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Sunday, January 4, 2009
WENDY RENE - YOUNG AND FOOLISH
I'm breaking my self-imposed rules by featuring this one (I featured its other side, B-B-Q, about a year ago). However, at that time this side had 5 bad skips that I couldn't seem to get out of the record.
Friday night I was inspired to tackle it again, and after some very tedious effort removed the skips.
Wendy Rene's yearning vocals have a special place in my heart (her 'After Laughter" was also featured here. As always, if you need it, just email me).
Born Mary Cross in Memphis and given the stage name Wendy Rene by none other than Otis Redding, "Wendy" was also supposed to be on the tour in which Otis tragically died. Wendy had just had a baby and (thankfully) decided to stay home.
Unfortunately she only released a handful of singles. The backing (by Booker T & The MG's) also features some of my favorite playing by those amazing cats. I love how the organ takes such prominent lead in the mix.