The Soul Dukes were a little known funk/soul band out of Englewood, New Jersey. Founded in 1966 by drummer Stepen Daniels, the band was originally called The Dukes & the Duchess. After some personal changes the band renamed to The Soul Dukes. They played at clubs, discos, theaters and concert halls in the north-east region of the US. They even shared the stage with James Brown and Lloyd Price, to name a few.
Their one and only 45 rpm single release (Soul-69 b/w Jelly fish) was recorded in early 1969. Although Soul-69 was heavily played by Keb Darge at his famous Madama JoJo's club night, it never reached the cult-status as other tracks he played to death like for example by Mickey & the Soul Generation or Larry Ellis & the Black Hammer. The rarity of an original 7" is important, more important though for the Tramp Records crew is the quality of the music. That's why they invested time to track down the original band members to finally re-release this killer double-sider 41 years after its first release.
As all re-issues on Tramp it comes with excellent sound quality and is limited to 250 hand-numbered copies.