Walter & the Admirations comes to Brooklyn! Although they’re performing as The Green Berets, which they were better known as, they will of course be performing their tunes “Man O Man” and “Life of Tears”, included in the forthcoming Eccentric Soul: Omnibus boxset. This is an incredible event and the folks at Dig Deeper always go to such extreme lengths to put on a unbelievable show.
Excerpted from our biography of the group: Walter Smith led the Cabrini-Green–based vocal harmony group the Admirations while in middle school, recording two 45s for the Leaner family’s One-Derful! label in 1967. After transferring to Tilden High, Smith formed a new group with classmates the Donaldson brothers—Brad, Keith, and David—and Cliff Frazier, who had been performing as The Four Gents. Incorporating the Four Gents as his back up band, Walter & The Admirations went on a talent-show tear. Manager Ted Daniels then obtained a one-off contract with Leo Austell and Hillary Johnson’s La-Cindy label. Daniels’ La-Cindy connection, as well as the studio where “Life Of Tears” b/w “Man Oh Man (What Have I Done)” was cut, remains unknown. Frazier co-wrote both songs with guitarist Phil Davis, though a typo credited the single to the “Admeration’s.” Following graduation, all five members had their draft cards pulled. Taking on military-inspired moniker The Green Berets, the group ended up as part of a package deal Andre Williams sold to the Los Angeles-based Uni label in 1970.
Filed under: Eccentric Soul Revue, Syl Johnson | Tags: Milwaukee, Pitman Theatre, Renaldo Domino, The Bo-Keys, the Notations
Hot on the trails of a smoking show in Durham, NC, last November, the Eccentric Soul Revue returns with a show in Milwaukee, WI, on Saturday March 24th at The Pitman Theatre.
Gracing the stage will be Syl Johnson, The Notations, & Renaldo Domino who will all be backed by The Bo-Keys.
We don’t do this show that often so, we hope that you can make it out for this truly special and rare event. Tickets are a mere $22 and available here online.
Tuck your sunglasses into your short sleeved t-shirt’s neckline and sit a spell. By February 11th 2012, Chicago will be under a blanket of ice so thick you’d think we were living at the poles. Meanwhile, in sunny Los Angeles, Syl Johnson will disembark from a Southwest jet to play his first show in California since the late ’70s. If you were there in those halcyon and buttons-popped polyester shirt days, don’t worry, his set has changed a little bit. With two Grammy nominations on the verge of bearing fruit the following night at the Staples Center, Syl is sure to be in rare form.
Backed by the Breakestra
Saturday, February 11th 2012 The Echo
1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Doors: 9PM. Set: 10PM.
Following Syl’s set, Numero will take to the decks with Miles from Funky Sole for a rawkus three hour dance party.
Why did we bother sending out an email for a show that’s three months away? Good question. Due to the capacity restrictions of the Echo, this show will surely sell out. The kind folks at the venue have agreed to give us a 48 hour pre-sale window to make sure Syl and Numero fans get right of first refusal. Don’t say we’ve never done anything nice for you.
Want in on the pre-sale? Click this line of text and enter the code num032. After 10AM on Friday, the remaining tickets will be released to the teaming masses.
Lastly, because we’re in such a celebratory mood we’re offering our Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology box set for $10 off on our website until 10AM on Friday. Enter the coupon code sylbox when you’re checking out to receive the discount.
See you in Los Angeles in three months. Pray that our flights aren’t snowed in.
The Numero Group
Filed under: Eccentric Soul Revue, Numero Press, Subscription, Syl Johnson, Uncategorized | Tags: Boddie, durham, horizon, NPR, press, revue, WFMU
As the Numero van traverses east into the Carolinas today before stopping for an eventful night at Horizon Records in Greenville S.C., we have been holding down the fort over here shipping out the last of the 2011 Vinyl Subscriptions and pre-orders. 2012 Subscriptions are now available at our web store and will remain up for the next few months while the 2011.5 Part 2 Vinyl Subscription will be up until the end of the day tomorrow. In preparation of Numero’s march into Durham there has been a tidal-wave of pro-numero propaganda that has swept through the Triangle, check it out below.
