Monday, 28 October 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 36

Al Gardner - Discography 1961-68 [8sides]

01. Al Garner - 1961 - I'll Get Along Without You (Lupine 121)
02. Al Garner - 1961 - All I Need Is You (Lupine 121)
03. Al Gardner - 1964 - I'm Moving On (Groovesville 777)
04. Al Gardner - 1964 - I'll Get Along (Groovesville 777)
05. Al Gardner - 1968 - Sweet Baby (Sepia 02)
06. Al Gardner - 1968 - I Can't Stand It (Sepia 02)
07. Al Gardner - 1968 - Just A Touch Of Your Hand (Sir-Rah 504)
08. Al Gardner - 1968 - Watch Yourself (Sir-Rah 504)

The Experts - Discography 1967-69 [4sides]

01. The Experts - 1967 - (Shing-A-Loo-Boog-A-Ling) Big Mama (Tag Ltd. 101)
02. The Experts - 1967 - My Love Is Real (Tag Ltd. 101)
03. The Experts - 1969 - You're Bein' Brainwashed Baby (Metromedia 116)
04. The Experts - 1969 - Wake Me When It's Over (Metromedia 116)

Betty Johnson & Charles Warren - Discography 1969-7? [13sides]

01. Betty & Charles - 1969 - Someone For Everyone (Capitol 2413)
02. Betty & Charles - 1969 - That's Why I Call You Mine (Capitol 2413)
03. Betty & Charles - 1970 - Somebody's Foolin' (Where We Been Roostin') (Crazy Horse 1321)
04. Betty & Charles - 1970 - Can't Find Love (Crazy Horse 1321)
05. Betty Johnson - 19?? - Sunshine Man (Unissued)
06. Betty Johnson - 19?? - No Good Man (Unissued)
07. Betty Johnson - 19?? - Soul Girl (Unissued)
08. Betty Johnson - 19?? - Never Too Busy (Unissued)
09. Charles Warren - 19?? - Soul Chant (Unissued)
10. Charles Warren - 19?? - I'm Praying (Unissued)
11. Betty & Charles - 19?? - Loving And Kind (Unissued)
12. Betty & Charles - 19?? - As Long As We Believe In Each Other (Unissued)
13. Betty & Charles - 19?? - It's All Over (Unissued)

McKinley Travis - Discography 1970-71 [5sides]

01. McKinley Travis - 1970 - Baby, Is There Something On Your Mind (Soultown 109)
02. McKinley Travis - 1970 - You've Got It And I Want It (Soultown 109)
03. McKinley Travis - 1970 - Get Yourself Together (Soultown 11) (Marina 602)
04. McKinley Travis - 1970 - Why Do You Have To Go (Cause I Love You) (Soultown 11)
05. McKinley Travis - 1971 - Need Your Love (Soultown 13) (Marina 602) +


Friday, 25 October 2019

Value Your Love

If Miami were a kingdom then Betty Wright would be it's true and rightful Queen. A brilliantly gifted young girl, wise beyond her years, with an incredible vocal range and all sorts of southern swagger. From waxing superb deep soul before she was even a teenager, to topping the R&B/Billboard charts at the tender age of 17, Wright went on to be a definitive and pinnacle figure in the emerging 70s southern soul scene and enjoyed a lasting career well beyond the era.

