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“Sitting Here on a Tongue”: What’s a Grodeck Whipperjenny?

Six of the eight songs on the debut album by The Grodeck Whipperjenny were recorded in Cincinnati’s King Records studio on February 5, 1970.  “Sitting Here on a Tongue” is the album’s kick-off track:

“Sitting Here on a Tongue”     The Grodeck Whipperjenny     1970

The Grodeck Whipperjenny were led by David Matthews, bandleader and arranger for James Brown, who issued the group’s one and only album on King Records imprint, People Records.  Matthews would later go on to become staff arranger for Creed Taylor‘s CTI Records.

Grodeck Whipperjenny LP

Billboard “Soul Sauce” columnist, Ed Ochs, filed this report in the March 20, 1971 edition:

Believe It or Not Dept:  King Records is rushing out a new album by, that’s right, James Brown, titled “Sho Is Funky Down Here.”  The result of a jam session with a Cincinnati-area rock-blues group, Grodeck Whipperjenny, the disk features Brown instrumentally on organ and harpsichord.  It will be aimed additionally at the underground market, with the title track leading the way.  Brown’s recent trip to Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia was so successful that the man, through his voice, might go on poppin’ forever . . . .


Cash BoxMarch 20, 1971

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