Daily Discovery - The Place by Big Mama Thornton - R&B Soul Lp on Arhoolie Records #1028
"It's that crazy beat that moves the body and the feet" the lyrics tell it all. Funky guitar that breaks into a Mod dance beat, and of course Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton's voice! A short but impressive tune. Yeah, no doubt, this will be on your want list shortly.
What about the rest of the album, you ask? Yes, it has "Hound Dog"! The liner notes mention the 1952 song (which was also later recorded by Elvis Presley) by the soon to be legendary writing team Leiber & Stoller. They actually handed "Big Mama" the song on a brown paper bag! She liked the song but didn't actually record it until 1953. When it was released, it quickly brought her fame, nationwide.
"My Heavy Load" is a tear jerker! Instantly my heart felt synchronized to the plucking of the guitar. I felt heavy, my shoulders seemed to slump through the pain in the music and in the voice! Talk about the blues, oh man! I remembered my mom saying to me as a child when I was about to do something wrong "don't do it, don't get yourself in trouble". I couldn't help listening to the song 6 times in a row. Through chills and almost fever, I couldn't get enough!
That's just the beginning!
Side 1 - Swing It On Home - Sweet Little Angel - The Place - Little Red Rooster - Unlucky Girl - Hound Dog
Side 2 - My Heavy Load - School Boy - Down Home Shake Down - Your Love Is Where It Ought To Be - Session Blues
Recorded in London, England in 1965 then later pressed in Berkeley, California
Daily Discovery - Hound Dog b/w Baby What You Want Me To Do by Candy Johnson Show featuring Candy Johnson's Exciters!!! - R&B Rocker 45 on Canjo Records #102
A rockin' R&B version of the classic tune that most people think was originally done by Elvis Presley. The original was actually sung in 1952 by Willie Mae Thornton better known as Big Mama Thornton. It has been covered many times over but not like this version, which includes a fuzz guitar break about a minute into the song. The song was written by none other than the legendary hit writing dream team, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. This small Los Angeles label was a private press and probably owned by Candy Johnson, hence Canjo Records. It was released in January of 1964.