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This week let’s get a little more funky with our instrumentals. “Soulful Strut” was the instrumental track for “Am I The Same Girl” by Barbara Acklin and it is soulful and funky for sure!
“Am I The Same Girl” is a popular soul song, written in 1968 for American soul singer Barbara Acklin by her husband, Eugene Record, lead singer of the Chi-Lites, and Sonny Sanders. Acklin’s label, Brunswick Records, first released the song in the autumn of 1968 as an instrumental track without her vocals, entitled “Soulful Strut” and credited to Brunswick soul-jazz combo Young-Holt Unlimited. “Soulful Strut” became a Top 5 hit in the United States, while Acklin’s vocal version, released in the winter of 1969, was not as successful. (Source)
This album is one of the first cassette tapes that I ever bought. I have always been slow to change. By the time I left vinyl for 8-tracks, cassettes were already on the scene, but I was slow to get on board. This one came in a black plastic case (early cases were in opaque colors of black,white or red before the clear plastic cases came into vogue) and the label peeled off soon after purchase, so I had to scotch tape it on. Forty years later I still have that tape and play it once in a while since I haven’t gotten a digital version of the entire album yet.
In addition to “Soulful Strut” other tracks on the album include “Funky Is As Funky Does”, “Baby Your Light Is Out”, “Who’s Making Love”, “Ain’t There Something Money Can’t Buy?”, “Be By My Side”, and “Please Sunrise”. You can’t go wrong adding this one to your musical collection.
The musicians of Chicago’s Young-Holt Unlimited, who first came into the public eye as members of Ramsey Lewis’ first Trio, have an interesting musical history that you can read all about, both, here and
here. Plus additional information on the group can also be found at their Record Company site – Brunswick.
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