Richard's People – Yo-Yo

Richard's People -Yo-Yo

My last few selections have been tracks that I suppose you could say are well-known to those with an interest in the soul and funk world, however this week’s piece of wax is certainly back in the realms of obscurity and seems to have passed by many of my soul brothers. Of course the heavyweight collectors like my bro Larry Grogan over at Funky16Corners is a big fan of this record and who am I to argue???

What we get here is an instantaneous heavy, heavy funk smasher. From the opening drumbeak (which is about as heavy hitting as any that I can think of) to the final bars, it is just a slab of the grooviest funk you’re gonna hear. Released in ’68 on the Tuba label out of Detroit, this sounds much more raw than the sort of soul music that one would have associated with coming out of that city at that particular time. It’s probably one of the earliest examples of a record that would lay the foundations for a “breakbeat” type sound, with it’s sampledelic drumbeat, references to other well-known funky soul records (“Here Come The Judge” & “Cool Jerk” are both mentioned here) and it’s slow intermissions set against an almost “cut & paste” type format.

As far as the artist themselves are concerned, I know nothing about them and indeed the Tuba label which I believe had a rather modest discography. So turn the speakers up on this one and dig the funky beat of Richard’s People, yo!

Guest Contributor – Larry Grogan

I mentioned in one of my posts a few weeks back that I had lined up a number of people from the funk and soul world to feature as guest contributors on the blog every once in a while. Well I’m pleased to announce our first contributor – Mr Larry Grogan.

For those of you who don’t know him (but really should), Larry is the man behind the Funky16Corners blog (www.funky16corners.com) which has been bringing funk and soul to all corners of the globe since 2004 and is regarded as one of – if not the foremost blog for soul and funk music on the world wide web.

So when I decided that I was gonna run the guest feature, there was only one man to kick-start it off. Over to you Larry…

Greetings all.                                                                                                                  A while back Gary asked me if I’d contribute a little something, so I dipped into the crates and pulled out an old fave.

If you’re not already hip to the Peddlers, let me introduce (them).
Composed of Roy Phillips (organ/piano). Trevor Morais (drums) and Tab Martin (bass) were formed in the UK in the early 60s. They started out as a kind of fusion of jazz and R&B, akin to the early, swinging Georgie Fame sound.


They recorded a number of outstanding albums and hit the UK singles charts three times between 1965 and 1970.
Though I mentioned Georgie Fame as a kind of stylistic touchstone, the Peddlers were in a bag all their own. They were on the whole much jazzier, and eventually dabbled in a kind of light funk that wouldn’t be out of place on one of the better KPM library discs (some of their earlier efforts were produced by Keith Mansfield).
Their ‘Suite London’ album is sought ought by crate diggers and is a masterpiece of atmospheric pop/jazz.
The tune I bring you today is the b-side of a 1972 (non-LP) 45 by the group entitled ‘Nothing Sacred’.
The tune is a bit of easygoing funk, with Roy Phillips working it out on both organ and electric piano.
It is a very groovy number indeed, oddly enough described by the guy that sold it to me as ‘porno funk’. I’m not sure I’d go that far – it seems a little too lighthearted for adult action – but it is redolent of a kind of early 70s, swinging bachelor vibe.
I hope you dig it.
Larry