Johnny Griffith – Do It


Johnny Griffith


Listen – Johnny Griffith – Do It – MP3″

Greetings all.

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.

PSS Head over to Iron Leg for an outstanding slice of Freakbeat

PSS Stop by Paperback Rider too…

6 Responses to “Johnny Griffith – Do It”

  1. Planet Mondo Says:

    Blimey that’s funky – is it me or is there a touch of Led Zepp’s ‘Immigrant Song’ about the rhythm

  2. chuffinghog Says:

    I also love Billy Sha-Rae’s “Do It” and this instrumental version is stunning.

    The B side of the UK issue of Billy Sha-Rae (Kama Sutra) has an instrumental version, but it’s not this one, so maybe there’s another post sometime!


  3. Jamie Welsh Watson Says:

    I just love your site! I am learning a lot about this music. My brother Bob Welsh, is a blues guitar player and he is going to love your site. I just mailed him the URL. Have a great weekend!

  4. Angel Says:

    Many Thannnnk´s for the music. INCREDIBLE.

  5. msn Says:

    super. thanks

  6. Billy Sha Rae – Let’s Do It Again « Funky16Corners Says:

    […] It’ a while back in Funky16Corners Radio v.40, and the instrumental reworking of the tune by Johnny Griffiths (also titled “Do It’) back in May. Sometime earlier this year, while browsing the interwebs I […]

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