John Phillips Soul
& Stone Marching Band
That Memphis Thing

Released out of Memphis on the local Pepper label in 1968 "That Memphis Thing" is a great late 60s, 'big band' instrumental.

Pepper's owner William Pepper was a big music industry figure in Memphis at the time and was widely respected for having helped bring in an all-Black broadcasting format to the legendary WDIA radio station. This song was one of many instrumentals produced by his staff arrangers Larry Muhoberac and Vinny Trouth. The label was later phased out and Pepper focused on producing advertising and radio jingles [More...].

Strictly speaking, the relatively sophisticated arrangement and instrumentation (is that a Moog in there?) shows its roots as a professional studio project and makes it not funk per se, but definitely funk-y. Plus, as far as breaks are concerned, the drum intro ain't half bad.

Artist: John Phillips Soul & Stone Marching Band
A: That Memphis Thing
B: The Soul Strut
Label: Pepper
Cat#: PPR 441


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