Tuesday, January 21, 2014

White Whale Records Spotlight: Bob And Earl - Harlem Shuffle

For the remainder of this abbreviated week (in the US, that is), we're going to take a look at a few records from the short lived White Whale Records label out of Los Angeles, California. The label only lasted from 1965-1970 and fed almost entirely off of the success of Los Angeles band, The Turtles. 

Today we start with Bob and Earl and their original composition, Harlem Shuffle. Bob Relf and Earl Nelson hailed from Los Angeles and recorded for a bunch of different labels. Harlem Shuffle is today their enduring legacy. The cool groover was originally released in 1963 on the Marc Records label but was re-released on White Whale in 1969. The song has been covered many times by many bands, including The Rolling Stones who released the version of the number as a single in 1986. But none is better than the original.
Until tomorrow, we'll see you On The Flip-Side!