The Sad Chicken is a 1970 deep funk classic so staggeringly, deliciously funky it makes Bootsy Collins sound like Coldplay.
Legend has it that Cincinnati show band Leroy & the Drivers, having booked a studio to record their single Rainy Night In Georgia didn’t have anything prepared as a flipside and created The Sad Chicken as an impromptu jam. It all fell into place there and then and was complete within an hour.
The track opens with a guitar gently strumming a snippet of Chopin’s Funeral March, perhaps indicating that the chicken in the title was sad due to bereavement. I hope the chicken was able to take some comfort in the knowledge that its loss was the catalyst for the creation of a ridiculously, funky instrumental.