It’s been a long time coming for Rickey Calloway, but his funk is finally getting its just due in Disney / Marvel’s Eternals, hitting theaters today, Friday, November 5th, 2021.
You can hear him alongside the legendary Dap Kings dropping pure funk power with their classic record “Stay In The Groove Pt. 1” scoring an important scene in the film that stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, and many, many more.
The soundtrack also features Pink Floyd, Merle Haggard, Lizzo, and Jimin from BTS, so Rickey Calloway is in good company on this expansive global film release that places his distinct groove before a world stage, where it belongs.
If you don’t know about Rickey Calloway, you better get familiar.
Rickey Calloway hails from Jacksonville, Florida. As a teen, he worked local nightclubs imitating James Brown. “Tell Me” was the 17-year-old Calloway’s first step in songwriting. Rickey Calloway Has Been Puttin’ It Down On Wax Since 1968, His Original Records Sell For Hundreds Of Dollars, And He Is Considered The King Of England, Sir, Crown, Castle, Sword, Funk, And All.
He is a true artist. He can move, he can groove, he plays a mean guitar, and has a B3 organ sound like a locomotive engine. Rickey Calloway’s got more energy than a Florida college football stadium can hold. Rickey Calloway has been known to turn the whole United Kingdom to a dance floor. Rickey Calloway has performed in Paris, France and made the Eiffel Tower lean with it, rock with it. When you see Rickey Calloway live, you are seeing James Brown and Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, and Detroit soul, and Chicago Blues, and the Mississippi Delta, and the Alabama mud, and the Georgia sun, and the pure, high power, ever revving, thunder rockin, floor shaking, heart pounding, love making, juke rumbling, tear dropping, hand clapping, foot stomping, soul pounding Duval County, straight outta Jacksonville, Florida FUNK.
It’s a groove. It’s a feeling. It’s a major motion picture. It’s cinematic history. It’s Rickey Calloway and The Dap Kings. And you should get ready to hear a whole lot more of it.
Here’s some of what Mr. Calloway himself had to say about it.
How did this all start with the Dap Kings?