Irene Reid – Dirty Old Man


If it’s one thing we like here at Flea Market Funk besides a good record, it’s a good collaboration. One of the better indie labels out there, Cultures of Soul has collaborated with award winning Boston area Funk and Soul night Soulelujah to put out a limited edition floor filler of a 45. It’s two sides of heat, with the classic Irene Reid tune “Dirty Old Man” on the A, and the often mislabeled Thorton Sisters “I Keep Forgetting”, which is allegedly the Cuppy Record’s Studio Band doing “I Keep Forgettin’ “. The Thorton Sisters deny that they ever recorded this track, which lead them to believe that the producer for Cuppy’s Records, Sonny Casella, brought in a studio band to do this track. Something that was common place during those days, the result is a belter.

If you’re not familiar with Irene Reid, she was a Jazz singer that released some really great sides. This song was originally out on Old Town in 1967, and she’s put sides out on MGM, Barry, Verve, Pilgrim, and Polydor. A native of Savannah, GA, her start in the church no doubt contributed to her powerful delivery on this track. She won a talent show at The Apollo, and went on the blend her brand of Blues, Jazz, Soul, and Funk for projects with Count Basie, while sharing stages with Carmen McRae, Aretha Franklin, and more. There has been some speculation for years that the Cuppy Record wasn’t the Thorton Sisters as stated above. You can read a bit about them here. Both sides are winners, as “Dirty Old Man” is a Blues filled Funk bomb, with hard hitting drums and jangly guitars, all the world Reid’s wailing from start to finish. “I Keep Forgettin’ “, a highly sought after uptempo Soul number is a track that has some Gospel influence and blasts off right from the start. This is a great collaboration, and a great double sider. For those of you that want some limited edition action from these two heavyweight record slingers (and solid artists as well), this is for you. We’re looking forward to their next collaboration all ready.

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