Boogaloo Returns to Funky Brunch

DJ Pete Pop and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the Funky Brunch. Photo by Marty Shane.

For the last several weeks, The Funky Brunch has been so successful at Mama Roux, the New Orleans-themed restaurant in Newburgh, NY, that it looks like it will continue indefinitely. DJ Pete Pop as been holding down the fort with his boss tunes and Mama’s clientele appear to enjoy the scene immensely. Mr. Pop invited Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus for a return visit on Sunday September 5 and in spite of the threatening rain—which was really only a sprinkle now and then—it went really well.

But because of the threatening rain, the DJ booth was set up inside the front window instead of the back yard, with the music being pumped throughout the venue. The location of the DJ booth worked well, as nearly every satisfied Mama Roux customer expressed his or her appreciation of the sounds on their way out. For a DJ, it is always good to know that one is not throwing pearls before swine!!

Pete Pop played some great records—including another whole set of Latin soul, like last time. He’s got some pretty good records and he knows how to make them spin around!

As a club DJ, playing records in the middle of the day is something that needs getting used to. As an aging club DJ, it is something that we can get used to really fast—especially when playing records at Mama Roux. At closing time, around 4pm (not 4 AM!!), Miss Sterling, the owner of the club, showed up with her family and the Mama Roux’s chef laid out a buffet of of some very excellent food for all staff members to partake in. Are DJs considered staff members? You bet! The Boogaloo Bag writers are here to tell you that the crabcakes are fantastic!

DJ Pete Pop and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus pause to pose for post Funky Brunch photo op. Photo by Anthony

The following is a list of some of the sonic pearls that Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus threw before the fabulous patrons of Mama Roux—including three popcorn records in a row:

The Nilsmen–Sand Step (RJR; Netherlands)
Paul Humphrey & His Cool Aid Chemists–Detroit (Lizard)
Cannonball Adderley Sextet–Jive Samba (Riverside)
Bobby Jones–R House Special (Gateway)
Jack Daniels Orchestra—The Loop (Jerden)
Rene Touzet his Piano & Rhythm–Caravan (Fiesta)
Donatao–Bambu (Blue Thumb; France)
Orchestre Conga Internationale–Nakupenda Sana (Play Sound; France)
The X-Citers Unlimited–Soul to Billy Joe (ABC)
Carmen Rivero y Su Conjunto–Pata Pata (Discos Columbia)
Freddie and Henchi and the S.S. Revue–Biscuits and Buttermilk (MoSoul)
Benny Spellman–Fortune Teller (Minit)
Slim Harpo—I’m Gonna Keep What I’ve Got (Excello)
Curtis Mayfield–Beautiful Brother of Mine (Curtom)
Funkadelic–Cosmic Slop (Westbound)
Betty Wright–If You Ain’t Got It (Alston)
Johnny Griffith, Inc.–The Grand Central Shuttle (GeNEVA)
Ike & Tina Turner & the Ikettes–Come Together (Minit)
Manfred Mann–Watermelon Man [from EP The One in the Middle] (His Master’s Voice; UK)
Dr. Feelgood and the Interns–Mister Moonlight (OKeh)
Bob Marley and the Wailers–Doppy Conquer (Shelter)
Toots and the Maytals–Country Road (Island)
Boogaloo Assassins—No, No, No (Sicario)
The Noble Knights–Sing a Simple Song (Cotillion)
The Meters–Trick Bag (Reprise)
The Temptations–Hum Along and Dance (Gordy)
The Chakachas–Jungle Fever (Polydor)
William DeVaughn–Be Thankful for What You Got (Roxbury)
Antique–Last Tango in Paris (Cat)
[no artist listed]–Superstition (Hoctor)
Judy Carne–Sock It To Me (Reprise)
Vincent Bell–Eleanor Rigby (Decca)
Lord Sitar–Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing in the Shadow? (Capitol)
Buddy Rich–Uptight (Everything’s Alright) (Pacific Jazz)
Virginia Vee–I Feel Free (RSO France; France)
Mel Tormé—Comin’ Home Baby (Atlantic)
Major Lance—Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um (OKeh)
Googie Rene Combo–Smokey Joe’s La La (Class)
Vic Schoen–1 – 2 – 3 (Mainstream)
Tony Clarke–Landslide (Chess)
The Vows–Buttered Popcorn (V.I.P.)
The Rivingtons–Pop Your Corn (RCA)
Jerry-O–Popcorn-Boo-Ga-Loo Pt. 1 (Boo-Ga-Loo)
Contributors of Soul–(Do The) Yum Yum Man (Emase)
The Dixie Cups–Two-Way-Poc-A-Way (ABC-Paramount)
The Heptones–Party Time (Island; UK)
Delroy Wilson–Get Ready (Monica’s; Canada)
Betty Lavette–Heart of Gold (Atco)
The Isley Brothers–Spill the Wine (T-Neck)
The Delfonics–Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love) (Philly Groove)
Cumbias en Moog–Cumbia de Sal (Peerless; Mexico)
Hugh Masekela–Languta (Chisa/Blue Thumb)
Laurel Aitken–Do the Boogaloo (Big Shot; UK)
Gary (U.S.) Bonds—Workin’ for My Baby (Legrand)
Alvin Cash & the Crawlers–Twine Time (Mar-V-Lus)
Barbara George–Something You Got (Seven B)
Barbara Lynn–Oh! Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin’) (Jamie)
Phil Flowers–I Saw Her Standing There (Dot)
Patti Drew—It’s All Over Now (Quill)
Tammi Terrell–This Old Heart of Mine (Motown)
Jewel Akens–A Slice of the Pie (Era)
The Dells–Hi Diddley Dee Dum Dum (Argo)
Timmy Norman and the O’Jahs–Roadside 75 (Sound Stage 7)
[no artist listed]–Cissy Strut (Hoctor)
Clarence Wheeler & the Enforcers—Doin’ What I Wanna (Atlantic)

None of these records are for sale.

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