Friday, September 21, 2012

The Soul Corner - Major Lance "Monkey Time"

As I write this I am preparing to head to Chicago and on to Northern Indiana to attend the Notre Dame-Michigan football game Saturday.  So it's time to go back to Chicago soul.

Major Lance moved from Mississippi into Chicago's notorious Cabrini Green housing projects. He befriended his hero Jackie Wilson and other local soul artists. One of them, Curtis Mayfield, wrote this song for Lance, recorded for local soul label Okey Records:

The only thing as smooth as Major Lance's vocals are his dance moves.

And this has ties to the Fighting Irish as Lance was a major figure in the Northern soul movement in Ireland and throughout the UK.

Irish fans hope to be dancing like this late Saturday night.

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