R.I.P. Jimmy Castor


Funk saxophonist Jimmy Castor died yesterday at the age of 64 of unknown causes in Las Vegas. Castor is famous for his 1972 hit singles “Troglodyte (Caveman)” and “It’s Just Begun.” The New Yorker started out as a doo-wop singer in the late ’50’s and would replace Frankie Lymon in The Teenagers. He released 13 albums and his last single to chart was 1988’s “Love Makes A Woman” with Joyce Sims. Castor is as important to hip-hop as he is to funk because of the endless sampling of his work. His music also appeared in various films most notably the b-boy scene with the Rock Steady Crew in the iconic ’80’s feature Flashdance.