RUSH: It’s a great honor to be in the EIB bumper rotation. I’m sure this makes The Funk Brothers’ month. The Funk Brothers, great bunch of guys. They’re a Motown studio band. They did all the background music, all those great Motown hits. And this is heartbreak, heart attack, heartfelt, heart something or other. Heartbeat. Heartbeat is what this is. It’s a single. It’s not an album.
And you know what I found out? I was telling Snerdley today I came across — I didn’t think this is possible — I came across a song from 1967. My first year in radio as a deejay, I’m 16, and there was a song that was big in St. Louis, and we couldn’t get it at our little station in Cape Girardeau. The record companies gave us about half of what was actually released and we’d have to go buy at a record store the other stuff.
And this song was just a hit in St. Louis. It was a hit in Detroit. But we never got it. We never got it at my little station. And I found it last night looking through the catalog of music on Apple Music by The Funk Brothers. And it’s on one of The Funk Brothers CDs. It’s a song called Karate-Boo-Ga-Loo by a guy named Jerry O, who was very close buds with The Funk Brothers. It was originally on the Shout label, and we had no distribution from Shout back in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in 1967.
Well, I found it and I’m obsessing to it last night. I must have listened to it for 20 minutes straight. And I didn’t think there was any music that I liked in ’67 that I had not found. I thought I had remembered everything that I liked. And this thing, I’m looking at the list of tunes on this particular — it says, Karate-Boo-Ga-Loo — and light bulbs went off and I had these exciting memories.
And I said, “I wonder if it’s the real song or some knock-off that was recorded like four years ago.” It’s the real thing.