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Saturday, November 20, 2010
JOHNNY DAYE - WHAT'LL I DO FOR SATISFACTION b/w I NEED SOMEBODY
I'm gonna go on record and say that Johnny Daye is the greatest of all white soul singers. Pittsburgh native Johnny cut a few records that went nowhere beginning in 1965; during this time, he met and became friends with Otis Redding, who took young Johnny under his wing as a protege of sorts and brought him to Stax records.
Paired up with Steve Cropper (another incredibly soulful white fellow and one of my biggest personal guitar heroes), this record is pure magic and stands up to the repertoire of his mentor. Too bad more people didn't get to hear the record, full of gritty, gutbucket vocals, guitar licks that are dripping with grease and of course the laid back but slamming Stax rhythm section.
Sadly, Johnny dropped out of the music biz shortly after this record was cut; perhaps it was no coincidence that it was also around the time of the tragic death of his mentor.
WHAT'LL I DO FOR SATISFACTION
I NEED SOMEBODY