I just want to take a moment to say thank you – from the bottom of my heart – to The Winstons. Without this obscure 60s Soul band, electronic music would never be where it is today. Never heard of them before? Yes, you have. Listen to the track Amen, Brother, released in 1969 as an obscure B side.
The Winstons – Amen, Brother
Now listen again to the six seconds, starting at 1:25.
What you hear is the most famous six seconds in music. Ever. this sample has been used by artists as wide ranging as Altern-8 to Amy Winehouse to Hixxy & Sharkey to NWA. And the most fascinating part is they never made a penny in royalties for their legendary sample. I guess you could say electronic music is based on “open source” foundations. If it sounds like I am over-excitedly talking this up, it’s because I am. This free-to-use clip deserves more praise than any one person can give to it.
The Amen Break
Now sit back, relax and watch 18 minutes of fascinating history… played from vinyl, of course.
The history of the Amen Break
So, from everyone in electronic music – fans, producers, DJs, record labels, sampler manufacturers – we thank you, Gregory C. Coleman, Ray Maritano, Quincy Mattison, Sonny Pekerol, Richard Lewis Spencer and Phil Tolotta.