Friday, January 23, 2015

40 Year Itch: Miami Sunshine

Helmut Newton photo of models Jerry Hall and and Lisa Taylor Miami 1975

   Betty Wright,  the Queen of Miami soul, described the TK Records sound ( which included on its roster such artists as KC and the Sunshine Band, Little Beaver, Latimore and George McCrae) as "sort of Afro-American-Cuban-Calypso-Funk, with a little bit of sunshine to make your heart feel glad." 

   Wright discovered the Allen Toussaint penned "Shoorah! Shoorah!" on Frankie Miller's 1974 album, High Life, which also contained "Play Something Sweet ( Brickyard Blues)", a hit for Three Dog Night. "Shoorah!" was a UK Top 30 hit for her in 1974 and a Top 40 US R and B hit in early 1975.

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