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MusicStudy: Gloria Walker & The Chevelles – “You Hit the Spot Baby”

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The Groove that Hangs Tight and Changes Pitch

By Amir Said (Sa’id)

This is a wicked funk number. From the rapid-fire rhythm guitar strums; to the chaotic drum framework; to Gloria Walker’s soulful, juke-joint drawl, “You Hit the Spot Baby” is a masterpiece. With its multiple time changes and defiantly tight groove, this is certainly an early funk song worth studying.

For educational purposes…

Gloria Walker & Chevelles – “You Hit the Spot Baby”


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Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual