7.06.2005

Shimmy




Toussaint McCall Shimmy 45 (Ronn, 1967)

I am not the type of record freak that reads about something in a guide or on a website and then seeks it out. Rather, I find a record somewhere, flip over it and then try to find info on it. So when I bought this 45 in a weekend binge of 150 of these 7" bundles of joy (okay, so they are flat and flat ain't exactly a bundle, but stay with me here), it was just another single. In fact, I vacillated on it. The record looked beat. It was on Ronn and, though there are classics on Ronn, I've mostly found their bland blues sides. But the title was Shimmy (note: not "The Shimmy," just Shimmy) so it had to be a dance tune and I will pick up anything by anyone named Toussaint. So it went in the "to buy" pile. I came home and scrubbed the thing good, vacuumed all the gook out of the grooves, laid it on the turntable, dropped the needle, the beat picks up, an organ drives the song, and then he leans on the keys... Glorious, just fucking glorious. I read later that this is an organ funk classic. No shit?

As visitor Chris Brown notes Toussaint is from Louisiana - Monroe, to be exact, and sang his one hit, Nothing Takes the Place of You (of which this is the b-side), in John Waters' movie, Hairspray.


Comments:
That's pretty much the coolest thing I've heard all week.
 
Fuckin' A right! 'Shimmy' is an all time fave, floor filler, butt shaker and all around funky platter. Currently the most undervalued (actual cost vs true value) organ groove around.
 
Scott, he has another good one on Ronn called "The Toussaint Shuffle". His vocal stuff is pretty good but I dig those instros the best.
 
Sampled on 3rd Bass's "No Static At All."
 
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