Born in Miami, Florida as Bessie Regina Norris on December 21, 1953, Wright was the youngest of seven children of Rosa Akins Braddy-Wright and her second husband, McArthur Norris. Wright began her professional career at the age of two when her siblings formed the gospel group, the Echoes of Joy. Wright contributed to vocals on the group's first album, released in 1956. Wright and her siblings performed together until the mid 60s. In 1965, following the group's break-up, 11-year-old Wright, who was already using the name Betty Wright, decided to switch musical styles from gospel to rhythm and blues, singing in local talent shows until being spotted by a local Miami record label owner, who signed her to her first label in 1966 at age twelve. She released the singles, "Thank You Baby" and "Paralyzed", which found Wright local fame in Miami. In 1967, the teen was responsible for discovering other local talents such as George and Gwen McCrae, helping them sign with the Alston Records label, part of Henry Stone's TK recording and distribution company. My First Time Around, her first album, was released when she was still 14. Her first hit single was "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do". While still in high school in 1970, Wright released "Pure Love" at the age of sixteen. About a year later, Wright released her signature song, "Clean Up Woman", written by Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke when she was 17. The record reached number two on the R&B charts, where it stayed for eight weeks. It crossed over to the pop charts, peaking at number six and staying on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks. It eventually sold over a million copies and was certified gold on December 30, 1971, nine days after the singer turned 18. Wright struggled with a successful follow-up until 1972 when the single "Baby Sitter" (one of Wright's first compositions) reached the top 50 of the Hot 100 and peaked at number six on the R&B charts. Another hit that emerged during this early period was 1973's "Let Me Be Your Lovemaker", which peaked at number 55 on the Hot 100 and number 10 on the R&B chart, it was also the first instance (after "Baby Sitter") where Wright showed off her powerful whistle register vocals. Another successful composition was the proto-disco number, "Where Is the Love" (co-written by Wright, with producers, Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch, from KC & The Sunshine Band). This peaked at number 15 on the R&B chart, number-two on the dance charts and crossed over to the UK, peaking at #25, leading Wright to perform overseas. Wright later won the Best R&B Song Grammy Award for composing "Where Is the Love". A second prominent overseas hit was another proto-disco number, "Shoorah! Shoorah!", issued on Alston and written by Allen Toussaint. Both songs appeared on one of Wright's most popular albums, Danger! High Voltage!, released in late 1974. It would be on this album that Wright would have her most successful composition, with the smooth soul ballad, "Tonight Is the Night", which Wright attributed to her first sexual experiences. The original version peaked at number 28 on the R&B chart. Four years later, Wright released a "live" version of the song. The remodeled version, which included a now-famous monologue and portions of Wright's 1970 hit, "Pure Love", peaked at number 11 on the R&B chart in 1978. In 1977 Wright discovered musician Peter Brown and sang background on Brown's hits, "You Should Do It" and "Dance With Me" (where her vocals were prominently featured alongside Brown's) from the successful LP 'Fantasy Love Affair. In 1978, she performed a duet with shock rocker Alice Cooper on the song "No Tricks" and a year later, opened for Bob Marley on the reggae star's Survival Tour. Wright's other albums at the end of the 1970s were less successful and by 1981, as TK began to struggle, she moved on to a bigger label, signing with Epic where her self-titled album was released. The album was notable for the minor Stevie Wonder-composed hit, "What Are You Gonna Do With It". That same year, she contributed vocals on Richard "Dimples" Fields' Dimples album, especially on the hit, "She's Got Papers on Me". In 1983, she released the album Wright Back at You, which featured compositions by Marlon Jackson of the Jackson Five. In 1985, Wright formed her own label, Miss B Records, issuing the album, Sevens the following year. In 1988, Wright made history as the first black female artist to score a gold album on her own label, when her 1987 album, Mother Wit achieved that certification. The album was notable for the come-back hits "No Pain, No Gain," which returned her to the top 20 on the R&B chart for the first time in a decade, and "After the Pain". In 1990, she had a hit duet with Grayson Hugh on the remake of Champaign's 1981 hit, "How 'Bout Us", and later arranged the harmonies for Gloria Estefan's "Coming Out of the Dark", which hit number 1 in 1991. Continuing to release solo material into the 1990s, her 1994 album B-Attitudes featured a remixed duet of Marvin Gaye's "Distant Lover". Since then, she has self-released several more recordings while still performing successfully as a live act.

