One More Lick For The Dukey StickPosted: August 13, 2013
A nervous young white boy somehow made the cut to play funk rhythm guitar in George Duke’s band in the late 70s. Were there racial overtones in the session? Yes. Were the band members racist? Doubt it. The impromptu lineup includes:
George Duke – keyboards, vocals
Leon ‘Ndugu’ Chancler – drums
Sheila E – drums/percussion
Charles ‘Icarus’ Johnson – guitar
Vocalists – unconfirmed
George Duke narrating: “I would not have attempted this song without the soul members of the band.”
GD to recording engineer: “Okay. Gary, you ready?”
LC: “Okay, it’s Howdy Doody Time, baby!”
[LC’s Drum intro]
GD to CJ: “C’mon, Barry!”
[Song stopped abruptly by LC]
GD: “Wait a minute, I think we oughta change the guitar lick – a little bit. Whaddya think. [laughter] Heheh, Yeah? Naw it ain’t nothin’, ain’t nothin’. Who you playin’? Wait a minute, Barry, who you playin’?”
CJ: “I’m playin’ like a…”
[Charles plays new lick]
LC: “Goin’ surfin’ baby! Here we go!”
GD: “What about another lick. Try out something else. You wanna try it with me? Try it before we get back in the band. Okay, one, two, three, four…”
I found the video clip amusing (Funk 101 lesson happens in the first couple of minutes).
[Update: Original link was deleted, so Jump to 00:02:50]
At 05:00 Charles eyeballs the camera, then photobombs a group shot:
Charles, were it not for you claiming to be a close friend of the late George Duke, it’s doubful that we’d have bothered much about it, but since you did, you owe your fans some stories. Did they let you ride in the same bus? Did you get to drive it? Did you hit on Sheila E? Is that why you got the boot? Or were there too many little green speedballs involved?
Inquiring minds don’t give a crap either way, so you might as well fess up.