Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What's That Sound? Harlem Shuffle

One of the most famous sounds in the world this week.

In 1969, Bobby Byrd and Earl Nelson recorded one of the greatest duets of all time: 'Harlem Shuffle'. The track made it into the top 50 of the 'Billboard Hot 100', but today it is more familiar not for the vocals but for the distinctive horn fanfare that opens the song.

Listen below:

Makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand up, doesn't it?

Of course it featured in House Of Pain's 'Jump Around' and has been sampled by many others, including Million Dan, whose track 'Mic Chek' can be heard below:

You can still get your hands on 7" vinyl copies of this classic track, look here for some Ebay action, and the tune appears on loads of soul compilations too.

Until next time, keep your fingers dusty and your grooves clean.

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