“‘Funky Spider’! You haven’t heard ‘Funky Spider’? Here, have one of my extra copies.” I remember Dee Marais exclaiming this when we conducted a series of interviews back in 2007. After excitedly yelling “Funky Spider,” his voice dropped down and he slowly said, “and the scared fly.” Then, he grinned and started laughing. Such was my introduction to this record.
About five years before I met Harding Guyon DesMarais (aka Dee Marais), Shreveport Southern Soul served as my primer to his record labels. Though the CD doesn’t include “Funky Spider” or its flipside, it does feature other songs culled from 45s released by Dee and Dick Martin on three of their labels -- Murco, Peermont, and HySign Records. These labels served a crucial role in capturing Shreveport’s soul, funk, and rhythm and blues music scene during the late 1960s and early 1970s.