Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces
“Listen – Hey Mr. DJ MP3″
Greetings all.This is to be the closing post in a truly strange week.
I got the sick baby blues.
The littlest Corner has been down with an ear infection all week, and I’ve been home trying to nurse him through it.
A week away from work would seem like a veritable dreamscape of vinyl digitization, but when a sorrowful little dude is asleep on your lap, trying to shake a nasty fever, there’s not much time for anything else.
I am catching up on my reading (the outstanding biography of Walt Disney by Neal Gabler, which if you’re interested in the early years of animation is must read), but I’m mostly just feeling sorry for the little guy and hoping that he’s soon back to his normal, happy self.
Today’s selection is a 45 that I kind of had on my third-tier want list for a long time, after hearing it a while back. At the last Asbury Lanes swap meet I managed to pick up a bunch of cool stuff, and this 45 was in that pile.
Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces was an Alabama based outfit that were together for a number of years, living out the stereotypical showband life of countless gigs and occasional backing slots for national touring acts.
They were signed to Checker in 1966 (between 1966 and 1970 they would record one LP and a handful of 45s for the label), and had their only hit – ‘Searching for my Love’, a great ballad with just a taste of Billy Stewart – the a-side of today’s selection. Though that cut is a winner, it was the b-side that I was looking for and which we feature today.
‘Hey Mr. DJ’ has a vibe that suggests that it probably originated a few years before its 1966 recording. Nominally an instrumental feature for Moore’s sax, the tune stops every now and again for a group shout of ‘Hey Mr. DJ!’. The tune has a great old-school roadhouse/titty-bar grind that also makes for great late night driving music (I love the cheesy organ running underneath everything). The record was the first (of many) Chess production recorded at the Fame studio in Muscle Shoals.
That said, I will be starting off next week with a new mix, so have a most excellent weekend, stay groovy and I’ll see you on the interwebs.