By: Charles Spurling, Hank Ballard
Original Performance: Marva Whitney
Written by: Charles Spurling, Hank Ballard
This famous horn riff comes from a song performed by Marva Whitney. It has been sampled by many rap artists, most famously by DJ Kool in a bad-ass early hiphop classic "Let Me Clear My Throat."
David Brown, one of the Brass Menagerie (Beck's horn section on the Vultures tour), used to step out and play this riff near the end of live versions of "Nicotine & Gravy." The best example of this was on The Tonight Show in 2001, where David Brown got his showcase on national TV.
Played live 11 times:
April 30, 2000May 2, 2000May 31, 2000August 18, 2000August 22, 2000October 26, 2000October 28, 2000June 26, 2001June 29, 2001July 1, 2001
...and 1 more
Earliest known live version: April 30, 2000
Latest known live version: July 12, 2001