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Jr. And His Soulettes - Psychodelic Sounds

  • Jr. And His Soulettes

    Psychodelic Sounds LP (1971)

    Private

Ranked #100 in the Soul Strut 200

Crazy private press psychedelic garage funk LP recorded by 4 young kids in Oklahoma in the early 70s.  

Dallas record dealer Rich Haupt AKA Rockadelic wrote this on the Soul Strut forum in 2005 (later reused on the Red Bull Academy blog).  It it goes down as a proud Soul Strut moment to hear such an incredible story about such a weird rarity.

Here is an excerpt on the back story of the record.

He (Harold Sr.) had four children, Jr. and his three sisters who had been abandoned by their alcoholic Mom. Harold Sr. worked for a very rich Jewish woman who took a liking to the kids and bought them musical instruments and paid for lessons. She made the kids a deal that if they learned how to play at least three songs she would get them a slot on some local TV telethon. The kids took to music very quickly and within a year were appearing on local TV. The response was so good that the woman paid for them to record an LP but suggested they write “original” songs.

This is where Harold Sr. comes in, writing all the songs that appear on the LP, with most of them being attacks on the drunken and supposedly abusive ex-Mrs. Moore… “Mama drinks Tequila / She stays drunk all the time.” Once the LP was recorded and pressed, the next step was to get them in the local record stores. At least one store told Mr. Moore that they could not stock them unless they were shrink-wrapped. Harold went to a butcher shop where his brother worked and used their shrink-wrap machine to seal the LPs… unfortunately, this was a high heat machine, and he melted every single LP in the process. This wasn’t discovered until someone bought one and brought it home. All the LPs were pulled from the stores, and rather than re-press it, the woman decided to release some 45s.


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