Sunday, February 3, 2008

Boyd McCoy- Got To Give A Little/1000 People (197?)



Boyd McCoy seems to be somewhat legendary. Like the chimera, he may be a little too outlandish to have ever existed in the first place. I'm proud to say he hails from my hometown of Rochester, New York, though beyond that I can discover next to nothing about him. He's not in the phone book. The elitist record store guy downtown was embarrassed when I brought him up, and didn't know anything about him artistically or personally. I know he released a couple of LPs that Japanese and British dealers want stupid money for.

That brings us to this ultra-rare offering- a chunky little nugget of white soul that has soul. You'll hear. Released on Funky Records (also of Rochester, and seemingly an imprint of Kama Sutra, which I think was an imprint of Buddha), these two sides have a lot working against them. Luckily, what they lack in polish, pitch, and native ability, everyone on this record makes up for with ass-kicking enthusiasm. Nobody on these tracks is giving less than 100 percent- not the drummer, not the back-up singers, not Mr. McCoy himself, and certainly not the fucking bassist. Oh aspiring musicians: This is the Way to make Music.

Enjoy!

13 comments:

Trace said...

Funny. I had lunch with Boyd McCoy today. He is about as cool as they come. He still owns funky records recording studio and is holding master tapes of a never released Boyd McCoy album. I keep trying to talk him into recording his masters on CD. Oh yeah.. we were dining in Rochester.

Kathryn said...

dope, thanks

Anonymous said...

I see boyd at least every other friday night at the restaurant. He is a very cool guy and tells some very good tales about his rock past.However he has heart problems and hopefully he can survive them.

Trace said...

Yeah... he has a big heart. If he could relax a little it would be good for him, but he can't seem to stop working for a minute. I love the guy!!

Joel said...

I met Boyd today for the first time. Had lunch in the roc. He's a super cool guy and very down to earth. He also has great stories. They really should make a movie about tis guy. He's doing well and is busy with his many properties in Rochester. -Joel G

Trace said...

I agree Joel! They could make a great movie. I love the guy. He has a heart of gold!

funkyB said...

Is it these lyrics: "You gotta to give a little just a little bit more (...) Perhaps love has made you happy or maybe has made you sad but remember eerything in love is fair"
Cause I dont know where to listen to that music.
Please help
thx

joseph mccoy said...

this is funny. Boyd is my grandfather, I was doing an search with his name and this pops up.

Anonymous said...

are we talking about the same boyd mccoy that ownz the house on langham street

Realfoneguy said...

I had a meeting of Boyd McCoy back in the early 70's. I just played his 45 of Locomotive Woman and "Uptight Ain't Allright". I designed and built a box with his name in it in lights. Green sparkle background and lights behind it spelling out B-O-Y-D McCoy, then off and start over. Anybody remember seeing it? Brad

Freda Elmore Reynolds fredancrouse@yahoo.com said...

Boyd McCoy is my cousin, my mom and his mom were sisters. Have lost track of him since my mom (Aunt Bert) died in 2002 and have been trying to locate him. If anyone can help please let me know. I have a copy of his very first record that he brought to my mom, he was so proud of it!

tonyrock01 said...

I played with Boyd in "Boyd MCCoy and the Sidewinders" in the late 60s and early 70's. Did a recording with him also, if I remember right. Have often wondered what happened to him. Glad to see he's still kicking. Is he on facebook?

Al Gordon said...

I worked at WHFM as a disk jockey in the early 1970s (1972 and 1973) and we played a couple of Boyd McCoy songs, "Got to Give a Little" and "Locomotive Woman". We had some kind of tie-in through a salesman and club appearances. In fact, I was just listening to "Locomotive Woman" and wondered what happened to him. So, I Binged him (..hope it didn't hurt!) and it brought me here.