Friday, August 31, 2012

The Soul Corner - Dennis Coffey "Scorpio"

The first Rodriguez album Cold Fact was produced by Detroit guitarist Dennis Coffey. And had I been one of the amateur investigators tracking Rodriguez for decades, that mention in the liner notes would have been my first clue that Rodriguez was from Detroit.
But I digress.
Dennis Coffey is a brilliant guitar player known for his prototype funk sound, with wah wah pedals, distortion, etc. You've heard him on "Psychedelic Shack", "Cloud Nine", "Band of Gold," "War", and many Motown soul-rock classics.

Here's his solo track "Scorpio", a fairly big hit in 1971:

Coffey was, among many other distinctions, the first white musician to appear on Soul Train.

Here's the Temptations classic "Ball of Confusion" where Dennis Coffey laid down some nasty psychedelic guitar lines:

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