“Listen – Johnny Griffith – Do It – MP3″
I hope all is well on your end, and that you got a chance to head on over to Fleamarket Funk and check out my guest mix (I’ll eventually be adding it to the podcast archive).
I decided to close out the week with a track that I spun at the last Asbury Park 45 Sessions.
It was a while back, not long after I copped my copy of Billy Sha Rae’s funky ‘Do It’ that I discovered what I though might be (and in fact turned out to be) an instrumental version of the tune by Johnny Griffith.
Griffith – one of the famed Funk Brothers – was a versatile keyboardist who recorded two LPs for Motown’s Jazz Workshop subsidiary.
Griffith’s supremely funky, clavinet-tastic, version of the tune (basically Griffith soloing over the backing track from the Sha Rae 45) is a killer. Though I dig both versions, I vacillate between which one is my fave (currently leaning toward the instro).
Griffith, who reunited with the Funk Brothers around the time that ‘Standing In the Shadows of Motown’ was released, passed away in 2002 at the age of 66.
As always, I hope you dig the tune.
Funky16Corners 2008 Pledge Drive
In related news, this coming Monday (June 2) I’ll be dropping a very special edition of Funky16Corners Radio (Number 50!!) and kicking off the 2008 Funky16Corners Pledge Drive.
Every year (at least for the last three) around this time (when my server bills come due) I pass the e-hat and ask for donations to cover the cost of maintaining the Funky16Corners Blog and web zine. This is basically the server space where all of the graphics – and more importantly, the sound files, including the Funky16Corners Radio Podcast Archive – are stored.
I’ll have up a Paypal link, and if you feel like you get something out of the blog, and wish to contribute to its continued existence, anything you are able to give will be greatly appreciated.
That said, I hope you all have an excellent weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday.