Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: They replaced her with a piano

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Throughout this year we’ll at times be focusing on music made 50 years ago in 1969.

Do you remember the hit recording, “Soulful Strut”?

For a long, long, long, long time I thought that “Soulful Strut” was merely an instrumental. I was surprised to learn there were indeed lyrics. The song was first recorded by Barbara Acklin under the title “Am I the Same Girl,” and released in early 1969.

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Sounds like a hit to me.

Wrong.

Please follow the bouncing ball.

On this date in 1969 Barbara Acklin’s single was at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It would go no higher, spending a mere three weeks on the chart.

Even before Acklin’s recording was released producer Carl Davis had the idea of removing Acklin’s voice, and replacing it with a piano solo. So, although Acklin sang it first, her version of “Soulful Strut” wasn’t released until February of 1969. Four months earlier Young-Holt Unlimited with drummer Isaac Holt, bassist Eldee Young, and pianist Ken Chaney released their instrumental version. It peaked at #3 in January of 1969.

 

BONUS

Barbara Acklin’s biggest claim to fame? She co-wrote this song, a #3 smash in 1971. It is considered to be one of the best soul records of all time.

Acklin died of pneumonia in 1998. She was 55.

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