Thursday, November 16, 2006

That's A Pretty Good Love
One of Aretha Franklin's main inspirations, Big Maybelle was an amazing blues belter from Tennessee. After singing in swing bands during WWII, she crossed over into rock'n'roll in the early fifties. A very young Quincy Jones produced her earthy version of "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On," which predates Jerry Lee Lewis' by two years. Plagued by health problems, her career was unfortunately cut short soon after.

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On

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