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Uploaded on Apr 22, 2008
Something a bit different that I'm throwing into the mix. "Harlem Shuffle" is an R&B song originally written and recorded by the duo Bob & Earl (Bobby Relf and Earl Nelson) in 1963 and it retains a cult following to this day. The duo recorded several singles for different labels, before recording this. The song was written by Relf and Nelson, arranged by Barry White, and produced by Fred Smith. It was based on a number called "Slauson Shuffletime" by another Los Angeles singer, Round Robin. When released on the Marc label, "Harlem Shuffle" became a modest hit on the R&B chart. Its vocal interplay directly influenced later duos such as Sam and Dave. However, its main success came as late as 1969, when it was re-released in the UK and became a Top Ten hit there. Reportedly, George Harrison (The Beatles) called it his favourite record of all time, high praise indeed! Recognise the intro? ---House of Pain later sampled the song's opening horn line in their breakthrough single "Jump Around". Also, in 2003, the Bob & Earl original version of the song was ranked #23 by the music critics of The Daily Telegraph on their list of the "50 Best Duets Ever".