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Black Soul Express


Stone High School of Melbourne, Florida, had a mean drum line, a fact Kenny Hall exploited to form the Florida Soul Twisters in 1963. By 1972, the Twisters had turned over significantly, transforming into Black Soul Express with a line-up including Hall, Greg "French Fry" Gaines, Alberta "Bert" Rivers, William Slade, Richard Mickles, Troy Bryant, William Miller, and Freddie Woolfalk. Despite its Afro-centric locomotive moniker, Black Soul Express employed a revolving crew of Caucasians, including keyboard player "Mike," who appeared on their only recordings. Those 1975 sessions took place at Ocala's Gaff Studio, where "Party Time" b/w "When I Left You" were issued on a disc whose stark black label gave no label name. Hall's older musician brother Charles caught his brother's band in action and stripped off Gaines and Kenny to join him north in a new group he was putting together, the New Ghetto Express, which like the preceding Black Soul, made local stops only.


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