By Scott Freeman
For this installment of Funky Seoul Corner we go a wee bit later in Ruby Andrew’s career to 1970. “Everybody Saw You” is a typical offering from Ruby. You’ve got soul, you’ve got groove, and you’ve got dynamic changes within the track. This track was a minor hit in its own right, reaching #118 on the U.S. pop charts and #34 on the U.S. R&B chart.
Even though I own three Ruby Andrew’s 45s, I believe I have yet to play one of her tracks when I DJ. If I did, I would have to play her when I’m spinning a mellow mid-tempo set. Problem is, only rarely do I get a chance to play my slower paced tunes. I wish I had the opportunities, but most of the time I play I feel the need to spin the up-tempo numbers to keep the audience captive. All the same, I love her stuff and offering her up on Funky Seoul Corner is a great way to showcase her talent.
In doing my customary research on Ruby Andrews, I also came across a very interesting and well-written article by Natalie Elliot on the Oxford American: The Southern Magazine of Good Writing website. (Here is the link, if you are so inclined: http://www.oxfordamerican.org/articles/2011/dec/05/ruby-andrews/) Titled“Ruby Andrews: Mixing with an Obscure Soul Goddess,” Eliot seems to have gotten her information about Ruby Andrews from Andrews herself! The article gives the reader the low-down on music and her life, giving fascinating details about her years growing up and cutting records for Zodiac. I figured I would just give you the link to the page instead of just quoting everything from that article and pasting it here. Hope you enjoy!