Friday, March 15, 2013

Funky Friday: (let's) Boogaloo Down Broadway: The Fantastic Johnny C.

This awesome record was in the short stack my cool neighbor gave me.  It was a small batch - but the albums in it are stellar.  Like this one!   Of course he has great taste in music - my neighbor's name is Harley!  From  First off – they declare this album a mini-masterpiece of gritty soul.  Let’s read on.  “Johnny Corley on April 28, 1943, in Greenwood, SC.  R&B producer Jesse James attended the same church as Corley and quickly spotted his talent.  James made a career out of transforming gospel singers into secular performers; he discovered Cliff "the Horse" Nobles a short time later at the same church.  [blogger’s note – The Horse was a staple of the ISU pep band at college basketball games!]  James became Corley's manager and wrote songs for him -- one of them, "Boogaloo Down Broadway," convinced Corley to give pop music a serious try.  "Broadway" became a big hit, hitting number five on the R&B charts and number seven on the pop charts.  His stage name came about when some acquaintances of both James and Corley stated almost in unison, "That's fantastic -- what are you going to call him?" after hearing "Boogaloo Down Broadway." Hearing their response, James first came up with the Fantastic Johnny Corley before shortening it to just  The Fantastic Johnny C.  His first gig was at the Uptown Theater in Philadelphia, sharing a bill with Sam & Davethe Vibrations, and Joe Simon.  (the record label) Phil La of Soul released his only album, Boogaloo Down Broadway, a mini-masterpiece of gritty soul containing the deep soul cuts "Warm and Tender Love," "Shout Bamalama," and many dance tunes: "Cool Broadway," "Barefootin'," "The Bounce," and "Land of a Thousand Dances."  Corley continued to sing in church while recording secular music.  When he scored his first hit, he stated that his goal was to be the "number one soul brother," and, while he failed to achieve that lofty title, he did land among the stars for brief period courtesy of his explosive recordings."

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