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Published on Jul 4, 2010
Chancellor of Soul, Mike Boone presents a very rare vocal version of legendary artist, Cliff Nobles' 1968 classic instrumental hit, 'The Horse'.
Legendary songwriter / producer Jesse James took Cliff Nobles to Frank Virtue's North Broad Street Studios located in Philadelphia in early 1968, to record a tune he had composed called 'Love Is All Right'. After the session, producer and arranger Bobby Martin and Virtue had asked James about adding a B side to 'Love Is All Right'. Avoiding the hassels of extra studio costs, James told them to add the instrumental track as the flip side.
A titled was to be added to the flipside, so Martin and Virtue decided on 'The Horse' a dance originally created in Chicago in 1960 but revived in early 1968 by a song released in New York City by a group The Preparations on Cathy Lynn's Heart & Soul label entitled, 'Get 'E Up (The Horse)'.
'Love Is All Right' sank without a trace but its B side became a hit when a disc jockey from Tampa Bay, Florida played the B side accidentally instead of the A side 'Love Is All Right'., singing on the instrumental version. Listeners jammed the switchboards asking the dee jay to be quiet and let the music play.
Afterwards, the Horse became a hit nationally, hitting No.2 on Billboards R&B singles charts, the week ending July 13, 1968, selling two million copies. It also charted No.3 on the Pop singles charts the same week.
Months later, Cliff Nobles recorded a rare vocal version of 'The Horse' after it gain popularity. A self-titled LP was released during the fall of 68'.