Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Bobby Powell - Peace Begins Within



Running the risk of biting, here's a call and response to the ever-excellent Home Of The Groove's most recent blog on Mr. Bobby Powell. It's the flip of this fine, cheap 45, containg two pearls of laced Baton Rouge funk, on Lionel Whitfield's Whit label.

Dan Phillips chose the sweet soul of the Questions flip, here we've gone for the buttoned down funk. Bobby Powell was a gospel-based blind pianist, who would go on to record with Excello, Hep City and others. Lush backing vocals are almost certainly supplied by Jackie Johnson (later to adopt the Lady Mem'fis title), and I'm not sure whether this came before or after Powell's breakout hit, a cover of CC Rider.

There's a fantastic cover of this on the Trojan label by Nora Dean to be blogged at a later date...

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3 comments:

Dan Phillips said...

No bite taken. Yes, that's Jackie Johnson backing him up. They did a duet single at some point. "Peace" came out in '71, between the original Whit "CC Rider" date of 1966 and the Excello "CC Rider" version he did in '73 or '74, I think. Let me know when you blog that Nora Dean version and I'll blog the original Mylon LeFevre version from 1970. Deal? Keep up the good stuff.

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