At the core of Kansas City’s vibrant classic-era soul scene was no record label or studio, but America’s Best Attractions, run by booking agent Allen Bell. America’s Best, and the exceedingly above-board Bell, kept countless local acts road-weary and comfortably paid. Bump & the Soul Stompers, led by Jerald “Bump” Scott, was among several Bell-related acts that bounced through enviable careers without ever having to enter a recording studio. Even so, “Bump” Scott did lead his band into one of the region’s best-known facilities: Damon Studios (deeded to Victor Damon, inventor of the spring reverb, and not to be confused with big band great Vic Damone). Bump and company’s first single, had it ever been released, “I Can Remember” momentarily recalls The Delfonics’ “Do You Remember” before flipping its melody the other way around. On the B-side, “Standing On The Outside” makes further appeals to the lowrider set, brake-pedaling the tempo a notch or two.
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