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Detroit Sounds Of Friction

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Last week I at long last got to meet the elusive Garrett Tilford aka Tim Mungford aka Abul-rahman Al-qahhar Ibn-Duriyah, the man behind the amazing 'I'm leaving you' & 'Stop him girl'.

Like many I have always wondered why a Louisville group would call themselves Detroit Sounds Of Friction. Well it transpires that the group was originally from Detroit, but never recorded anything there. By the time this was recorded none of the original members remained. Both sides were recorded in Louisville and used all local musicians and singers for the tracks.

 

Garrett started life studying classical music and played in the U.S. Army orchestra and band playing flute. After leaving he played with several jazz greats including Bobbi Humphrey. He join DSOF in Detroit but the band was short lived and started to fall apart, he moved back to his home town of Louisville, keeping the name. Garrett plays flute, key boards and drums on the tracks.

 

In recent years he has struggler with health issues and more recently has found Islam and changed his name.

 

Louisville is and was a very tight little musical community, many bands and records from there share connections through musicians including, The Fabulous Moonlighters, Nite-Liters, New Birth, Baby Leon Northern, DeBow, Cliff Butler, Jerry Green, The Heartbreakers and Mind Liberators to name a few.

http://youtu.be/SqfeXCjRDHk

 

Edited by Dave Thorley

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As an added aside The Fabulous Moonlighters regularly played in Indianapolis at the Blue Eagle club, where Jimi Hendrix would sit in with them and play. Hence the label name for some of their releases. When they disbanded some of them went on to form The Nite-Liters with Harvey Fuqua

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He no longer has the master, but a re-issue could be done from a clean copy. Was originally played in the early 80's when John Anderson found a bunch in a Louisville distributor he bought out. Was first played by Arthur Fenn, then at Stafford and other venues of the time.

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Great story Dave. Well tracked down. Not sure if I've heard this played out. Which DJ's are spinning it?

 

Played out by Carl & Maria Willingham.

 

 

Cheers............          Tom.

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Searling also had a copy, Soul Bowl sold it around the time you sold up had it on the list for 150 quid along with the Combinations on Kimtone and Rosie Jones on Wicket. what year was that Dave?

 

I remember being down at Soul Bowl and saw the record on a pile as it was on the weekly list for the next day. John wouldn't sell it me that day, so made sure I was first on the phone the following day..    £12.00....  Played it at Cleethorpes etc but never really took offin the early 80's...

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Pokes old Mel Britt c/up from 77/78.  Soul bowl had a handful shortly after at £25 each & i had 2, always remember Richard complaining to me at Snaith that John should have sold it to him first  :wicked: , ive only ever found it in the states the one time & that was at the wonderful John Hillyards for $2 . Ive played it on & off since then but thankfully its never gone viral  :lol:

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Pokes old Mel Britt c/up from 77/78. Soul bowl had a handful shortly after at £25 each & i had 2, always remember Richard complaining to me at Snaith that John should have sold it to him first :wicked: , ive only ever found it in the states the one time & that was at the wonderful John Hillyards for $2 . Ive played it on & off since then but thankfully its never gone viral :lol:

Hi Arthur bought mine on the back of you playing it though it took a few years to get one!!! £60 from memory.

Must be over or around 25 years ago.

ATB Chris.

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AS I SAID MANY TIMES BEFORE, THIS WAS A ALL BLACK GROUP. DON'T KNOW WHERE THIS WHITE GROUP THEORY CAME FROM, BUT IT HAS BE MISLEADING PEOPLE FOR YEARS

 

Another one of those rumours that repeated often enough becomes 'fact' I guess.... Have to say I was always convinced he was a black singer....

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Buddy Rogers Jarret is the vocalist on the track Dave.

 

Resides in Memphis , Tennessee but Abul been unable to locate him .

 

 

Yep just got the same from Abul this morning. He tells me they went on to working with Al Green's band. It's seems that Buddy was the main vocalist on the tracks

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