At the core of Kansas CityŠ—Ès vibrant classic-era soul scene was no record label or studio, but AmericaŠ—Ès Best Attractions, run by booking agent Allen Bell. AmericaŠ—Ès Best, and the exceedingly above-board Bell, kept countless local acts roadweary and comfortably paid. Bump & the Soul Stompers, led by Jerald Š—“BumpŠ—? Scott, was among several Bell-related acts that bounced through enviable careers without ever having to enter a recording studio. Even so, Š—“BumpŠ—? Scott did lead his band into one of the regionŠ—Ès best-known facilities: Damon Studios (deeded to Victor Damon, inventor of the spring reverb, and not to be confused with big band great Vic Damone). Bump and companyŠ—Ès first single, had ever been released, Š—“I Can RememberŠ—? momentarily recalls The DelfonicsŠ—È Š—“Do You RememberŠ—? before flipping its melody the other way around. On the B-side, Š—“Standing On The OutsideŠ—? makes further appeals to the lowrider set, brakepedaling the tempo a notch or two.
A. I Can't Rememberξ
B. Standing On The Outside