SONG OF THE DAY Wayne Carter – Mad Mouth Woman


Today’s rare funk 45 was originally released by singer-songwriter, Wayne Carter in the early 1970’s.  Together with drummer Virgil “Pat” Patton and saxophonist Luther Taylor, Carter laid down these two glorious groove monsters in 1973, issuing them on Illinois label, Mootrey’s Studio!

Backed with the glistening, smooth wonder that is Wahoo, Wahoo, Wahooit came as no surprise that Germany’s mighty fine reissue label, Tramp Records, had repressed this 45 in 2014. Not only that, Tramp also mastered more of Carter’s tracks from all of his other original 45s – you can find that here.

To accompany these releases, Tramp included the following bio of Wayne Carter. This you can find included below:

Wayne Carter was born in Carol County, Tennessee in 1936. When he was around eight years old, his father bought a piano for the family. Wayne taught himself to play songs he learned from the radio. By the time he was fifteen he left home to play in the Buster “B.W.” Morrison Band. They played in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, and Illinois. During the following years Wayne played with the Nat Story Band and the Billy Ray Band. In the early 1960s Wayne and family moved to Decatur, Illinois where he bought an A 100 Hammond Organ and started up his own band: Wayne Carter & The Organ Twisters.

During the late 1960s Wayne joined drummer Virgil “Pat” Patton as a duo called Wayne Carter Duo. They played on the road for five or six years when Wayne finally bought his own B3 Hammond Organ. On a trip back from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Wayne picked up the yellow pages and called a local studio to arrange a recording session. The Mootrey’s studio was a “custom” studio, owned and operated by Chet Mootrey. Nobody knows exactly who the Organ Twisters were for Peter In Or Out b/w Let’s Run Away From The World, except that it was an eleven-piece, all black band.

The line-up on Wahoo, Wahoo, Wahoo b/w Mad Mouth Woman is a bit clearer: Virgil Patton on drums, Luther Taylor on tenor sax, and Wayne on organ. Wayne was a Supper Club musician, which meant, “Funk was not permitted.” This standard precluded him from selling his record at gigs. So he tucked his records away, handing out a few to friends and family without any professional distribution. Wayne remained active in the music business and has played in several different band projects. Today, he is playing with a group called the Dan Rivero Band…”

It was a tricky decision between the A or B side today; but with Carter expelling all love’s wrongs on both sides, it’s fair to say both tracks are winners! Listen above.

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