This is one of the early singles put out on the 'Instant' label before it was called Instant.
Jack Banashak, who also owned Minit records, originally called the label Valiant but was sued by another company already using the same name...thus the change.
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Truth is, I don't know squat about Joel Moore, but it's a cool song....and there is something very familiar about the chording used by the piano player on this record.
Lets put it this way....what New Orleans pianist always sounds just a tad more sophisticated than he has to, even when pumping out the simplest of tunes? Never too fancy, often in the background, but always dead-on?
I tempted to say these are the flip sides to two of my favorite singles, but that's not quite right. Ya see, they wouldn't be favorite singles without these two songs on the flip. Perhaps ya get my meaning?
I'm not sure whether the basic track common to both songs was recorded before Allen Toussaint went into the army, and was thus pulled out of the vaults for re-cycling in his absence, or Toussaint himself knowingly re-used the track later.
Either way, it's hard to imagine not liking any song with such a sweet groove and ultra cool sax part...
Funny thing is that I bought both these records on the same day with no idea at all that the b-sides were related.
[The Dorsey side has a tiny skip. Scratches are one thing, skips another...]
Me? I'm just playing records, having some fun, and expressing the occasional unsupported opinion.
Normally, I don't provide direct links to artist info [I'm supposed to do all the work?]....... but in this case, Dan Phillips at Home of the Groove did such a marvelous job of researching Lee Diamond/Wilbert Smith that it deserves link after link after link. It's as close to being definitive as you'll find.
Mary Jane Hooper, real name Sena Fletcher, recorded a handful of songs with Eddie Bo in the late sixties. As far as I know only five sides were released, rumors of another extant single notwithstanding...[has anyone actually ever seen a copy of, I've Got What You Need?]
I Feel A Hurt is the flip-side of, That's How Strong My Love Is, as issued on the World Pacific label. The original pressing on the Power/Power Pac label is backed by a version of Jeeanie C. Riley's, Harper Valley PTA.
I doubt anyone has ever said Hooper was the strongest singer in the world....but there is a quality to her voice, a vulnerability, that's very appealing.
I think of her as someone of limited talent who nonetheless gave her all when she sang....pushed her vocals as far as she possibly could.
In that way, I don't think the power of her recordings lies in her ability to express the feeling of a song, but more in the way she, herself, lays it all on the line.
Anyway....it's a beautiful song, written and produced by Eddie Bo.
Is it possible to over-play Betty Harris? Hopefully I'll never find out.
I really don't understand why this record wasn't a hit. It gets played constantly in this house. So much so, that I try to pick up all the player copies I can just to spread the wear around.
This is another record which, as far I can tell, suffers from either a botched original recording or a lousy pressing. Harris' voice is distorted on every copy I've ever heard, something which makes even the cleanest 45 sound as though it's worn.
Not that I'm a such a stickler for clarity, but it would be nice if there were just a bit more sparkle to this yummy bit of ear candy.
Anyway, this one goes out to girlfriends Jolie and Amanda. They're my fellow [imaginary] back-up singers on this song. I'd post a clip of our routine, purely as a joke mind you...but I'm thinking the ensuing death threats might get annoying.
I'm not a 100% fan of Danny White's recordings....but I have to admit that my conclusion is born of missed opportunity rather than any specific lack of talent.
There's no doubt that the man was talented. His band rocked the hell out of New Orleans for years.
If only White had spent the sixties recording with Allen Toussaint, instead of lesser talents, things might have been quite different. Toussaint is on record as saying that several songs recorded by Ernie K Doe were written with White in mind. Yeah that's right, Mother-In-Law, A Certain Girl....you get the picture.
As it is, the two only collaborated once, on Natural Soul Brother, released on the SSS International label.
Sucks to say, but there only three Danny White recordings I care about. The Twitch on the Frisco label, Natural Soul Brother, and this song, Cracked Up Over You.
The song was recorded in Memphis. Al Jackson Jr. is on the drums. The whole Stax crew is most definitely on-board.
[correction: this record was not recorded at the Stax studio, but at the Hi studio....many of the players were Memphis heavy-weights who moved back and forth. Gene Miller, who is listed as producer, started at Stax, worked with the Fame gang in Muscle Shoals, and then moved to Hi.]