I Got A Woman / Lonely Guy

Jam-Cha: 303

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  • Artist: Dem III
  • A Side: I Got A Woman
  • B Side: Lonely Guy
  • Label: Jam-Cha
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: VG+
  • Label Condition: E
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

Key: View



A San Francisco “ghost” I’ve been hoping to meet again ever since I was introduced to it’s hypnotic raw qualities way back in 1977; when Daly City Bob played me a few of his vocal-group treasures from his enviable collection.

Even though Bob Cataneo was at the cutting edge of Bay Area Soul he never had a spare, and just like my Arizona experience with the lone copy of the “Magnatones” I was left hanging for decades of hoping to come across another example. So when I found a copy last week in Connecticut; you can imagine my adrenaline rush and utter surprise it turning up a 44 hour drive, 3,005 miles away from home.

Before you is a pure street-corner Bay Area vocal group session giving it up from the heart. Northern Soul one side, with a sweet-as-a-nut harmony ballad sitting on the flip. BOTH sides are held in equal esteem, on two contrasting scenes. It’s unrefined nativity being the addictive draw to this hand-crafted local recording of quality.

Listen how the lead proudly espouses the merits of his good woman, as the other two guys coo approval in the background. All woven into a keyboard dominated dance rhythm.. deliciously D.I.Y. Northern Soul.

The flip side more than doubles the 45’s desirability, epitomising that “Under The Street Lamp” mood that draws you into a long forgotten world of hot summer nights and impromptu street-corner gatherings to harmonize the night away.

“Lonely Guy” stands today as one of that cultures greatest moments.

Condition Report

Light surface scuffing NOT affecting play, visually vg+. Slow storage warp again NOT affecting playback in any way. Even though I am the enteral optimist, but years of not ever seeing as copy, I was not ever expecting to encounter a Mint minus copy..

Listen to the soundfile, both sides play Ex. See the slow storage warp on our YouTube channel. It will be posted up for listening and viewing very soon.

A Side

  • Title: I Got A Woman

    B Side

  • Title: Lonely Guy
  • Year: 1964?
  • City: San Francisco, Cal