Monday, 27 April 2020

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 47

Smokey Johnson - Discography 1964-69 [13sides+]

01. Smokey Johnson - 1964 - It Ain't My Fault [Part 1] (Nola 706)
02. Smokey Johnson - 1964 - It Ain't My Fault [Part 2] (Nola 706)
03. Smokey Johnson - 1965 - I Can't Help It [Part 1] (Nola 720)
04. Smokey Johnson - 1965 - I Can't Help It [Part 2] (Nola 720)
05. Smokey Johnson - 1966 - Whip It [Part 1] (Nola 722)
06. Smokey Johnson - 1966 - Whip It [Part 2] (Nola 722)
07. Smokey Johnson - 1966 - Dirty Red (Nola 727)
08. Smokey & Matt - 1967 - Did You Heard What I Saw [Part 1] (Nola 732)
09. Smokey & Matt - 1967 - Did You Heard What I Saw [Part 2] (Nola 732)
10. Smokey Johnson - 196? - Smokestack (F.B.Q. 101)
11. Smokey Johnson - 196? - Bullseye (F.B.Q. 101)
12. Smokey Johnson & Company - 1969 - The Funkie Moon (Intrepid 75006)
13. Smokey Johnson & Company - 1969 - Tippin' Lightly (Intrepid 75006)
14. Fred Kemp Quintet - 1993 - It Ain't My Fault [Live on WWOZ-FM]

Thomas Bailey - Discography 1970-7? [6sides]

01. Thomas Bailey - 1970 - Just Won't Move (Federal 12559)
02. Thomas Bailey - 1970 - Fran (Federal 12559)
03. Thomas Bailey - 1971 - Wish I Was Back (Federal 12567)
04. Thomas Bailey - 1971 - Percy's Place (Federal 12567)
05. Thomas Bailey & The Flintstone Band - 197? - The Flintstone Shuffle (Stone 361)
06. Thomas Bailey & The Flintstone Band - 197? - I Need You (Most Of All) (Stone 361)

Timothy McNealy - Discography 1972 [10sides]

01. Timothy McNealy - 1972 - Will You Be There (Shawn 0156)
02. Timothy McNealy - 1972 - Funky Movement (Shawn 0156)
03. Timothy McNealy - 1972 - Funky Movement No. 2 (Shawn 0157)
04. Timothy McNealy - 1972 - Sagittarius Black (Shawn 0157)
05. Mr. B - 1972 - Do It (Shawn 0158)
06. Mr. B - 1972 - What Would You Do (Shawn 0158)
07. Timothy - 1972 - K.C. Stomp (Shawn 0159)
08. Timothy - 1972 - Easy, Easy, Easy (Shawn 0159)
09. Timmy McNealy - 1972 - I Am So Glad You're Mine (Shawn 0160)
10. Timmy McNealy - 1972 - What's Going On (Shawn 0160)


Friday, 24 April 2020

I'm Losing The Feeling

While sorting through the recent treasure trove I received, I was able to nurse along a handful of smaller Re-Ups. Willie West by request and five additional collections from The Invincibles, The Sharpees (Collective), The Meadows Brothers (aka The Zircons), Roy Lee Johnson and Larry Birdsong -- all with tracks added, bringing each to completion. Thanks for your patience regarding larger Re-Ups and comments of gratitude and encouragement. And of course, many thanks to our kind benefactors for their invaluable contributions! Now, let's roll on ...

The southern line comes full circle, returning to the Sunshine State. Best remembered for her #1 R&B hit 'Rockin' Chair', Gwen McCrae was a gutsy southern soul diva with a particular affinity for dance tracks. Along with her husband George, Gwen was part of the Miami-based T.K. Records stable, which laid a great deal of groundwork for the disco explosion. Despite the 'polished' nature of McCrae's recordings, there's an ever-present sense of urgency in her delivery and plenty of bitter-sweet grit bubbling to the surface. Not all, but, some of her work is sheer brilliance.

