Leroy & The Drivers

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Cincinnati, 1965-72
Leroy and the Drivers were led by singer Leroy Jones and sax player Randy "Butch" Yates. The band was self contained with guitar, bass, and drums along with Leroy and Butch. They recorded a couple 45s of R&B styled soul for Coral records. Their first 45 "Blow Wind/ L-O-V-E" seemed to have made some sales.
The 2 45s were credited to famed local artist Kenny Smith and Cincy's Accident records. Kenneth Hawkins is credited as co-writer with Leroy Jones.
In 1970 they recorded their third and apparently last 45. The Butch Yates composed "Sad Chicken" is a deep funky instro with Yates getting some crazy tones from his sax. The 45 has become a favorite in the modern day funk scene. The 45 was released on the Duo label from Chicago. Legend has it that, having booked a studio to record their single Rainy Night In Georgia, they didn’t have anything prepared as a flipside and created The Sad Chicken as an impromptu jam. It all fell into place there and then and was complete.
Leroy Jones, Mike Chappell - Bass, Randy 'Butch' Yates - Saxophone, Reggie Cavinaugh - Drums, Jimmy Valdez - Piano, Jimmy Welch - Guitar
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Singles & EPs

62515 Leroy & The Drivers - Blow Wind / L-O-V-E album art Leroy And The Drivers* Blow Wind / L-O-V-E (Single) Coral 62515 US 1967 Sell This Version
62544 Leroy & The Drivers - You Picked The Wrong Time album art Leroy & The Drivers You Picked The Wrong Time (Single) Coral 62544 US 1967 Sell This Version
D 7458 Leroy & The Drivers - Rainy Night In Georgia album art Leroy And The Drivers* Rainy Night In Georgia (Single) Duo Records (2) D 7458 US 1970 Sell This Version
STH 7013 Leroy & The Drivers - The Sad Chicken album art Leroy & The Drivers / Breakestra Leroy & The Drivers / Breakestra - The Sad Chicken(7", Single) Stones Throw Records STH 7013 US 2001 Sell This Version
LH7092 Leroy & The Drivers - The Sad Chicken album art Leroy And The Drivers* The Sad Chicken(7", RE) Luv N' Haight LH7092 US 2020 Sell This Version