domingo, 6 de diciembre de 2009

Big Maybelle Smith: Chronological (1944-1968)

Mabel Louise Smith (1 May 1924, Jackson, Tennessee, USA, d. 23 January 1972, Cleveland, Ohio, USA) was discovered singing in church by Memphis band leader Dave Clark in 1935. When Clark disbanded his orchestra to concentrate on record promotion, Smith moved to Christine Chatman’s orchestra with whom she first recorded for Decca Records in 1944. Three years later, Smith made solo records for King and in 1952 she recorded as Big Maybelle when producer Fred Mendelsohn signed her to Okeh Records, a subsidiary of CBS Records. Her blues shouting style (a female counterpart to ‘Big’ Joe Turner) brought a R&B hit the next year with 'Gabbin’ Blues' (a cleaned-up version of the ‘dirty dozens’ on which she was partnered by songwriter Rose Marie McCoy). 'Way Back Home' and 'My Country Man' were also bestsellers. In 1955, she made the first recording of 'Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On', which later became a major hit for Jerry Lee Lewis. Big Maybelle was also a star attraction on the chitlin’ circuit of black clubs, with an act that included risqué comedy as well as emotive ballads and brisk boogies. Leaving Okeh for Savoy, her 'Candy' (1956) brought more success and in 1959, she appeared in Jazz on a Summer’s Day, the film of the Newport Jazz Festival. Despite her acknowledged influence on the soul styles of the '60s, later records for Brunswick Records, Scepter and Chess Records made little impact until she signed to the Rojac label in 1966. There she was persuaded to record some recent pop hits by the Beatles and Donovan and had some minor chart success of her own with versions of 'Don’t Pass Me By' and '96 Tears'. She also covered 'Eleanor Rigby', Los Bravos' 'Black Is Black', and recorded the Northern Soul stomper 'Quittin' Time'. Big Maybelle’s career was marred by frequent drug problems, which contributed to her early death from a diabetic coma. I have gathered here a collection of 130 tracks, consisting of a fair amount of the sides the R&B chanteuse recorded for King, Okeh, Savoy, Brunswick, Scepter and Rojac between 1944 and 1968, including the entirety of her albums What More Can a Woman Do? (Brunswick, 1962), The Soul of Big Maybelle (Brunswick, 1965) and The Gospel Soul of Big Maybelle (Scepter, 1968). Enjoy!! http://www.oldies.com/
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Big Maybelle singing 'I Ain't Mad at You', live at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1958:

8 comentarios:

Nosi dijo...

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Bill dijo...

Thanks Nosi, I`m interested in the Brunswick stuff.

Johnny One-Note dijo...

Awesome upload, many thanks for sharing.

Johnny One-Note

justme dijo...

WOW! This is a fantastic collection! Thanks Nosi!

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troods dijo...

An incredible collection from an incredible singer and performer. Thank you so much for giving soul lovers this gift.

Mark dijo...

Another huge artist from the Tennessee roots. She is not just adorable and humble, she was always on the side of the less wealthy. I heard one of hr songs last night at the viagra online national conference and it made everything disappear from my mind. Beautiful voice.

Liam Latrine dijo...

People bad mouth Rs and yet here we are still going strong when the rest have fallen.

Thx for the collection :)