SONG OF THE DAY Hamilton Bohannon – Save Their Souls

R-173742-1364388947-1546.jpegFunky, loveliness!  Don’t you love it when you hear the first few seconds of a song and just know that you are going to like it!  I’m not always right but a good 95% time I can tell within the first few seconds if a song is destined to sway me and this certainly has.

I’ve been fishing around all evening for something a little bit different and struck gold with this little smoothie.  The thing is, I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon it but I’m glad I found it and judging by seat-boogieing, it’s definitely got a hold on me!

Hamilton Frederick Bohannon was born in March 1942 and was later known as Bohannon once his musical career took off.  The multi-skilled artist was a percussionist, band leader, songwriter and record producer and was to become one of the leading figures in 1970’s funk and disco music.

Beginning his career as a school teacher, Bohannon was recruited in 1964 as a drummer in Stevie Wonder’s touring band before moving to detroit in 1967 where he began working for Motown as the leader and arranger of Bohannon & The Motown Sound and provided the backing for many of the label’s top acts on tour including, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross and the Four Tops to name a few.

When Motown relocated to Los Angeles in early 1970s, he stayed in Detroit, formed his own band and released 21 albums between 1973 and 1990 and (I have just read), was still performing behind a drum kit at the age of 72!

Taken from his 1973 LP, ‘Stop & Go’ comes today’s great funk-filled tune, ‘Save Their Souls.’  Listen above.


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