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Numero Group to Reissue George Bowman and Memphis Soul Single

Phoenix music historian Johnny "D" Dixon has a way with words. He recently updated his Mostly Vinyl Facebook page (the official site of his Sunday evening anything-goes program on KWSS 106.7) with a cryptic message: "What can I say.....I can't believe this has been sittin' in the can for 40+ years people. It wasn't released as much as it escaped! Better snatch a copy while you can.....when you can."

Of course, Valley cats Djentrification and Dump La Roc were already on to him. Both funk-fans had linked to a nondescript looking entry on Numero Group's blog that featured a song snippet and and announcement that February 28 would see the release of a vintage Phoenix '45, a band called Memphis Soul, and a soul-riff song called "Don't Down Me People (Part 1 and 2)."

We caught up with Numero Group's Ken Shipley and George Bowman, the songwriter/vocalist featured on the reissue, to discuss where this thing came from, and why it's such good news for Valley soul fans.

And lucky for us, Bowman is still around, gigging about town. He's scheduled to perform on Friday, January 28 at The Rhythm Room.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.