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17 November 2014

Booty Butt (With The Ray Charles Orchestra)

Album: My Kind Of Jazz, Tangerine 1512, April 1970.
Single (A): Tangerine 1015, March 1971, b/w Sidewinder.
Sheet music with
odd spelling error.

Recorded at RPM International in Los Angeles, from January 1 to 10, 1970.

Ray Charles - vocal and piano (solo); J. Lloyd Miller - alto saxophone, oboe; Curtis Peagler - alto saxophone; Andy Ennis (solo), Albert McQueen, Clifford Scott - tenor saxophone; Leroy Cooper - baritone saxophone; Bobby Bryant, Bill King, Marshall Hunt, Blue Mitchell, trumpet; Glen Childress, Henry Coker, Joe Randazzo, (+ Edward Comegys? or Fred Murrell? or David Phelps?) - trombone; Ben Martin - guitar (solo); Edgar Willis - bass; Ernest Elly - drums.

The tune (penned by Ray Charles, featuring Andy Ennis on tenor saxophone) made it to #31 on the pop charts. We'll probably never know which band members (also) contributed to the 'backing vocals'.*

* Quincy Jones said: "Ray got to groovin' so good on Booty Butt that he couldn't resist sneakin' in a little soulful hum, and that got so good he had to go back and overdub it a few times more. And if you think Ray Charles sounds good by himself, just imagine four of him singing together."

'70 LC Paris - 2x (fragments)
'71 LC San Carlos

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