"Cracker Jack" - 16 sticky sixties stompers


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"Oh, whip it on me, Bahama mama, it's crazy, I know, but please tell me how do you feel..."

1. cracker jack - mickey & his mice

Rare soul instrumental from 1970 on the tiny Marti label. Sax player Mickey Fields and his friends recorded two more singles for the Samar label.

9. sticky, sticky - bobbie harris

Easy to find, yet hardly ever played at parties and thus unknown. I can hear at least five songs he stole from. Up to you to find out which ones. A 1966 Shout release, yet my copy is on Stateside.

2. the dud - toddlin' town sounds

Was this the houseband of Toddlin' Town Records? Dig that groove of this instrumental soul song from 1969, flipside to "It's your thing".

10. money - john lee hooker

I don't know why but I particularly like this 1966 recording by the master himself. This midtempo blues version of the Berry Gordy classic is one of the best ever. An Impulse release.

3. bahama mama pt2 - jamo thomas

Originally released on Sound Stage 7, but on Decca and Monument as well. This is the test pressing. Part 1 is the other side, obviously. Powerful uptempo soul stomper about his home; he was born in the Bahamas but moved to Chicago to start a singing career which really took off after his 1966 smash hit "I spy for the FBI". This one is from 1967.

11. nobody - larry williams & johnny watson

A northern soul classic and a scooter boys' fave from 1967 by Johnny Watson (of "A real mother for ya" fame) and Larry Williams (of "Bony Moronie" and "Short fat Fannie" fame).  See also vol 40.

4. whip it on me - jessie hill

New Orleans R&B drummer-turned-singer. This single was the follow-up to his greatest hit "Ooh poo pah doo". A real killer tune for the dancefloor, from 1960 on Minit.

12. surf party - chubby checker

Ernest Evans was the king of the twist  as Chubby Checker. In 1963 he wanted to be part of the surf craze as well on this B-side of "Twist it up". Also check out vols 89, 128 and 147.

5. it's crazy - eddie harris

Best known for his electric saxophone he was a often asked musician for Vee Jay Records and Atlantic Reords. This 1968 Atlantic jazz-funk instrumental is one of his finest moments.

13. tell me how do you feel - bobby darin

He hardly sounded so rhythm & blues as in 1962 on his "Things" EP, also available on a 45 as a B-side.  See vol 214 for more info.

6. up-hard - willie mitchell

Groovy Hammond funky soul instrumental with horns and a nod to a Cream guitar riff. It's from 1968 and first released on his own Hi Records label. Thiis is the UK release. For more info check out vols 46 and 113.

14. baby won't you let me tell you how - the spike drivers

Slow folkspych tune from 1966, their debut single on Reprise. Two more single followed and a split single with Petula Clark, all-in 1966-67.

7. can your monkey do the dog? - boris & the beat dogs

The Rufus Thomas tune by a beat combo I know nothing about. They released this on Metronome in 1964 as B-side of "Shake hands".

15. shake hands - boris & the beat dogs

German outfit covering an early Drafi Deutscher hit single? This is 1964.

8. love and death in g&a - love childs afro cuban blues band

Actually a studio band of Michael Zager (famous for this disco hit "Let's all chant"). This pre-disco funk tune has something special I can't really explain. Recorded in 1975 for Roulette.

16. left - the midges

Great Belgian psychedelic modbeat tune from 1968 on the small Flora label. Absolutely nothing is known about this obscure Belgian band.