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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

Flight-Deck, Gutbucket, Down-Home Galvanic Soul

Whoah. That’s some Nehru jacket-pageboy-haircut-1968 goodness during the introduction. The singer is Jamesetta Hawkins, who played Boggle with her name and dyslexied it up to Etta James.

That’s a Muscle Shoals production. It’s the greatest band in the history of ever. This is when they were banging away at Fame records, before they moved across town and started their own thang without Fame’s producer and owner Rick Hall. Clarence Carter had a hit with the song already, but Etta took it up a notch, and it made it to number 10 on the Billboard R&B chart, and 23 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

I’m not sure the junior-high-schoolers in the audience were ready for their full dose of flight-deck, gutbucket, down-home galvanic soul, but you have to start somewhere.

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