Friday, January 29, 2010
Funky Friday - A Guy Named Sue
He's had mentions in a couple of recent bloggings - so it seems only fair that Guy Stevens gets a post of his own...
A legendary DJ working out of Soho's Scene club, during the first steps of London's mod movement. Guy Stevens record collection was, famously, the UK's largest library of imported soul singles and R 'n' B rarities. A vinyl archive that landed him with a double whammy of soul consultancy - cover versions advisor to The Beatles, Stones, Small Faces and The Who. And, recuited by Chris Blackwell to oversee the soul sister label to Island - Sue Records.
The This Is Sue comp was a budget release compiled by Guy to showcase Sue tunes. I've not seen it documented anywhere, but would guess the title is a response to Atlantic's This Is Soul comp. All today's tracks have been ripped from my very own copy of This Is Sue (14/6)
Roy Head - Treat Her Right
Barbra Lynn - Oh! Baby
Jimmy McGriff - The Last Minute
After serving a drug-related prison sentance (and having his record collection nicked while in nick) he went on to work with (and name) Mott The Hoople, Procul Harum and produce The Clash's London Calling
Dig those crazy leg-actions
Or the Tom Jones versh is here..