The Door To Yesterday Vol 2 No 1

 

 

 

THE DOOR TO YESTERDAY PRESENTS STRUTTIN' AND GROOVIN'

 Soul music really came of age in the 60's and in addition to a steady stream of astounding vocal recordings,

 there was a miraculous supply of instrumental 45's featuring everything from sultry saxophones  and riffing 

guitars to boppin' Hammond organs. As the decade progressed, groups were injecting funk into the equation 

as is evident in some of the tracks below.


Here are a few of my personal favorite instrumentals...    


ALL ABOUT MY GIRL (Jimmy McGriff) by Jimmy McGriff (Sue: 1963) US #12 R&B, #50 Pop

  https://youtu.be/cmK8YDcbXCY 

Organist Jimmy McGriff was classified as a jazz musician but he was so much more with a 

blues sensibility which particularly echoed through his early Sue sessions.

 

ALL FOR YOU (William Stevenson/Henry Cosby/Ivy Jo Hunter) by Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers

Pro: William Stevenson & Henry Cosby (Soul: 1965)

 https://youtu.be/aOVW2MQ5jrQ 

Used as a recurring theme by DJ Rick Dane on UK's Radio Caroline in the late 60's. Keyboard player 

Earl Van Dyke was an early member of the legendary Funk Brothers who were billed on this track 

as  The Soul Brothers.


CISSY STRUT (Leo Nocentelli/Art Neville/George Porter/Joseph Modeliste) by The Meters

Pro: Allen Toussaint & Marshall E. Sehorn (Josie: 1969) US #4 R&B, #23 Pop  

https://youtu.be/4_iC0MyIykM  

The Meters dispensed their irresistible brand of New Orleans funk. 

Their initial standout tunes were SOPHISTICATED CISSY and this follow-up. 

 

 

Jr. Walker & The All Stars

 CLEO'S BACK (Willie Woods) by Jr. Walker & The All Stars/Pro: Harvey Fuqua (Soul: 1965) US #7 R&B, #43 Pop 

https://youtu.be/Fixgjav4vFc 

Sax playing Jr. Walker blasted into the charts with his debut hit SHOTGUN in early '65. 

Written by the All Stars' guitarist Willie Woods, CLEO'S BACK was the flipside of

Junior's fourth Motown single SHAKE AND FINGERPOP.


GREEN ONIONS (Booker T. Jones/Steve Cropper/Al Jackson Jr./Lewie Steinberg) by Booker T. & The MG's

Pro: Jim Stewart (Volt: 1962) US #1 R&B, #3 Pop in '62. A reissue charted at #7 in the UK in '79. https://youtu.be/w3Cq1nE6X4I

 Organist Booker T. and his group The MG's were the Stax Records house band and backed up 

many of the finest Stax singers including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave and Rufus & Carla Thomas.  They also recorded as their own unit and their GREEN ONIONS remains an out-and-out classic bluesy 45.


HOLE IN THE WALL (Steve Cropper/Al Jackson Jr./Booker T. Jones/Nathaniel Montague) by The Packers

An E&M Production (Pure Soul: 1965) US #5 R&B, #43 Pop

https://youtu.be/EPqVU-wwNf8 

Group that included tenor saxman Charles 'Packy' Axton, the son of Stax Records co-founder Estelle Axton.


THE HORSE (Jesse James) by Cliff Nobles & Co. Arr: Bobby Martin

Pro: Jesse James (Phil-L.A. Of Soul: 1968) US #2 R&B, #2 Pop

https://youtu.be/iwwyc_ZMPrI 

First issued as the B side of the single LOVE IS ALRIGHT by singer Cliff Nobles, it was a remix of that song's

backing track. A DJ started playing THE HORSE and the tune ignited a dance craze putting Cliff Nobles

name on the chart even though he didn't appear on the record!


I'M A MAN (Jimmy Miller/Steve Winwood) by Wynder K. Frog

Pro: Chris Blackwell & Jimmy Miller (United Artists: 1968)

https://youtu.be/sr4gz1qrCmc

Wynder K. Frog was an alias of British organist Mick Weaver. Originally issued on the UK Island label in '67, 

it's an instrumental version of the song that had charted for the Spencer Davis Group in '67 and later for 

Chicago in ’71.

