Wheedle's Groove

Wheedle's Groove

Seattle's Forgotten Soul of the 1960s and '70s

DVD - 2011
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During the late '60s and early '70s, and decades before Nirvana, Microsoft, and Starbucks put Seattle on the map, Seattle's African American neighborhood known as the Central District was buzzing. The soul sounds of groups like Black on White Affair, Cookin' Bag, and Cold Bold & Together filled local airwaves and packed clubs seven nights a week. As many of the bands began breaking out nationally via major record deals, television appearances, and gigs with the likes of Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder, the public demanded disco and the scene slipped into obscurity.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Cinewax, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.66092 W5609 2011
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 87 min.) : sound, color with some black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in

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ba_library
Aug 03, 2016

Great documentary about the Seattle soul, funk music scene during the 1960-1980s. Seattle had a happening scene, with great bands but the bands didn't find commercial success. Great interviews from original band members. Watching the DVD it seems that the talent was here but perhaps the business entities behind the local music industry were not yet established. I would have liked more music but SPL does have the music CD in their collection.

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ThomasJWhiting
Apr 14, 2016

GREAT 2011 retrospective of Seattle's mostly black soul/jazz/funk etc. dance bands/scene from late 60's and the 70's.
Terrific that they located and interviewed so many of the players (who I had seen live back in the day) and also stars like Quincy Jones.
I did go to lots of dance halls, and even hung out at some seedy after hour clubs (where players would also go to jam and hang after finishing their regular gig) near and down in Chinatown (now International District), listened to KYAC, etc. and this DVD brought back great memories - and preserves some almost lost aspects of the past.
Good shots of lots of club posters, flyers, etc. Glad I could stop the film, go back and carefully read them.
I did spot some for what Bob Summerise's House of Music record store apparently evolved into. I use to stop in at Bob's record store at top of Jackson St. in early/mid 60's and he helped expand my jazz knowledge to include less famous but great players like tough tenor Willis Jackson, Lou Donaldson and lots more. I still have several of those old vinyl LP's. Thanks, Bob!!
And thanks to all those who had the vision and took the time and effort to produce this great DVD!!

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pigweed
Jan 07, 2014

This film is about music and passion. If you think that much of mainstream music now is boring, these artists will help you to remember what it's all about.

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tlarchibald
May 17, 2012

It makes sense that Seattle would only be known for "grunge" music and not for any of the recent historic offerings; from the cities African-American community... Kenny G made it out of course...Enough said.

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