"In the middle of the floor" - 16 songs to know where to find me


In The Trashcan Records       GARBAGE29
"Yep, right in the middle of the dancefloor you can find me when there's a good tune playing. Most of these songs will be unknown to many; some artists are quite known, but mainly for the wrong songs. Who needs another Happy Organ, Baby Come Back,..."

WBS 1607 1. in the middle of the floor - christine quaite

In the early 80s there was a band called Kingstone Corporation who had a big disco hit with this popcorn beauty from 1964. Christine Quaite (now Freedman) recorded this at the tender age of 15. It was the first of 6 releases. The original label was World Artists. Note the wrong spelling of "Tell me mama" on the sleeve.
9. the kicker - bill doggett

Bill Doggett released a lot of 45s from the early 50s until the mid70s. He worked with great musicians such as Earl Bostic, Ella Fitzgerald and Howard Tate. But this 1964 instrumental organ tune is one of the finest he ever did. It’s heavier than Jimmy McGriff, more soulful than Brother Jack McDuff and wilder than any Verve recording featuring a Hammond as lead instrument.
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Tamla-Motown GO25.745 2. night fo' last (instrumental) - shorty long

Shorty “Here comes the judge” Long released several cool 45s. One of my favourites is this 1968 Hammond organ instrumental. Its steady beat invites you to dance all night long.
10. just dropped in - the first edition

Some sources say this was 1967, others say 1968. Around the same time Elvis recorded a song called Let Yourself Go for the 1968 soundtrack of “Speedway”. The man behind this band was Kenny Rogers and featured members who were also to be found in The New Christy Minstrels (see vol. 22). This song however is no folkish tune, it’s pure psychedelia!
Vogue-Reprise RV.20156
Intermission INT.1005 3. jerking the dog - the crowns

I know several versions of this song, but I’m not sure which one is the original. I do know that this version is one of the rarest and I haven’t been able to find it on another compilation.  A great organ filled soul jerk! It’s impossible not to stomp your feet.
11. softly softly - the equals

Eddy Grant and his Equals were very popular in the late 60s and early 70s. “Softly softly” has always remained one of his favourite tunes at 60s parties. Thus far I haven’t seen 1968 recording being reissued on a compilation. It’s fast, it’s easy to sing along and it’s perfect to dance to.
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Stax STA 0046 4. i could never be president - johnny taylor

It sounds like late 60s, but hey, I don’t know everything. In the 60s the chance that a black man could ever be the president of the United States were less than zero. Has anything changed yet? Who knows Johnny Taylor? No, he didn’t make it to president, but he gave us at least one super song about becoming president to end the Vietnam war and more like that.
12. 'bout love - clydie king

In the 60s Clydie worked with illuminate people like Jimmie Haskell, but also produced some solo releases, one of the finest being this one. Although it’s from 1971 it sounds like 1965. This and also an album on Lizard was the end of a very promising career which started in 1957 with the Specialty label.
Lizard 45-21007
A&M 210 067 5. baby it's you - don preston

No relation to Billy… but this man understands as well how to produce a good soul song. Some people might remember him from South and also his cooperation with Leon Russell. It's from 1969.
13. sweet darlin' - jimmey clark

Also known as “Come on and be my sweet darlin’”. Other 45s include “Nothing like a mother”, “I’ll be your winner”, “Do it right now” and “Tell her”. His two Soulhawk 45s from 1967 are his rarest releases.
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Colpix 42.916 6. i'm gonna buy me a dog - gamma goochee

The enigmatic man who gave us the great song called “The gamma goochee” which was covered brilliantly by The Kingsmen on a rare French EP. This is the B-side of his 1965 “Gamma goochee” release. Was he a legend? I doubt it, but he certainly deserved it.
14. do any dance - dave 'baby' cortez

Everybody knows Baby Cortez, but hardly anyone seems to know this 1966 stomper. “Do any dance” however is a great dancing tune with a leading organ. And it will remain one of my fave Cortez songs.
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Ronnex R1398 7. cara-lin - brian

A Belgian version of the Strangeloves’ classic song “Cara Lin” by Brian who released half a dozen of 45s for the 1969 Belgian Ronnex label and also a full album. A fuzz guitar, heavy drums, a wyld organ and crazy backing vocals: what more do you need.
15. beatlemania - the jones boys

Very strange title. Why? Because I can’t find any link to The Beatles in this 1964 guitar instrumental which has a got one of the wildest bongo breaks ever recorded. Forget about the Beatles and enjoy this mental instro!
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EMI 4C006-23469 8. pop 2000 - pop 2000

Was this Belgian? Not 100% sure about this one. It’s like a war between organs, guitars and freaky outerworld sounds. No vocals are needed here. Would be perfect for a psychedelic space movie soundtrack. I assume it’s early 70s.
16. i will stay - brian

Another fine 45 from our Belgian friend. It’s already 1969 and it’s obvious that this kind of music was no longer wanted. He came 4 years too late. “I’m having a good time; as long as that music is playing, I will stay”. Can it be better?
Ronnex R1395