Born Gwen Mosley in Pensacola, FL, in 1943, she grew up singing in her Pentecostal church and later discovered secular singers like Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin. She began performing in local clubs as a teenager, also singing with local groups like the Lafayettes and the Independents. In 1963, she met a young Navy sailor named George McCrae, whom she married within a week. When George was discharged, he re-formed an earlier group he'd sung with called the Jivin' Jets, and invited Gwen to join as well. Soon, however, George and Gwen split off to form a duo -- aptly dubbed George & Gwen -- and moved to West Palm Beach to perform in clubs all over South Florida. George & Gwen were discovered in 1967 by singer Betty Wright, who helped get them signed to Henry Stone's Alston label. Their debut single, "Three Hearts in a Tangle," was released in 1969; the follow-up, "Like Yesterday Our Love Is Gone," marked the first time they worked with the writing team of Clarence Reid  and Willie Clarke. Both were regional hits, as was third single, "No One Left to Come Home," although none of those records broke nationally; meanwhile, the McCrae's and Wright were collectively earning a reputation as stellar session vocalists. In 1970, one of Gwen's solo recordings, the Bobby "Blue" Bland cover "Lead Me On," was picked up by Columbia and became her first Top 40 hit on the R&B charts. In the wake of that breakthrough, George temporarily retired from singing to become her manager, and Alston leased her contract to Columbia; she recorded several more singles over the next few years, but without comparable chart success. Columbia declined to renew McCrae's contract in 1973, and she was signed to a different Henry Stone label, the T.K. subsidiary Cat. She had a regional hit with "He Keeps Something Groovy Goin' On" that year, and then her second national hit with the R&B Top 20 "For Your Love" (originally recorded by Ed Townsend). However, her minor 1974 hit "It's Worth the Hurt" was overshadowed by George's across-the-board smash "Rock Your Baby," a song originally intended for Gwen that heralded disco's arrival on the pop charts. It was Gwen's turn in the spotlight the following year, when she took the sexy Reid/Clarke composition "Rockin' Chair" all the way to the top of the R&B charts, not to mention the pop Top Ten. In the wake of its success, McCrae released her first-ever album (also called Rockin' Chair) and scored further R&B hits with "Love Insurance" and "Cradle of Love." By this time, the separate successes were taking their toll on the McCraes' marriage (Gwen has since alleged that her husband beat her frequently). A 1976 duet single, "Winners Together, Losers Apart," fell short of the R&B Top 40, and a full album of duets failed to assuage matters. The couple split later that year, and Gwen scored what turned out to be her last chart hit for Cat, "Damn Right It's Good." Despite a fine effort with the 1978 LP Let's Straighten It Out, McCrae's commercial momentum was stalled, and although 1979's "All This Love That I'm Giving" later became a favorite on Britain's Northern soul scene, it didn't attract much attention upon its release. With the T.K. label family in serious financial trouble, McCrae moved to New Jersey and signed with Atlantic in 1980, a stint that produced two albums (Gwen McCrae and On My Way) and several chart singles still prized by collectors: "Funky Sensation," "Poyson," and "Keep the Fire Burning." Feeling under-promoted, McCrae moved back to Florida, cut a one-off single for the small Black Jack label in 1984 called "Do You Know What I Mean," and retired from the music business. McCrae was rediscovered by the British Northern soul and rare groove scenes during the '80s, and she traveled to England to record a couple of singles for Rhythm King in 1987. Pleased with her enduring popularity in the U.K., McCrae eventually recorded an entire album for the British Homegrown label in 1996, titled Girlfriend's Boyfriend. Upon returning to America, she signed with the revived Goldwax label, distributed by Ichiban, and recorded another album later that year, Psychic Hot Line. In 1998, Ichiban reissued Girlfriend's Boyfriend in the U.S. McCrae returned in 1999 with Still Rockin', which received favorable reviews in blues and classic soul circles. ~ Steve Huey [allmusic]

I'm Losing The Feeling gathers Gwen's decade of decadence -- her five full-length albums cut for Henry Stone's T.K. Records (including the flop with hubby George), a compilation album and the singles -- all released between 1969 and 1979. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

George & Gwen - 1969 - Like Yesterday Our Love Is Gone (Alston 4579)

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Happy Hump Day

seek (not too far even) and ye shall find ... happy hump day !!!

