Junior Parker: Just Like a Fish

From 7″ (Mercury, 1969). Compiled on I’m So Satisfied.

Joe Tex: One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show

From Hold What You’ve Got (Dial/Atlantic, 1965)

Rodger Collins: Foxy Girls in Oakland

From 7″ (Galaxy, 1970). Also compiled on Bay Area Funk.

The Ikettes: Camel Walk

From 7″ (Modern, 1964) and Fine Fine Fine (Modern, 1965).

It’s been a minute since we’ve visited the Black Label collection and I’m coming with a quartet of zoologically themed tracks. Starting on the blues side is the sound of legend Junior Parker and his “Just Like a Fish,” – a clever metaphor for how he keeps “goin’ for your line.”

Joe Tex blends together some talk-story blues with flashes of vocal soul for “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show.” Tasty stuff. Even better is Rodger Collins’ local Bay Area hit, “Foxy Girls in Oakland,” which finds Collins shouting out the hot femmes of my old hometown. By sheer coincidence (or not), Collins talks about the “camel walk” towards the end of the song which leads us into…

Ike Turner’s 1960s female group, The Ikettes, and their uptempo dance anthem, “Camel Walk.” Shimmy shimmy ya, shimmy yam, shimmy yay. Burn a rug to this one.

Upcoming at Soul Sides:

    -A podcast dedicated to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and their new album, Naturally.

    -A whole week (that’s seven posts, suckas) dedicated to the soul jazz sides of Prestige Records. Can Blue Note be too far behind?

    -An expanded Black Label collection with newly included 7″s.

    -A quartet of special guest editors joining the Soul Sides collective.

    I thought I told you that we won’t stop…