Monday, July 2, 2007

The Dapps with "Pee Wee" Ellis - The Rabbit Got The Gun (1968)

Saxophonist Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis was a core member of James Brown's backing band during the sixties.
His collaborations and arrangements on songs like 'Cold Sweat' and 'Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud' have ranked him as one of the pioneers of Funk.

Round about 1968, when this instrumental 45 was released, The Dapps were the backing band to several recordings of other artists in the James Brown 'stable' of musical acts.

(See also: 3 excellent volumes of the 'James Brown's Funky People' CD compilation series)

The group's line-up apparently changed in different recording sessions, and it seems likely that regular members of Brown's own band acted as session players.

Odds are that most of the following line-up are on this record:

Eddie Setser - Guitar
Charles Summers - Bass
Tim Hedding - Keyboards
William 'Beau Dollar' Bowman - Drums
Ken Tibbetts, Ron Geisman - Trumpet
Les Asch, David Parkinson - Sax

In 1971, Brown's band, The J.B.'s would record a second version of 'The Rabbit Got The Gun'.

Listen to: The Dapps, featuring Alfred Ellis - The Rabbit Got The Gun (King label, 1968)

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1 comment:

brooos said...

I know I'm posting to something over two years old, but take a listen to the JBs People label version back to back with this one. It's actually the same version.

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