Value Your Love is hardly the lot! As per usual my interest and (therefore) collection wanes towards the late 70s. Here we've got the seven studio albums, the Live LP and an accompanying collection of non-album sides released between 1967 and 1979. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Monday, 21 October 2019

GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 18

01. Clarence Mobley - 1966 - I'm Falling (Jet Set 767a)
02. Clarence Mobley - 1966 - I Knew You When (Jet Set 767b)
03. Jimmy Vick & The Victors -  1963 - Take A Trip (Cherry 7888a)
04. Jimmy Vick & The Victors -  1963 - I Need Someone (Cherry 7888b)
05. Chell-Mars - 1963 - Roamin' Heart (Hi Mar 505) (Jamie 1266a)
06. Chell-Mars - 1963 - Feel Aright (Hi Mar 505) (Jamie 1266b)
07. Shelley Du Pont & The Calendars - 1962 - Stop Driving Me Crazy (Tribune 1001a)
08. Shelley Du Pont & The Calendars - 1962 - Share My Love (Tribune 1001b)
09. Little Alice & Group - 1962 - So What If I Can't Cook (4-J 502a)
10. Little Alice & Group - 1962 - Why Oh Why (4-J 502b)
11. J.D. Wright - 196? - Now She Wants To Leave (Pico 1021a)
12. J.D. & Eddie - 196? - She's Giving Me Love (Pico 1021b)
13. Oscar Wright - 1966 - Leave Me Alone (Hemisphere 100a) (Fairmount 1011a)
14. Oscar Wright - 1966 - Fell In Love (Hemisphere 100b) (Fairmount 1011b)
15. Them Two - 1967 - Am I A Good Man (Deep City 2379a)
16. Them Two - 1967 - Love Has Taken Wings (Deep City 2379b)
17. Dream Team - 1967 - There He Is (Gregory 5546a)
18. Dream Team - 1967 - I'm Not Satisfied (Gregory 5546b)
19. Royal Five - 1966 - My Baby Cares For Me (Cobra 1128a)
20. Royal Five - 1966 - Someone Who Cares (Cobra 1128b)
21. Danny Boy Thomas - 1966 - My Love Is Over (Groovy 3002a)
22. Danny Boy Thomas - 1966 - Have No Fear (Groovy 3002b)
23. James 'Mr Soulfingers' Arnold - 196? - Someone New (Je-Eeca 207a)
24. James 'Mr Soulfingers' Arnold - 196? - Your Chain Of Love (Je-Eeca 207b)
25. Minnie Nelson & The Brothers Seven - 1967 - Just A Little Bit (Tee Town 67146a)
26. Minnie Nelson & The Brothers Seven - 1967 - Takin' Care Of Business (Tee Town 67146b)


Friday, 18 October 2019

Treat You Right

A big deal in the Big Apple and surrounding areas, however, Little Charles & The Sidewinders made little impression on a national scale. A damn shame and a bit of a shocker, truth be told. Little Charles Walker could really wail, the Sidewinders were tight as hell and they recorded for Decca and Chess Records respectively. Surprised this outfit didn't experience more success.

Charles Walker was born in Nashville, Tennessee on July 12, 1940. Charles or “Wigg,” as he is known by his friends (his mother nicknamed him when he was born with a full head of hair), began singing at an early age in church and school. He cut his first record in 1959 for Ted Jarrett’s legendary Champion label. One cut, “Slave To Love,” was credited to Charles Walker and the Daffodils. In fact, there was no such group as the Daffodils. The backup singers on the record were label mates The Kinglets and Larry Birdsong. In 1960, Charles moved to New York City where studios and nightclub work were plentiful. 1962 found Charles recording with Chess Records out of Chicago, and soon he signed on as lead singer with the J.C. Davis Band. This band began touring the country opening for the greats of the era including James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Little Willie John, Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke. The J.C. Davis Band recorded some real barnstormers for Chess like “Sweet Sweet Love” and “The Chicken Scratch.” In 1964, Charles formed his own group, Little Charles & The Sidewinders. They became one of the most in demand soul bands in New York City’s nightclub scene, performing at the Apollo Theater, Small’s Paradise and venturing out to Las Vegas and Atlantic City. They subsequently recorded for Chess and Decca labels. The Sidewinders stayed together through the 60’s, and in 1969 Charles cut some solo sides for Botanic Records. The Sidewinders reformed in 1973 and worked as a show band in hotels, nightclubs, and casinos without the benefit of a recording contract. In 1979, Charles signed on with Motown as a staff writer. Early in the 80’s, Charles recorded in England and re-issued many of the Sidewinders classic sides. Realizing that there was a market for soul music in the U.K., he formed his own label P.R.G. and released the single “See Me” in Europe. Charles spent most of the 1980’s in England and Spain and worked steadily and recorded occasionally, but this wasn’t enough. In 1993, he moved back to Nashville to do some serious recording, since Nashville’s blues and R&B scene was really booming. His solo releases include “I’m Available,” “Leavin’ This Old Town,” “In The House” (live with Johnny Jones) and “Soul Stirring Thing.” He also released an album on the U.K. label Zane records called “Number By Heart” in 2003. Charles most recently was the featured singer for a band called “The Dynamites”, and three records were released since June of 2007 on Outtasight Records. The band toured frequently in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. Charles currently resides in Nashville with his wife, Marva, and frequently performs with his new group featuring Pat Bergeson (guitar), Pete Abbott (drums), and Charles Treadway (organ).

