Different Strokes For Different Folks (Color Vinyl LP)

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Format: LP 
Label: Reel  
Year: 2023 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 


A1 Sweet Thang 
A2 Daddy Please Don't Go Out Tonight 
A3 Why Did You Put Shoes Under My Bed 
A4 Stop By 
A5 Bad Luck 
A6 Hitching A Ride 

B1 Standing In The Grits Line 
B2 In The Sweet Bye & Bye 
B3 Ain't Nothing a Young Girl Can Do 
B4 If There's A Will There's A Way 
B5 What's In The Headlines 

Originally released in 1972.  This edition pressed on red vinyl. 


Baritone Saxophone – Ronnie Eades 
Bass – David Hood 
Drums, Percussion – Roger Hawkins 
Electric Piano, Organ, Clavichord – Barry Beckett 
Engineer – Jerry Masters, Steve Melton 
Guitar – Jimmy Johnson, Pete Carr 
Lead Guitar – Eddie Hinton, Tippy Armstrong 
Tenor Saxophone – Harvey Thompson 
Trombone – Dale Quillen 
Trumpet – Harrison Calloway 
Vocals - Don Covay 

Don Covay was raised in DC and began his performing and recording careers here. That included a late-1950s stint as a member of The Rainbows, a DC doo-wop institution that also featured soul legends Marvin Gaye and Billy Stewart, and was a bellwether of a golden age of soul and R&B in the nation's capital.  

Like Gaye and Stewart, Covay was taken under the wing of fellow Washingtonian Bo Diddley, in whose home studio they honed their skills and contributed to Diddley's cutting-edge recordings. For all three, that association led to bigger and better opportunities beyond DC.

Covay became one of the leading figures of the soul music explosion, probably best known as a songwriter who penned hits for a whole galaxy of soul, pop, and rock stars including Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, the Staples Singers, and Wanda Jackson.

He was also a powerful and immensely influential performer, whose vocal style was all but copied whole cloth by legendary British Invasion singers like Mick Jagger, Eric Burdon, and Van Morrison, among others.

"Different Strokes For Different Folks" was Covay's return to recording his own material after a decade-long run of making hits for others. As the title and gatefold cover art suggest, and in keeping with Covay's DC roots, it finds Covay being unapologetically himself--dropping one brilliant, unforgettable tune after another while not fitting comfortably into any one style or genre.

It is an absolute killer LP, finally getting a worthy re-issue after 50 years. 

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