Saturday, 14 February 2009

Rockin' Song of the Week - Number 37

Curtis Gordon -Please Baby Please (Mercury 183)
Written in vain for Fats Domino, Please Baby Please sees honky-tonk rocker Curtis Gordon go as close to the blues as he ever went. Cut at the Bradley studios in Nashville in October 1957 it was to be his last Mercury session. Backed by the legendary A-Team the song gives Floyd Cramer plenty of scope to flex the fingers and an all too brief cameo from Sugarfoot Garland. Never a hit artist, CG's songs didn't really gain much attention until the rockabilly revival with tracks like Draggin' and Mobile, Alabama cropping up on compilations. As neat as those songs are, it's the almost swamp-pop blues of Please Baby Please that's pleasures me most. It hit's the spot ma'am.
Recommended downloads: Play The Music Louder, Cry Cry, I Wouldn't (from the same Oct 57 session) and So Tired of Crying which was gloriously covered by the much-missed Rimshots.

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