Wednesday, December 19, 2007

It's "Get Down Time," So Who Do You Call? Jr. Walker!


Jr. Walker & The All-Stars - Gimme That Beat (Pt. 1)

GLORYHALLELUJAHANDHOTPASTRAMI, your ever-lovin' Stepfather of Soul is so glad to have completed exams and to be only one semester away from finishing law school! Considering my ebullient mood, I hope it's okay with you, kind reader, that I feature something I can "get down" to today!

Jr. Walker's "Gimme That Beat" failed to catch fire when it was released in 1973, reaching only #50 on the R&B charts and just "bubbling under" the Hot 100 at #101. To be fair, by that time, Jr.'s commercial streak was on the way out and "Gimme That Beat" isn't the strongest tune out there, lyrics-wise. But I don't think anyone with any "boogie" in their body could sit still while the groove on "Gimme That Beat" pumped along and Jr. shouted the "dance-and-party" lyrics with his trademark gusto. "Look at Mary, boy, she's walkin' that penguin walk while the disc jockey's sittin' there spinnin' them records and talking that crazy talk," Jr. wails. That sounds like one hell of a party, Jr. - I want to be there! I've got a reason to celebrate!

(EDITOR'S NOTE - Look out for a new episode of the podcast, which I hope to record sometime between now and Friday. And late next week, "Soul on the Air" returns with a New Year's Eve treat.)

1 comment:

edie2k2 said...

*slappin knees and doin the rubba-band and muscle-man* Congrats on your milestone Jason..

..and upon reading about the next up and coming addition to the series (soul)..I'm moon-walkin in a circle..*clap clap clap*

I like this Jr. Walker too..never heard it before. Have you heard the Still Water Medley from his Moody Jr album? I used to love that one.

You remind me of Sole with your penchant for the more obscure treasures..I like that!