Today’s rather spanky slice of soulful funk was first released in 1969 on Mercury’s subsidiary label, Intrepid Records. Recorded by Tyrone Chestnut, The Bump was one of only two 45’s this Philadelphia artist released on his own (a lot of his music career was spent as the other half of the soul fusion duo, Brotherly Love). Though performed by Chestnut, the song was actually written by the legendary multi-talented instrumentalist, prolific composer, songwriter and arranger, Morris “Mo” Bailey.
Accompanied by the instrumental version on the b-side, The Bump crazily never made it into the Billboard Top 100, but has since become a Philly funk classic; featuring on New York’s Tuff City Records’ Funky Funky New Orleans, Vol. 3 compilation which was released this year! Check it out above.