Monday, July 27, 2009

A Little Self-Promotion Never Hurt, Right?

Bobby Jones - Talkin' 'Bout Jones

Today's selection is from Bobby Jones, who I mentioned oh-so-briefly in a post from some time back featuring the Expo 45 "No Messin' Around" by Jones and Pauline Chivers (Shivers). As I noted then, Jones never broke into the big time on a national level, but "Talkin' 'Bout Jones" made a lot of noise in Chicago in '68 or thereabouts. "Jones" has a tasty Chicago soul groove over which Bobby lays down "no brags, just facts" about how great a lover he is - with touches of Clarence Carter in his voice - while a femme chorus chirps supportingly. It's a nice dancer, and I understand that the backing track also fueled Chris Campbell's USA 45 "You Gotta Pay Your Dues." Not sure which came first, but I'm sure the Campbell record also made good use of the groove. But this post isn't about Campbell - we're talkin' 'bout Jones!


News Blog said...

Nice Post

Brian said...

There are a lot of people talking 'bout themselves, up to and including:

Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley

Doctor Feelgood - Dr. Feelgood and the Interns

Back in My Arms Again - The Supremes:

"How can Mary tell me what to do
When she lost her love so true?
And Flo,
She don't know
'Cause the boy she loves is a Romeo..."

Great song from'll come to me...

Brian Phillips