Also if you’re not convinced to buy the Boddie box set make sure to check out today’s NPR Morning Edition with Tony Cox at 1:30 EST today with Louise Boddie and Numero Archivist Dante Carfagna, who are going be chatting about the history and music of the Boddie Recording Company. Don’t Sleep.
Speaking about public radio, check out this clip from two nights ago on WFMU’s The Best Show with Tom Scharpling where he gets an unexpected caller. Note – this is not some kid with a Syl Johnson Soundboard, it’s the man himself. Listen below.
For North Carolina residents and visitors hoping to get a little more night mileage out of our approaching Eccentric Soul Revue (November 19th, Carolina Theatre), you are in luck. We have just allied with The Whiskey, downtown Durham’s grown folks outpost of preference, to give concert goers an opportunity to wind down or wind back up. Following the Revue, Rob Sevier, Ken Shipley, Carolina-Numero turncoat Jon Kirby, and Carolina Soul aficionado Jason Perlmutter will trek one block south to the Whiskey, and proceed to play 45s until someone tells us to stop. The Whiskey is nearly as finicky as the Numero Group; individuals must be at least 23 to attend (sorry undergrads) and a respectable dress code is enforced. There is no cover but space is limited, so beelines are recommended if this is your kind of party.
Filed under: Eccentric Soul Revue
If you live in the greater Durham, North Carolina area and haven’t bought tickets yet for the Eccentric Soul Revue on Saturday November 19th at the Carolina Theater it’s your lucky day.
Syl Johnson, The Notations, and Renaldo Domino all backed by The Sweet Divines & D-Town Brass Section will take it to the stage for one night only.
We are doing a sale for the next 48 hours and starting today at 10am you can get tickets for a mere $15 by entering the word, REVUE, into the discount code field.
There is absolutely nothing else like the Eccentric Soul Revue. A ticket is a time machine. Be there!
Filed under: Eccentric Soul Revue | Tags: Atlanta GA, Bloomington IN, Durham NC, Greenville SC, notations, Renaldo Domino
Numero Invades Bloomington, IN, Monday, at The Bishop, 123 South Walnut St, Bloomington, Indiana November 14 at 9:00pm
For one night only, Chicago’s Numero Group will wreak red-hot havoc on Bloomington. Numero’s own Rob Sevier, Ken Shipley, and Jon Kirby will spin rare 45s from north of the Mason-Dixon until 2AM, and will shill the label’s extensive line of LPs, CDs, and 45s in the lobby.
Numero Invades Atlanta, Wednesday, at Club 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave, Atlanta GA, November 16 at 9:00pm
For one night only, Chicago’s Numero Group will wreak havoc on Atlanta. Following a burning of the city’s record stores, the label will set up a pop up shop inside Club 529, shilling their wares between 9-11PM.
To drown out the sounds of their ringing cash register, Numero’s own Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley will spin rare 45s from north of the Mason-Dixon until 2AM. Local boy Brian Poust will play the role of John B. Hood, defending Atlanta’s honor with his own box of southern heat.
Numero Invades Greenville, SC. at Horizon Records in The Bohemian Cafe, Thursday, November 17 at 9:00pm
Numero’s march through the south continues as we tear down Greenville, SC on November 17th. In between jokes about Vardy McBee and Benjamin Perry, Numero’s own Rob Sevier, Ken Shipley, and Jon Kirby will spin deep 45s until driven out of town by the pitchfork-wielding mob dispatched by the Museum and Library of Confederate History.
Cash/credit/confederate notes accepted at all events
Eccentric Soul Revue in Durham, North Carolina, at The Carolina Theatre, Saturday, November 19 at 8:00pm
ESR on the road once more! We’re bringing Syl Johnson, the Notations, and Renaldo Domino (backed by the Divine Rhythm Soul and the D-Town Brass) to the Carolina Theater in downtown Durham for one night only. November 19th is the date, and tickets are available NOW.