LITTLE BEN AND THE CHEERS: DON’T MAKE HIM BEG

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Little Ben and the Cheers: Beggar of Love (Rush, 1968, 7″)

Soul ballad out of Chicago.

One of my favorite “new arrivals” from 2013/14 (I think I may have bought this in MN but at this point, I don’t remember). I’m guessing this was originally on the Laredo label in ’68 and Rush was a 2nd issue (though I’m not positive there). Little Ben and the Cheers had a short-lived (3-4 years?) recording career, having begun on the Penny imprint (of Nickel and Penny fame) and “Beggar of Love” was likely their biggest single, especially since it appeared on three different labels (including under the name “Norfleet Cousins“).

365 Days of Soul, #29

CONTRIBUTORS OF SOUL: STRAIGHT OUTTA…FLINTSTONE

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Contributors of Soul: Yabba Dabba Do (Emase, 196?, 7″)

Soul single.

Both sides of this 7″ are pretty solid but I had to go with the song that seems clearly inspired by a Hanna Barbara cartoon.

365 Days of Soul, #28

JOE QUIJANO: BARRIO HÉROE

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Joe Quijano and His Fantastic Conjunto Cachana: A Barrio Obrero (Cesta, 196?, The World’s Most Exciting Latin American Orchestra and Revue)

Maybe this is just me but I feel like Quijano never gets enough credit for leading a killer Latin band out of New York in the 1960s. Maybe it’s because he was never on powerhouse labels like Fania or Tico, preferring to go his own route with his own label, Cesta. Regardless, his output holds its own against the Fanias, the Cotiques, et. al. Sleep not.

365 Days of Soul, #27

WILLIAM BELL: JUST HOW GOOD LOVE CAN BE

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William Bell: I’ll Show You (Stax, 1963, 7″)

Memphis soul.

Nothing by Bell is going to top “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” but “I’ll Show You” comes in a close second. I first heard this on the Complete Stax/Volt anthology and out of 100+ songs, it was one of the few that I repeatedly came back to again and again. The guitars…the guitars…

365 Days of Soul, #26

DESTINATION UNLIMITED: TRUE SOUL

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Destination Unlimited: It’s Gonna Be Alright (True Soul, 1978, Right Track )

Soul/funk album out of Arkansas(?).

Was this the only full-length ever released on True Soul? The label’s best-known for a series of funk 7″s from the ’70s, including by Thomas East, and Now-Again created a two volume set from their releases. In any case, Destination Unlimited feels a bit left-field for the label, possibly because their album dropped considerably later than most of the singles did. Still a great sound though, especially on this slow burning instrumental.

365 Days of Soul, #25