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big maybelle – the complete okeh sessions 1952-55

Big Maybelle – The Complete Okeh Sessions 1952-55 (1994)

(this song is not included in the album but it is the only live performance I’ve found online)


Despite her short-lived career due to drug addiction and health problems, this amazing overlooked Jazz and R&B  singer and once pianist, holds true to her  position on the top of the list of  my  all-time favorite singers among Nina Simone, “Big Mama” Thornton, Dina Washington, Ella, Bessie, Aretha, Etta and Billie. Big Maybelle, whose name was given after she was signed by Okeh Records, was a huge influence to Aretha Franklin among others. Billie Holiday once refused to follow her opening act after such a powerful performance.  She had hits such as “Gabbin Blues”, “Candy”, “I’ve Got a Feeling” and “96 Tears”. Although being a chartmaker, Maybelle was never able to achieve the stardom her talent deserved.

The Story Of Big Maybelle


Track List

1. Just Want Your Love
2.So Good To My Baby
3. Gabbin’ Blues (Don’t Run My Business)
4. My Country Man
5. Rain Down Rain
6. Way Back Home
7. Please Stay Away From My Sam
8. Jinny Mule
9. Send For Me
10. Maybelle’s Blues
11. I’ve Got A Feeling
12. You’ll Never Know
13. No More Trouble Out Of Me
14. My Big Mistake
15. Ain’t No Use
16. I’m Getting ‘Long Alright
17. You’ll Be Sorry
18. Hair Dressing Women
19. One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show
20. Don’t Leave Poor Me
21. Ain’t To Be Played With
22. New Kind Of Mambo
23. Ocean Of Tears
24. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
25.The Other Night
26. Such A Cutie

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