Tony Fox (I think…)
“Listen – Tony Fox – (I’ve Got To) Do It To It – MP3″
The tune I bring you today is another one from DC digs pile.
I pulled ‘(I’ve Got To) Do It To It’ out of a stack of 45s, and though the name of the artist (Tony Fox) was a mystery to me, Calla is a well known soul label, and I would be a fool (as would anyone) to walk away from a record with a title like ‘(I’ve Got To) Do It To It’ without at least checking it out.
Good thing I did to, since it’s a great piece of soul on the way to funk.
That said, I haven’t been able to track down any info at all on Tony Fox, other than the fact that he recorded a second 45 for Calla, as well as sides for Tri-Spin, Moonshot, Mayfield, Emerald City and Mercury and may have been (though I cannot confirm this) been a member of the African Beavers. It’s driving me nuts that I haven’t been able to find out more about him, especially since he recorded for so many labels, probably well into the 80s.
That said, though Fox himself is something of a mystery, the song itself has an interesting history. According to the credits on the 45, ‘(I’ve Got To) Do It To It’ was written by Teddy Vann (who produced the Fox 45) and Calvin White. According to other sources (a comp of Calla recordings), it was in fact written by Vernon Harrell and JR Bailey*. The tune was also recorded (on Calla) by Harrell and the Sandpebbles** (though as far s I can tell their version may have been unreleased until much later), and – strangely enough – is not the same ‘Do It To It’ recorded on Calla by Bird Rollins.
In yet another twist, Vernon Harrell’s Wikipedia entry suggests that all three versions of ‘Do It To It’ share a backing track with the Coasters’ version of ‘Lovey Dovey’ (written by Ahmet Ertegun and Eddie Curtis and originally recorded by the Clovers), but although the tune is vaguely similar, it’s not the same track.
I can’t say with certainty who actually wrote ‘(I’ve Got To) Do It To It’ – if anyone knows for sure please let me know – but I can say that it is a burner.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back on Monday.
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