New Music For Old People: Paul Thompson, Forest Rangers feat. Franky Perez, Sharon Little

Al Kooper

Al Kooper

This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the ’60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.

I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don’t miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD’VE been!

1. Paul Thompson – “What I Don’t Know Won’t Hurt Me”

Here is a rare R&B Stax/Volt single from the ‘68-’70 period which was issued immediately after the unfriendly split with Atlantic Records. It’s from Muscle Shoals — produced by the late great keyboardist Barry Beckett (who should have been in the initial Hammond Organ Hall of Fame induction). I can’t find a thing about the singer as he unfortunately has the same name as musicians in Jefferson Starship, Roxy Music, etc. etc. etc. However, his voice bears a striking resemblance to ‘70s R&B singer Paul Kelly, so who knows? Just a great obscure soul single that deserved more attention than it initially got — but that’s what I do here now [smiling].

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2. Forest Rangers feat. Franky Perez – “Slip Kid”

I couldn’t resist sending this to Pete Townshend to see if he’d heard it as it’s his composition from the early ‘80s Who album, The Who By Numbers. He hadn’t, but he really liked it. So did I — and it’s yet ANOTHER track from the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack. It seems Bob Thiele, Jr. is living up to his father’s name doing a bang-up job in charge of the music for this show. His father was a famous jazz producer when I was growing up. The family jewels got passed on in a good modern way. However, if that happened in my family, I’d be a lawyer now.

3. Sharon Little – “Follow That Sound”

I heard a great album by Sharon a few years ago and downloaded a few songs. This was one of them. All research on her seems to drop off the edge of the world from 2011 onwards. She did an album on Columbia Records produced by Don Was back then and shortly thereafter disappeared off the face of Al’s world. Her recorded tracks are all over a buncha TV series: The Good Wife, NCIS, etc. This song was the theme song for the series The Cleaner. My editor Lisa McKay assures me that Sharon has resurfaced in Philadelphia, where she plays often on the live circuit and is attempting to fund a new album. If you’re like me and enjoy her previous singing then chip in and support someone who deserves it. ‘Nuff said.

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for more great selections from Al Kooper! As always, show some love to the Morton Report!

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One comment to “New Music For Old People: Paul Thompson, Forest Rangers feat. Franky Perez, Sharon Little”
  1. Thanks for this column Al. It was hard to fine new music that I liked. I knew it was out there but where could I hear it?
    Now I have your column and I listen to Song Exploder and All Songs Considered podcasts.
    BTW, where will you be playing next?

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