Toussaint McCall – Toussaint Shuffle

Toussaint McCall - Toussaint Shuffle

This weekend sees the 2nd Northern Ireland Mod Weekender take place in Bangor, County Down. The first year was a tremendous success so this year it returns with The Strypes as the headline act. Some of you may have caught the boys on the Jools Holland show this week, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing them live. I’ll also be spinning some records as part of the Hush! club after The Strypes’ set.

My selection for you this week is very much inspired by the type of sounds I’ll be playing tomorrow night. Today’s track – Toussaint Shuffle has that hammond mod jazz style running right through it. Think Booker T & The MG’s, or Jimmy McGriff, or someone like Jimmy Smith and you’ll have a fair idea of the type of vibe that we got going on.

Toussaint McCall was born in Louisiana in 1934 and is still alive & well today. A recording artist for a number of years his only major success was “Nothing Takes The Place Of You” a No 5 hit on the R&B chart back in ’67. As well as the song I feature here, McCall was also well-known on the mod scene ironically, for the b-side of “Nothing Takes The Place Of You”  entitled “Shimmy” which became a particular club favourite. 

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