Tuesday, November 26, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Reginald Milton & The Soul Jets

Artist:Reginald Milton & The Soul Jets
Song:Clap Your Hands
Album:Funk Spectrum

Here's an oddity that years after it was recorded generated some interest in the funk community and was released on CD by the well known DJ Shadow. Reginald Milton recorded two singles in the 70s. He was 13 years old when he recorded Clap Your Hands. Milton is from San Antonio, TX. He met Houston based producer Jay Fletcher and he brought Milton into the recording studio. Fletcher now lives in Germany. Milton wrote Clap Your Hands and released it on his own label. He gained some fans locally in Texas but in the end nothing came of it. I don't know what happened to Milton but I guess he didn't remain in the music business. Clap Your Hands became a cult item in the 90s. The single became a collectors item for funk fans. The only person who seemed to have a copy of the single was Josh "DJ Shadow" Davis. Like a lot of DJs and remix masters, Davis started out as a record collector. Record collectors can be very obsessive. I speak from experience. He noticed some interest in funk rarities like Clap Your Hands and began the Funk Spectrum series of CDs in 1999 so that fans could own these rarities. He compiled the CD with another DJ Keb Darge. Davis has released several Funk Spectrum CDs and this one is available as a budget CD. Those interested in that sort of thing will want to check it out. Here's a video for Clap Your Hands by Reginald Milton & The Soul Jets.

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