Damn Sam The Miracle Man And The Soul Congregation – 1970

Rare, rare, RARE hard funky soul from early 70s titans Damn Sam The Miracle Man – and some of the rawest, fiercest funk we’ve ever heard! Damn Sam is actually a group – spearheaded by vocalist OC Tolbert – a man with a roaring voice and righteous delivery that could tear through brick – and producer Jack Taylor. If not for the amazing funky 45 tracks “Damn Sam The Miracle Man”, “Smash” and “BJ” – all of which appear on this long lost LP — they may have been obscure to even the most diligent crate diggers, an argument in favour of that format if there ever was one. The group is a real killer, with absolutely pummelling funky drums and snapping electric congas & bongo work on just about every track – plus soaring trumpet and sax work that counterbalance the fury of  Tolbert’s vocals nicely. Tolbert’s history with gospel lends a genuine spiritual aspect to the frenzy, too – one of the sweetest raw funk tornadoes you could every hope to get swept up by!

Tracks
A1 Give Me Another Joint 4:10
A2 Let Me Be Your Only Man 4:40
A3 L. A. 26000 3:05
A4 Poor Mary 3:55
A5 Damn Sam The Miracle Man 3:43
B1 Smash 3:47
B2 Music Makes You Feel All Right 3.30
B3 B. J. 3:10
B4 Rainy Night In Georgia 5:10
B5 Sonny B. 3:30

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First, let’s straighten out this mysterious band “Damn Sam Miracle Man and The Soul congregation“?

The man is O.C. “Arthur Cleveland” Tolbert, also known like « The Miracle Man » or tolbert or damn sam the miracle man and the soul congregation or rev. o.c. tolbert and the blues congregation or king diamond or “The Tolbert Family Singers featuring Brother O C Tolbert” !!!
Don’t mistake O.C. Tolbert for other soul funk artists such as israel tolbert or « Joni Tolbert”, the female singer of CJ & Co.

The hereunder records hasn’t pretend to list the full discography of O.C. Tolbert. However, you could listen to different samples of his music ranging from the raw Gospel Funk to the Mellow Soul. Besides, if you have further information about this artist, feel free to give it us !

As Marvin Gaye, his father was a roving preacher and he went from church to church preaching the word in Alabama, and he always had our boy by his side. When O.C. was ten he was singer enough to lead the choirs at the churches where his father would preach.

O.C. had a natural talent for singing, but he found that, like his father, he had the talent of getting people to join in and participate in the festivities. He sang and played gospel music at a nursing home for a period of time in Selma, Alabama (where he was born) at the same time appearing on TV every Sunday. He developed the residents of the nursing home into such a good choir that they appeared on TV with him every other Sunday.

O.C. was a man determined to conquer all worlds, so, in 1966, he decided to start singing rhythm and blues. In 1967, he went to Detroit to find fame. He was told by a well known large record company to come for an audition a year later. He immediately disliked large record companies and went to a small one, and recorded, but…

Then he met a mover, who was very much like himself. The man? Jack Taylor, of course! And other movers joined their effort, (which was to bring you this album), and pretty soon they had a congregation. Oh! There was Jack Taylor producing; Ben Littles directing music; Love Star Music, writing lyrics; O.C., A.J. Branham and Rudy Thompson on vocals; Dave Newton, drums; Greg Whitfield, electric congos/bongos; Tony Trice, bass; Tobby Childs, guitar; Johnathan Scott, lead guitar; Ben James; keyboards Good Sister, tambourine; Ben Littles, trombone/trumpet; Lewellen Sutherland, tenor sax; and Richard “Sonny Bobby” Dilligard, trumpet.
This congregation of movers went into the studio and Damn Sam The Miracle Man was Born. Yes, we know.

O.C. and Jack Taylor released many recordings on different label out of Detroit or NYC among which Jack’s labels such as « Tay-ster », « Rolyat Production », « Power house », « New Day » et « Rojac Records », and most likely other ones like Kent (UK), …

Regarding the OC Tolbert‘s discography, we can identify 2 main periods, on the one hand from the 70s with his raw funk sound like on his album Damn sam the miracle man and the soul congregation and on the other hand, from the 80s with his pure modern soul singles on « Rojac Records» among which his ultra rare single « I’ve got it » that it has already sold at more than US$ 4,000 !!!

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37 Comments
  • Oh
    Posted at 16:40h, 01 March 2011 Reply

    thanks, good to have you back.

  • Void
    Posted at 17:11h, 01 March 2011 Reply

    Nice one, Nikos!! Thanks for doing a really awesome post on this really bizarre and obscure LP. Great info!!

  • back
    Posted at 19:50h, 01 March 2011 Reply

    Damn. it’s been a long time man – glad to see your page – reloaded it every day – whatchin and whatchin when it started!

