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9 Sep 2016

Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul “ Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul “ 1973 US Funk Soul.






Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul “ Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul “ 1973 US killer Funk Soul...recommended.....
Joe Quarterman (aka “Sir Joe Quarterman”) is an American funk and soul singer. Quarterman earned the title “Sir” in high school. His single, “(I Got) So Much Trouble in My Mind,” was also his biggest, reaching the R&B Top 30 in 1973. After leaving the music industry, Quarterman earned a degree in architecture. His song “I’m Gonna Get You” was later featured on the breakbeat compilation “Ultimate Breaks and Beats”. ……
“Joe Quarterman was an unfairly overlooked funk and soul singer influenced by – but not imitative of – James Brown. Honing his chops in church choirs and various vocal groups, Quarterman earned the nickname "Sir” in high school while singing with a group called the Knights; he subsequently joined up with a female backing quartet as Sir Joe & the Maidens and cut a few records during the early ‘60s. Quarterman went on to play trumpet in the El Corols (aka the Magnificent Seven), whose highest-profile gig came as Garnet Mimms’ backing band. In 1970, after playing jazz with the Orlando Smith Quintet, he formed a backing group called Free Soul, which featured lead guitarist George “Jackie” Lee, jazz-trained guitarist Willie Parker, fretless bassist Gregory Hammonds, keyboardist Karissa Freeman, drummer Charles Steptoe, and horn player Leon Rogers. Their first single, “(I Got) So Much Trouble in My Mind,” was also their biggest, reaching the R&B Top 30 in early 1973. Quarterman’s only LP, Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul, was released later that year on the small GSF label, and showed Quarterman to be an avatar of the kind of hard, socially conscious funk James Brown often recorded during the early '70s. Further singles followed, including “This Girl of Mine (She’s Good to Me),” “I’m Gonna Get You,” and “Thanks Dad,” before Quarterman moved to Mercury in 1974. Unfortunately, the label issued only two singles, the fine “Get Down Baby” and “I’m a Young Man,” before letting Quarterman go. Financial problems broke up the band, and Quarterman quit the business to return to college and earn his degree in architecture. Collectables reissued Quarterman’s lone album on CD during the '90s, adding several non-LP singles as bonus tracks.“
allmusic.com……
Funk and soul singer Joe Quarterman earned the nickname “Sir” in high school while singing with a group called the Knights. During the course of his career, Quarterman took his James Brown-influenced sound and joined up with multiple groups such as Sir Joe and the Maidens and the El Corols, and made a few records during the early ’60s. In 1970 Quarterman formed Sir Joe Quarterman and Free Soul and released numerous highly-influential singles, the biggest being “(I Got) So Much Trouble in My Mind,” in 1973. Further singles full of socially conscious funk followed, including “This Girl of Mine (She’s Good to Me),” “I’m Gonna Get You” and “Thanks Dad.” Quarterman quit the business to return to college and earn his degree in architecture, but since has been making a comeback into music. Bow to Sir Joe Quarterman when he performs at Balliceaux on Saturday, May 19, at 10:30 p.m. $10-$12. 355-3008. …..
Tracklist
(I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind 6:19
I Made A Promise 4:18
The Trouble With Trouble 2:46
The Way They Do My Life 3:06
Find Yourself 2:59
Gonna Get Me A Friend 2:04
Give Me Back My Freedom 3:34
I Feel Like This 2:57
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