Uptown Getdown Boogaloo!

Peanut Butter Brown swings at the Uptown Getdown. Photo by Rachel Daniell.

Peanut Butter Brown swings at the Uptown Getdown. Photo by Rachel Daniell.

The Uptown Getdown is the latest entry into soul dance DJ night activities. This particular one, which took place on Thursday January 30, was held at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem—a beautifully appointed room in the basement of the Red Rooster on Lenox Avenue. The Uptown Getdown was organized and hosted by our pal Peanut Butter Brown, who was absolutely swingin’ at this, his first, DJ appearance. Other DJs included HoneyDew Sue, One Mint Julep and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. A hearty congratulation is hereby extended to Peanut Butter Brown for a very successful event!

Unfortunately, a cloud settled over what should have been the happiest of occasions due to the passing of the great R&B singer The Mighty Hannibal earlier in the day. Although Hannibal did not have many R&B chart hits, his career began in the fifties and, for more than a decade, it paralleled the history of R&B itself. He cut doo wop records, hard R&B, soul and funk. His best records are as good as it gets and it’s a shame that they did not receive greater recognition when they were originally issued; but they are prized among soul music aficionados. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus honored The Mighty Hannibal during the Uptown Getdown by playing three of his songs.

Here’s a list of everything played by The Boog:

  • Hannibal and Hanna Savage–My Name Is Hannibal (Pan World)
  • Billy Martin and the Soul Jets–The Strut (London; Canada)
  • James Brown & the Famous Flames–Mashed Potatoes U.S.A. (King)
  • Ronnie Mitchell–Soul Meeting (Hour Glass)
  • Weston Prim–Get That Feelin’ (Brent)
  • Ray Crossen Jr.–Try Some Soul (Musicor)
  • The Traits–Harlem Shuffle (Scepter)
  • Harry Batchelor and the Mighty Crowns–Soul Soul Feeling (Roulette)
  • The Mighty Hannibal–Get in the Groove (Loma)
  • Quintette Plus–Work Song (SVR)
  • Cliff Nobles & Co.–Is It the Way (J-V)
  • Rocky Roberts and the Airedales–Just Because of You (Durium; Italy)
  • Tina Britt–The Real Thing (Eastern)
  • Alvin Cash & the Crawlers–Twine Time (Mar-V-Lus)
  • The Mighty Hannibal with St. John and the Cardinals–Jerkin’ the Dog (Shurfine)
  • John Paul–I’m a Bad Son-of-a-Gun (Philips)
  • Jimmy Hughes–Chains of Love (Volt)
  • The Chi-Lites–Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So) (Brunswick)
  • The Radiants–Choo Choo (Chess)
  • The Tymes–What Would I Do (M-G-M)
  • Dobie Gray–Out on the Floor (Charger)
  • Chuck Jackson–I’ve Got to Be Strong (Wand)
  • The Combo Kings–I’m at My Best When I’m Down (Arctic)
  • Jimmy Cliff–I Got a Feeling (And I Can’t Stop) (Island; UK)

None of these records are for sale.

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  1. Pingback: Remembering The Mighty Hannibal | boogaloobag

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