a break she returned in 1967 with a new label (Decca) with whom she released 2 more records and a further release on Coral in ’68. Fast-forward to 1973 for today’s featured track, a b-side from the single “He’s Mine” on Gospel Truth Records. This one really showcases her fantastic voice and has the great funky soul vibe that you know we dig so much here on Gazfunk. Enjoy!!