I'm a big fan of Eddie/Eddy Giles' output on the Murco label out of Shreveport. In the 70's, he recorded some great stuff with Wardell Quezergue for the Alarm label, even worked with Allen Toussaint at one point, but it's the Murco sides that get my attention.
Giles' first single, "Losing Boy", was a fair sized hit in 1966. It was followed by six more 45's for Murco, none of which did much in terms of sales.
Oddly enough,"While I'm Away" was released on both Giles' second and third singles for Murco. Whether or not it was meant to be the b-side on either or both is difficult to tell. Murco didn't actually designate a&b sides, so I suppose it's possible "While I'm Away" was meant to be the follow-up to "Losing Boy"......and perhaps when the follow-up didn't sell as expected, a very funky flip side was added for a quick re-release???
The two singles were issued back to back with consecutive numbers, which even for a small label like Murco makes the release of Giles' third 45 appear rushed.
In case ya'll have never been there, Shreveport is in northern Louisiana, actually much closer to Dallas than New Orleans in more ways than one. As far as I know, all recordings on the Murco label were cut in Tyler Texas, which is about half way between Shreveport and Dallas.
Eddie Giles lives in Shreveport today.
Hope ya'll enjoy...