Johnny Moore – Haven't I Been Good To You

It would be impossible (nay wrong) to do a funk/soul blog without posting something from New Orleans. So here we have one – now I could’ve posted something from Eddie Bo (who is a legend of the New Orleans music scene) or The Meters for that matter but that’s been done before on plenty of other blogs so I thought I’d go for something a bit less well known.

The guy who recorded this song was actually know as Deacon John, but for some reason upon it’s release the song was credited to Johnny Moore – thus ensuring that few people realised who was actually behind it. Deacon John Moore (to give him his full title) was a guitarist and local bandleader around New Orleans in the late 50’s/early 60’s and early in his career worked alongside the legendary songwriter/musician/producer Allen Toussaint (who incidentally arranged this song) before moving on to create his own solo career.

This is a lovely funky soul tune from ’67 that could easily have been recorded by a Stax artist and had it been mixed a bit better and had some decent PR behind it, could well have made an impression on the pop and r&b charts. But alas, like many other artists on small labels, it failed to get the recognition it deserved.

This will be my last update before Christmas so may you all have a Soulful Christmas & Funky New Year!

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