Harvey Hall and his long-running Cleveland soul backing band The Phenomenals were one of hundreds of budget-conscious groups that used Thomas and Louise Boddie’s home-spun recording and pressing facility throughout the ’60s and ’70s. Buoyed by Harvey’s slinky guitar work and Al Williams’s relentless drum attack, The Phenomenals displayed all the bells and whistles of a seasoned stage band: high-energy chart hits, acrobatic instrument twirls, knee slides, over-the-top soloing, and random women invited on stage to dance. After co-managers Bob Davis and Melvin Woods set up their own Day Wood imprint for their other clients The Imperial Wonders and Los Nombres, Harvey Hall turned in his most enduring works in 1972. The up-tempo funk burner “Soul And Sunshine” would later be flipped in Anderson Paak’s “Come Down,” but its Nate Gainey’s falsetto on “What Can I Do” where Harvey’s group cuts the deepest.
- Harvey & The Phenomenals What Can I Do (To Prove My Love Is Real)
- Harvey & The Phenomenals Soul & Sunshine