RINKY DINKCountdown Dave Baby Cortez (real name: David Cortez Clowney) was born on August 13, 1938 in Detroit. Playing the distinctive Hammond organ, Dave “Baby” Cortez began his public appearances playing in church. 1956 he started out on Ember Records as David Clowney.1955 – 57 he was in The Pearls (as a singer)1959 he released … Read more
Separation The bass line on this recording by King Solomon owes much to SHIMMY SHIMMY WALK by The Megatons. Little is known about King Solomon himself, despite taking such a high sounding name. His real name, however, was King Sylvester Lee Melicious Solomon. At one time he played with the Blues Blasters band. We presume … Read more
SOUL FINGER / NUCKLEHEAD GIVE EVERYBODY SOME / DON’T DO THAT The Bar-Kays were Otis Redding’s tour backing band, on loan at the time as they usually backed William Bell. Four of the original line up tragically died when they were accompanying Otis on his last trip, the plane they were travelling in crashed into Lake … Read more
Two In The Morning Yet another Twisted Wheel all-nighter instrumental, it drove us mad, because it was a derivative of Green Onions from Booker T And The MG’s: we couldn’t find a copy anywhere. But yes; Roger Eagle had it, from that record rondevous on Blackfriers Street just next to the bridge over the lovely … Read more
KING OF THE HORSE The Delights Orchestra released this great Instrumental – soul sometimes seems to have had a horse obsession. This funk track was released in 1968. They were a six piece white band and that’s as much as we know. Oh, except, of course, that this track was a direct rip-off of The … Read more
Black Fox – Instrumental. 1969 LP track issued as a single in USA. Freddy Robinson was a guitarist who played with most of the best in his day including Ray Charles, Bobby Bland and Howlin’ Wolf. His is the guitar on Spoonful. He sometimes displayed a jazz feel in his playing Guardian Obituary
Make A Chance Johnny Rodgers is a singer and pianist, song writer and Broadway star. His usual speciality is in love songs. However, Make A Chance is a fabulous soul track, well worth a listen. Johnny Rodgers Band He has also acted as an Ambassador of American Music for the US State Department. He also … Read more
Crack up/Whiplash – 1965 Instrumental with themes underlying owing a debt to the Mar-keys (Stax).
Research Of Sound Good instrumental from Puccio Roelens, and Italian (the only one on this website?) pianist, composer and record producer. Odd title for a track, maybe lost something in translation!
The Beat Goes On An On (1977) Ripple – Wikipedia Ripple The Beat Goes On And On in 1977. Not to be confused with the Sonny and Cher song which – has got a great beat and R&B style of the early sixties, and it was played at the first Twisted Wheel The Beat Goes … Read more