Friday, April 8, 2011
MARLENA SHAW - LET'S WADE IN THE WATER
Today's offering is the type of record that, if it doesn't move you, I'm afraid that you just don't have a pulse!
This side from Marlena Shaw (born in New York state and relocated to Chicago for a singing career) is simply one of the greatest debut records in history! Marlena was discovered by Chess Records A&R while singing at Chicago's Playboy Club, about a year and a half after a nervous Marlena blew it in audition for Columbia Records/ John Hammond. with all due respect to the genius of John Hammond, Chess was the RIGHT place for Marlena, and the combination of the track (which was released as an instrumental by Ramsey Lewis) and her voice is the stuff of legend.