Latimore Talks Joining The Roots and Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show
Latimore is an international soul superstar who's sold millions of records around the world including his biggest hit "Let's Straighten It Out" on Hialeah's own TK Records. Starting in the 1960s, he made his home in Miami as a singer, holding a residency for Clyde Killens at the Sir John Hotel's club The Knight Beat, where the Downtown Miami post office now stands in Overtown.
Courtesy of Joe Stone Joe Stone, Questlove, and Latimore.
Last night, he sat in with the Roots on The Tonight Show, a couple of weeks after Jimmy Fallon found an old record of Lat's "Don't Let the Doorknob Hit'cha" and created a parody of it.
Joe Stone is the son of independent music icon Henry Stone, and also the Miami Bass pioneer who introduced Uncle Luke to pressing records. He was also the brains and voice behind one of the 2 Live Jews and he wrote the song "Cars That Go Boom" for electro-pop sensations L'Trimm after he signed them to a record deal.
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We here at Crossfade caught up with both guys to find out how they liked repping Miami on the world stage of The Tonight Show, with one of the greatest bands on Earth, The Roots. Here's what they had to say.
Watch this video for Jimmy Fallon's Latimore parody.
Crossfade: Latimore! Wasup, man! Congratulations! How was it?
Latimore: It was great, man, I had fun. It was great. The people treated me real good. The people at the show and everything gave me real special treatment. I really enjoyed it.
This all started from a parody they did on you a couple weeks ago right?
Latimore: Yeah, they were doing a parody of my song that goes, "Don't Let the doorknob hit'cha where the good Lord split ya." That's a song I wrote 30 years ago, and they had a guy come out dressed up and with the hair like I had back then. And then they did another parody on that song and had a lot of fun with it. Joe Stone and his man in LA reached out and said, "Why not have him on?" So they said, "Yeah, we'd love to have him," and they wanted me to come and sit in with the band. So I did that and we did several of my songs.
A lot of the stuff we did was just for the studio audience. But Jimmy did mention my album that I got out now, and he did hold it up a couple times, and he talked to me about it, so it was great publicity. You can't buy that kind of publicity. We taped it early in the afternoon, I'm actually about to watch it right now, in a little bit. I wanna see how it came out.
How was it working with The Roots?
Latimore: Oh, we had real big fun with them guys. It was great! They were very respectful of the old man. [Laughs] And they enjoyed themselves as much as I did.
It feels good to know that people recognize that you been in the business, and sure, they had some fun with one of my records. But when I was in the hallway, when we were ready to go on, Jimmy greeted me in the hallway, gave me a big old hug and said, "I'm so happy you're here, and glad that you're such a good sport about the jokes." And I said, "Hey, it was funny to me that y'all did that." And he said, "We have a lot of respect for you and we're happy that you could come and sit in with us, and maybe we can do it again some other time." And that's great for me. It gives me a lot of pleasure that people recognize my work.
Jimmy Fallon, he collects old albums and stuff, and he came across this particular album I had done on Malaco Records, and listened to some of the songs. He said everybody liked that "Let the Doorknob Hit'cha" and that everybody on the show was going around for the last couple weeks talkin' 'bout "where the good Lord split ya."
What do you think about getting exposed to a lot of young people who might have never even heard of you?
Latimore: That's the really fun thing, because his demographic is very young. In the studio audience, there wasn't ten people over the age of 40. So it's a big group of young people that never heard of me.