Here’s one that comes with a little regret. Bunny Sigler was a Philly legend. He might not have the name recognition these days of Gamble and Huff, but without Bunny there’s no Philly Sound.
This album predates that classic ’70s genre, but I really dig it. I’m not the only one: The title track, a medley of “Let the Good Times Roll” and “Feel So Good” almost cracked the top 20 in 1967 (and did, in fact, hit #20 on the R&B charts).
A couple of years ago while I was spinning it, I posted a photo of the album cover on social media and Bunny friended me. Cool! I made myself a note to reach out to him about setting up a phone interview to discuss Let the Good Times Roll & (Feel So Good), writing for the O’Jays, Jay-Z, and whatever the heck he wanted to talk about. Hey, if you’re going to chat with a Philly soul legend, you’d be a fool not to let him drive the bus. When I finally got around to getting in touch it was too late: Sigler succumbed to a heart attack in October 2017.
You can find copies of Let the Good Times Roll in the $15-$20 range. Happy hunting, and call your grandma–she’s got stories to tell, and you don’t want to regret missing out on them.