Pat Peterman’s only 45 would appear to be this strong double sider cut in Birmingham, AL for Bill Lowery’s 1-2-3 label. “Love The Way You Do Your Thing” is a heavy strutting piece of southern dance funk but the gentler paced You Gonna Reap It does it for me. This is much harder hitting than the other side, despite the reduction in volume level, thanks to Pat’s world weary vocal. The way she rouses herself to a rage towards the run out groove is one of the best parts of this excellent Roscoe Robinson song. Great stuff.
UPDATE ~ Several people including Greg Burgess, Mr Fine Wine and Tom Ashburn (apologies ot anybody not mentioned) have written about Pat Peterman, correcting the recording location of her 1-2-3 single, and pointing out that both sides of the disc are on the excellent Rabbit Factory CD "The Birmingham Sound: The Soul Of Neal Hemphill Vol.1". John Ciba's fine notes to this collection report that Pat Peterson was the female lead of Daniel Peterman's Pat & the Neurotics . The Nuerotics group who also featured her husband James Peterman, brother of Daniel and Sam Dees as male lead. According to the sleeve notes James (Peterman) told Daniel about the Hemphill studio in Birmingham and how pleased Hemphill would be to let them record there. They showed up at the studio with no material and Daniel Peterman quickly wrote 'I love the way you do your thing' in the style of Stevie Wonder's 'Uptight' and they also threw together a bluesy version of St James Infirmiary' for the flip. This was then released as Pat & the Nuerotics on Hemphill's Crown LTD label.
I've now manged to locate an (expensive) copy of that 45 and Pat's version of St James Infirmary is very fine, full of pathos and with a heartfelt lead vocal. The support is well judged as well particularly the horn chart. But you really can't go wrong with a song as good as this.
As PAT & THE NEUROTICS
St James infirmary / I like the way you do your thing ~ CROWN INT 113 (1969/70)
As PAT PETERMAN
Love the way you do your thing / You gonna reap it ~ 1-2-3 1727 (1970)