Hayward ‘Chuck’ Carbo
“Listen -Chuck Carbo – Can I Be Your Squeeze – MP3″
“Listen -Chuck Carbo – Take Care of Your Homework – MP3″
Earlier today I got the sad news that New Orleans legend Hayward ‘Chuck’ Carbo had passed away at the age of 82.
Around these parts, Carbo is best known for his ass-kicking, Eddie Bo produced funk 45, ‘Can I Be Your Squeeze’ b/w ‘Take Care of Your Homework’.
However, Carbo had a long and productive career, starting in the 1950s alongside his brother Leonard ‘Chick’ Carbo in the NOLA vocal group the Spiders, who hit in 1955 with the tune ‘Witchcraft’.
The Spiders broke up by the 60s, after which the brothers continued to record separately.
Chuck’s magnum opus was the aforementioned single, recorded in 1969, and released locally on the Fireball label, and nationally on Canyon.
I’ve mentioned this before (more than once) but allow me to belabor the point once again. ‘Can I Be Your Squeeze’, with Carbo’s smoking vocals, the Eddie Bo writing and production, and last but certainly not least James Black’s atomic blast of percussion is one of the hottest funk sides to come out of ANY city, let alone the hotbed of New Orleans.
When everyone but Black drops out and Chuck gets it together with the
Git it! Git it! Git it young sister! Whip it! Whip it! Whip it young sister!
it’s a miracle the turntable doesn’t melt under the pressure.
Carbo took a significant amount of time off from the music business, returning to recording in the 90’s for the Rounder label.
I’ve posted both (excellent) sides of the Canyon 45 above, and hope you’ll join me in lifting a glass in memory of one of the masters of the New Orleans sound, Mr. Chuck Carbo.