read an article on a post Bob Stanley on Guardian

"In the summer, the scene would move en masse to Ostend, Belgium's equivalent to Blackpool. DJ Freddy Cousaert played at the Groove, a late night downstairs bar frequented by US marines, tourists and prostitutes – it was Cousaert who later looked after Marvin Gaye during his 80s sejourn in Ostend. The music he played at the Groove included ska, Latin jazz and even Broadway songs such as Stranger in Paradise, or Whatever Lola Wants from Damn Yankees...."

samedi 15 août 2015


warner bros the seven arts records 1968          WS 1741

First Watts 103rd Band 
The name, Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band was originally coined 
by Los Angeles producer and Keymen Records owner Fred Smith in 
1967. However, between 1967 and 1968, the Watts 103rd name applied 
to three, arguably four different personnel configurations before 
settling into the final band who played on every Watts 103rd album 
from 1968 forward.
Smith produced a theme song for KGFJ radio personality, DJ 
Magnificent Montague. The song became so popular that Smith released 
it as a single in 1967 and created the name, Watts 103rd St. 
Rhythm Band for the studio group who had recorded it. Purportedly, 
the players on the single included Wright, James Carmichael, 
Leon Haywood, Bobby Womack
There is some confusion because, after "Spreadin' Honey" became a success, 
Montague re-released the single on the MoSoul label (a Keyman subsidiary) 
and credited to a different group altogether, the Soul Runners. It has been 
long assumed that the Soul Runners were simply an earlier line-up of the 
Watts Band however, according to Wright, the two groups had nothing to 
do with one another whatsoever.


  Arranged By  James Carmichael
    Bass  Melvin Dunlap
    Congas  Ray Jackson
    Drums  James Gadson
    Guitar  Al McKay, Charles Wright
    Producer  Fred Smith
    Saxophone [Tenor]  BillA Cannon, John Rayford
    Trombone  Ray Jackson
    Trumpet  Gabriel Flemings, Joe Banks

Recorded at Nashville West, Hollywood.
Engineer   Charles Underwood

     tracks listing

A1 Caesar's Palace
Written-By  Earl Nelson, Fred Smith    
A2 Yellow Submarine
Written-By  John Lennon/Paul McCartney
A3 Brown Sugar
Written-By  Jesse Hill, Mac Rebennack    
A4 Soul Concerto
Written-By  Earl Nelson,
Fred Smith , James Carmichael   
A5 Fried Okra
Written-By  Fred Smith   
A6 Spreadin' Honey
Written-By  Fred Smith, Nathaniel Nathan   
B1 A Little Class & A Little Trash
Written-By  James Carmichael   
B2 The 103rd St. Theme
Written-by  Robert West 
B3 The Girl From Ipanema
Written-By  Antonio Carlos Jobim,
Norman Gimbel, Vinicius De Moraes    
B4 Bring It On Home To Me
Written-By  Sam Cooke 
B5 Whole Hog, Or None At All
Written-By  Earl Nelson    
B6 Watts Happening
Written-By  Fred Smith

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