Wednesday, January 23, 2013
As for Sir Mack Rice and this track:
Mack Rice (born Bonnie Rice, November 10, 1933, Clarksdale, Mississippi), is an American songwriter, whose compositions have been performed by many well-known artists, including The Staple Singers, Ike and Tina Turner, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor, Shirley Brown, Rufus Thomas, Etta James, Billy Eckstine, Eddie Floyd, Buddy Guy, The Rascals, Wilson Pickett, Albert Collins, Busta Rhymes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Otis Clay and The Blues Brothers (in Blues Brothers 2000).
Some of his better-known songs include "Respect Yourself", "Betcha Can't Kiss Me (Just One Time)", "Cheaper to Keep Her", "Cadillac Assembly Line", "Money Talks", "Cold Women With Warm Hearts", "Do the Funky Penguin, Pt. 1", "It Sho Ain't Me", "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'", among others. His best known composition and only hit as a solo performer is "Mustang Sally."
Rice began his work in the R&B field in the 1950s based in Detroit, performing with the Five Scalders in 1956 and with the Falcons (fellow band members included Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett and Joe Stubbs) from 1957 to 1963. He performed as a solo vocalist in the years to follow, but his biggest successes were as songwriter for other artists on labels like Stax and others in the 1960s and following decades. He began his solo vocalist career at Stax in 1967, recording on Atco Records beginning in 1968. Rice is one of the few musicians whose career touched both Motown and Stax Records.
In 1992, backed by the soul band The Dynatones, Rice released his first solo album, "Right Now" on Blue Suit Records. On it he reprises a number of his hit songs along with a mixture of new tunes.
Rice lives in the Detroit area, and is still performing.
The tune from 1975 but it right at the year when funk started turning disco but it's still funky enough to stay clear of the disco ready for the dancefloor production or corniness of later years disco syrup....
Sir Mack Rice - Dark Skinned Woman - Part 1
Sir Mack Rice - Dark Skinned Woman - Part 2
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
This is a great soulful slightly funky version done by Miss Gloria Walker from 1972 of the Federal label.
Gloria Walker - Them Changes
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Great Dancing soul cut and a slower soulful cut from Bobby Porter from 1965. This is some killer soul. Anyone have any info on Mr. Porter? It was pretty scrace upon my searching the web....
Bobby Porter - Foxy Devil
Bobby Porter - Searching For Love
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Some Funky Virginia Soul music by Clarence "Sir Guy" Barron from 1967. The true title of the A side "Frisky Frog" not "Fricky Fog" as this misspelled label states. Not sure what it up with that....? You can read a bit more about Mr. Barron over at FUNKY VIRGINIA: meanwhile enjoy these 2 great soul cuts.
Sir Guy - Fricky Fog
Sir Guy - I Cried
Monday, September 13, 2010
Not unlike the King Curtis record i posted a while back when i put this record on i just listen to the whole thing from start to finsih. It is just that good. So i had a hard time just picking a few. I mean this is just feel good stuff from start to finsih. Even the songs about heartache somehow make you feel good... And that is something i need big time these days as i struggle with some real life shit... This is actually one of the records that took a hit in the car crash as seen by some of the scratches on the cover but the vinyl is in decent enough shape so enjoy!
Anywho, here is the 411 on Bunny:
Walter "Bunny" Sigler (born on March 27, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a pop and R&B songwriter and record producer who has done extensive work with the team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and who was instrumental in creating the "Philly Sound" in the early 1970s. He is nicknamed "Mr. Emotion."
Sigler has worked with most of the artists associated with the Philadelphia stable including The O'Jays, The Roots, Jackie Moore, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Barbara Mason, Billy Paul, Lou Rawls, Patti LaBelle and Stephanie Mills. He also co-wrote "The Ruler's Back", the opening song on the widely respected and critically acclaimed album The Blueprint by Jay-Z.
Originally a performer, Sigler first recorded for the V-Tone Records label in 1959. He has also recorded for the Decca, Parkway, Gamble, Philadelphia International and Gold Mind labels. Gold Mind, headed by Philly guitarist/writer/producer/arranger Norman Harris was a subsidiary of Salsoul Records. In 1967, he had a hit record on Parkway: a cover of "Let the Good Times Roll/Feel So Good," which peaked at #22 in August.
Selected Side 1 cuts:
Bunny Sigler - Let The Good Times Roll
Bunny Sigler –Can You Dig It
Bunny Sigler – Follow Your Heart
Bunny Sigler – Girl Don’t Make Me Wait
Bunny Sigler – Sunny Sunday
Bunny Sigler – There’s No Love Left (In This Old Heart Of Mine)
Selected Side 2 cuts:
Bunny Sigler – Its Up To The Woman
Bunny Sigler – Lovey Dovey Youre So Fine