LES COOPER "Wiggle Wobble"

"Wiggle Wobble," with its definitive growling R&B tenor sax courtesy of Joe Grier, was the only hit that Les Cooper had, but the good-natured fun of that song is present in almost all of the 12 sides on Wiggle Wobble. More than half of the songs here are instrumentals, but Cooper gets a chance to shine on tunes like "Dig Yourself" and "Owee Baby." A prime document of early-'60s soul, when the lines between R&B and soul weren't yet defined. ~ Wade Kergan, R&B WorldA longtime denizen of New York's doo wop scene, Cooper's only major hit was the 1962 instrumental "Wiggle Wobble." The Norfolk, VA, native was a member of the Empires and the Whirlers, and managed the Charts, before signing with Danny Robinson's Everlast imprint and cutting a vocal called "Dig Yourself" with his band, the Soul Rockers. Ironically, it was the flip side (a pounding instrumental called "Wiggle Wobble," featuring prominent King Curtis-styled tenor sax by ex-Charts lead singer Joe Grier) that gave Cooper his only chart ride. Follow-up efforts included the similar "Let's Do the Boston Monkey" for Enjoy. (Allmusic)
Cooper sang in several New York doo wop groups, including The Empires and The Whirlers, and was the manager of the group The Charts.[1] In 1962, he signed to Everlast Records and released the single "Dig Yourself" b/w "Wiggle Wobble", billed with his band as Les Cooper & the Soul Rockers. Both sides were produced by Bobby Robinson. The B-side was an instrumental featuring the saxophone playing of Joe Grier (formerly of The Charts himself); it caught on at radio and became a nationwide hit, peaking at #12 R&B in 1962 and #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 early in 1963.[2] It was his only hit; one of the follow-up singles was the sonically similar "Let's Do the Boston Monkey", recorded for Enjoy Records. (Bluebeat Music)

01 Wiggle Wobble 02 Dig Yourself 03 Owee Baby 04 Bossa Nova 05 Hippity Hop 06 Wobble Party 07 Garbage Can 08 Jungle Pony 09 Rockin With The Shimming 10 At The Party 11 Boston Monkey 12 Peter Piper
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