Bill Black’s Break

Bill Black was only in his 40’s when he died of a brain tumor, but he had a very lucrative career. A Memphis native, he got his start playing bass for the one and only Elvis Presley. Bill Black gave Hi Records their first big hit. You most likely recognize Hi Records as Rza’s favorite sample roster including Al Green, Willie Mitchell, and Syl Johnson.

While Bill Black had some less soulful output than his label-mates, Turn On Your Love Light contains lots of 60’s soul hits you might recognize. The track “Turn on Your Love Light” features a short drum break in the intro. There are also 2 small drum loops similar to the intro in the song. The drum kit sounds very similar to the classic break “Smokin’ Cheeba Cheeba” by Harlem Underground Band. Check it out.