viernes, 6 de noviembre de 2009

Mitty Collier: Shades of Mitty Collier - The Chess Singles (1961-1968)

The mighty Chess Records of Chicago was home to some of the greatest female soul singers of the '60s. Arguably the finest of the lesser-known was Birmingham, Alabama-born Mitty Collier, whom the label signed up in 1960, when she was just 20 years old. She stayed with Chess for eight years, during which time the company recorded her sparingly, releasing 15 singles and one album, 1965’s Shades of a Genius, a set comprising songs originated by or associated with Ray Charles. Mitty started out singing R&B material in a local nightclub, to help subsidise her college education. Her life-changing moment came in 1959 when, while visiting her brother in Chicago during summer break, she won a talent show at the Regal Theater, an achievement she maintained for six weeks straight. Her prize was a spot on a bill headlined by B.B. King and Etta James. Fabled A&R man Ralph Bass witnessed the show and recommended to the Chess brothers that they give her a recording contract. Mitty debuted in 1961 with 'Gotta Get Away From It All', arranged and produced, respectively, by Riley Hampton and Roquel “Billy” Davis, legends to aficionados of Chicago soul. Her Chess swansong, released in 1968, was a new version of the same number, recorded at Fame Studios in Alabama with producer Rick Hall. She first figured on the charts in 1963 with 'I’m Your Part-Time Love', an answerback to Little Johnny Taylor’s 'Part-Time Love'. The record with which Mitty Collier will always be associated, the classic 'I Had a Talk With My Man', charted in 1964. Like its follow-up, 'No Faith, No Love', it was an adaptation of a number from the pen of leading gospel songerwriter James Cleveland. 'Sharing You', released in 1966, was Mitty’s only other hit. A decade ago, Chess themselves released a compilation of Mitty Collier recordings, but that now long deleted and much sought after set concentrated on her album. This collection, on the other hand, focuses on her singles. Each of her 15 A-sides is included, along with 9 more great tunes from the flips! Titles include 'My Babe', 'I've Got Love', 'Ain't That Love', 'My Party', 'Do It With Confidence', 'Git Out', 'Help Me', 'Like Only Yesterday' and 'For My Man'. http://www.acerecords.co.uk/
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Mitty Collier on a classic performance of her 1964 hit 'I Had a Talk With My Man':

8 comentarios:

Nosi dijo...

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Bill dijo...

Nice post,I`ve always liked Mitty but her singles are hard to find.Thank you!

George dijo...

thanks once again

Gerard dijo...

Thank you

The Commoner dijo...

Wonderful stuff, as always. Any chance of a Shirley Ellis post? I know most people think of her as a novelty artist, but her records are incredibly funky and well-produced. I play "The Clapping Song" on my radio show about once a month.

troods dijo...

Overlooked, Mitty Collier has always been a favorite of mine. Thank you for the video as well. What can I say that I haven't said. You are the best!

Chris T dijo...

Thanks for another good one

Ricardo dijo...

I had a talk was a true classic, but this album shows she was no One Trick Pony.
Great to hear her again