Skip Mahoaney And The Casuals – 1974 – Your Funny Moods

Heavenly harmony soul!

Skip Mahoaney And The Casuals were one of the best vocal groups working in the independent soul market in the 70’s, and although they had a few small chart hits, most of their work on vinyl is always pretty darn hard to find, and has never been collected properly. The group have a cool mellow soul vibe, like the Whatnauts or The Montclairs, with rough harmonies hitting a deep groove – and workin equally well on ballads or more uptempo tracks. 

A1 I Need Your Love 7:24
A2 Town Called No-where 4:31
A3 Struggling Man 4:44
B1 Your Funny Moods 7:11
B2 I’m Looking Away From My Past 2:33
B3 Seems Like The Love We Had Is Dead And Gone 3:32
B4 We Share Love 2:46

The Casuals were born accidently one spring evening in 1965. Ejected from a house party in Northwest, DC, Skip and his fellow over imbibers sought solace under the proverbial street lamp. A passing car, blasting Billy Stewart’s “I Do Love You” prompted then 15-year old Mahoney to pipe the tune a cappella. Stunned by their hood mate’s s sudden burst of raw talent, the fellas (George Norris, James Morse, Franklin Radcliff and Morris Moore ) quickly chimed backing vocals. The birth was quick and painless. Several sessions later, swelling with confidence, the group adopted the The Casuals as their moniker.

The original Casuals included George Norris (from the original a cappella group on the street corner), Roger Chapman and Billy Jones (Skip’s cousin). Players stepped forward offering to audition for membership in the backing band. The dream was taking shape. What followed was many years of toil, triumph, sweat and tears. Casuals keyboardist, James Purdie began constructing chords to match lyrics written by Skip. But it was group roadie, Sonny Jones who unwittingly provided fodder for the first record by Skip Mahoney and the Casuals (the name was changed because of another group by the name The Casuals).

Jones complained of a girlfriend and her “funny moods.”  In 1973, finally recording for D.C. International Records, a local indie in search of the Next Big Thing, “Your Funny Moods” b/w “I Need Your Love” was released. Local radio programmers familiar with the group, provided air play for both sides of the 45. It was the B-side “I Need Your Love” which lit up the radio request lines and gave the group a Washington/Baltimore hit. An album, also titled Your Funny Moods, sold over 100,000 copies in it’s hometown but did not find a substantial national audience.


Land of Love is a trademark LP for connoisseurs of falsetto based sweet soul music of the mid-’70’s. It stands the test of time and represents the best the period offered. Dazzling vocals, unexpected hooks and a solid false tenor propelled the drop-dead gorgeous “Bless My Soul” into the R&B Top 40 for 15 weeks in September ’76. “Wherever You Go” has its own tale to tell. The song would become a Boston/Cambridge classic of a 10 year period as DJ Arthur Kempton played it weekly as a sign off song for his Sunday radio show.

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  • Edgar
    Posted at 09:57h, 23 February 2018 Reply


  • Kim
    Posted at 10:21h, 23 February 2018 Reply

    That was my jam as a small girl.

  • aMERICO44
    Posted at 10:22h, 23 February 2018 Reply

    Been waiting for someone to post this. Skip and the guys did DC proud.

  • Wayne
    Posted at 15:08h, 23 February 2018 Reply

    Nikos you made my day. Thank you so very much.

  • Mary
    Posted at 20:15h, 23 February 2018 Reply

    I could listen to those two, over and over, forever…

  • John Ledford
    Posted at 00:57h, 24 February 2018 Reply

    This is a SMOKING record. Thanks so much!

  • Dee Ford
    Posted at 02:06h, 24 February 2018 Reply

    I just heard this song for the first time and I absolutely love it.

  • Lahlah
    Posted at 02:08h, 24 February 2018 Reply

    Oh yes I am loving this music. Skip Mahoaney And The Casuals are bad as hell. I miss the old school music.

  • Carlos Leão
    Posted at 02:11h, 24 February 2018 Reply

    Música boa pra caramba .

  • Valerio
    Posted at 18:08h, 24 February 2018 Reply

    Fantastic Post. Great Albums

  • John P
    Posted at 20:41h, 24 February 2018 Reply

    thank you for such a brilliant site – the stuff on here is truly superb.

  • Reale
    Posted at 10:30h, 26 February 2018 Reply

    Love old school era, when music was brilliant .

  • Julio Cezar
    Posted at 11:02h, 26 February 2018 Reply

    Um dos melhores LP´s de sempre

  • Thelma
    Posted at 00:09h, 27 February 2018 Reply

    Skip Mahoney got one of the best false tenors in R & B.
    Brilliant just heavenly brilliant.

  • Molly Robinson
    Posted at 01:13h, 27 February 2018 Reply

    Oh my gosh…Just listen to “Where Ever You Go”……..It just blown my mind…
    Thank you so much for those gems and everything that you do, keeping R’n’B old school alive.

  • dd
    Posted at 01:17h, 27 February 2018 Reply


  • Margoriano
    Posted at 01:23h, 28 February 2018 Reply

    I love you for posting such an amazing singer. I had not the chance to listen to it before.
    I wonder why I’ve never seen those two records. Great stuff. Soul at its best.
    Greetings from Córdoba Spain.

  • Kefal5
    Posted at 17:34h, 28 February 2018 Reply

    In my opinion one of the best posts on “funkmysoul” 😀 Love it!

  • Timothy Wallace
    Posted at 23:36h, 28 February 2018 Reply

    Essential listening pleasure. Thank u.

  • NorthernSoulGirl
    Posted at 02:55h, 02 March 2018 Reply


  • Philip
    Posted at 02:57h, 02 March 2018 Reply

    ohh man..yes great music .

  • Armand
    Posted at 13:29h, 04 March 2018 Reply

    I will never stop LOVING these songs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  • Nia
    Posted at 10:32h, 08 March 2018 Reply

    this music has so much effects on me…I can cry, I can smile…missing so much

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