 

 

Jimmy McGriff at the organ "One Of Mine

 I'VE GOT A WOMAN (Part 1) (Ray Charles) by Jimmy McGriff

Pro: Joe Lederman (Sue: 1962) US #5 R&B, #20 Pop 

https://youtu.be/-CVmIbFELuM 

This re-working of Ray Charles' first R&B #1 gave McGriff his biggest selling single. 


LAST NIGHT (Charles Axton/Gil Caple/Chips Moman/Floyd Newman/Jerald Smith) by The Mar-Keys

Pro: Chips Moman (Satellite: 1961) US #2 R&B, #3 Pop

 https://youtu.be/dAacn9i8tHM 

An early slab of Memphis instrumental soul from a group that included ace guitarist Steve Cropper 

prior to the formation of Booker T. & The MG's. 


A NIGHT WITH DADDY 'G' (Part 2) 

(Gene Barge/Frank Guida/Joseph Royster) by The Church Street Five/Frank Guida Productions (Legrand: 1961) 

 https://youtu.be/k7PkJup0nw8

 Original version of saxman Gene Barge's tune which, with an added lyric, 

became Gary U.S. Bonds' huge 1961 hit QUARTER TO THREE.


ONE MINT JULEP (Rudolph Toombs) by Ray Charles

Arr: Quincy Jones (Impulse!: 1961) US #1 R&B, #8 Pop

  https://youtu.be/WuEoCdVnQrQ 

 Ray Charles played organ on this big band version of the song that was a 

major  1952 smash for Atlantic vocal group The Clovers. 


SO FAR AWAY (Kent Harris/Henry Jacobs) by Hank Jacobs (Sue: 1964) US #19 R&B, #91 Pop 

 https://youtu.be/MSaFBfJelDI 

This was organist Hank Jacobs' sole best-seller, co-written with Kent Harris who had charted in '56 as

 Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew on his song COPS AND ROBBERS. 


SOPHISTICATED CISSY (Leon Nocentelli/Art Neville/George Porter/Joseph 'Zig' Modeliste) by The Meters

Pro: Allen Toussaint & Marshall E. Sehorn (Josie: 1969) US #7 R&B, #34 Pop  

https://youtu.be/CpuUzJGUQ9 

Just as Booker T. & The MG's started out backing up Stax artists, so The Meters were initially 

the New Orleans house band that Allen Toussaint booked to play on sessions by such artists as 

Lee Dorsey and Ernie K-Doe.  

King Curtis

 SOUL TWIST (Curtis Ousley) by King Curtis & The Noble Knights

Pro: Bobby & Danny Robinson (Enjoy: 1962) US #1 R&B, #17 Pop 

 https://youtu.be/KmI8pTLwKTs 

This was the chart debut of King Curtis whose brilliant tenor sax playing stood out on so many 

R&B classic sessions including YAKETY YAK by The Coasters on Atco in '58. 


SOULFUL STRUT (Eugene Record/Sonny Sanders) by Young-Holt Unlimited

Arr: Sonny Sanders/Pro: Carl Davis & Eugene Record (Brunswick: 1968) US #3 R&B, #3 Pop https://youtu.be/XKYgtwsqnxs 

This was the instrumental track of Barbara Acklin's record 

AM I THE SAME GIRL with Barbara's vocal replaced by a piano. It was issued here prior to Barbara's single. 


SOUL SERENADE (Curtis Ousley/Luther Dixon) by King Curtis

Pro: Dave Cavanaugh (Capitol: 1964) US #20 R&B, #51 Pop

  https://youtu.be/HOa1vtSQ9kY

 British DJ Mike Raven produced a cover version by The Mike Cotton Sound (MGM: 1968) 

with which he introduced his weekly R&B show on the BBC's Radio 1. 

Willie Mitchell scored with his own cover version, also  in '68.

 

 

Phil Upchurch "You Can't Sti Down"

 YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN (Part 2) (Dee Clark/Phil Upchurch/Cornell Muldrow) by The Philip Upchurch Combo 

(Boyd: 1961) US #29 Pop in '61, UK #39 in '66 

https://youtu.be/_eO2cxwz70o 

 Phil Upchurch was the guitarist along with organist Cornell Muldrow. 

Tune was first recorded as CAN'T SIT DOWN by The Bim Bam Boos on Dasher in '59. 

A later vocal version of  YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN was a #3 Pop & #10 R&B single in '63 by The Dovells. 


Rock on.


Alan Warner


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~ Vol 2, No 25 ~


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