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Saturday, October 22, 2011

SONS OF SLUM - RIGHT ON


Unfortunately, I don't know a whole lot of info (actually, none at all) about this group that recorded a few sides for Stax, with both Stax c0-founder Jim Stewart and Staple Singer Pervis Staples behind the mixing board.

Whoever they are, The Sons Of Slum waxed this fabulous take on Marvin Gaye's "Right On" which, of course, was taken from the 'What's Going On" LP; a groundbreaking record (to say the least) in which Marvin expressed serious social commentary which went against the commercial grain, causing a big change in soul music and mass shift towards social comment within lyrics.

The lead vocalist sounds quite familiar, but I don't wanna make an assumption on who it might be; I would sure like to know more info about this group!

from 1972...

SONS OF SLUM - RIGHT ON



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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Derek, Great post. They also released 16 miles of Plastic Ghetto on Gamma Records... Keep up the good work mate... Alex / Glasgow

Anonymous said...

I don't know who these guys are, either.... but that's a great band name!

Marc said...

Hi All,

I've been working on it.

Willie Black (bass)
**********************
By the late 60's Black was focusing most of his energies on bass.He was in demand as a blues sideman,and he also worked in an 11-piece soul/blues aggregation known as the 'Sons of Slum',who recorded at least one 45,'16 Miles of Plastic Ghetto' b/w 'The Push and Pull' for th 'Gamma' label.The 'Sons of Slum' later recorded for 'Stax'.

( Willie Black - Obit by David Whiteis in Living Blues # 171-p.64 Jan/Feb 2004)


Clifford Ghent (MC,Choreographer)
***************************************
Hosted by Clifford Ghent,a member of the band 'Sons of Slum' Chicago's 'Soul Train' welcomed great local acts...

(TV-a-go-go:rock on TV from American Bandstand to American Idol' by Jake Austen-p.100)

'Soul Train' reunion to honor show host,Ghent

http://www.chicagodefender.com/article-8533-archives-soul-train-reunion-to-honor-show-host-ghent.html

'Soul Train Chicago Reunion' (Kevin Rowan)

http://youtu.be/-W2Y9f8awsA


Darnell McCoy (saxophone,vocals)
****************************************
Jimmy Johnson: "I was a pretty powerful singer then.But I always had somebody else in the band that sang some too.Like the saxophone players sang,when I had Darnell McCoy and Joe Jones.You've probably heard of the group he (McCoy) played with a little bit later on in the recent years called 'Sons of Slum'. "(incl. picture of Darnell McCoy on saxophone with the Jimmy Johnson band - 1966)

(Jimmy Johnson - Interview in Living Blues # 47-p.17-18 Summer 1980)

Darnell MCCoy is credited as a co-writer for 'What Goes Around (Must Come Around)' (Stax - STA-0138)


Kevin Rowan (drums) (Mystiques on Twinight,Raw Umber,Sons of Slum [post-Stax era])
*****************************************************************************************************

Radio Interview http://www.sittinginthepark.com/interviews/mystiques-6-8-2008.mp3

(Kevin Rowan on the 'Sons of Slum' starts at the 32.00 mark).

Cheers,
Marc

Marc said...

Hi All,

I've been working on it.

Willie Black (bass)
**********************
By the late 60's Black was focusing most of his energies on bass.He was in demand as a blues sideman,and he also worked in an 11-piece soul/blues aggregation known as the 'Sons of Slum',who recorded at least one 45,'16 Miles of Plastic Ghetto' b/w 'The Push and Pull' for th 'Gamma' label.The 'Sons of Slum' later recorded for 'Stax'.

( Willie Black - Obit by David Whiteis in Living Blues # 171-p.64 Jan/Feb 2004)


Clifford Ghent (MC,Choreographer)
***************************************
Hosted by Clifford Ghent,a member of the band 'Sons of Slum' Chicago's 'Soul Train' welcomed great local acts...

(TV-a-go-go:rock on TV from American Bandstand to American Idol' by Jake Austen-p.100)

'Soul Train' reunion to honor show host,Ghent

http://www.chicagodefender.com/article-8533-archives-soul-train-reunion-to-honor-show-host-ghent.html

'Soul Train Chicago Reunion' (Kevin Rowan)

http://youtu.be/-W2Y9f8awsA


Darnell McCoy (saxophone,vocals)
****************************************
Jimmy Johnson: "I was a pretty powerful singer then.But I always had somebody else in the band that sang some too.Like the saxophone players sang,when I had Darnell McCoy and Joe Jones.You've probably heard of the group he (McCoy) played with a little bit later on in the recent years called 'Sons of Slum'. "(incl. picture of Darnell McCoy on saxophone with the Jimmy Johnson band - 1966)

(Jimmy Johnson - Interview in Living Blues # 47-p.17-18 Summer 1980)

Darnell MCCoy is credited as a co-writer for 'What Goes Around (Must Come Around)' (Stax - STA-0138)


Kevin Rowan (drums) (Mystiques on Twinight,Raw Umber,Sons of Slum [post-Stax era])
*****************************************************************

Radio Interview http://www.sittinginthepark.com/interviews/mystiques-6-8-2008.mp3

(Kevin Rowan on the 'Sons of Slum' starts at the 32.00 mark)

Cheers,
Marc

Holly said...

Really nice cover.

MoniJ said...

Hi Derek actually one of the members of this group is my Father James Bennett he was a singer along with a man name Maurice. My God Father Wade Allen was a Bass Player. I dont have much more info because I havent seen or heard from my dad since 1975 and I am now 41 but I can try to see what my mom has laying around.

Frank Griggs said...

Hi Derek, My name is Frank Griggs. I was one of the guitar players in the Sons of slum. I was with James, Maurice,kevin, Doctari, Margy Frank Maclure etc. Any info you need contact me. 312 401-6947