Song of the Day: Young-Holt Unlimited, “Soulful Strut”

Shortly after The Ramsey Lewis Trio had a hit with "The ‘In’ Crowd," Eldee Young and Red Holt left and formed the Young-Holt Trio with pianist Don Walker. They had a minor hit in 1966 with "Wack Wack", which reached #40 on the Hot 100. Renaming themselves Young-Holt Unlimited and replacing Walker with Ken Chaney, they recorded the backing instrumental track to Barbara Acklin’s song "Am I The Same Girl" (later covered by Swing Out Sister) and released it as "Soulful Strut" in late 1968. By January 1969 it had risen to #3 and sold a million units, being certified gold by RIAA. Future releases failed to repeat the commercial success, and they disbanded in 1974.

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Young-Holt Unlimited, “Soulful Strut”

    1. I was surprised that there were actually lyrics to it. They don’t add much to the song.

      I had SOS’s first two, “It’s Better To Travel” and “Kaleidoscope World.” I also had a cassette single of “La La Means I Love You”; their version is almost as good as Little Anthony’s. Corinne Drewery has a gorgeous voice. I like how they named the band: it was the only name they could agree on, because they all hated it.

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