A World without You
  • A World without You
  • Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr
  • Eccentric Soul Vol. 1: The Capsoul Label

Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr - A World without You (Capsoul, 1972)

The most unremarkable band name ever. A brilliant song nonetheless. I’ll tell you musically what’s happening. The bass line is essentially the bass line to the Four Tops song “Burnadette”. The bass line can be described as a ground bass, or ostinato. That same 1-b7-b6-5 bass line has been used literally since the beginning of Western music in the Medieval age.  But this song has so much spirit and is so short-lived. I don’t know who is who but it’s super fun and heartbreaking. Cheers.

It Keeps On Raining
  • It Keeps On Raining
  • Gwen McCrae
  • Rockin' Chair

Gwen McCrae - It Keeps On Raining (RCA, 1975)

California has been in the worst drought in recorded history and though we’ve had an extremely pleasant, sunny and at times even hot Winter, we really need the rain. Yesterday it finally did and it was pretty good, though a drop in the bucket for what we really need. Thought of this great Gwen McCrae tune. Also thought of the great Irma Thomas classic “It’s Raining”.

I Want A Chance For Romance
  • I Want A Chance For Romance
  • Hector Rivera

Hector Rivera - I Want A Chance For Romance

Some Latin Boogaloo for ya.  A stray single put out on Barry Records around the time he released his LP “At The Party”.  Hot hot HOT.

Never Too Busy
  • Never Too Busy
  • Tommy Tate
  • Hold On - The Jackson Sessions - Rare And Unreleased

Tommy Tate - Never Too Busy

Story goes there was a mixup with a couple reels of tape. A track “Never Too Busy (For My Baby)” by Mighty Sam was meant for a Malaco B-Side to his 45 “Mr. and Mrs. Untrue”. The tapes got mixed up and the same instrumental track wound up being used on Tommy Tate’s radio jingle “Never Too Busy”, which sells insurance.  Best part is at the finale of the Tate version Mighty Sam’s vocal track comes in, completely unrelated to the ad before it. Hear Mighty Sam’s version here. You can hear a couple other Tate tracks I’ve posted here.