Archive for the ‘Go-Go’ Category

RIP Loleatta Holloway
March 22, 2011

Loleatta Holloway

Its a sad sad day for music. We lost one of the truly great female vocalists. In this day of autotune and refined marketability, Holloway continued to find cuts of her vocals in all manner of music, in many cases without any financial compensation. Her voice remains one of the most sampled in the history of music with Love Sensation being one of the most prolific accapella’s of all time.

I grew up with Loleatta Holloway’s voice, from the originals back in the early to mid Eighties to the rise of the sampler and House & Garage tunes from 1987 onwards. From that point on, I dont think ive heard more than 20 different electronic tracks before I find one with a vocal from Holloway. Ive lost the plot with her, i’ve danced around a field with her voice floating across the fields, heard in raves, mixtapes, hardcore, house, drum & bass, commercials, movie trailers, on my ipod about four times a day and i’d hazard a guess that she was playing the day I got married. There are very few artists that I know of that can claim to have been in the collective audio unconscious of sample based music lovers for almost four decades.

She was one of the truly great vocalists of our time and one that will be very sorely missed by me. In an effort to do any kind of justice to this memory, lets get the music underway.

RIP Loleatta Holloway, you were fucking amazing.

…the key to her appeal is that she doesn’t push herself too far to the front. The pleasure of listening to divas like Whitney or Rihanna is that it’s an aspirational experience – women want to be them, men want to be with them. Holloway is a different proposition: a collective experience, of mutual understanding and shared joy. She takes the utopian ideals of clubland – sex, community, abandon – and massively amplifies them back at the dancers, singing to each one of them and the club as a whole. As her voice surges onto and fills the dancefloor, it really does feel like we’re all getting stronger.
Taken from a Great Obituary from the Guardian

Sir Joe Quartermain & The Free Soul – (I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind [1972]
August 3, 2010

There is literally NOTHING not to like in this classic from Sir Joe Quartermain. Its 100% funk, so huge it could destroy whole cities with that bassline. You’ve got funky horns, full force guitar solo’s, a breakbeat so massive it deserves its own astronomical classification and finally, Quartermain’s soulful vocals sewing it all together. I challenge ANYONE not to start tapping their feed and feeling this groove.

From SoundUnwound
Joe Quarterman, aka Sir Joe Quarterman, is an American funk and soul singer. Quarterman earned the title “Sir” in high school. His single, “(I Got) So Much Trouble in My Mind,” was also his biggest, reaching the R&B Top 30 in 1973, and was featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. After leaving the music industry, Quarterman earned a degree in architecture. His song “I’m Gonna Get You” was later featured on the breakbeat compilation “Ultimate Breaks and Beats”.

Sir Joe is from the then funk land before later being renamed (Go-Go) land of Washington D.C. where the hit maker Chuck Brown and the Soul Searcher were amongst the rival bands that played alongside Sir Joe Quarterman and the free soul. During the 70’s there were countless bands in the D.C. metro area; no other areas in the country except New York, Philly, throughout Ohio and Chi-town had as many bands.

One note to share was the remarkable talent of his then 5 year old son who played drums for Sir Joe’s band when the regular drummer would not show up for a show. His son once during about 1971 or 1972 play during at a concert on the mall outer grounds in D.C. where the monument stands in front of thousands of people. Sir Joe now resides in the D.C. metro area of Prince Georges co. Maryland.

Eddie Bo – We’re Doing It (The Thang Part One) [1970]
October 27, 2009

A lifelong New Orleans resident, piano player, producer, and ambassador for the City, Bo was a legend. He came from a Jazz family (who were key players in the New Orleans jazz scene before World War II), and went on the become a noted musician not only in the Crescent City, but throughout the world as well. Not only did he contribute to the rich Nawlins scene, he produced and wrote songs for artists such as Irma Thomas, Art Neville, Johnny Adams, Robert Parker, and others. He has recorded more 45’s than anyone in New Orleans other than Fats Domino. He’s contributed to some of the heaviest New Orleans Funk records to come out of the city (Hook and Sling, Pass The Hatchet, Lover and a Friend, We’re Doin’ It and the list goes on).

Soul Searchers – Blow Your Whistle [1974]
October 7, 2009

Taken from “The Salt of the Earth” released in 1974 on Sussex Records.

Washington, D.C., bandleader, performer, and songwriter Chuck Brown has been a prominent figure on the city’s go-go scene since the late ’70s. Brown & the Soul Searchers have also been one of the rare go-go acts to gain national attention, even though it was short-lived.  Go-go is a subgenre of funk music developed in and around Washington DC. in the mid- and late 1970s. While its musical classification, influences, and origins are debated, Brown is regarded as the fundamental force behind the creation of go-go music