The Godfather of Soul is best known as a crooner and bandleader, but he also made many contributions as a record producer. One track that featured James Brown’s production touch without his signature vocals was “Sho’ Nuff”, an upbeat, funky number performed by Cleveland trio Sly, Slick & Wicked. Before their self-titled full length LP in 1977, they released several 45s on People Records, an imprint on Polydor. These largely appeared under the radar, which lead to the group’s distinction as “The Kings of the Underground Oldies.”

Where ever they are, the brothers behind this tune are enjoying something JB had for years– some nice royalty checks from a pop star who’s borrows their sounds. Even if you’re not particularly impressed with the new  Timber/Timbo record, you’ve got to give them some props for this little bit of cratedigging.

Words by @BrotherHayling

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