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Wednesday, August 28, 2013


This is the final single from this Memphis family group (lead vocalist Barbara, Roberta, Betty, and Maurice Brown). The group is perhaps best known for their mid '60's releases on Stax ("I Don't Want Trouble" was one of the very first 45's I featured here back in 2007). In lesser hands, this song could fall victim to a rather generic blues track, but between Barbara's powerhouse lead vocal, excellent harmony by her sisters and some DRIVING musicianship, this record COOKS.

Barbara recorded a few more singles as a solo artist, but her recording career ended in 1972.

from 1971...



web_star said...

"You Don't Love Me" was originally a blues song recorded by Willie Cobbs in 1960. It in turn is based on an earlier song by Bo Diddley called "She's Fine She's Mine" from 1955 that was the B-side to his second single "Diddley Daddy" (Checker 819). It is considered a blues classic that has been recorded by many performers including Junior Wells with Buddy Guy as "You Don't Love Me Baby" in 1965. But my favourite version is by the Jamaican singer Dawn Penn. She recorded "You Don't Love Me" in 1967 (Coxsone CS 1008) produced by Coxsone Dodd at Studio One in Jamaica. She used most of the Bo Diddley / Willie Cobbs melody and lyrics, but her version used a rocksteady beat. In 1994 she re-did it in a dancehall style as "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)" which was an international hit. It was produced by the Jamaican production team of Steely and Clevie and songwriting is credited to Penn, Cobbs and Diddley. Thanks for the great version by Barbara & The Browns from 1971. I have never heard it before. Johnnie K Auckland New Zealand

tut said...

very cool version...first time I heard this song was from the Super Session lp with Steve Stills, Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, love that one and this one thanks..

DJWaterman said...

This is a real snappy version. I prefer this one.