Donald Jenkins and the Delighters (and their Basement Music Revolution)

I’m not sure what exactly is revolutionary about this record, titled “Music Revolution” and released by Donald Jenkins and the Delighters in 1975, but it sure is lovely. It’s what I like to call Basement Soul. It also reminds me of how much I miss skin tight harmonies.

A local Chicago record through and through released on tiny Black Beauty Records (64th and Maryland is the address listed on the label) this record is one of a couple that Donald and the Gang put out in the mid-seventies.

Having released a smouldering, haunting cut called “Elephant Walk” in 1962, the group never had another such hit, but did put out a smattering of quality singles. In fact, the group had roots back to the mid-1950s.

By the time “Music Revolution” came out, I imagine the group had their share of wives, babies, and day jobs. That sort of backstory behind such loveliness commands even more respect.donald jenkins

Below, for comparison’s sake, “Elephant Walk”. It’s the story of a self-proclaimed “American Boy from the South Side of Chicago” who meets and falls in love with a “Native Girl from darkest Africa”. Interesting theme, and really interesting use of echos and animal sounds. Jive on.

About ayanacontreras

i love the transportive powers of sound. i am a radio host/producer, DJ, Sound designer, 45rpm collector, and art lover living in the city of wind. View all posts by ayanacontreras

5 responses to “Donald Jenkins and the Delighters (and their Basement Music Revolution)

  • Tee Watts

    Elephant Walk did something to me way back in the day. Was just playin’ it just now and decided to look up Donald & The Delighters realizing I had never seen a picture of the group. That’s how I got here.

  • ronald strong

    they are my family . iam ronald strong the 2 my dad was ronald strong ronny strong the hambone kid . my uncle is donald jenkins the lead singer and their best friend name was granger forgot his last nane. i want to remake their songs i miss my dad he passed over30 years ago . my uncle is still in chicago living well i still love this kind of old school music love them very much thanks ronald strong the 2.

    • Brenden J. Koob

      I’m really good friends with Anaegien. Donald Jenkins was her grandfather. She told me yesterday he passed away very recently. My condolences for the loss your family is going thru a this time. He inspired her and her twin sister into music. God Bless. Very talented family.

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