Today we take a look at the 1963 song by Bob & Earl (Bobby Relf and Earl Nelson), which was arranged by Barry White, and has been covered often throughout the years. Here, the focus is on early covers, including some "blue-eyed soul" renditions which may surprise you.
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"Harlem Shuffle" — Vigon (1967).
He's not from Harlem, but the Moroccan soul man Vigon (Morocco got soul, yo!) enjoyed a bit of a renaissance a few years back. This '60s Scopatone (pre-cursor to music videos) is a hoot, him and some sexy go-go dancers goin' off.
(Props to nyrainbow5 for the upload)
"Harlem Shuffle" — Wayne Cochran on a local Detroit TV station (1966).
While one YouTube user refers to Wayne Chochran as a bleached James Brown, this man's hair game and footwork is somethin' serious like Big Mike.
(Props to rortydog for the upload)
"Harlem Shuffle" — Bob & Earl (1963).
Jump around, the originators are in the house (but not in this fan-made video).
(Props to jmfudgie for the upload)
"Harlem Shuffle " — Booker T. & The MGs (Recorded 1960s, Released 1995).
Booker T. & The MGs always made any song they covered their own.
(Props to helewelly123 for the upload)
"Harlem Shuffle " — The Fabulous Flippers in New York City (1965).
(Props to FabFlipper for the upload)