Gil Bernal / Willie J Charles- The Dogs / Feelin' Kind A Lonesome

£10.99
Format: 7"
Availability: PRE-ORDER

RSV080

29/11/2019

Two Back-to-Back R&B Classics. Gil Bernal was born in Watts, Los Angeles in 1931 and was a singer and session musician touring nationally with the Lionel Hampton Band. Here we feature his $2,000 rarity The Dogs which has been tearing up the dance floors across Europe and the UK. It was recorded in 1961 for Robert “Bumps” Blackwell’s ‘Bumps’ label and is a storming R&B dancer that deserves all of the accolades bestowed on it in recent times by the rare soul community. Bernal was far from a one-trick pony, check out his R&B mover Keep Those Wanderin’ Eyes Off my Baby, his stunning big beat version of P J Proby’s To Make A Big Man Cry and his 1967 ‘Hot 100’ entry This Is Worth Fighting For. Willie J Charles was a staff writer for Gladys Hampton’s ‘Glad-Hamp’ label formed in 1961. She was of course the wife and business manager of the aforementioned bandleader and percussionist Lionel Hampton. Charles co-wrote Little Annie for Anne Belle Caesar (sister of Shirley Caesar). Here we find him in fine voice performing his own song Feelin’ Kind A Lonesome which has become an R&B anthem in recent times with prices reaching $2,000!

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