Numero Group: By The Numbers


Tim Jacob vs. Gay Poppa
August 27, 2010, 2:03 pm
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At Numero sometimes the story of how a single comes to fruition can be more interesting then the single itself.  In this case it’s Tim Jacob’s “Mercy Baby” and its connection to the instrumental “Pauls Midnight Ride” by the Delights Orchestra. For those without immediate knowlegde of every song in our catalog,  “Mercy Baby” is featured on 2008’s Eccentric Soul: Smarts Place CD/2LP, wherein we chronicle the Smart Family and the Wichita soul scene. Give a listen:

Dick Smart issued this single on his Solo Records imprint with local DJ Tim Jacob. With no authorization what-so-ever, Jacob rapped over “Paul’s Midnight Ride” that is the instrumental flip off the 1968 Atco single “ Baby Be Mine” by the Sweet Delights. This instrumental was at the time used as his theme song for his radio show. The name of the track off the Solo single was taken from the common catch phrase Jacob used in his shows. But was it his first?

Though we can’t confirm the year, a second version of “Mercy Baby” was issued on Shreveport, Louisiana’s Custom Sound label, credited to and purportedly sung by Sonorose “Gay Poppa” Rutledge. According to some dude who popped in for one post on a known funk 45 message board, Jacob was working at KOKA in Shreveport at the same time as Rutledge, but said messenger could provide no further information on who bit from who.

We’ll have to hope Tim Jacob comes out of the woodwork to solve this mystery as Rutledge is long in the ground.

Now for the footnotes:

The vocal side of the single  “Baby Be Mine” by the Sweet Delights was the only single released by this Philadelphia group. The group included Gerylane (Moore) Edgehill who was married to Eddie Edgehill who managed the group and co-wrote the song. Edgehill had been active in the Philly R&B scene since the 1950’s being an integral part of such groups as The Valentines and The Del-Knights. Lastly, the ATCO single features arrangements and production by Virtue-Stiles who among other things arranged the break-beat laden Atlantic single  “Sexy Coffee Pot” by Tony Alvon & The Belairs.

These four singles each released on three different labels from three different scenes (Philly, Wichita, Shreveport) show how one groove can attract diverse array of people despite each singles respective obscurity.

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At first, I misread “Gay Poppa” as late Philadelphia TV reporter Gary Papa.

Comment by plasket

The voice on both tracks belongs to Sunrose Rutledge aka Gay Poppa. Gay Poppa also release another recording, “Gay Poppa’s Cha-Cha” around the same time.

Comment by Tedd Chambers

Sunrose Rutledge is still alive and living in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Comment by Tedd Chambers

Yes, Sunrose Rutledge is still alive. He’s my dad.

Comment by S. Walthall

Gay Poppa is still regarded as one of the greatest on air personalities of all times. El Toro, Uncle Bill Caston, BB Birdbrain Davis, Fay Fisher. KOKA 1550 on your radio dial. Antonio-A shout out to you.

Comment by Wendell

Is Sunrose Rutledge alive now? I am searching to find out. Could someone hopefully a family member please respond to me via email….Cheryl@independentmedianashville.com. thank you.

Comment by cheryl strichik

I grew up listening to Gay Poppa. His named popped up in head today and I decided to see what info was available about him. I loved listening to him.

Comment by J. Richard




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