“Harlem Shuffle” Performed by Bob & Earl (1963)

April 11, 2008

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Let’s close out the week with one more Sue Records artist — The duo Bob & Earl and their hit “Harlem Shuffle”.

” Bob & Earl were Bobby Relf and Earl Nelson. Relf replaced Nelson’s former partner, Bobby Byrd, who worked with him in James Brown’s Famous Flames. That duo cut songs for various labels, but hadn’tclicked as an act. The new Bob & Earl struck gold with this single, which made it to the Top 50 when it was issued in 1963. ” (Source:Ron Wynn)


“The original single, co-arranged by Barry White and Gene Page, peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #36 on the Cash Box chart. However, the record was much more successful upon its UK release in 1969, making the Top 10 there. It was released on Marc Records, a subsidiary of Titan Records.

In 2003, the Bob & Earl original version of the song was ranked #23 by the music critics of The Daily Telegraph on their list of the “50 Best Duets Ever”.(Source)

Thanks for stopping by. Keep enjoying the music.



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1 LENNY DELANEY January 14, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Hi from Woburn MA
You were on Howard Stern today.
The original song is the best .
I purchased on I TUNES & downloaded legally the entire Sweet Soul Music Album containing your song LUV IT
From woburn ,ma


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