James Brown Boo​-​ga​-​loo

by James & the Incredible Showmen



After recording primal rock and roll, rockabilly and garage tracks out of his parents’ basement in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, engineer/entrepreneur Clay Barclay expanded his horizons by producing popular 1960’s blue-eyed soul groups. In 1966, Barclay hooked up with Ron Metz and agent Pat Farraro to form a trio, which turned out to be a winning team for the next two years. The three set up a shop in the Shillington section of Reading and produced many groups. One of those bands was The Incredible Showmen. It was formed in the late 60s and continued up until the mid 70s. Around 1968 they released their one and only 45RPM single (“To Love To Love” b/w “James Brown Boo-ga-loo”). Though neither tunes did much, funk 45 collectors are more than glad that they left behind this piece of music history. James Brown Boo-ga-loo is, obviously, a tribute to the Godfather of Soul that must have had the dance floor jumping when they played it. A monster cut for funk DJs.


released February 11, 2013



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