Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 18

Sidewinder (With The Ray Charles Orchestra)

Album 1970 JazzWith Ray Charles Band

Billboard trade ad for Ray Charles,
Orchestra, Raelettes – April 3.

Album: My Kind Of Jazz, Tangerine 1512, April 1970.
Single (B): Tangerine 1015, March 1971, b/w Booty Butt.

This Lee Morgan composition (fully known as The Sidewinder) was recorded with the band at RPM International in Los Angeles, between January 1 to 10, 1970.
More than a year after the album release it became more widely known as the B-side to Booty Butt, which was released ‘on public demand’ (peaking at #31 on the Billboard Pop Chart and #13 on the R&B chart).

Musicians: Ray Charles – piano; Bobby Bryant, Bill King, Marshall Hunt, Blue Mitchell, trumpets; Glen Childress, Henry Coker, Joe Randazzo, (+ Edward Comegys? or Fred Murrell? or David Phelps?) – trombones; J. Lloyd Miller – alto saxophone, oboe; Curtis Peagler – alto saxophone; Andy Ennis, Albert McQueen, Clifford Scott – tenor saxophones; Leroy Cooper – baritone saxophone;  Ben Martin – guitar; Edgar Willis – bass; Ernest Elly – drums.


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