From 2022-2023 I was immersed in the Motown sound and story as I was with mega group The Temptations and Smokey Robinson most of the year recording and mixing their 60th anniversary album – with the great Otis Williams (founding member); then with Shelly Clark, Honey Cone, Kathy Bristol Gordy, and Claudette Robinson on various projects - along with constant press events for Otis held at Scott Frankfurt Studio - where I had a front-row seat to all the stories from Otis and Shelly Berger (the famous manager of The Temptations). The feelings percolated and they came out as a song I didn’t expect - it just popped out at “no o’clock” in the morning writing session... almost completely intact! I love when that happens!
Anyway, the feeling the groove gave me, with its classic bits in the rhythm section, was the joy of a first date and took me back to those first feelings for my wife Sharon, walking on Santa Monica Pier and sharing a Funnel Cake. It’s as pure and simple as sugar and a sunny day - and there was NO WAY I wouldn’t do horns. Enter the mega-triple-threat talent of Scott Mayo who wrote a perfect “Stax” style horn chart and then brought his blinding-hot brass pals Javier Gonzales (Trumpet) and Kristian Foreman (Trombone). I still can’t get the smile off my face from that session. Well as if that couldn’t get better - I reached out to phenom Ellis Hall to sing it - and needless to say he makes the track a classic to my ears. His spirit and musicality are at another level. I am blessed and so grateful to have had that time with Ellis, and also thanks to Leighala, his manager (and lovely wife) who made this happen. What a star – such great fun we had on this!
Fun Fact: The session occurred almost 10 years to the day that I met Ellis at my house for a birthday for my friend Eric Persing (Spectrasonics) where Ellis performed - and on Funnel Cake session day we were visited by SFS - alum Hannah Monroe - reunited after ten years - who was on SFS staff at the time of the Persing event - which to me is a bit mind boggling. You can’t make this stuff up. And she is now a successful photographer – and brought her camera! Full circle moment I won’t forget!
Music and Lyrics | SCOTT FRANKFURT
Lead Vocals | ELLIS HALL
Clavinet, XK Organ Overdubs | ELLIS HALL
Drums | VICTOR INDRIZZO
Bass | SEAN HURLEY
Guitars | ANDREW SYNOWIEC
Steinway, B3 Organ and Synthesizer | JEFF BABKO
Saxes and Horn arrangement | SCOTT MAYO
Trombone | KHRISTIAN FOREMAN
Trumpet | JAVIER GONZALES
Backing Vocals | SHARON FRANKFURT AND “ROBO-CHICK”
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