Thursday, May 23, 2024

Here’s are the Main Samples on Kanye West’s New Album, by the Royal Jesters, by Shirley Ann Lee


This is the Royal Jesters’ version of “Take Me for a Little While.” The song was a hit for Dave Edmunds, Dusty Springfield, and Vanilla Fudge at different times. It was written in the 1960s by Trade Martin, who more recently expressed his distaste for mosque that was going to be built near the World Trade Center site.

On Kanye West’s new album, the song is called “Ghost Town.” Anyway, the Royal Jesters’ version is obscure, which is what Kanye likes. The Jesters were a Chicano soul group from San Antonio, Texas. It’s their voices you hear on “Ye.” It looks like they recorded as a B side for a single in the late 60s maybe. At least one member of the group is dead. I hope the whole group is being paid handsomely by Kanye and Def Jam.

Gospel great Shirley Ann Lee sings the opening part from her song “Someday.” God knows who was paid for this. It turns out both original records are in the hands of something called Numero Group from Chicago.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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