Before the rock-and-roll of Chuck Berry and Little Richard, or the street-corner doo-wop of Frankie Lymon in the mid-to-late-Fifties, and before Motown soul like The Supremes and the Temptations in the Sixties, there were the race records of the Forties and early Fifties. This was the Black vocal music of the time, and it is spotlighted on the latest CD (Live at Rasselas) by singer Margie Baker.
The recording kicks off with the tune “Let the Good Times Roll” which pretty much says it all. Most of the tunes went to the top of the Black charts of the time (called the Race chart and then the R&B chart). Included are a few tunes that were slightly risque or racy at the time (“Jelly Jelly” and “Fine Brown Frame”) or colloquial (“Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby? and “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good”).
Take a listen and get to know these incredible songs from sixty-to-seventy years ago sung by a lady who was dancing to this music when it originally came out. You are in for a treat.
See ya later, alligator.
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