Bunny Sigler – Great Big Liar

Bunny Sigler - Great Big Liar

Much like last week, the record I bring you today is something that I had to double-check to ensure I hadn’t featured it before. Luckily for you, my dedicated readers, I haven’t, so you get to enjoy it today!

If you’ve ever heard The Corner Boys’ “Take It Easy Soul Brother” you’ll recognise the music from this track. Released on the Neptune label in 1970 (issued a year after The Corner Boys “original”) you get the added bonus of some great vocals combined with the lush arrangement that you’d expect from a Gamble & Huff production. This release was probably around the time of my favourite G&H sound before it went a bit too modern soul/disco for my liking.

Sigler himself had a pretty long and distinguished career – he was instrumental in working with Gamble & Huff to create the “Philly Sound” as well as releasing around 50 singles across labels such as Decca & Parkway. His credits run into the hundreds and he has even co-wrote songs with Jay-Z (not that, that impresses me because I think he’s rubbish. Ha!)

Before I go, I really should indulge in a little bit of self promotion (it is my blog after all). I’ll be dj’ing this Bank Holiday Sunday on a boat. Yes, on a boat. In Belfast. I’ll be spinning the usual funk & soul on vinyl alongside my soul brother Pete, with a live instrumental funk set courtesy of the Freedom 35s. If you’re coming along, you’re guaranteed a great night out. As far as I know all the tickets have been sold, so if you’re one of the lucky ones, I’ll see you there. In the meantime, enjoy Bunny Sigler’s “Great Big Liar”


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


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