Treat You Right is a two-parter ... first, the Little Charles Discography (1959-1970), including the debut with falsely credited Daffodils, both vocal cuts with the J.C. Davis Band and the complete Sidewinders collection, including a couple handfuls of unissued cuts. The second folder contains Walker's four most recent albums released between 2007 and 2013. Three of which find Walker fronting the fabulous Dynamites. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 35

Forgive my tardiness ... took a turkey day.

Pete Cooke - Discography 1963-64 [4sides]

01. Pete Cooke & The Baby Dolls - 1963 - Take It And Git (Logo 503)
02. Pete Cooke & The Baby Dolls - 1963 - Home On The Range (Logo 503)
03. Pete Cooke & Group - 1964 - Little Darlin' (Dimension 1037)
04. Pete Cooke & Group - 1964 - I Won't Cry (Dimension 1037)

Leo Wright - Discograpy 1964-65 [4sides]

01. Leo Wright & The El-Jays - 1964 - Is It I (CB 5008) (Red Fox 103)
02. Leo Wright & The El-Jays - 1964 - I Wonder (CB 5008) (Red Fox 103)
03. Leo Wright - 1965 - I Pretend And Cry (Perico NTK 1257)
04. Leo Wright - 1965 - Bops-A-Bops Love (Perico NTK 1257)

Nelson Sanders - Discography 1965-71 [8sides]

01. Nelson Sanders - 1965 - This Is The Way Of Love (Petcol 1001)
02. Nelson Sanders - 1965 - Your Sweet Love (Petcol 1001)
03. Nelson Sanders - 1966 - This Love Is Here To Stay (La Beat 6608)
04. Nelson Sanders - 1966 - Tired Of Being Your Fool (La Beat 6608)
05. Nelson Sanders - 1967 - I'm Lonely (Rambler P-3001)
06. Nelson Sanders - 1967 - Mojo Man (Rambler P-3001)
07. Nelson Sanders - 1971 - I Hold The Key (Gold Soul 1028 - Unissued)
08. Nelson Sanders - 1971 - It's Real (Gold Soul 1028 - Unissued)

Leroy Taylor - Discography 1961-6? [9sides]

01. Leroy Taylor - 1961 - Hey, I Like It (Columbia 4-42258)
02. Leroy Taylor - 1961 - Dooley Walk (Columbia 4-42258)
03. Leroy Taylor - 196? - If I (Unissued)
04. Leroy Taylor & The Four Kays - 1965 - Takin' My Time (Shrine 0101)
05. Leroy Taylor & The Four Kays - 1965 - I'll Understand (Shrine 0101)
06. Leroy Taylor & The Four Kays - 196? - I Ain't Worried About You (Shrine Unissued)
07. Leroy Taylor - 1967 - Oh Linda (Brunswick 55345)
08. Leroy Taylor - 1967 - Nobody Can Love You (Brunswick 55345)
09. Leroy Taylor - 196? - The Marrying Kind (Unissued)

Anthony Burns - Discography 1970-7? [4sides]

