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Everybody Dance Now - Little Caesar & the Empire

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Legbamel Not-Pop

Can I just say that there should be a band named General Sprynczynatyk or at least The Sprynczynatyks? That name just slays me. I’m a sucker for a good band name (witness The Dandy Warhols, Pomplamoose, Suburban Kids with Biblical Names, and Apostle of Hustle). I am often lured by such names and find myself lamenting the waste of a fantastic moniker on mediocre music or worse.

I couldn’t resist the arrogance of Little Caesar & the Empire, for instance, and the song Everybody Dance Now, a little proto-funk that I have heard many times over the years without knowing the performers. So I’m sharing today both the great name and the fun song from the depths of the popularity of soul. The band was obscure enough that they warrant not even a Wikipedia stub or any other song on which I can lay my hands. Do you know if they turned into Little Caesar & the Romans and then The Upfront or were those different folks entirely?

And, with thanks to the comment below, I can send you to listen to the original from The Soul City. Do have a listen and let me know which you prefer!

2 Responses so far.

  1. The original recording of this song was by the group The Soul City, in 1966, on the same lable (Cameo Parkway).

  2. Oh, thank you! It's always good to know when a song is a cover. I couldn't find anything on this version of the song. I'll definitely see if I can dig it up and a link to the post.

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