Ahhh, the unmistakable Florida funk sound. There
have been so many great labels: TK, Drive, Cat,
Alston, Glades, Sound Triangle, Konduko, Blue
Candle and Marlin just to name a few. Blistering
tropical grooves heard around the world and made
famous by artists such as: Timmy Thomas, King
Sporty, Clarence 'Blowfly' Reid, T-Connection,
Beginning Of The End, Freak, Oceanliners, James
Knight, Chocolate Clay, the 13th Floor, Herman Kelly
& Life, Philip Wright, Ray & His Court, All The People,
K.C. & The Sunshine Band, Vanessa Kendrick, Miami,
Coke, Antique, Lew Kirton, Pearly Queen and so
on.The shear amount of talent that emerged from
the Sunshine State in the 1970's is mind-boggling.
But Betty Padgett? Who is Betty Padgett? This is the
question record collector and DJ Shane Hunt (aka DJ
Sureshot) kept asking himself when he recently
discovered the Betty Padgett self-titled 1975 debut
LP while browsing through a dusty back room at a
Los Angeles record store. "There is a certain feeling
that a beat digger gets when stumbling across what
may be a Holy Grail, it's what keeps you going on the
quest to unearth lost musical treasure," said Hunt.
"The record simply looked too good to be true. I
didn't know if it was going to be Sweet Soul? Disco?
Dirty Funk, or possibly even Reggae? When I got
back to my crib and gave it a listen, I discovered it
was all of the above and more," he added.
Few records encompass all of these musical genres
in one package, but this one captures the essence of
Miami in the mid-70s with a sampling of all the
sounds that made the region a musical hotbed.