More on Louisiana Purchase from Dwight
I have again moved Dwight's comments to the main page for more to see. For newcomers to HOTG, Dwight is the drummer for Chocolate Milk out of New Orleans and contributes his inside recollections and perceptions here from time to time. His band recorded numerous albums for RCA in the 1970's and early 1980's, the earlier ones produced by Allen Toussaint. They also backed Toussaint on live gigs and contributed to other sessions at his Sea-Saint Studios during that period. Now, here's Dwight:
Dan, Dwight Richards here! Sorry I haven't contributed in awhile, but some other committments have been keeping me busy. It is no accident that you compare the sound of this band to my own group, Chocolate Milk. They are in fact all very good friends of ours. They also share many of the same influences. Louisiana Purchase is one of those New Orleans bands who may not have sold a lot of records but definetly added to the musical legacy of New Orleans funk. Their sound on records was probably similar to ours because, like Chocolate Milk, they wanted to appeal to a wider audience than just New Orleans. Also like us, their funky New Orleans roots always shone through no matter what. This band features a pair of brothers, Brennan Williams on drums and Warner on sax and keyboards. Warner was also a longtime keyboardist for Irma Thomas. Ronald Ernest (Shamika, as I know him ) is the brother of drummer Hermans Ernest. The New Orleans music community of the seventies was very tight knit. I even had a band together with Warner for a couple of years called the Enforcers ( a long story!). These guys are a few years older than me, but as I remember, they were originally two groups. the singing group was called Swiss Movement, and the band was Lousiana Purchase. Eventually some of the singers left and the remaining members were absorbed into Louisiana Purchase. Many of the members are semi retired (musicians never fully retire). Back to their sound, they featured horns and full orchestration, simlilar to Chocolate Milk. I have to leave right now but, I will write more later.
Great to have you back, Dwight. Thanks for the info. Cameron at Tuff City mentioned that the tape box had the name Swiss Movement on it, too. Does that vocal group have anything to do with a group that recorded for RCA in the early 1970's by that name? Look forward to your next installment.