On this day in music, the Jimmy Castor Bunch had their hit “Troglodyte (Cave Man)” his number 6 hit.
Bit of a novelty record but also a fine piece of funk in that backing band there:
As to the band and its leader:
James Walter Castor (January 23, 1940 – January 16, 2012) was an American funk, R&B, and soul musician. A multi-instrumentalist, he is credited with vocals, saxophone and composition. He is best known for songs such as “It’s Just Begun”, “Bertha Butt Boogie”, and the biggest hit single, million-seller “Troglodyte (Cave Man)”
The song itself:
“Troglodyte (Cave Man)”, originally released as “Troglodite”, is a 1972 funk song by The Jimmy Castor Bunch. In the USA, it peaked at #4 on the R&B charts and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard ranked it as the No. 80 song for 1972. The song, especially the intro “What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time”, has been heavily sampled in hip-hop music and dance music.
More, umm, Neanderthal, or perhaps just early, funk is available here:Jimmy Castor Best of