Sunday, July 18, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Rodger Collins
Song:She's Looking Good
Album:Moaning, Groaning, Crying: A Galaxy of Soul and R & B
Most folks are probably familiar with Wilson Pickett's recording of She's Looking Good which reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968. But the song was written and originally recorded by Rodger Collins. Collins has been a veteran of the Bay Area music scene for many years. In the mid-60s, Fantasy Records was starting a new label that was supposed to showcase the R & B of the Bay Area. They called it Galaxy Records. This 2004 various artists comp from the British reissue label Kent Records covers the 1965-70 Galaxy recordings. But chances are pretty good that She's Looking Good is the only song most folks will have heard. Most of the other songs are so obscure that even I haven't heard of them. So obviously Galaxy Records was ultimately unsuccessful. Collins' version reached #44 on the R & B Singles chart but it never went any farther. It's a great recording and it's still a big favourite on the Northern Soul scene in England which is not unusual because a lot of obscure soul is beloved over there. Rodger Collins quit the music business in 1970 but Tom Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival convinced him to return and Collins continues to be active in the Bay Area music scene today. He released a new CD in 2008 on his own label. Here's a video for She's Looking Good by Rodger Collins.