Tuesday, January 11, 2011
RUBY JOHNSON - WEAK SPOT
Originally from North Carolina, Ruby Johnson relocated to Washington DC in the mid '50's to begin her professional singing career, and then eventually ended up in Memphis around 1965, signed to Stax records offshoot Volt. Al Bell had just become part of the Stax crew, and as he was a big supporter of Ruby, got her signed to the label where she recorded her greatest work.
After years of never achieving the success she deserved, she quit the music business in 1974 and went back to where it all began for her- singing at her local temple in her new home in Maryland (Ruby was raised Jewish). Sadly, she died too young at age 63.
This superb record is dripping with Stax magic; the backing band is obviously Booker T & The MG's, and the combination of their sublime musicianship and Ruby's uplifting vocals pushing HARD make for one massively exciting record.