RIP Jimmy Castor

El PrezEl Prez NE Ohio 1,141 Posts
edited January 2012 in Strut Central
"We've just begun" ...... we losing all our legends y'all

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  • confirmation?

  • strataspherestratasphere Blastin' the Nasty 1,033 Posts
    Damn. Hope it's not true.

  • seriously, if you're going to to a RIP thread then have the courtesy of linking to a source or at least telling us how you know it...

  • BreezBreez 1,707 Posts
    If this is true it's pretty weird. I was sorting some shelves out this weekend and came across all my copies of all his records and listened to damn near his whole catalog. Someone please confirm this.

  • sticky_dojahsticky_dojah New York City...humanheadnyc.com 2,110 Posts
    It was verified on his Facebook page according to Christie Pabon from Tools Of War...seems legit...

  • his fb does not indicate anything:

    http://www.facebook.com/jimmy.castor?sk=info

    nor does his website:

    http://www.jimmycastor.com/home.html

  • sticky_dojahsticky_dojah New York City...humanheadnyc.com 2,110 Posts
    crabmongerfunk said:
    his fb does not indicate anything:

    http://www.facebook.com/jimmy.castor?sk=info

    nor does his website:

    http://www.jimmycastor.com/home.html

    A statement is yet to be released from his family. Christie passed the info from Mr. Freeze who wrote this on his FB:

    "It is with my deepest regret I need to I'm form my fellow B,boys that we
    have just lost one of the most import men in music today,He will always be the
    light that shines at the end of the Tunnel & the heart beat of hip hop culture.
    Please take a moment for a moment of silence for Mr Jimmy castor."

  • pickwick33pickwick33 8,946 Posts
    None of these reports specifically mention how he passed. If he did.

    I don't believe it just yet. Don't want another Etta James death scare.

  • El PrezEl Prez NE Ohio 1,141 Posts
    crabmongerfunk said:
    his fb does not indicate anything:

    http://www.facebook.com/jimmy.castor?sk=info

    nor does his website:

    http://www.jimmycastor.com/home.html

    A statement is yet to be released from his family. Christie passed the info from Mr. Freeze who wrote this on his FB:

    "It is with my deepest regret I need to I'm form my fellow B,boys that we
    have just lost one of the most import men in music today,He will always be the
    light that shines at the end of the Tunnel & the heart beat of hip hop culture.
    Please take a moment for a moment of silence for Mr Jimmy castor."[/quote

    For what it's worth his grandson twitted it also @juicyd00de if the soulstrut for iPhone had an edit function I would change my original post to read unconfirmed.


  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    Can we just jump into an appreciation post?

    I own a very small amount of his output, but dude always seemed to be his own animal amongst Funk giants.

    You dont hear Big Butt Bertha up in the club no more.

  • e man groovin was the first soul record i found at the thrift store on a free period from school. jimmy was effectively my first gulp of the kool-aid. and, 'it's just begun' was on every mix i ever made for any friend in 1995. big influence bitd. RIP

  • minimini 857 Posts
    R.I.P.


  • pickwick33pickwick33 8,946 Posts
    batmon said:
    Can we just jump into an appreciation post?

    I own a very small amount of his output, but dude always seemed to be his own animal amongst Funk giants.

    You dont hear Big Butt Bertha up in the club no more.

    Here's the link to an interview I did with him in Roctober magazine in 2002. One of the nicest people you ever want to meet:

    http://www.roctober.com/roctober/greatness/castor.html

  • Damn, really sad to hear this. 'It's Just Begun' was the first original break record I ever hunted down back in 88. I also used to do a club night called 'Troglodyte' in honour of the dude.

    RIP.

  • DocMcCoyDocMcCoy "Go and laugh in your own country!" 5,920 Posts
    batmon said:
    Can we just jump into an appreciation post?

    I own a very small amount of his output, but dude always seemed to be his own animal amongst Funk giants.

