(DO THE) MASHED POTATOES

Latest update on 10/03/2015

Artist: Nat Kendrick & The Swans
Author: Dessie Rozier
Label: Dade
Year: 1960

Lead vocal: Miami DJ Carlton 'King' Coleman. Nat Kendrick was the drummer. In fact Nat Kendrick & The Swans is an alias for producer, pianist, backing yeller, dance routine inventor and author James Brown and his own new roadband, a folly not supported by his regular (King) labelboss Sid Nathan. So this came out on Dade, Henry Stone's label. He suggested to camouflage the demo (with James singing) by using that Miami top-DJ and nickname instead. Dessie Rozier is probably an alias for Brown/Stone. Decades later Stone also released that demo unmasked.

Covers:

1961:

Dartells [hit US as Hot Pastrami]

1961:

Joey Dee & The Starliters [as Hot Pastrami With Mashed Potatoes]

1962:

Steve Alaimo [as Mashed Potatoes]

1963:

Searchers [as Mashed Potatoes]

1963:

Kingsmen [idem]

1963:

Undertakers [with Jackie Lomax]

1964:

James Brown [for King with unidentified lead vocals; Brown cut a Mashed Potatoes USA in '62, right in the middle of the dance craze he launched]

1964:

Rufus Thomas

1964:

Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs [hit in Australia as Mashed Potato]

1965:

Hep Stars [with Benny Andersson pre ABBA]

1966:

Trashmen

1997:

Tommy Conwell [all as Mashed Potatoes]

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