Monday, 20 April 2020

GGG Presents Darling Dear Vol. 05

01. The 5 Royales - 1961 - Much In Need (Vay 412)
02. Darlene Love - 1963 - Playing For Keeps (Philles 111 alt press)
03. The Uptones - 1962 - No More (Lute 6225)
04. The Dubs - 1962 - You're Free To Go (Gone 5138)
05. The Alvans - 1961 - Love Is A Game (May 102)
06. The Impressions w. Jerry Butler - 1958 - Come Back My Love (Abner 1017)
07. The Slades - 1958 - You Cheated (Domino R-500)
08. The Velours - 1957 - Can I Come Over Tonight (Onyx 512)
09. Eddie & The Starlites - 1959 - Why (Unissued)
10. Hi-Lites - 1959 - Please Believe I Love You (Reno SA 1030)
11. Prentice Moreland & Group - 1959 - Please Please Please (Edsel 778)
12. Hollywood Flames - 1957 - This Heart Of Mine (Unissued Ebb)
13. The Hummers - 1956 - So Strange (Unissued Old Town)
14. The Cadillacs - 1956 - You Are (Josie 792)
15. The Sweet Teens - 1955 - Forever More (Flip 311)
16. Leonard Lee - 1954 - When The Sun Goes Down (Lamp 8001)
17. The Five Echoes - 1954 - So Lonesome (Sabre 105)
18. The Wrens - 1955 - Come Back My Love (Rama RR-65)
19. Kenny Martin & Group - 1958 - Darling Please Be Mine (Federal 12341)
20. The Cordovans - 1958 - My Heart (Johnson 731)
21. Lincoln Fig & The Dates - 1959 - Kiss Me Tenderly (Worthy 1006)
22. Marv Johnson - 1960 - I Need You (United Artists 241)
23. The Carousels - 1962 - If You Want To (Gone 5118)
24. The Innocents - 1962 - Be Mine [alt] (Unissued Reprise)
25. Charles McCullough & The Silks - 1961 - My Girl (Dooto 462)


Friday, 17 April 2020

Ups & Downs

Before this southern line leaves the station, I'd like to draw your attention to the right side-bar where I've added a few pages. The request ones are a work in progress and I'll be re-arranging, adding to, striking from with your help (hopefully). The important one however, is the Re-Ups one. It was prompted by several persistent folks but I strongly urge all visitors to read it!

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Very few southern soulers escaped their little pocket communities for commercial success. Most ended up wrestling with obscurity on a constant basis during their careers. That's certainly the case with Richard Marks, who now, even with two compilations of unearthed material, still precious little is known. One thing's for sure ~ the man was a talented, to epic proportions.

Marks’ story is that of an unsung soul and funk hero; he was a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter whose phone number was in Al Green’s, Barry White’s and Eddie Kendricks’ rolodex, but his talents have only been heard in sporadic bursts. He and his music are unknown to the majority, but to an obsessive minority, he is a lightning rod: that singular point at which numerous Southern soul and funk musicians converged and exploded, spreading wondrous music in all directions. Marks died of cancer on 14th May of 2006, never having issued an album, or even granting an interview. His first album, the Never Satisfied anthology was released posthumously. Marks stands out as a most mysterious talent to originate from Atlanta, a city that birthed no shortage of genius, and Love Is Gone [The Lost Sessions 1969-1977] further makes the case for a reassessment of his talents and his place in the soul and funk canon. Both 'Never Satisfied' and the recent 'Love Is Gone' collections were procured by re-issue label Now-Again Records and here's a link to a little interview with the owner, regarding the first Richard Marks collection amassed and released back in 2014.

Ups & Downs is simply a slight adjustment to the presentation of both Now-Again CDs. The previously issued sides are collected together and chronicled, the unissued ones are not. As the recent collection is entirely unissued material, I've left both discs as is. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Richard Marks - 1976 - Innocent Bystander (Instrumental) (Free Spirit #??)

Monday, 13 April 2020

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 33

Southern Soul and the Deep Dish Delicacies series are no strangers, but given this month's theme, thought I'd  throw together a special edition just for the occasion. Here's 25 impassioned soul senders, all recorded below the Mason-Dixon line by some of the South's finest!

