Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The 2015/1967 Countdown - 09/07/2016 Update

Today, we return to our 1967's Super Soulsters' Deep Cuts Review mix and touch on three minor soul acts who had by far their biggest moments in 1967.

Louisiana-born, Compton-raised Brenton Wood's undeniable The Oogum Boogum Song, though his first single to ever chart, was not his biggest single in 1967. That honor goes to follow-up single Gimme Little Sign, which finished #26 for 1967 in Billboard's year-end Hot 100.

But over the year's, though both tracks have shown legs, it's been The Oogum Boogum Song that's most endured in the minds of critics, fans and musicians alike, covered by Big Star's Alex Chilton, and recently brought back into public consciousness via its prominent usage in the soundtrack of HBO's comedy series Eastbound And Down.

Though Wood produced only three more charting singles over the next decade, he has remained active in music to some degree to this present day.

Expressway To Your Heart was the first and biggest single ever for Philadelphia's Soul Survivors, who would place a few more songs on the R&B charts over the next seven years.

It's notable in this mix for being the only inclusion by a predominantly white band, but it's a far more important song historically, as it was the first hit single for the songwriting/production team and future Philadelphia International Records label heads Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, who would be amongst the most dominant names in soul and disco throughout the 1970s.

True one-hit wonders, Rochester, New York's Soul Brothers Six, though active for over a decade (1965-1976) with an ever-shifting line-up, only made the charts once.

But talk about a song with legs.  Though their original version of Some Kind Of Wonderful only peaked at #91 on the weekly Billboard charts, covers of the song would chart three additional times, (most notably the Grandfunk Railroad cover in 1974, which would reach #3), and the song would also go on to inspire a John Hughes-produced movie of the same title in 1987.

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