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Wednesday, Mar 23 2016 | 06:45
Image: 1603232 Before Mickey and the Soul Generation there was Mickey and The Fabulous Five. As members of a
Latin Soul band called The Royal Tokens, Mickey Foster and Emil Carter developed their chops
playing in front of San Antonio teens at Sunday night Battle of the Bands shows. Mickey’s own
band, The Fabulous Four, soon became The Fabulous Five with the addition of Gilbert Rivera on
bass. In the late summer of 1967, local music entrepreneur E.J. Henke took the Fabulous Five into
Jeff Smith’s Texas Sound Studio to record two sessions of funky New Breed Soul instrumentals as
well as a backing session for Charles Russell’s group, The Three Dudes (BC014-45). Still a
teenager, Mickey and his father both signed Henke’s recording contract.
While their recordings with The Three Dudes were released as a single on Henke’s Satin Records,
the superb instrumentals The Fabulous Five cut during the summer of ‘67 remained unreleased
until now. Relying heavily on the rhythm section, this set of recordings captures the young band
crystallizing what would become their signature sound. By 1969, The Fabulous Five had changed
their name to Mickey and The Soul Generation and had begun recording their now legendary
sessions with Manny Guerra’s GC Productions. These early sessions stand alone as a key chapter
in the development of one of the greatest, heaviest exponents of Funk.

1. Do It (Pt. 1)
2. Soulin
1. Funky City
2. Do It (Pt. 2) Available from 15.04.2016
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