01. Little Anthony Burns - 1970 - Try Me Darling (Atlanta 4466)
02. Little Anthony Burns - 1970 - Do Right Man (Atlanta 4466)
03. Anthony Burns - 197? - Doing What You Need To Do Part 1 (Castleway 2933)
04. Anthony Burns - 197? - Doing What You Need To Do Part 2 (Castleway 2933)


Friday, 11 October 2019

Hello Stranger

Now this outfit certainly wasn't re-inventing the wheel, however, The Capitols definitely knew how to spin it. Forging a career cutting primarily infectious little numbers, looking to capitalize on the abundance of 60s dance crazes. They fleshed out their records with Motown staples and familiar soul favorites. Ironically yet foreseeable, their run was brief and their career fizzled quickly. Their albums make for great party tunes though, and I personally liked the direction they were headed towards the end of the 60s, wish they had cut a few more 45s for sure.

This Detroit-based R&B trio formed in 1962 as "The Caps," with Samuel George as the lead vocalist and drummer, Don Storball on backup vocals and guitar, and Richard Mitchell on backup vocals and keyboard. After playing predominantly small gigs, they were discovered by former Ann Arbor radio DJ Ollie McLaughlin after performing at a local dance headlined by Barbara Lewis. After signing with the Karen record label, owned by McLaughlin, the group went on to record and release their first single in 1963, "Dog and Cat/The Kick". The record displayed the upbeat energy of their later work, however the juvenile nature and lyrics of the song couldn't find a substantial audience. In light of the disappointing performance of their debut single, the group dissolved and pursued other ventures. The mid 60s saw many dance crazes; one of the most popular ones was a dance called "the jerk." It consisted of holding the arms out in different positions and making thrusting motions with the hips. Though controversial for lewdness at the time, a particularly sexual version of the dance had become popular in Detroit clubs, called the "pimp jerk". Seeking to capitalize on the popularity of the dance, and dance songs in general, Storball wrote a song about the pimp jerk, renaming it "Cool Jerk" in order to prevent possible banning by radio stations. Realizing that the song had potential, the group re-formed and contacted McLaughlin in order to secure studio time to record the song. The song was recorded at Golden World Studios in Detroit on March 14, 1966 with the legendary Motown house band The Funk Brothers. Though the song was meant to include a horn accompaniment, the contracted musicians failed to show up for the recording session and their parts were omitted from the track. "Cool Jerk" was released late March 1966 and was a hit, reaching as high as #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Billboard R&B charts. Attempting to exploit the success of their hit single, the Capitols released two albums in 1966, "Dance the Cool Jerk" and "We Got a Thing," both featuring mostly covers of popular Motown and soul songs. Both albums were somewhat of a commercial and critical failure, though "Dance the Cool Jerk" did spend one week in the Billboard Top 200 Albums at #95 in July 1966. The group released eight additional singles after "Cool Jerk", only two of which made the Billboard charts, getting no higher than #65, relegating the group to a One-Hit Wonder. In late 1969, the group broke up for the final time. Storball went on to a career in the Highland Park, MI Police Department, and still lives in Detroit. Samuel George died March 17, 1982 after he was fatally stabbed in a domestic dispute. Richard McDougall died on February 19, 1984 of unknown causes. Though the group had a fairly short career and limited commercial success, their hit "Cool Jerk" has stood the test of time. It has been used in Cool Whip commercials and for many movie soundtracks. Additionally, "Cool Jerk" has made many best-of lists, including "100 Greatest Rock Bass Performances" (#70) and "VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs" (#48). The song is still played in heavy rotation on oldies and soul stations across the world.

Hello Stranger collects the near complete recordings of The Capitols. Both classic LPs, the 45s that followed and three of four unissued cuts that were released in 1984. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Monday, 7 October 2019

