Bunny Sigler 1941-2017
In the world of Philadelphia soul music, Bunny Sigler was a backroom boy who occasionally made it into the spotlight. A writer, producer and backing singer (on Harold Melvin’s “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”, for instance), he also made a handful of interesting singles. Among them, in 1967, was an expanded version of a Shirley and Lee hit retitled “Let the Good Times Roll / Feel So Good”, which became a Northern Soul favourite. The one I love, however, is his 1973 retread of “Tossin’ and Turnin'”, Bobby Lewis’s 1961 smash, which he subjects to the full Philadelphia International treatment: the great MFSB rhythm cooking at maximum heat in Sigma Sound studios, almost certainly with Earl Young on drums, Ronnie Baker on bass, Roland Chambers on guitar and — most gloriously of all — Harold Ivory Williams on delirious gospel keyboards. And there’s a divine moment at 1:50 when Sigler, listing the things that are keeping him awake, wails “There’s a phone out there ringin’ / There’s a group out on the corner singin’… hallelujah!” Enjoy. And read the nice New York Times obit here. RIP, Mr Sigler.
ah yes, the delirious gospel keys, in quadruple time ! eat your heart out, Cecil Taylor ! and let them good times roll, Bunny !
And let’s not forget his tremendous take on the Gamble & Huff classic Love Train.
I’ve just had to go and buy “Love Train” and “Let the Good Times Roll”. So good. Sadly the fabulous “Tossin’ and Turnin’” is unavailable on iTunes…
His take on “Love Train” is a classic
My favourite Bunny Sigler track among many great ones is “Just Let Me Love You Tonight” from his 1976 album “My Music” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ81o8JprsQ – a gorgeous slice of doo-wop soul which Bunny says in his intro rap ‘brings back memories of my group the Opals – we used to sing at 3rd and Fairmount in the Northern Liberties Recreation Center’ (hope I got that right, anyone from Philly). RIP Bundino Siggalucci.