  • carl
    Posted at 14:15h, 09 March 2011 Reply

    Hello..and..good..to..see..you..back..with..a..new..look!
    Thanks..for..this..wonderful..and..rare..and..info…which..im..eager..to..play.Thanks..again..for..all..your..work!

  • Nikos
    Posted at 14:32h, 09 March 2011 Reply

    Keep working on the new look and the tool bar is not ready yet.
    Admin promised to finish today.

  • Nuno
    Posted at 14:38h, 09 March 2011 Reply

    Welcome back Nikos!!

  • mellowgangsta
    Posted at 20:59h, 16 March 2011 Reply

    Yipeehhh! You´re back! What a relief!!!
    Did the same like “back” day by day. yeah it´s good to see you back.
    And what a return!!! this is again one of these treasures I´ve never heard of but that blows me away from the first listenening. Thanx for your invitation to Damn Sam and for all the edutainment!!

    by the way just give me a few more looks to decide if I love the new look or not. I´m not shure now. But that don´t mean a thing. you know I´m old and sometimes it´s not easy to change; but i try to…….;)

  • rich
    Posted at 21:43h, 16 March 2011 Reply

    its good to have u and ur collection of music back nikos great post

  • SoulPapa
    Posted at 04:34h, 17 March 2011 Reply

    Yeah baby! What a voice! What a post! What a blog!!! The waiting was worth it so welcome back brother!

  • Ryan
    Posted at 07:08h, 17 March 2011 Reply

    Glad to have you back! The site looks great.

  • Jake
    Posted at 09:47h, 17 March 2011 Reply

    Superb returning! Thanks for being here!

  • EGO
    Posted at 15:48h, 17 March 2011 Reply

    Hi, from Argentina, congratulations, great work!

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 17:08h, 17 March 2011 Reply

    Thanks a lot. Can’t wait to check it out.

  • roberto bernardo
    Posted at 18:19h, 17 March 2011 Reply

    big comeback! thanx a lot, i’m lovin’ it

  • Joe
    Posted at 09:23h, 18 March 2011 Reply

    I’ve never had a chance to listen to this album.
    Looking forward to it.
    Many thanks.

  • Andrew
    Posted at 09:38h, 18 March 2011 Reply

    My God! As for a long time I searched for it a curiosity. Many thanks from the old admirer of Funk.

  • Gary
    Posted at 13:25h, 18 March 2011 Reply

    Completely unfamiliar with them.I’ll wait for the dl to explore.Thanx again.

  • Maria
    Posted at 20:22h, 18 March 2011 Reply

    Sooo goood to have you back! Keep funkin’…….

  • Dan
    Posted at 05:56h, 19 March 2011 Reply

    Finally, you’re back! The internet wasn’t the same without you.

  • Alvaro
    Posted at 18:11h, 19 March 2011 Reply

    Love it. Welcome back!

  • Mr. Suit
    Posted at 20:54h, 19 March 2011 Reply

    Fantastic Blog. Great to have you back.

  • Dr.No
    Posted at 13:57h, 20 March 2011 Reply

    Perfect comeback! bless yall.

  • Mushroom
    Posted at 15:02h, 20 March 2011 Reply

    Loved this album for many many years. Never get bored listening to it. Great post!

  • jos
    Posted at 15:22h, 20 March 2011 Reply

    thanks Nikos

  • Radek
    Posted at 21:16h, 22 March 2011 Reply

    Sam’s energy is truly enviable. Thanks a lot.

  • Leon
    Posted at 09:39h, 23 March 2011 Reply

    One of my favorites, thanks so much, a great share!

  • Alan
    Posted at 09:46h, 24 March 2011 Reply

    Thanks for this true masterpiece from the past when the music was fresh and innovative…

  • Marc
    Posted at 21:07h, 25 March 2011 Reply

    This is really great gemmm, and make me feel good listening. Glad to see here.

  • Marcelo
    Posted at 23:01h, 05 April 2011 Reply

    Love it. Great share.

  • Tako
    Posted at 18:47h, 21 April 2011 Reply

    I really like this release, thanx very much

  • MJ Donnelly
    Posted at 02:02h, 23 April 2011 Reply

    Thank you kindly – diggin’ it with both hands

  • karl
    Posted at 19:40h, 09 May 2011 Reply

    Fantastic slices of funk. Many thanks

  • Anthony
    Posted at 18:31h, 28 May 2011 Reply

    Great Share! Some really good music here.

  • DIM
    Posted at 02:00h, 03 December 2011 Reply

    Must be one of the greatest funk albums ever!!!! Thanks a lot for this treasure!

  • Midway3000
    Posted at 21:16h, 19 May 2012 Reply

    the DL link is down!

  • WRKB
    Posted at 23:04h, 28 December 2012 Reply

    Looks shit hot. This blog is killer. Big props.

  • pedro
    Posted at 15:32h, 24 January 2013 Reply

    this is agem of album sounds of early funk with a sort of rae sound thanks nikos any chance of a re up of the swiss movement lp even the comments have gone

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