01. James Carr - 1966 - Forgetting You (Goldwax 311) (Goldwax LP 3001)
02. Sam & Bill - 1967 - I Need Your Love To Comfort Me (Decca 32200)
03. Big John Hamilton - 1967 - I Have No One (Minaret 129)
04. Roy Arlington - 1965 - That's Good Enough (Safice 337)
05. James Barnett - 1965 - Take A Good Look (Fame 1001)
06. Janit & The Jays - 1966 - Without A Reason (Hi 2109)
07. Percy Sledge - 1966 - When A Man Loves A Woman (Atlantic LP SD 8125)
08. Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces - 1966 - Come Back Baby (Checker LPS 3000)
09. Soul Brothers Six - 1968 - I Can't Live Without You (Atlantic 2535)
10. Ben & Spence - 196? - L-O-V-E Love (Unissued Fame)
11. Johnnie Taylor - 1968 - Mr. Nobody Is Somebody Now (Stax 2005)
12. Ella Washington - 196? - Nobody But Me (Unissued Sound Stage 7)
13. Johnny Adams - 1969 - I Won't Cry (SSS Int. SSS LP#5)
14. Rudy Mockabee - 1969 - Think About It (Atco 45-6748)
15. Swamp Dogg - 1971 - Creeping Away (Elektra LP EKS-74089)
16. Richard Marks - 19?? - I Don't Want To Cry (Unissued)
17. O.V. Wright - 1970 - When You Took Your Love From Me (Back Beat BBLP-70)
18. Barbara & The Browns - 1971 - If I Can't Run To You I'll Crawl (Sounds Of Memphis 705)
19. Charles Smith & Jeff Cooper - 1971 - My Great Loss (Ashes To Ashes) (Seventy-Seven 106)
20. Clarence Carter - 1969 - I'd Rather Go Blind (Atlantic SD 8199)
21. Bobby Powell - 1969 - In Time (Whit 6902)
22. Ted Ford - 1968 - Please Give Me Another Chance (Sound Stage 7 2604)
23. J.P. Robinson - 1968 - Love Is Not A Stranger (Alston 4574)
24. Mighty Sam - 1967 - Just Like Old Times (Amy 11,001)
25. Tony Borders - 1967 - You Better Believe It (South Camp 7009)


Friday, 10 April 2020

My Baby Love

You really shan't explore the southern soul sound without paying a visit to the Stax stable. In many respects, they set the standard, at least until the mid-late 60s. Through the years, they had only a handful of vocal groups on their roster ~ most notably The Staple Singers, Soul Children and The Mad Lads. A little beneath the radar flew The Temprees but this trio was no less tight. Thick southern grooves set the scene for this group's ooey gooey super sweet offerings. Oozing with soul and dripping with sex appeal, they dropped three delightful albums and a dozen (or so) singles on Stax offshoot, We Produce Records, between the early and mid 70s.

Originally formed as The Lovemen, the trio - lead singer Jasper "Jabbo" Phillips, whose powerful falsetto featured on most of their recordings, Harold "Scotty" Scott and Deljuan "Del" Calvin - met in the mid-60s, when they were in junior high school, along with Larry Dodson, future lead singer of The Bar-Kays. The group was first signed to Stax Records in 1970 by producer Josephine "Jo" Bridges on her 'We Produce' subsidiary. The band released three albums, Lovemen, Love Maze, and Temprees 3 on We Produce, mainly produced by Bridges, Stax executive/producer and former Motown engineer Tom Nixon and arranger-producer Lester Snell, a regular collaborator with Isaac Hayes. In 1972, the band performed in front of more than 100,000 fans at the famous Wattstax festival in Los Angeles. With the collapse of Stax, they moved briefly in 1976 to Epic Records, (a subsidiary of CBS), for two singles before calling it quits. The trio's last hit was 1976's "I Found Love On A Disco Floor," their first release on Epic, again produced by Jo Bridges. The group reunited in the 90s and released a fourth self-produced album on the small Memphis label, High Stacks in 2000 called "Because We Love You". Lead singer Jasper "Jabbo" Phillips died on February 21, 2001. Jabbo was replaced by Del's brother Jerry "JC" Calvin. The Temprees' rendition of "Dedicated To The One I Love" was one of 50 songs featured in the double album box set, Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2007. This song was the group's biggest seller, reaching #17 R&B and #93 Pop in 1972. In 2016, they released their fifth studio album From The Heart, which also included a cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's "Reasons". Sometime before this album, JC Calvin was replaced by Solomon "Sol" Young, who was later replaced by current member Walter "Bo" Washington.

