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“You Shakin’ Things Up”: Southern Soul Supreme

Here’s a tasty two-minute slice of southern soul from Robert (“Barefootin’“) Parker:

“You Shakin’ Things Up”     Robert Parker     1969

1969’s “You Shakin’ Things Up” is the first of two singles for Shelby Singleton‘s Silver Fox and SSS International labels.

Written by Robert Parker

Robert Parker 45(Produced By Bob Robin For Shelby Singleton Productions)


Great complementary piece from Home of the Groove in which we learn that the two Robert Parker singles were produced by Bob Robin in Muscle Shoals and leased to Shelby Singleton:

“I previously assumed, as had some others, that Parker recorded this single [‘You See Me’], issued by Shelby Shingleton’s Nashville-based Silver Fox label, in New Orleans through Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn’s Tou-Sea/Sansu Productions and that it ended up on the label through a deal made via DJ and fellow record label owner, Bob Robin.  What threw me off was the fact that Toussaint wrote ‘You See Me’ and the arrangement sounded like one of his. But things went down differently.

“It turns out that Robin, as the record label so states, actually did produce this single himself along with another [‘The Hiccup‘] by Parker.  The sessions were done in Muscle Shoals rather than Nola, as I found out from Neil Pellegrin’s highly informative notes to the Soul-tay-Shus/Tuff City CD compilation, The Best of International City, which features tracks produced by Robin, who owned the International City and River City labels in New Orleans.

“The Parker sides did not appear first on either of Robin’s labels, but were leased directly to Singleton, who issued ‘You See Me‘ / ‘You Shakin’ Things Up’ on Silver Fox and ‘The Hiccup’ / ‘Rockin’ Pneumonia’ on SSS International (#819) …

“Parker had not recorded for several years, since his previous label, Nola Records, went bust as part of the Dover Records distributorship collapse that pretty much closed down the recording scene in New Orleans for several years, wiping out numerous small local labels. Neither of his Singleton-released singles gained any traction, and the singer would not record again until the mid-1970s when he did sign with Sansu and recorded three funky singles issued by Island.”

Robert Parker (left) & Lonnie Bolden – Club Tijuana, New Orleans – 1950’s

Robert Parker & Lonnie Bolden

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