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Six Degrees of Sampling: “Rotary Connection” by Memory Band


While studying for my Master’s, my good friend Lynda and I would fervently borrow old funk and soul albums and compilations from York University’s media library. Lynda recommended a Chicago Soul cd and that’s when I came across Rotary Connection’s “Memory Band”. Rotary Connection was a psychedelic soul band formed in 1960’s Chicago by Marshall Chess, son of Chess Records’ founder Leonard Chess. There were several members in the band, including an unknown Chess receptionist Minnie Ripperton(!!) who provided vocals and went onto solo success. You find can “Memory Band’ on Rotary Connection’s debut album of the same name. When I first heard “Rotary Connection” I instantly recognized the sitar from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Bonita Applebum”. Check out the two tracks below.

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Image credit: Katrina

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