Listen – Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) – MP3
The end of the week is coming up fast, and strangely enough so is my energy threshold. I’m sitting here, when I really ought to be sleeping, and instead (of course) I’m writing.
Can’t help it…
The wife and kids are away visiting my in-laws for a few days, so – as is always the case when they’re away – I’m engaged in a marathon vinyl recording/blog posting marathon. Tonight I dug out and digi-ma-tized enough vinyl for two new mixes (one for here and one for Funky16Corners), and I’m writing posts for both blogs (one of which you’re currently reading).
I ought to be spreading the work out over two days, but Thursday is my heavy day at work, at the end of which my brain is usually good and dented, and I am unable to string together coherent sentences.
So…here I am now.
Today’s selection is one of those tunes that was a Top 40 hit in it’s day, yet I never heard it played even once in the 35 or so years I’ve been listening to the radio. I first heard the Hombres’ ‘Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)’ on an early CD comp of MGM and Mercury Records-related pop hits that I picked up sometime in the late-80’s. There, alongside the Sir Douglas Quintet, Every Mothers Son, Janis Ian and the New Colony Six were the Hombres.
As I said, I’d never heard of the band before, but as soon as I heard ‘Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)’ with its ‘Gloria’-esque combo organ riff, hand claps and Bizarro World Bob Dylan lyrics, I knew it was a keeper.
The Hombres were a Memphis, TN band that started their career as a road version of ‘Ronnie & the Daytonas’. The band, which included organist B.B. Cunningham (whose brother Bill was in the Box Tops) was signed to Verve after recording with Huey Meaux (and changing their name from the Bandits to the Hombres) released ‘Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)’ in the Fall of 1967. It remained on the charts for several weeks, just missing the Top 10. The Hombres would release a few more singles (and an LP) for Verve before breaking up in 1969.
I hope you dig it.
With any luck, I’ll be back on Monday with a new (and unusual) mix.
If you’re in NJ, and you dig the sounds of soul and funk spun on 45, head down to the World Famous Asbury Lanes on Friday night (3/28) for the latest installment of the Asbury Park 45 Sessions.