Various Artists – R&B Hipshakers Vol. 1: Teach Me to Monkey

January 01, 1970



fastest way to a hit in the pre-Beatles 1960s was to create or ride the wave of
a dance. On R&B Hipshakers, compiler DJ Mr. Fine Wine, an expert in
this niche, digs deep into the King/Federal vaults from the late ‘50s/early ‘60s
and unearths some rare treats. The quality of the session musicians gave a
sturdy foundation to even the most ridiculous novelties, including “Gibble
Gobble” by Willie Wright & his Sparklers, the crazed “That’s It
Man” by the Valentines, and Hank Ballard’s trip down “Broadway.”
King had a knack for recording great guitar players, and “Texas Oil”
by Freddy King and “Posin’,” Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s precursor
to 1990’s “Vogue” both transcend novelty. Transcending oedipal
boundaries is the subtext of Little Emmett Sutton’s “Mom, Won’t You Teach
Me How to Monkey,” while the Five Royales’ “The Slummer the
Slum,” featuring composer/guitarist Lowman Pauling, a failed dance craze
with social commentary, is among the greatest 136 seconds of rock ‘n’ roll ever


DOWNLOAD: “The Slummer the
Slum” (Five Royales), “My Nerves” (Little Willie John) WAYNE ROBINS

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