Bobby Newsome - Jody, Come Back and Get Your Shoes
Some time ago Yoni Neeman at The Soul of the Net did a trivia section on his website about answer songs and dedicated a portion to songs about "Jody," the metaphorical cuckolder of blues and soul infamy (in relation to answers to Johnnie Taylor's "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone"), and today's selection was one of the several listed. Johnnie Taylor had the biggest hits of all the "Jody" songs with "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone" and "Standing In for Jody." The former song made it all the way to #1 on the R&B charts in 1971, one of several chart toppers Stax Records would have that year (if I recall correctly, Rufus Thomas' "(Do The) Push and Pull" had been #1 the week before). Bobby Newsome's "Jody, Come Back and Get Your Shoes" was an answer record to the Taylor hit and features a stomping, stripped down funk groove and military-chant background vocals (a nod to "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone"). It's my favorite "Jody" record.