Thursday, 5 March 2009

Rockin' Song of the Week - Number 48

The Upsetters - Baldhead Baby

While Little Richard was on a sabatical trying to get closer to God, his backing band the Upsetters were in Chicago getting closer to the Devil. The band were a hardened group of musos who had learnt their trade working the tough club circuit for a couple of years before Dinky Dick called it a day - for a while anyway. Everything with the Georgia Peach was overboard, and that included his jewels once he's seen his message from Above. This left the Upsetters to make a name for themselves. They signed with Vee Jay and used their sax-man Wilbert "Lee Diamond" Smith as vocalist on a couple numbers. Grady gaines was the mainman of a quality band that included drummer Chuck Conner and guitarist Nathaniel Douglas among its throng. Baldhead Baby from '58 is a sax lead rocker with obvious nods to Little Richard and Fats Domino.

Recommended downloads: Mama Loochie, Pig Tails & Blue Jeans, Take It Home to Grandma and two great instrumentals, Jay Walking and Wake Up.

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