This photo was taken across the street from the Stax Museum in Memphis. For whatever reason, I find something about it extremely funky.

Have yourself a great weekend, now.

Playlist:

Dance All Night Sly & Freddie
“Freddie Stone (born Frederick Jerome Stewart, June 5, 1947) is an American pastor and musician, known for being a member of Sly and the Family Stone…. In 1966, Freddie co-founded the band Sly and the Family Stone, fronted by his brother Sly and including his sister Rose. He was the guitarist and vocalist. After leaving the band in the late 1970s, Stone signed a short recording contract with Motown Records…. According to a 2009 KCRW interview with Sly Stone, Freddie has been, since 1994, Pastor Frederick Stewart, a preacher in his native Vallejo. He became a committed Christian in 1980 and in 1988 he was ordained as a pastor. Over a period of time he was being prepared to take over his uncle’s church, the Evangelist Temple Fellowship Center, of which he is currently Pastor.” —Wikipedia

Baby’s in Love with the Radio Johnny “Guitar” Watson
“Talking rhyming lyrics to a groove is something you’d hear in the clubs everywhere from Macon to Memphis. Man, talking has always been the name of the game. When I sing, I’m talking in melody. When I play, I’m talking with my guitar. I may be talking trash, baby, but I’m talking.” —Johnny “Guitar” Watson

Who Says a Funk Band Can’t Play Rock? Funkadelic
Not me, man.

Bootsy-Speak John Norwood Fisher (?)
If memory serves, this was from Everyday Sunshine, the documentary about Fishbone. I think it was one of the guys talking about meeting Angelo Moore. It’s been a while.

We Are Neighbors The Chi-Lites

Walk a Mile in My Shoes Syl Johnson
Written and originally recorded by Joe South, “Walk a Mile” was a favorite of Elvis, who performed it regularly in his Vegas act. But Syl does it better.

Take Some, Leave Some James Brown
“This song, and others on The Payback, were originally written and recorded as Original Soundtrack (OST) material for Hell Up in Harlem (1974), the sequel to Black Caesar (1973), a blacksploitation crime drama. Unfortunately, the music was turned down by related movie producers, who gave the job to Edwin Starr instead. Rather than scrapping the music, James Brown released it his latest album. Sung lyrics were based on said movie’s script: Harlem gangster Tommy Gibbs (played by Fred Williamson) is angry about his situation and thus seeks revenge against his enemies.” —Genius.com

(Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away Dr. John
People Say The Meters
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…. One of my few brushes with greatness came when I was working the front desk at the Lake Merritt Hotel in Oakland in the early 2000s. We often hosted musicians who were playing at Yoshi’s jazz club, but most of them were people I’d never heard of. The one day Mac Rebennack turned up. He was very nice but I was far too nervous to really engage. His manager had me print out set lists and gave me tickets to the shows. One afternoon Mac told me that his friend “Ziggy” would be coming to see him. That would be Zigaboo Modeliste, drummer for the Meters, who lived in Richmond for many years. That’s it. That’s the story.

People Say The Wolfgang Press
The Press made a few great albums and then dropped off the face of the Earth. I miss them.

Back in Our Minds Funkadelic
If only.

2 comments on “Funky from Now On 3.2

  • Professor Jimcredible Magnanimous

    Was that the time you, me and Colleen saw Dr. John at Yohsi’s when he was touring behind his Duke Ellington cover album? What was that guy’s name? Reposha?

  • Christian Crumlish

    I knew someone who claimed he had met Rebennack in rehab in the Bay Area in the late 80s, and years later determined that this was likely true

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