    You dont hear Big Butt Bertha up in the club no more.

    It's times like this I wish Phill still posted here.

    Nile Rodgers was getting a little emotional about it on Facebook last night; "To a youngblood like me, this funk was life-changing. Jimmy Castor RIP." Apparently, Jimmy Castor was the guy who facilitated Chic's hook-up with Diana Ross, through his mutual friendship with Suzanne De Passe.

    The first thing of his I remember hearing when I was a kid was Troglodyte, and I thought it was crazy. Obviously he'd been around much, much longer than that, as I later discovered - there can't be too many artists of his vintage who've managed to carve out a place for themselves across so many changing styles of music. But Troglodyte was, of course, his biggest hit and it did all right in the UK, too. When Bertha Butt Boogie came out, I probably erroneously earmarked him as a kind of gimmick artist who made these wacky, almost novelty records with these amazing grooves. You really wouldn't have got any idea of his range on the basis of just his hit singles. It seems to me that he remained comparatively underrated relative to many of his peers, perhaps because he only had a few really big hits rather than a steady string of songs that stayed high in the public consciousness thanks to cover versions or oldies stations - there's certainly a hell of a lot less Jimmy Castor material on Youtube than you might expect. Nevertheless, it's clear that those people who were around at the time of his biggest successes remember him with a great deal of affection, and the news of his death had me thinking about how many people there must be who've heard, say, the horns from It's Just Begun or the spoken intro to Troglodyte sampled on scores of records, and who never had the faintest idea they were hearing Jimmy Castor. RIP.

  • DocMcCoyDocMcCoy "Go and laugh in your own country!" 5,920 Posts
    pickwick33 said:
    batmon said:
    Can we just jump into an appreciation post?

    I own a very small amount of his output, but dude always seemed to be his own animal amongst Funk giants.

    You dont hear Big Butt Bertha up in the club no more.

    Here's the link to an interview I did with him in Roctober magazine in 2002. One of the nicest people you ever want to meet:

    http://www.roctober.com/roctober/greatness/castor.html

    That's a fantastic interview. Good looks, man.

  • JuniorJunior 4,853 Posts
    RIP



    Thanks for the interview link pickwick.

    Beyond the sampled tracks and a few like the monster above really not that familiar with the rest of his catalogue, would love this tribute thread to drop some personal favourites.

  • DocMcCoy said:
    pickwick33 said:


    Here's the link to an interview I did with him in Roctober magazine in 2002. One of the nicest people you ever want to meet:

    http://www.roctober.com/roctober/greatness/castor.html

    That's a fantastic interview. Good looks, man.

    Agreed, thanks for posting... RIP.

  • DocMcCoyDocMcCoy "Go and laugh in your own country!" 5,920 Posts
    Another great Castor interview by former Crates-lister and UK writer of note Angus Batey.

  • RIP

    I only own a handful of 45s and the "IJB" LP, but I love the "be young, be foolish" 45...a wonderful train-wreck of a track, it's like 3 northern/wigan "bangers" being played at once. Genius.

  • pickwick33pickwick33 8,946 Posts
    Hook-Up, a friend of mine who works for the Ponderosa Stomp was lamenting the fact that Castor never got to do one of those festivals. I think he would have been an excellent addition to the Stomp lineup.

  • holmesholmes 3,532 Posts
    RIP
    I really liked the chapter on him in Garth Cartwright's book "More Miles Than Money".
    Castor was such a talent, from doo-wop through soul & to funk.
    A pretty damn consistently great legacy to leave.
    I've recently been flipping over the "Hey Leroy" 45 & playing "Ham Hocks" at gigs, people ask what the Jr Walker track is & I get to tell them all about pre-Troglodyte Jimmy Castor.
    Sad news.

  • upskibooupskiboo 2,396 Posts
    holmes said:
    RIP
    Sad news.

    rest in peace to the man behind the most classic of classic b-boy jams ever
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