Stacks of 45’s – Cool Aid/Detroit

Funky instrumentals

When I was young before I had cassettes, the only good way of making a playlist of songs was to stack 45s on the turntable. I would arrange for them to play my favorite songs in my favorite order. These posts are about records I had in my stacks.

Paul Humphrey was a jazz and R&B drummer born October 12, 1935. Born in Detroit, playing drums by 8, served in the US Navy, studied under Kenneth J. Abendschein playing jazz around the world in the 1950s.

He worked as a session drummer in New York for Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane, Les McCann, Kai Winding, Jimmy Smith, Charles Mingus, Joe Williams, Lee Konitz, Blue Mitchell, Gene Ammons, and the Harry James Band (replacing Buddy Rich). He toured and recorded with Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Tony Orlando, Jerry Garcia, Burt Bacharach, Diahann Carroll, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Bill Medley.

The single here was recorded by Paul Humphrey & His Cool Aid Chemists.
Bass – Bill Upchurch
Drums – Paul Humphrey
Engineer – Dave Hassinger
Guitar – David T. Walker
Keyboards – Clarence McDonald
Producer – Gabriel Mekler

Cool Aid is a groovy bass-driven instrumental written by Gabriel Mekler, X21006a 2:40.

The B side, Detroit, X21006b 2:31, written by Paul Humphrey is also a funky instrumental with some really cool guitar work. I gave both of these tunes equal play, definitely was in my flip-over stack. They are on the Lizard label and are found on Paul Humphrey & His Cool Aid Chemists self-titled album from 1971.

Both of these records start with sound effects. Cool Aid has a crowd cheering at the start of the music and fades at the end. “Detroit” starts with a busy city rush hour car sounds and ends the same way.

“Cool Aid”/”Detroit” charted on the Billboard R&B Singles chart at number 14 and on the Hot 100 at number 29 in 1971.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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