The Charmels – As Long As I’ve Got You (1967)

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The Charmels

Before Isaac Hayes became the recording artist we know, he was one of the masterminds behind the southern soul music label Stax Records. In 1966, he hand-picked the band The Charmels, signed them to the label Volt Records, an R & B subsidiary of Stax Records, and oversaw their recording of ‘Please Uncle Sam’ and then ‘As Long As I’ve Got You’. 25 years later, the latter track’s opening would be given a new audience when selected by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA as the lead sample in their own anthem ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ The chorus isn’t shoddy either.

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