"Hey, shut your mouth" - 16 unlikely treasures I could dig up from 1955 tot 1974


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"If you hate hate and you have sympathy for the devil, it's gonna take you some time to shut your mouth..."

1. hey ruby (shut your mouth) - ruby & the party gang

Popular in the popcorn scene, this 1971 soul-swing funky tune was issued by Law-Ton Records as first of two singles.

9. sympathy for the devil - arif mardin

Slow instrumental version of this Rolling Stones song, while on the other side you can find a Beatles song (see vol 144). This is a 1969 promo single on Atlantic for his album "Glass onion", full of great cover versions (Cream, Otis Redding, Bacharach, Ike Turner, and many more).

2. who! shaft where? - the endeavors

Funky uptempo instrumental version of the theme from the movie "Shaft". Recorded for Gambit Records in 1971 as flipside to "Sexy woman".

10. it's gonna take me some time - connie francis

Minor popcorn hit on Belgian dancefloors, B-side of "Vacation". Released in 1962 on MGM.

3. music - jeanette white

Uptempo soul stomper from 1969. First released on Vibrations Records and then picked up by A&M. I think this was her sole output.

11. one way door - merrill moore

Early 50s mix of boogiewoogie and western swing by pianist and singer Moore, who was a major influence on Jerry Lee Lewis. I love the name of the author of "One way door": Marjorie Thrasher.

4. testify (i wanna) - johnnie taylor

One of the biggest stars of Stax Records who wrote this funk soul tune. In 1969 he was already known as The Soul Philospher. Johnnie is NOT Little Johnny Taylor.

12. lover's guitar - billy mure

Billy Mure and his "supersonic guitars" were almost a gimmick. Here Sebastian "Billy" Mure blends Hawaiian music, lounge surf and space age pop into a perfect 1959 cocktail. His first four albums are all about his "supersonic guitars". But then the sixties arrived and he failed to reinvent himself and stepped down to become a session musician and composer.

5. my soul - the rackets

The Rackets from Germany with Jimmy Duncombe mixing beat and rock 'n' roll were quite popular and toured with bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. "My soul" is a perfect example of how they sounded like in those early days. Like most of their releases this came out on Elite Special.

13. she's got it - the rackets

Great Beat version of this Little Richard tune. It's the B-side of "My soul". They're still active.

6. hand clappin' time - the fabulous raiders

Obscure popcorn tittyshakin' instrumental gem that has remained under the popcorn compilers' radar. Also the record label, Dolly Records, is a complete mystery to me. The flipside is "Harmonica rock".

14. voilą! - neal hefti

Instrumental B-side of "Bathtub Saturday Night", which comes from the 1965 movie "Harlow" about 1930s Hollywood diva and platinum blonde bombshell Jean Harlow.  Hefti began as jazz trumpeter but gained more success as songwriter and arranger. He is the one who wrote the Batman theme.

7. cranberry blues - robert williams & the groovers

A-side of "Loud mufflers" that already reappeared on the compilations "The Madness Invasion 3" and "Teen-age Riot". Terrific rockabilly from 1959 on the tiny Tip Top label.

15. rhythm 'n' blues - the mcguire sisters

"Mama's got the rhythm, papa's got the blues" is what Christine, Phyllis and Dorothy McGuire are singing, one of the best known vocal group families. This 1955 B-side on Coral is much better than their hits "Sincerely" and "Sugartime".

8. cosmic sea - the mystic moods

The Mystic Moods Orchestra started in 1966 and until the end of the 70s they released two albums per year. This single-track was also featured on the 1973 album "Awakening" on Warner Bros. Psychedelic Moog groove.

 16. i hate hate - razzy

Funky soul for flower power lovers? Razzy  was Raisie Bailey, a country singer-songwriter from Alabama who started his recording career in 1966 and was still active in the 80s. This single was released in 1974 by MGM.