Chart Performance: Pop (#6) & R&B (#1 for 4 weeks); 1971
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
King Floyd began singing on the streets of New Orleans, hanging out at the One Stop Record Shop on Rampart Street with Earl King and Willie Tee. The teenager stepped up to the mic publicly for the first time at a Bourbon Street club. The year was 1961 and King thought he was on his way. The Army, however, had other ideas. After his discharge, Floyd headed for Manhattan, where he performed and wrote songs, then struck out for the West Coast, where he released his first single. Nothing much came of it and Floyd found himself back in New Orleans; a family man with a job at the post office. It wasn’t long before Floyd was on a bus bound for Malaco Studios in Jackson, Mississippi. There he knocked out his vocal for Groove Me on Sunday, May 17, 1970. Unable to interest a label in Floyd’s tune, Malaco put it out on Chimneyville, as Jackson was called after the Union army burnt it to the ground. Groove Me did its own burning: straight to #1.
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- Wardell Quezergue
Lyrics Written by:
- King Floyd