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 26

01. Otis Clay - 1968 - You Don't Miss Your Water (Cotillion 44001)
02. Jeanne & The Darlings - 1968 - I Like What You’re Doing To Me (Volt 4005)
03. Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces - 196? - Don't Make Me Cry (Unissued Checker)
04. The Capitols - 1966 - Hello Stranger (Atco 33-190) (Karen 1524)
05. The Shells - 196? - Do You Love Me (Unissued)
06. Howard Tate - 1966 - Get It While You Can (Verve 10496)
07. Betty Wright - 1967 - Thank You Baby (Solid Soul 3030)
08. Willie Hobbs - 1968 - Cry, Cry, Cry (Soft 1018)
09. Eddie Houston - 19?? - That's How Much (I Love You) [alt] (Unissued Capitol)
10. James Carr - 1967 - These Ain't Raindrops (Goldwax LP 3001) (Goldwax 340)
11. Rudolph Taylor - 1967 - Tell Him Tonight (Roman 311) (Mainstream 669)
12. Little Anthony Burns - 1970 - Try Me Darling (Atlanta 4466)
13. Gloria Walker & The Chevelles - 1969 - Please Don't Desert Me Baby (Flaming Arrow 36)
14. Nelson Sanders - 1971 - I Hold The Key (Gold Soul 1028 - Unreleased)
15. Charlie Hodges - 1971 - I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Calla 176)
16. Wilson Pickett - 1972 - If You Need Me [Alt] (Unissued Atlantic)
17. Clarence Carter - 1973 - Next To You (Fame FM-LA186-F)
18. Mel & Tim - 1972 - Starting All Over Again [alt] (Unissued Stax)
19. Sam Dees - 197? - Anything Is Fair In Love And War (Unissued)
20. Veda Brown - 1974 - Take My Hand, Precious Lord (Unissued Stax)
21. O.V. Wright - 1977 - Precious, Precious (Hi 77506)
22. Tyrone Davis - 1974 - Was I Just A Fool (Dakar DK 76915)
23. Hersey Taylor - 1972 - Ain't Gonna Share Your Love (Future Stars CC-1003)
24. Sandra Phillips - 1970 - If You Get Him (He Was Never Mine) (Canyon LP-7712)
25. Bobby Byrd & James Brown - 1971 - You've Got To Change Your Mind (King 6342)


Friday, 4 October 2019

I've Got A Secret

Here's a collection first constructed by soultime59 over at TZ a couple years back. It's the brief chronology of The Sharpees, and the earlier recordings of it's individual members. The earlier material is more up my alley, though as far as should-be super groups go, The Sharpees weren't too shabby at all. This isn't a simple re-post, this particular re-working includes a few additional cuts, improved quality on many of the others and a more concise chronology overall.

Recording on George Leaner's One-Derful records in Chicago, IL, The Sharpees, like everyone on the label, recorded in a fashion not normally associated with the Chi-town sound, delivering a harder brand of soul that married a myriad of styles. The original members were Vernon Guy, Horse O'Toole, Herbert Reeves, and guitarist Benny Sharp. They came together in St. Louis mid 1964 where Sharp was already a well established bandleader, O'Toole and Reeves both preformed and recorded with The Arabians a few years prior and Vernon Guy worked closely with Ike Turner. Stacy Johnson, who also recorded solo for Leaner, joined The Sharpees after their debut "Do The 45" b/w "Make Up Your Mind," replacing O'Toole who left due to health issues. The group recorded their material both in St. Louis as well as in Chicago and a second single released in November of 1965, "Tired Of Being Lonely," defined their sound of windy male backing harmonies accompanied by females with an unspectacular but competent second tenor lead. A third single from April of 1966, "I've Got A Secret," failed to shake up the charts, and neither did a final One-Derful release "My Girl Jean" b/w "The Sock" three months later. The Sharpees got around though, touring the chitlin circuit, singing at a number of famous venues like the Apollo in New York and the Regal in Chicago. Dormant for three years, they resurfaced on record in 1969 with the funkified double-sider "Music (I Like It)" on Midas Records as Benny Sharp & the Sharpees. Sadly it would prove to be their final effort. The group preformed regularly until Herbert Reeves was shot and killed in 1972.

I've Got A Secret couples the complete Sharpees collection (including a half dozen unissued cuts) with the issued and unissued recordings of members Vernon Guy, Stacy Johnson, Benny Sharp, plus Horse O'Toole and Herbert Reeves' lone 45 as Little Herbert & The Arabians. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders and @soultime59, enjoy.