SummaryOur good friends over at Friends Of Sound Records in Austin, Texas put out this awesome reissue of the Kansas City Express 45. We like it so much that we are helping them with the distribution of it. A very limited repress of a very rare record, instrumental on the flip side.
In the mid 1960s, one of Missouri's premiere soul and funk outfits debuted under the name, Fabulous Elites. This 11-piece group first recorded at the legendary Damon studios and included the four Bedell brothers who would later help form the Kansas City Express. In a predominately white area where country music was the radio standard, the Kansas City Express literally broke the mold. While only one member hailed from Kansas City, the group stuck with its name, taking Springfield and the surrounding area by storm. This single, recorded at American Artists Studios, was the band's first and only 45. It became a local hit in the Springfield area. Their showmanship even caught the eye of a local friend who had ties to Stax records. The legendary Memphis-based label signed the Express, but the relationship was not to be. In an unfortunate twist of fate, Stax disbanded just four months after the Express became one of the last groups it ever signed.
Now with the Friends of Sound Records first limited 45 reissue licensed through Magnetic Recordings we are able to enjoy this unique and rarely heard 45 single. -- Magnetic Recordings represents licensing rights for a select library of songs, spanning from 60s Psychedelia to 70s Soul to sample-based Beats. More information can be found at www.magneticrecordings.com .
The Kansas City Express is: Joe Bedell (guitar player), Larry Bedell (Keyboard), Ernie Bedell (Bass), Deloris Bedell (vocalist), Bert Coker (percussion), Richard Allen (drums), Danny Adams (sax), Ron Thomas (trumpet)