This West Coast singer has fans in both the Northern set and also the deep obsessives like me. Both sides of his Capitol 45 are firm dance floor favourites, but, despite his gritty tone and powerful sense of dyrnamics, neither track does much for me. I prefer the Latin tinged Boogaloo of “Don’t Mess With My Woman” to be honest, although it is the chugging flip “I Knew It Was Wrong” that I play more often. But his killer track is undoubtedly the classic ballad Make The Best Of What You Got. This has a wonderful arrangement; check out the guitarist’s lovely runs, and the organ right up front in the mix, and most of all get hold of Patton’s preaching vocal – just the right amount of gospel fire. A special tip of the hat to Joe Tex who no doubt provided the inspiration.
Don’t mess with my woman / I knew it was wrong ~ DUO DISC 112 (1965)
Make the best of what you got / I knew it was wrong ~ DUO DISC 113 (1965)
No more dreams / A li’l lovin’ sometimes ~ CAPITOL 5677 (1966)