Friday, March 25, 2011
BETTY EVERETT - BYE BYE BABY
When one sees the names "Betty Everett", "Johnny Pate", and "Mary Wells' on a label, it is virtually guaranteed to be fantastic, and this record testifies to that case.
While Betty Everett's run of hits almost ended completely with the collapse of the Vee-Jay records empire in 1965, she continued to release some great records (including some fantastic funky sides), and this, a cover of Mary Wells first release (from 1960) is my personal favorite. Johnny Pate is the brilliant, Chicago based arranger/ producer/ musician whose magic touch graced so many exciting records during this period; Johnny definitely knew how to propel an arrangement into the stratosphere. Check out the rolling drums, tasteful horns and backing vocals, bubbling bass and of course Betty's soaring vocals.