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Fernwood Rhythm 'N' Blues from Memphis
1. Kiss Me One More Time - Willie Cobbs
2. Down in the Alley - The Lyrics
3. Wanna Jean
4. Golden Door Night Club - Eddie Carroll
5. Now It's Alright - Earl Forest
6. Mister B - Donnie Williams
7. My Little Girl - Willie Cobbs
8. Crying Over You - The Lyrics
9. I Feel Blue - Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice
10. Big Blue World, A - Jeb Stuart
11. Why Do I Love You
12. Don't Leave Me - Earl Forest
13. Girl of My Dreams - Memphis Sounds
14. Boogie Chilluns Playhouse - Donnie Williams
15. Come on Home - Willie Cobbs
16. You and Your Fellow - The Lyrics
17. Carol - Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice
18. I've Never Met an Angel Before - Eddie Carroll
19. Here Is My Heart - Willie Cobbs
20. Just Over There - Bogard Brothers
21. Everybody Ought to Serve the Lord
22. You Don't Love Me - Willie Cobbs
23. Let's Be Sweethearts Again - The Lyrics
24. Millionaire Without Love - Memphis Sounds
25. Whole Lot of Tears, A - Jeb Stuart
26. Big Boss Man - Willie Cobbs
27. Stop and Let Me Ride - Bogard Brothers
28. Lonely Boy - Willie Cobbs
29. Too Sad - Willie Cobbs
30. Going Home to Jesus
31. Mistreated Blues - Willie Cobbs
32. Bobby Is a Bad Bad Boy - Barbara Perry
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 17
Don Nix; Earl Forest; York Wilbon; Ronald "Slim" Wallace
Contains 32 tracks.
Performers include: Willie Cobbs, Jeb Stuart, The Lyrics, Kenneth Rice, Eddie Carroll, Memphis Sounds, Earl Forest, O'Henry & Barbara, Donnie Williams, Barbara Perry, Prophet G. Lusk.
Personnel: Willie Cobbs (vocals, harmonica); Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice , Eddie Carroll, Sidney Bogard, Etoy Bogard, Prophet George Lusk, Jeb Stuart, Barbara Perry (vocals); Sammy Lawhorn (guitar); Rico Collins (tenor saxophone); Don Nix, Donnie Williams (baritone saxophone); Gene "Bowlegs" Miller , Ernest G Harris, Jr., Willie Mitchell (trumpet); Eddie Boyd (piano); Wilbert Harris (drums).
Liner Note Author: Dave Travis.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Bogard Brothers; Ardry Boyle; William Glenn; John Scott Richardson; Benjamin Skip Pruitt; Tommie Lemons; Memphis Sounds; Percy Milan Jr.; Charlie H. Hoskins; Barbara Perry.
Arranger: Earl Forest.
In 1956 truck driver and musician Slim Wallace purchased a used Magnacorder recording machine and set up a little studio in his garage on Fernwood Street in Memphis. A year later, Fernwood Records was born, and for a decade or so the label (and studio) turned out some of the best early rock & roll and rockabilly around, and some pretty amazing R&B, as well, as this collection shows. The 32 tracks here are a complete delight, ranging from ragged Memphis soul pieces to deep gospel shouters, and that they exist at all is somewhat of a miracle, since all of Fernwood's masters are rumored to have been destroyed in the late '60s. Most of these tracks never saw anything past regional release, which is a shame because there is an awful lot to like here, including the wonderful "Down in the Alley" by the Lyrics, the funky and elegant "Now It's Alright" by Earl Forest, "Boogie Chilluns Playhouse" (complete with a greasy Stax groove) by Donnie Williams, two hard gospel soul pieces ("Everybody Ought to Serve the Lord" and "Going Home to Jesus") by Prophet G. Lusk, and the weird carnival teen pop of Barbara Perry's "Bobby Is a Bad Bad Boy." Transfers for this disc were probably made from vinyl sources (if the rumor about Fernwood's master tapes is true), but the sound quality is fine, and the joy and energy on display here are more than worth the price of admission. Not bad for a little garage on Fernwood Street, and it reaffirms Memphis as the epicenter of the Big Bang that was rock & roll soul. ~ Steve Leggett
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