We The People :: Function Underground

Though Arizona’s most popular soul export is Dyke and the Blazers’ “Funky Broadway” — not written about NYC, but rather Arlester “Dyke” Christian’s memories of Broadway in Buffalo, New York, and the Broadway Road's role in the burgeoning late-sixties R&B scene in Phoenix — no figure in the state’s soul history casts a wider shadow than “Mighty” Mike Lenaburg. A concert promoter, disc jockey, producer, manager (he handled Little Richard and Ike & Tina Turn on the road), songwriter, and owner of several renowned record labels, Lenaburg’s songs and the records he issued rank . . .

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