National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day – March 6 – King Floyd

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It’s a special day here at the NOR. Yes, its true that the lives of all humans are interconnected in this paradoxical webbing of marshmallow we live in. But every once in a while something comes up that has significant meaning for yours truly. And today is one of those days.

King Floyd – New Orleans musician, postal worker, and soundtrack to The Steam.

Floyd hit it big in the early 70s with his ‘almost too funky to handle’ hit Groove Me. Cats and muthafuckers were getting down to that number from sea to shining sea.

At about the same time an underground network of amateur wrestling associations were sprouting up around the country. One such league was located in the bowels of Rhode Island – the RIWL. During its year of inception – 1970 – The Steam tore through the league with a wrath not known since the early days of Neptune Sneer in the West Coast Wrestling Federation of the 1940s. The Steam was smooth as silk. His finishing move, The Vapors, has made the toughest SOB on the planet look like a morning of cartoons.

Yours truly was The Steam’s manager back then. Coming off our title season in 1970 we wanted entrance music that fit our style and grace. Hard rock wouldn’t do…too cliche. We wanted something that captured the smooth yet devastating essence of The Steam.

Enter ‘Groove Me’ by King Floyd. We had a hell of a run in 1971 although we lost the title to the Indomitable Cream Puff on a VERY questionable DQ. King Floyd’s relentlessly thrusting groove epitomized Steam’s cascading fury style. In short, we nailed it. Floyd nailed it. More importantly our presence caused more than a few to remember better times before stepping into the ring.

Those were some of the best years of my life. I often times catch myself humming ‘Groove Me’ when I’m putting on a three piece suit…thinking of The Steam……his mystique and how – for once – everything came together just so…

Floyd King (King Floyd), singer and songwriter 1945 – 2006

The irresistibly funky “Groove Me”, written and performed by the New Orleans singer King Floyd, topped the US R&B charts in 1971. The single was a perfect example of the gritty, sweaty, Southern soul genre and bore a distinct similarity to Jean Knight’s equally infectious “Mr Big Stuff”. Both singers had recorded their vocals on the same day – Sunday 17 May 1970 – on top of backing tracks arranged and produced by Warzell Quezergue at Malaco studios in Jackson, Mississippi. Continue

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