Wednesday, December 07, 2005

A Tribute to a King

Joseph Henry - Who's The King (You Know It's Me)

I have just learned from scouting the Freyer-Mantis funk 45 board that the retro-funk artist Joseph Henry has passed away. Henry's "Who's the King (You Know It's Me)" was a major hit for the now-defunct Desco label, and Henry's vocals graced other Desco and Daptone recordings. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Mr. Henry, Desco or Daptone Records, I point you first to Daptone Records' Joseph Henry tribute and encourage you to look at the rest of the site. The folks at Daptone and similar labels have done a great job at recording new material in the vintage '60s and early '70s funk style. Their most well-known act to date is Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (whose live shows are PHENOMENAL; I'll have to post some of their stuff another time).

"Who's the King" finds Henry conjuring up James Brown and Bobby Byrd over a hurtling groove and an enthusiastic band. I know this post doesn't follow the "vintage soul/funk/etc." mantra of this blog but I cannot pass up a chance to honor such a great performer.

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