Saturday, October 23, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Beginning Of The End
Song:Funky Nassau Part 1
Album:Simply The Best Platinum Soul
Funky Nassau was the only chart hit for Beginning Of The End in 1971. They were one of the very few groups from The Bahamas to have any success in the US. The group was three brothers. Raphael Munnings on vocals and keyboards, Leroy Munnings on lead guitar, Frank Munnings on drums and Fred Henfied on bass. The Munnings brothers grew up playing in their father's nightclub. So they came up with this Funky Nassau riff and pestered their uncle until he agreed to finance it. It became a hit in The Bahamas but a copy got into the hands of Miami DJ Fred Hanna. The song got the attention of Alston Records owner Henry Stone and he signed Beginning Of The End to a record deal. Atlantic distributed it nationally. It became a huge dance hit and reached #7 on the Black Singles chart and #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Beginning Of The End released an album but that and subsequent singles never went anywhere. And the Munnings brothers were more comfortable in the studio than touring. They're still musicians in The Bahamas. You can get Funky Nassau on the 2CD Atlantic soul comp. Funky Nassau got a boost when it was used in Blues Brothers 2000 and then the 2006 film Elizabethtown. Here's a video produced by the Munnings brothers for Funky Nassau Part 1 by Beginning Of The End.