Listen/Download – Wayne Logiudice – Come On Everybody (Let’s Get Some Action On)
Listen/Download – Wayne Logiudice – Ow! Boogaloo
Welcome to another week at Iron Leg.
The tunes I bring you today are two sides of a very hot 45 that I’ve been hanging onto for a long time.
I forget where I first heard about Wayne Logiudice, but I suspect it was an an appearance on a 45 sales list.
The 45 in question has been described as ‘soul on one side, garage on the other’, and that’s a pretty good call.
Wayne Logiudice (with a name so improbable that the record company felt the need to spell it out phonetically on the label!?) was a Georgia-based R&B singer who toured widely, first with the Kommotions, and then as a feature act, all through the black clubs of the South and all over the country in the 1960s.
Logiudice and the Kommotions were part of a wave of largely white R&B bands that rose up out of Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas during the 60s, like the Swinging Medallions, Pieces of Eight, Tim Whitsett and the Imperials, Tempests and many others.
The garage side, ‘Come On Everybody (Let’s Get Some Action On)’ is a groovy, slightly sinister killer that opens with a great guitar/bass riff. The tune, delivered in a ‘jerk’ beat has some cool horns in the background and a great vocal by Logiudice.
The more soul-oriented side (actually the A side) ‘Ow! Boogaloo!’ has a Wayne Cochran/James Brown vibe to the vocals (makes me wonder about the motivation behind masking tape with the word “white” pasted to the label) , an expecially hot lead guitar and once again, a tight horn section.
As far as I can tell, despite a heavy touring schedule – which included sharing stages with the likes of the Impressions and a backing band that would become the Winstons – Logiudice only ever recorded this one 45. I wish there was more because I’d certainly like to hear what Logiudice sounded like in a more soulful context.
I’m also curious of the producer is the same Bobby Robinson of all the NY-based R&B/soul labels.
I hope you dig the tunes, and I’ll be back next week.