Eddie Bo – If It’s Good To You (It’s Good For You)

Eddie Bo - If It's Good To You (It's Good For You)

In spite of my best intention to bring you my update earlier in the week, life (and more specifically work) got in the way. Perhaps a Saturday might be the best time though as I have a little more time and some of you guys will be off work with more of an opportunity to listen to some quality ear candy. We’ll see how that turns out over the coming weeks…

When thinking of what to bring you this week it struck me that after 6 years of Gazfunk (where does the time go??) I have yet to feature one of the funkiest cats that ever lived, Mr Eddie Bo. Well, technically that’s not quite true as he has featured before in some of his other guises but never before as Eddie Bo in his own right. One of the challenges when picking a Bo track is deciding which one to feature. I’m sure most of you have heard Hook & Sling many times so I wanted to showcase a recording that is a little more obscure, but no less funky.

“If It’s Good…” was released in 1969 and kick-started a run of 45s that remain to this day some of the funkiest 45s ever cut and all released within the space of a year or so.”Hook & Sling”, “Check Your Bucket”, “Getting To The Middle” and “We’re Doing It (Thang)” all served to illustrate just how damn funky Mr Bocage was. So pour yourself a drink, turn up the volume on your speakers and groove to the sound of Mr Eddie Bo!

Elijah And The Ebonies – Hot Grits!

Elijah And The Ebonies - Hot Grits!

The more perceptive among you will probably notice that I’m a day later than normal with my update this week (though at least you’re getting an update, eh?). One of these weeks I may return close to my “usual” Monday evening slot but for now I’ll just have to bring you something when I get the chance.

Today’s selection is to be filed under the “genuine double sider” heading. It’s the a-side I’m focusing on this week though (rather unusually for me!) with the ultra-catchy “Hot Grits”. I remember hearing this tune quite a long time ago and picking up a copy quite quickly and cheaply. Released on Bill Moss’ “Capsoul” label in 1974 this track gained a bit more attention when it was featured on the excellent Numero Group’s “Eccentric Soul” compilation a few years ago.

The flipside features a cover of label owner Moss’ “Sock It To ‘Em Soul Brother” another 45 in my collection that I might feature for you some time. For now though, enjoy the rest of your weekend and get down with Hot Grits!!

Little Ann – Going Down A One-Way Street The Wrong Way

Little Ann - Going Down A One-Way Street The Wrong Way

Apologies to you all for my no-show last week – I have just opened my first business with my brother and have been super busy getting things together so I didn’t get a chance to provide you with a blog update. Hopefully that’s the first and last time it will happen and I can get back to my regular weekly posts.

So… I really had no idea what to bring you today (even though I technically had 2 weeks to think about it) so what will follow will be quite a short post with substantially less blathering than normal. This also affords me the chance to pick something a little more obscure as there won’t be much info out there about the record (and thus less writing!)

Well, this is a great piece of funky soul cut by a rather obscure singer called Little Ann and released in 1968. To my knowledge this was the only song released in the U.S. and indeed the only song by Little Ann that I’ve heard (apart from the b-side of course!). Anyway, I hope you dig the tune and I’ll be back next week with another 45 to share alongside (hopefully) some interesting information. Till then….

 

 

 

 

Jesse James – Don’t Nobody Want To Get Married

Jesse James - Don't Nobody Want To Get Married

So, seeing as last week’s update was a very uptempo piece of instrumental funk I thought I’d take things down a little with today’s selection. What we’ve got here is a mid-tempo touch of funk released on the rather colorful Zea label in 1971 courtesy of Jesse James.

There were a couple of soul artists in the 6os with this same name, though this one shouldn’t be confused with the singer from Philly. Jesse James (or Jessie James as the name he originally recorded under) was part of the famous (or should that be infamous) group, The Royal Aces. Probably what put the group on the radar of the funk & soul collectors was the fact that they featured a very young guitarist named Sylvester Stewart (aka Sly Stone). Some say that this was Sly’s first ever recording though it’s believed that his first actual appearance on record was way back in 1952 as part of the Stewart Four. Nonetheless, the Royal Aces single “Cha Cha Minnie” released in 1961 has become a pretty sought after and hard to come by 45.

And so on to Jesse James. After a number of solo releases it was this track that was to become his biggest hit reaching the top 20 in the r&b charts. I don’t know whether it was the subject matter that resonated with people or just the groove and cool drum break but either way this is a nice little piece of wax that I’m sure you’ll all dig! Oh, and if you’d like a copy for yourself I’m sure you’ll be able to pick one up for a reasonable price…