Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Jimmy McGriff - I've Got A Woman Part 1 (Sue 770)

I've Got A Woman Part 1


I got the sad news today over at Funky 16 Corners that organ groove guru Jimmy McGriff has left us. One of the last of a breed, his good time music defied categorization.

This smokin' number we have here was his first recording, cut way back in 1962. Part II was posted on The B Side in January of 2006, as part of a discussion that included Brother Ray, Kanye West and The Southern Tones:

"... It was a huge hit in 1962, breaking into the top 5 R&B as well as landing at #20 Pop, proving once again the power of this incredible song... Jimmy and his combo (featuring Morris Dow on the guitar and Jackie Mills on the drums) are just wreckin' the joint, y'all!

McGriff would go on to become one of the giants of the genre-busting funky organ, recording everything from acid jazz to straight ahead gospel, soul, and blues.

His 1969 album The Worm would crack the R&B top ten, and pave the way for his 70's classics like Groove Grease and Soul Sugar. He has recorded over 100 albums, collaborating with everybody from Junior Parker to Hank Crawford and Dr. Lonnie Smith...."

Jimmy's funeral will be on Tuesday, June 3rd at 11 a.m. at the Harold O. Davis Memorial Baptist Church, 4500 N. 10th Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19140.

May he rest in peace.


Blogger Ominous Red said...

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Blogger Unknown said...

The first pro tour Bob Berg ever did was with Jimmy McGriff --- I'm not sure what year that was --- probably in the 60's--- and I remember him calling it the chitlin circuit. The recording still sounds good --- withstanding the test of time.

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