The Rat by Stewart Brothers (Sly Stone) – R&B 45
The Rat b/w Ra Ra Roo by Stewart Brothers (Sly Stone) - R&B 45 on Ensign Records #4032 First some facts: released in 1959. Sly Stone's first 45 recorded with his brother, Freddie Stewart. Sylvester (Sly) released a gospel 78 with his siblings, their group? The Stewart Four It's raining rats and dogs in here! "The Rat" has one of the best opening lines ever in a song, "The name of this tune is the rat, and we are the Stewart Brothers, and Sylvester Stewart, that's myself, I wrote it", as soon as the man, who will later be better known as Sly Stone, finishes introducing himself, a groovin' R&B jump tune starts. Don't be fooled by the silly title, it's catchy! You will soon be walking around town singing about the rat! The flip side "Ra Ra Roo", deals with a whole different animal. What is Ra Ra Roo? They say it's a barkin' dog but really it sounds more like a howlin' dog, a brokenhearted dog at that. Another amazing Los Angeles record!