(originally posted 7/07)
No matter how many times I've heard this record, its undeniable spook factor still scares the heck out of me- something about the performance here sounds like something a tad bit too personal; something we're not SUPPOSED to hear, as if listening in on an audio diary.
Born Mary Cross in Memphis and given the stage name Wendy Rene by none other than Otis Redding, "Wendy" was also supposed to be on the tour in which Otis tragically died. Wendy had just had a baby and (thankfully) decided to stay home.
Unfortunately she only released a handful of singles. The backing (by Booker T & The MG's) also features some of my favorite playing by those amazing cats. I love how the organ takes such prominent lead in the mix, a common theme heard on most of her sides.
WENDY RENE - AFTER LAUGHTER