Something You Got - Who's the Singer?

c. n.
Wed May 21 05:30:17 EDT 2008

Speaking of King Curtis on guitar, a few months before I took Johnny Moeller & Paul Size into the studio to do the "Return Of The Funky Worm" session, I had purchased the King Curtis ENJOY Lp. Curtis had the first ever release on that NYC based Bobby Robinson label back in '61, and one of the tunes (an instrumental) that really caught my ear was "Hot Potato," parts 1&2. It was mentioned in the notes that King Curtis was the one playing the guitar, with a touch and tone that I really dug.

Being the sort of pushy producer that I am (of the "Hey, it's my money, humor me" variety), when we were in the studio I broke out a cassette with a few tunes that I wanted them to try and pull off. One of them was the King Curtis tune "Hot Potato." Here is where you can listen to that original. We sat around and listened to it once, and they took a stab at it, with what I think were pretty decent results. Here are those results of that first and only take:


> From:
> Subject: Re: Something You Got - Who's the Singer?

> There is a CD called "Trouble in Mind", 'King Curtis sings the blues'
> recorded at the Van Gelder studio in 61'. Not only does Curtis sing,
> he also plays some alto sax(his first instrument) and one guitar solo.
> It also says in the liner notes he has been singing since he was 
> fifteen.
> HB
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wolfman <>
> Subject: Re: Something You Got - Who's the Singer?
> Blindman, you were right, King Curtis is the singer.  He didn't sing
> often; too bad.
> I got the definitive answer from an impeccable source.  A few years ago,
> Roy Simonds, in Great Britain, compiled a 144 page King Curtis
> Sessionography/ Discography. This is the one Chuck is referring to.  It
> lists the recording dates, personnel, etc. for all recordings King
> Curtis made as a leader or sideman.  I got Mr. Simonds' email from
> another discussion forum, wrote to him, and got his answer within an
> hour.  He also sent me the entire discography, an obvious labour of love
> that he shares freely.
> Thanks to everybody that responded.
> cheers,
> wolfman
> --

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