Released on Chess Records’ subsidiary Cadet, Shaw’s version of “California Soul” has been used in a number of different commercials around the world. It is also has been popular with a number of artists who have sampled Shaw’s version as part of recent recordings. Although the version was not a popular hit, it has become a cult favorite.
Filmed in one of my favorite cities, the Dockers’ commercial features a number of the sights of the city by the bay. I had the opportunity to spend a week in SF in 2005 and was fortunate enough to see many of the tourist attractions and to meet a lot of nice folks and eat at some of the finest restaurants in the world.