Jr. & His Soulettes

Jr. & His Soulettes were formed in the late 1960s in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, cutting their first 45 in 1969. They were billed as the “World’s Youngest Recording Group,” a reasonable claim given that the youngest member was practically a toddler. Their earliest material is arguably the crudest funk music ever recorded, but for our purposes it’s the purest essence of kid soul: written and performed entirely by the kids, who even had a hand in the recording and mixing. “2009 Cherry Soul Sound” is mini-Hammond funk workout, available here for the first time since its original issue in 1973. Surprisingly prolific, the Moore family released five 45s and the aforementioned LP before hitting puberty and disbanding in the late 1970s.

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