The Story of Cliff Nobles' Rare Vocal Version of 'The Horse' (1968)





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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'.

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