Shorty Long

Function at the Junction

Composed by Eddie Holland / Frederick Long

Song Review by

A great Motown recording that cramped on the charts and inexplicably never reached rungs it should have easily obtained. This is a sheer energy production by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier written by Shorty Long and Holland-Dozier-Holland that Motown's promotion crew lost in the shuffle in 1966; its chart numbers were embarrassing low for such a tour de force (number 97 pop and number 42 R&B). Limited promotional appearances by Long didn't help matters, but was this Long's or Motown's doing? The cookout favorite finds Shorty barking about a big bash, a function at the junction, where everyone comes to have a good time. Its pounding, relentless beat and good-time feeling has made it a popular remake item that includes renditions by Otis Day, Little Richard, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Huey Lewis, and Ramsey Lewis.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1968 Soul Essence Music
No Image 1975
Various Artists
20 Hard-to-Find Motown Classics, Vol. 2 1986
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Motown
Frat Rock! 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:54
MVP Vintage Rhythms, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
MVP Records 2:51
Beg Scream & Shout: The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:50
Frat Rock! 3 Pac 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:54
The Essential Collection 2000 Spectrum Music
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Motown 1960s, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Motown 2:51
Tamla Motown: Big Hits & Hard to Find Classics, Vols. 1-3 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Audio / Spectrum Music 2:57
Motown Mod Fave Raves, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Motown 2:49
Bobby [Universal] 2006
Original Soundtrack
Island / Island Def Jam Music Group 2:49
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 6 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O / Motown / Universal Music 2:48
Motown for Kids 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O / Motown / Polydor / Universal 2:50
Total Motown 2010
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:51
Here Comes...Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters 2012 Kent / Kent Soul 2:56
Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013
Original Soundtrack
Verve International 2:47
Motown the Musical: 100 Originals 2013
Various Artists
Cobalt Helladisc / Universal Music 2:52
101 Kids Songs
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal 2:51
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