First, thanks to everyone who came out to the Redwood Bar gig last Saturday. Me and Hua had a blast, the bar was very happy with things, and it was great to meet everyone who rolled through (except for the drunk Beckies who accused me of ruining their birthday party because I wouldn’t play “something ghetto…y’know, booty-shaking that we can get grimy to.”)
Here’s two tracks from that evening – both of which I had been meaning to write about but never got around to:
Diana Ross and the Supremes: He’s My Sunny Boy
From Love Child (Motown, 1968)
Don (Soul Train) Campbell: Campbell Lock
From 7″ (Stanson, 1971)
The Ross is something Hua put me up on years ago…in his words, “the best b-side of a $2 45, ever.” He was referring to it being on the flipside of “Someday, We’ll Be Together,” the last Supremes single that Ross appeared on before going solo. That was a huge hit for the group and thus, “He’s My Sunny Boy” ended up circulating on the strength of it…there’s probably a good post to be done about killer b-sides on hit 45s (see Eric and the Vikings’ “Get Off the Street” for another prime example). In any case: “He’s My Sunny Boy” is awesome – one of the best things off of Motown I’ve ever heard.
“Campbell Lock” is something I picked up at the old Funky Riddims store (RIP) in Berkeley a while back – a really great, L.A. 45 by the father of the locking (that’s right: it wasn’t Rerun), Don Campbell. Our good friends at Funky 16 Corners raises a point I had noticed in passing: this song sounds a lot like the Vibrettes’ “Humpty Dump” and given that both are L.A. records, they were wondering if the same sessioners might have played on both records or if there was a little, “creative borrowing” going on. Either way, a great funk single. In hindsight, I should have paired this with Ronnie Hudson’s “West Coast Pop Lock.” Ah, oh well.
Thanks to all my readers who’ve followed Soul Sides through yet another year – looking forward to 2008. I got a massive, year-end post though, um, it won’t happen before the new year rolls through. Enjoy the rest of the holidays though (while they still last!)
 An (almost) verbatim quote.