Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"Gene and Gladys had been given these Empathy pills by their marriage counselor" remembers studio engineer Bobby Battenburg. "After Gene and The Intruders had laid down 'I'll Always Love My Momma', the medication got passed around the studio and a crazy little shindig started. Everyone who was anyone in Philly dropped by to party. I saw Bill Cosby and Noam Chomsky sharing a blunt, and James Caan teaching a card trick to Patti Labelle. As the sun was rising, Gladys got the musicians and a few of her girls together and set to recording this great new song of hers. All she said was 'Play it slow and woozy, boys'. Great drugs and a great track. Those pills never saved the marriage though. Ten months later they were divorced".