Harvey & The Phenomenals

The Boddies’ closest brush with a legitimately popular act came via Harvey Hall and his Phenomenals. The group, which issued only one single on the Luau imprint, recorded an album’s worth of material in their two-and-a-half-year stint, making them one of the most prolific artists to do time at 12202 Union Avenue. Between 1966 and 1968, the Boddie Recording Company was the Phenomenals’ second home, the group on call to either practice or record at a moment’s notice. They served as Thomas Boddie’s clutch session players, giving the studio a more professional feel and capacity. The Phenomenals during this pivotal period consisted of drummer Al Williams, bassist Leonard Lewis, saxophonist Fred Evans, alto-saxophonist Otis Harris, vocalist Beverly Elliot, and at the helm, guitarist and vocalist Harvey Nickerson. There’s no telling how many Boddie sessions incorporated one or more Phenomenal, since many were cut onto one or two acetates, never to be heard again.

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