Wed. May. 23, 2018

Leroy Hutson – Lucky Fellow (Disco Freaks Edit)

Single Of The Week: Leroy Hutson – Lucky Fellow (Disco Freaks Edit) (Acid Jazz)

I can feel some of you wondering what we’re doin’ on these shores. This while comin’ up with a 40 years + old piece of music as a Single Of The Week!!! Then so… what? Let’s just have a quick look at to what’s goin’ on these days… Sampled tracks, cover versions, remixes with countless of them sounding like recyclin’. If not as as many attempts to hide an obvious deficiency in terms of songwriting. Then, by that, a global lack of inspiration…

Ironically, Leroy Hutson‘s ‘Lucky Fellow’ also happened to be a cover version. Takin’ on where Chicagoan singer Maurice Jackson had left back in 1971. And following the example shown by The Independents 2 years after.

Taken from his 1975 ‘Hutson’ album, ‘Lucky Fellow’ is an evergreen illustration as to how a cover version can manage to beat the original. With not only Hutson reachin’ one of his absolute peaks. But also some infectious arrangements featuring Jerry Wilson on sax, Bill McFarland on trombone, Michael Harris on trumpet and Aaron Dodd on tuba.

Strangely enough, ‘Lucky Fellow’ didn’t see the light as a single back at the time. But some 14 years later as the flipside of ‘All Because Of You’. Then as the B-side of Arnold Blair‘s ‘Trying To Get Next To You’ on Black Beats back in 2003. And more recently as a fake Curtom release. And last but not least under the form of this edit on Eddie Piller‘s Acid Jazz label…

No need adding as to how ‘Lucky Fellow’ would pretty much have been our Single Of The Week by the time of the album release back in 1975…

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Overview
A native of Newark, NJ, Leroy Hutson started jammin’ at an early age. Eventually formin’ a fortet (The Nu-Tones) when he was a teenager. Then teamin’ up with Deborah Collins with whom he enjoyed a bunch of local hits.

Attending Howard University in WDC to study dentistry, Hutson shared a room with Donny Hathaway who left college early in order to be Curtis Mayfield‘s musical director. Hutson switchin’ his college major to music theory and composition. Then comin’ to replace Mayfield with the help of Hathaway as the lead singer of The Impressions in 1970. But also givin’ a hand to Donny Hathway in the writing of the seminal ‘The Ghetto’.

He remained with the band during the 3 following years. This before launching his solo career with the release of his debut-album, ‘Love Oh Love’ on Curtom Records. Its follow-up – ‘The Man!’ – including his version of ‘The Ghetto’ the year after. Meanwhile ‘Hutson’ featured the memorable ‘Lucky Fellow’ in 1975. Hutson delivering another 4 albums or Curtom during the 70’s. Then makin’ a one off – ‘Paradise’ – on Elektra back in 1982 featuring the phonky ‘She’s Got It’ which the label released as a single.

Hutson made a brief appearance 11 years after with ‘Share Your Love’ on UK label Expansion. Then he released an album – ‘Sooth You Groove You’ – in 2009 on his own Triumph Records label. More recently, back in 2017, he came to sign a deal with Acid Jazz Records who released an Anthology LP featuring his biggest classics, beginning with ‘Lucky Fellow’ delivered as a single with a Disco Freaks edit…

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