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Episode 170: Gene Anderson

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, singer/songwriter/producer Gene Anderson began his career appearing on Russ Carter’s TV show “St. Louis Hop” at the age of 12. Around the same time, he was already contributing backing vocals on Ike Turner tracks and went on to sing and perform on gigs with artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and James Moody. In his teens, Gene would co-found Royal-Tone records and in the following years, he released a handful of classic soul and funk 45’s (credited to Gene Anderson & the Dynamic Psychedelics), and then continued recording, writing and performing as a band leader. He has written and/or co-written songs for artists including Alvin Cash, Bernie Hayes, Sonny Liston (a close friend of his), and Ann Peebles. Anderson also collaborated with legendary soul producer Willie Mitchell in the 70’s.

He was nominated for a Grammy Award for a song he wrote for Albert King entitled “Love In The Food Stamp Line.” Anderson also became good friends with comedian Redd Foxx, and later went on to join Parliament-Funkdaelic & the P-Funk All Stars.

Gene also wrote a book detailing his career as a promoter for rap and hip-hop.

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