Thursday, March 21, 2013

King Floyd--Groove Me (1970)

     King Floyd III was born in New Orleans in 1945. He started singing in the Bourbon Street area before entering the army. After that he went to California where he hooked up with former AFO producer Harold Battiste and recorded an album featuring songs written by Dr. John. The album failed to chart, and Floyd moved back to Louisiana.
     By 1969, he was working for the post office with most ideas of making in the industry fading. It was there however that Wardell Quezergue, an R&B arranger convinced him to record for a small label out of Jackson, Mississippi called Malaco Records. Floyd went there and recorded "What Our Love Needs" (A-side) and "Groove Me" on the flip. Interestingly enough Jean Knight was also at that session and recorded what was to be another big hit for the small label, "Mr. Big Stuff".
     The A side went nowhere but the New Orleans DJ's began to flip it over and play "Groove Me". It soon became national and rewarded King with a #6 hit. He recorded a couple more albums, and although fine records, never was able to achieve the magic again. He passed in 2006 at the age of 61.



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