Castor started as a doo-wop singer in New York. He wrote and recorded “I Promise to Remember” in 1956. Castor then replaced Frankie Lymon in The Teenagers in 1957 before switching to the saxophone in 1960. He had a solo hit with “Hey Leroy, Your Mama’s Callin’ You” on Smash Records in 1966. Castor also played sax on Dave “Baby” Cortez’s hit “Rinky Dink.” He formed the Jimmy Castor Bunch in 1972 and signed with RCA. As leader of The Jimmy Castor Bunch in the 1970s, and also as a solo artist, he has released several successful albums and singles. The group reached the peak of their commercial success in 1972 with the release of their album, It’s Just Begun, which featured two hit singles: the title track and “Troglodyte (Cave Man).
Castor continued the trend in 1975 with “The Bertha Butt Boogie” and later recorded “E-Man Boogie,” “King Kong,” “Bom Bom,” and “Potential.” The Castor band included keyboardist/trumpeter Gerry Thomas, bassist Doug Gibson, guitarist Harry Jensen, conga player Lenny Fridle, Jr., and drummer Bobby Manigault.Â Thomas, who simultaneously recorded with the Fatback Band, left in the ’80s to exclusively record with them. Castor recorded as a solo performer from 1976 until 1988. He had one of his bigger hits in many years with a 1988 revival of “Love Makes a Woman,” which paired him with disco diva Joyce Sims. Castor had his own record label, Long Distance, in the 1980s.
Many of the group’s tunes have been heavily sampled in films and in hip-hop. In particular, the saxophone hook and groove from “It’s Just Begun” and the spoken word intro and groove from “Troglodyte” (namely, “What we’re gonna do right here is go back…”) have been sampled extensively.
Jimmy Castor died in 2012 from heart failure.
Troglodyte (Cave Man)
Troglodyte (Cave Man), originally released as “Troglodite”, is a 1972 funk song by the Jimmy Castor Bunch. It peaked at #4 on the R&B charts and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song, especially the intro “What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time”, has been heavily sampled in Hip Hop.
A character introduced in the song, Bertha Butt, (“One of the Butt Sisters”.) would be featured in many later Castor Bunch songs, including 1975’s “The Bertha Butt Boogie”.
The song is noted for its repeated falsetto line: “I’ll Sock it to Ya, Daddy!!”, Heard also once before in the song’s fade of the “Bertha Butt Boogie”.
What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back…back into time.
When the only people that existed were troglodytes…cave men…
Let’s take the average cave man at home, listening to his stereo.
Sometimes he’d get up, try to do his thing. He’d begin to move, something like this:
When he got tired of dancing alone, he’d look in the mirror:
“Gotta find a woman gotta find a woman gotta find a woman gotta find a woman”.
He’d go down to the lake where all the woman would be swimming or washing clothes or something.
He’d look around and just reach in and grab one. “Come here…come here”.
He’d grab her by the hair. You can’t do that today, fellas, cause
it might come off. You’d have a piece of hair in your hand and she’d
be swimming away from you (ha-ha).
This one woman just lay there, wet and frightened. He said:
She got up. She was a big woman. BIG woman.
Her name was Bertha. Bertha Butt. She was one of the Butt sisters.
He didn’t care. He looked up at her and said:
“Sock it to me sock it to me sock it to me sock it to me sock it to me
sock it to me sock it to me sock it to me!”.
She looked down on him.
She was ready to crush him, but she began to like him. She said:
“I’ll sock it to ya, Daddy”.
He said: “Wha?”.
She said: “I’ll sock it to ya, Daddy”.
You know what he said? He started it way
back then. I wouldn’t lie to you. When she said “I’ll sock it to ya, Daddy”
He said “Right on! Right on! Hotpants!
- Audio from the 1972 album, It’s Just Begun: