Album:Florida Funk 1968-1975
Here's a nice slice of late 60s funk that never really made it out of Florida until many years later. And because of that, Frankie Seay had to resort to deception to make a living. Soul Food is a good enough song that it occasionally gets sampled by hip hop guys. Frankie Seay & The Soul Riders released a couple of singles in the late 60s and early 70s. The group was led by Frankie Seay and his guitarist brother Eddie Seay. Other guys bounced in and out of the group but they included Oscar Williams, Leon Butler, Billy Mack and Joseph Palmer. The band performed in Florida in the 70s but I guess they weren't making much money and Seay figured out an easier way to make a living. He decided to take bookings as The Ink Spots. His story was that he and Eddie were nephews of 60s Ink Spot Joe Boatner. Phony versions of The Ink Spots have been so common that the original rights holders had lawyers combing the US for them. Seay continued to do this until it finally caught up to him and he wound up in court in 1985. He was ordered to knock it off. If only a great song like Soul Food had found a wider audience, he never would have resorted to The Ink Spots scam. Seay's singles turn up on various artists comps like Florida Funk. DJ Shadow is a big fan of Soul Food as he's sampled it a couple of times. Check it out. You might like it too. Here's a video for Soul Food by Frankie Seay & The Soul Riders. Thanks to Sir Shambling's Deep Soul Heaven for the Frankie Seay info.