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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.

from 1966...

6 comments:

Stretch said...

Nice track...thanks for the share

warren.shrimpton said...

One of the best........EVER!

nOF said...

I got a version of this with Ramsey Lewis

Anonymous said...

This has got to be the best version ever of this track, you just have to get the talc down for it.

Gail said...

Great post Derek - but also check out Big Mama Thornton's version too if you haven't heard it!

Funkysoul vinyls said...

hello
great blog, i'm doing a small piece on this track next week, i will put a link back to your blog, do u want to link blogs!

bye
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