I am sharing the most recent newsletter from Mr. Bill Curtis & the Fatback Band, with his permission. Enjoy!
Old School With a New Face
Well…we’ll be back in the land we call our second home. Why we call it our second home….we have spent most of our playing time in Europe and England. They were the first to give recognition to our music. It was way back when the “Bus Stop”. “Do The Bus Stop” was a hit in England before it ever hit the USA. But the USA made it bigger performing with the line dance. The UK made our 1983 “I Found Lovin’” the top 10 hit twice before it ever hit the USA some six years later.
We have raised generations of “Fatbacker’s” and given four decade’s Funk. The UK is still going strong. Now this new generation is just getting hooked on Fatback! It’s an experience! It’s having fun with others, partying your ass off at a gathering. The music is there, but is not the most important factor. It’s the people that make all of this happen when they come to party and dance. The days are gone whereas you are just standing in front bandstand watching a bunch guys play or watching a show. Believe me, today’s music lovers want to shake their ass or do whatever they want, to be a part of the band and the music. They want feel what you’re feeling. Kinda like, back in the twenties when guys played just to make people happy and what great party they had back then! Everybody partied, the rich and the poor. They didn’t party together, but I’m willing to bet you that the poor partied harder than the rich and had a better time because they knew the guys who were playing. They were on the inside in the neighborhood…were all here together and they were just like me…and could feel where they were coming from.
I’m not saying… music has made a 360 degree turn! What I’m saying is, you got to give the people what they want if you want to stay in the music business. The wannabe today is about everything except the music. Creativity, being on the edge, doing the unexpected and dancing to your our beat; that was the way it was in the twenties, believe it or not, that’s the way it is now. If don’t know you’re missing the whole picture, its Ole School with a new Face.
For you guys who will miss our show…we’ll be opening with a medley from our 1973 People music album on Perception Records. The original cover was shot on Farmer Blvd, at the playground by the railroads in St Albans Queens, NY. It was a great shot with the neighborhood kids and the late George Adam. Wayne Wilford who miss the photo shoot that day who played and recording with us on Conga Drums and was on our first three albums and a member of band for a while:
- Fatbackin’ (written by the late Weldon Ivine)
- Njia Walk (collaboration of the band the original members) King, Williams, Flippen, Shelton, Curtis
- Let the Drum Speak (a Curtis, King composition-Richard Cornwell did the arrangement)
After the medley, we’ll get right in with another Perception Record that only came out on 45. It was the first song we recorded for Bill Curtis Solo Album, which I never did get around doing the company declared Bankruptcy. All four tunes was recorded at Blue Rock Studio. Eddie Korvin and Jan Rathbun engineered all the Perception music
- Dancing Girl
Without thinking about it…we’ll go into Gerry Thomas 1976 composition from “Night Fever” album/on Spring Record. We had the pleasure of have Phyllis Hyman and Donna McGee who was in the studio at the time to add some vocal sounds. That recording was done at Media Sounds Studio and Gerry Block was the engineer. His assistant was Michael Barbiero. That album cover won us an award for one of worst album covers of year for disrespecting women along with Ohio Player.
- Night Fever
From our first album… “Event Record” “Keep on Steppin”1974 and also was one of my favorite covers, we’ll do the title cut from that album was recorded at Blue Rock studio also.
- Keep On Steppin’
I don’t wanna to bore you with the history of each song…but we’ll be doing all your favorites: Bus Stop, Money, Yum Yum, Is This the Future, Spanish Hustle, Backstroke’n , I Found Lovin’ & Wicki Wacky.
See you at the shows:
Under The Bridge
The Stamford Bridge Fulham Road, SW6 1HS
44(0)207 7386 3327
Happy Days Festival East Molesey Surrey KT8 OBT
020 8398 1267
PS: Something you want to hear… holla or shout it out and I try to get in for you.
PPS: you still have time to pick up your tickets for show
(c) 2000 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet
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