Brian Auger & Julie Driscoll – Tramp


Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger (at the organ, natch)


Listen – Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll & the Trinity – MP3″

Greetings all.

Here’s hoping the beginning of another new week finds you all well.
The tune I bring you today, while not a ‘Hammond Groove’, actually contains Hammond organ, and is quite groovy, so we might just be better of considering that particular hair split, and move on.
Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll (and of course the Trinity, and Oblivion Express) have made several appearances at Funky16Corners, more often than not with instrumentals, but with the occasional vocal (like today for instance).
There was a thread over on Soulstrut a while back considering the new wave of white, female ‘soul’ singers from the UK (some way more soulful than others), and several posters (myself included, natch) made a point to reference the fact that this was in no way a new trend, namechecking the likes of Kiki Dee, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, and of course, Julie Driscoll.
While Driscoll was no Aretha Franklin, there was definitely a helping of soul in her vocals, mixed in of course with a healthy dose of 1967/68 hippy freak out. This, along with Auger’s organ-ization created some very groovy music.
The tune I bring you today is a cover of the Otis/Carla version of Lowell Fulsom’s ‘Tramp’ sees Brian and Jools taking things at a slightly more relaxed pace – though not too relaxed, on account of that wouldn’t be cool, would it now?? – and you definitely get a real bit of London discoteque-au-go-go flavour (sic).
I dig the pumping Hammond, and whoever’s laying down the bass was mos def in the pocket.
I hope you dig it (you know I do).




PSS Don’t forget to head over to Iron Leg for an unusual cover version

PSSS Check out Paperback Rider as well.

9 Responses to “Brian Auger & Julie Driscoll – Tramp”

  1. Tony C Says:

    Hey Larry,nice choice.This is from one of my fave albums,’Open’ recorded in five hours at London’s Chappel studio 1967.It was their debut album.

    Drums Clive Thacker
    Guitar Gary Boyle
    Bass Roger Sutton

    Nice version of Season of the Witch on there too.
    Cheers Tony.

  2. j epstein Says:

    I like this version’s sweet slow pace. Very cooooool.

  3. Evah Says:

    I have a ’72 Hammond in the garage to fix up. Will have a mix of your posts on as I do. Kudos!

  4. alejandro Says:

    Good version! The original Lowell Fulsom’s version is still a favorite although it is sometimes forgotten because of the Otis one. It’s got a great drum start, so much that once i saw it included in a “Roots of Hip Hop” compilation.

  5. Planet Mondo Says:

    Scorching – I’ve got a load of Tramp covers but have never heard this – thanks for posting

  6. funky16corners Says:

    Tramp is one of those songs, like ‘Tighten Up’ that spawned countless covers/rip-offs/riffs. I might have to start compiling a ‘Tramp and Tramp related’ mix for the future.

  7. Zer0_II Says:

    Greetings. I’ve had your blog listed on the Digital Meltd0wn Music Blogroll @ since I first started it. I was wondering if you would be willing to link back to my blogroll. Thank you once again for all the great music. Take care.


  8. Keith Says:

    Very cool. I really dig it.

  9. JJ Money Says:

    Damn, Brian has the magic touch. That girl sure got soul.

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