martes, 26 de mayo de 2009

Baby Washington: The Sue Singles (1962-1968)

Baby Washington possessed one of the most compelling and moving voices of the soul era. With her contralto to mezzo-soprano tones she combined down-to-earth gospel soulfulness with a stately uptown elegance. She may never have enjoyed the cross-over success of Dionne Warwick, but her haunting singing is one of the most singular sounds to have emerged from the New York soul scene of the early ‘60s. Washington was raised in Harlem, singing first in a vocal group, the Hearts, in 1956 and becoming a solo artist the following year. She built a career with 16 chart entries during a decade and a half, most of them during the 60s, recording in New York first for Donald Shaw's Neptune label and then for Juggy Murray's Sue label. She established herself as a major soul singer recording ‘The Time’ and ‘The Bells’, both in 1959, and ‘Nobody Cares’, in 1961. Moving to Sue Records in 1962, Washington hit the US national Top 40 in 1963 with the sublime ‘That's How Heartaches Are Made’ - a song which was heavily covered by the likes of Randy Crawford, Loleatta Holloway and Jerry Butler -, and the US R&B Top 10 with ‘Only Those In Love’, in 1965. Washington revived her career in the early ‘70s, recording in Philadelphia a duet with Don Gardner, a revival of the Marvelettes' ‘Forever’, a solo release ‘I've Got to Break Away’, and a well-received album. The coming of disco in the mid-‘70s effectively killed her career, as it did those of many soul artists. This excellent 28-track compilation of her work for the Sue label in the '60s has all of the significant R&B hits she recorded for the company, including 'That's How Heartaches are Made', ‘Handful of Memories,’ ‘Who's Gonna Take Care of Me,’ ‘It'll Never Be Over for Me,’ ‘Only Those in Love,’ and ‘No Time for Pity.’ It's also the best showcase for her versatility, going from near-gospel to string-laden uptown pop/soul, and even a bit of blues, straight pop, and jazz-inflected numbers. Her influence on Dusty Springfield, who cited Washington as her all-time favourite singer, can easily be detected on ‘I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face’ and ‘Doodlin',’ both of which Springfield covered in the '60s. http://www.acerecords.co.uk/, http://www.oldies.com/
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19 comentarios:

Nosi dijo...

http://rapidshare.com/files/236290189/Baby_Washington_-_The_Sue_Singles__1996_.rar

Bill dijo...

Ive wanted this for a long time!Now my computer`s playing up so I`ll have to come back when it`s working.Please leave link and thank you again for sharing all this great stuff!

Nosi dijo...

Don't worry, Bill! The link will still be there when you come back ;-) Enjoy!!

TOMORROWS VELVET DREAMZ dijo...

Fantastic post. One of the best soul artists of all time singing great songs. What a combinatio !
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EliotW dijo...

Hey Nosi ... here's Merry Clayton's "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow":

http://rapidshare.com/files/237953208/merry_clayton.zip

Vincent the Soul Chef dijo...

Thank you once again for all of these excellent selections.

Please feel free to visit 4BB Album of the Week.

Peace and blessings.

justme dijo...

Thanks! I only had a couple of tracks by her. This is fantastic!

Nosi dijo...

Thanks so much for sharing 'Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow', EliotW!! ... You are really spoiling us!! ;-)

EliotW dijo...

You're welcome, Nosi. Hey, if you're ever in Boston, let me know. We've got a some cool old record stores here.

Nosi dijo...

Hum... That sounds like paradise to me. As you can imagine, there's nothing like that in Spain (talking about soul, of course) Such a shame. Anyway, I hope I can go to Boston some day!

EliotW dijo...

Well, I'll leave it as an open invitation. Spring and fall are best ... winter is freezing with snow and summer is horribly hot and humid. But when the weather is nice here, it's really beautiful.

invisiblenigma dijo...

Much Thanks Nosi!! I love that sample song. Can't wait to hear the rest!!

hooch dijo...

Many thanks indeed!

Raphy dijo...

Every collector's Darling....A Must Have


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pedro dijo...

Baby a smooth sound of her voice ,can't help but love it i have a boot copy of the j&s years

jb dijo...

Just read about Baby W. in the Oxford American 11th Annual Southern Music Issue. She was Dusty Springfield's favorite singer? Can't wait to hear this. Thanks so much.

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