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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.

from 1966...

7 comments:

psychedelic elvis said...

I'm wondering what method you used to remove some bad skips from a record. This could prove to be extremely useful information for me. Thanks! Keep up the good work.

Derek See said...

For minor ones I find the location of the skip, and with the tonearm on the record, turn the turntable to neutral. With one hand SLOWLY spinning the record and the other hand rocking the needle back and forth withing the groove with some downward pressure. For really bad ones (like the Wendy Rene 45) I use a sewing needle to trace the groove very delicately. It takes some practice (and a magnifying glass) to find the skip, but it's always a success. There will always be some loud noise on that spot, but I'd certainly rather have a pop or click than a skip.

Anonymous said...

i love Wendy Rene...thanks, this is one i didn't have...

thanks also for the treat you sent me...btw, the song is better than i expected...and it is clear that there are more than two singers on that side...which answers my original question...

it was very kind of you to send it...

ana...

Anonymous said...

A labour of love! I do have to say, the scratchy 45 sounds better than the cd version of this song in my collection. Thanks for all the time you put into this blog - it is well appreciated. W.

Derek See said...

You're welcome. The time and effort is all a pleasure. yeah, even the scratchy 45's have better dynamics than CD remasters that just seem to lose the feel. Glad you enjoy the tunes!

Stuart Shea said...

Derek,
Thanks for the tips. I appreciate reading them.

jacquioff said...

born mary frierson. married james cross.
p.s i love your blog