“Cowboys to Girls” The Intruders Gamble Records (Philadelphia) (1968) Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
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Here’s this week’s exciting new find. “Black is Beautiful” The Douglass High School Choir, Orchestra, Chorus (Oklahoma City) Century Records – Dimension 70 (1970) “Black Is Beautiful”
Kool & The Gang “Spirit of the Boogie” De-Lite Records (1975) Great funky instrumentals from the band that James Brown once said was the funkiest of its time. Check out the title cut here! A follow-up of sorts to their hit of the previous year, “Jungle Boogie.” This one opens with a Sly and the Family Stone riff and moves into a Jimmy Castor-type groove.
A beautiful record for a blue-sky Manhattan Saturday. Linda Lewis “Lark” Reprise Records (1972) “Old Smokey”
“Blues Soul” of Johnny (guitar) Watson Chess Records (1964) One of the funkiest guitar players of all time, the legendary, original “gangster of love” here plays piano and sings standards in this jazz trio album that’s not too soulful or bluesy — Witchcraft/I Cried For You/I’ll Remember April/Polka Dots And Moonbeams//Exactly Like You/When Did You Leave Heaven/Reconsider Baby/Misty
An oddball release that doesn’t do credit to his talent (or the great Chess label catalog). This came out during a lull in his long career – after the great 50′s releases (“Gangster of Love”, “Hot Little Mama”, “Those Lonely, Lonely Nights”) and before his 70′s comeback (“A Real Motha for Ya”, “Ain’t That A Bitch”, “Superman Lover”).