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New Orleans & Da Fonk

New Orleans & Da Fonk

Playing tracks by

Roger And The Gypsies, Willie Harper, Diamond Joe, Mary Jane Hooper, Roy Ward and more.

Chart positions

This upload was 16th in the #funk chart.

So where is Funk born? Is it James Brown and his band? George Clinton and Parliament/Funkedelic? Sly Stone and Larry Graham with The Family Stone? Maybe even Booker T and the MG's? Or is it New Orleans? If we use a timeline I think you can make a case for all of these at the same time but you will notice that the first 4 choices are just bands while the last is a whole city. I submit that nowhere else does Funk become the dominant music form so early in the game, as it did here in The Crescent City. I'd say that it is at least in part because we already had the roots of Funk here in our music and the transition was an easy and natural one for us. Even back into the 50's you can point to some Brass Band music and Professor Longhair as proto-Funk and certainly by 1960 some of Lee Dorsey's stuff is pretty damn funky. Like Jazz, R&B, and Rock n' Roll before it, I think the case is strong that Da Fonk starts here.

These songs are recorded between 1965 and 1975.

Comments

earwig
earwig

Man, this bumps with bumps man, great

Groove's podcast

Yeah man yeah man, all right. Wow! Great legends!

Edgar Kimura

Classy!
Just learnt a bit more! Thanx!

Kingcake
Kingcake

Thanks!

poppachubby

Wicked

SoulfulFella

As a collector of NOLA Funk and Soul I definitely give this mix two thumbs up!

Dj Mr Lob
Dj Mr Lob

I agree with your sentiment and argument as to the origins of funk and New Orleans is certainly a birthplace and generator of much that I love and besides jazz, there is ways the funk for me while not forgetting the soul of man. Each moment was a pleasure and thanks again for your musical knowledge, collection and insights.

Kingcake
Kingcake

Somehow I missed this when you said it - thanks so much for the compliments!

The Soul Preacher

A cake from the king! Sho’ is funky.