Bobby Patterson / Bobby Shannon – I Get My Groove From You

5th August 2022 · 1970s, 1973, Music, Soul

I just couldn’t make up my mind which version of this sweet soul song to post. It was recorded and released by two Texans named Bobby only a few months apart in 1973.

So here are both.

The first to come out was the smooth, subtly orchestrated version by Bobby Patterson on the Paula label.

Later the same year it was covered in a more typically Southern soul style – lots of brass, some Hammond organ, no orchestra – by Bobby Shannon.

Patterson, a prolific musician, songwriter and producer, wrote the song himself.

By the time this came out, he had enjoyed more than a decade of success on the blues and soul circuit around his native Dallas, releasing his first record, You’ve Got To Understand, in 1962 while still in his teens.

A proficient guitarist, bassist and drummer, he also  produced numerous artists including Fontella Bass and Chuck Jackson.

He wrote songs recorded by blues legend Albert King (That’s What The Blues Is All About) and The Fabulous Thunderbirds (How Do You Spell Love?) and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy recorded Patterson’s beautiful ballad She Don’t Have To See You (To See Through You) for his Golden Smog side project.

Patterson, who was performing and DJing in Dallas until 2012, also cut several Northern Soul favourites including What A Wonderful Night For Love.

All I know about Bobby Shannon is that he came from Texas and this, as far as I know, was his only release on the To-Mar label.

It came out as the B-side of another great tune, the exhilarating and aptly titled You’re An Uplift.