My Baby Love collects the complete 70s package. All three albums and a singles collection that includes the Epic sides as well as over a half dozen unissued cuts. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Monday, 6 April 2020

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 46

The Jesters - Discography 1957-61 [14sides]

01. The Jesters - 1957 - So Strange (Winley 218)
02. The Jesters - 1957 - Love No One But You (Winley 218)
03. The Jesters - 1958 - Please Let Me Love You (Winley 221)
04. The Jesters - 1958 - I'm Fallin' In Love (Winley 221)
05. The Jesters - 1958 - The Plea (Winley 225)
06. The Jesters - 1958 - Oh Baby (Winley 225)
07. The Jesters - 1958 - Now That You're Gone (Cyclone 5011)
08. The Jesters - 1958 - I Laughed (Cyclone 5011)
09. The Jesters - 1960 - The Wind (Winley 242)
10. The Jesters - 1960 - Sally Green (Winley 242)
11. The Jesters - 1960 - Tutti Frutti (Winley 248)
12. The Jesters - 1960 - That's How It Goes (Winley 248)
13. The Jesters - 1961 - Come Let Me Show You (Winley 252)
14. The Jesters - 1961 - Uncle Henry's Basement (Winley 252)

Lena Calhoun & The Emotions - Discography 1961 [4sides]

01. Lena Calhoun & The Emotions - 1961 - I Ran To You (Flip 357)
02. Lena Calhoun & The Emotions - 1961 - First Love Baby (Flip 357)
03. Lena Calhoun & The Emotions - 1961 - Been Lookin' Your Way (Flip 358)
04. Lena Calhoun & The Emotions - 1961 - I Can Tell (I'm Losing Your Love) (Flip 358)

Charles McCullough & The Silks - Discography 1961-62 [6sides]

01. Charles McCullough & The Silks - 1961 - My Girl (Dooto 462)
02. Charles McCullough & The Silks - 1961 - Zorro (Dooto 462)
03. Charles McCullough & The Silks - 1962 - You're Not Too Young (Dooto 465)
04. Charles McCullough & The Silks - 1962 - That's Alright (Dooto 465)
05. Charles McCullough & The Silks - 1962 - I Cried All Night Long (Dooto 467)
06. Charles McCullough & The Silks - 1962 - Mary's Party (Dooto 467)

The Shondells - Discography 1962-63 [8sides]

01. The Shondells - 1962 - My Love (King 5597)
02. The Shondells - 1962 - Don't Cry My Soldier Boy (King 5597)
03. The Shondells - 1962 - Wonderful One (King 5656)
04. The Shondells - 1962 - I Gotta Tell It (King 5656)
05. The Shondells - 1962 - Muscle Bound (King 5705)
06. The Shondells - 1962 - Special Delivery (King 5705)
07. The Shondells - 1963 - Watusi, One More Time (King 5755)
08. The Shondells - 1963 - Ooo Sometimes (King 5755)


Friday, 3 April 2020

Cryin' For My Baby

I've professed my adoration for the songwriting partnership of Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke, so let's start with a look at Miami's Paul Kelly, who came up among their ranks before moving on to bigger and better things career wise. His brief brushes with success were mostly under the Warner Bros. umbrella but it was an earlier single cut for L.A. label, Happy Tiger Records that really set Paul Kelly apart from the pack. "Stealing In The Name of The Lord", which was a major hit in 1970, was a rather controversial cut about the then common-place church collection-plate pushin' man. Kelly's skepticism was equally rivaled by his wit, proving for an impressive number of provocative songs scattered throughout his career. A top notch songwriter whose recordings retained a consistent southern country styling, regardless of who he worked with.

Kelly was born in Overtown Miami, Florida, the fourth of six siblings and was brought up by his grandmother. In about 1956, Kelly's brother Henry formed a vocal group, with Paul as lead vocalist. It only lasted a few months, before Henry left Miami to go to college. Paul then formed a group with school friends from 20th Street School — The Spades, later known as The Valadeers. Another member was Jimmy Cherry, who later sang with The Fantastics. In 1960, Kelly went left the group to go solo, recording the standard, "I'll String Along with You" for Dade Records, which was never released, following a dispute between Kelly and the label. A Miami-based singer/songwriter/producer, Clarence Reid, heard Kelly rehearse, and asked him to fill in on lead vocals with his group, The Delmiros, whose lead singer had laryngitis. Kelly recorded a single, "Down with It, Can't Quit It"/"Sooner Or Later", which was released on Selma Records in 1963, under the name Clarence Reid & The Delmiros. Kelly began performing the song live in clubs and became associated with the song. Reid asked him to join The Delmiros on a permanent basis. Kelly's official debut solo single, "It's My Baby" b/w "The Upset", appeared on the Lloyd label in 1965. It was inspired by the surprise boxing victory of Cassius Clay over Sonny Liston. A second single, "Chills and Fever," written by Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke, was picked up by Dial Records and distributed by Atlantic. Relations between Kelly and Reid became strained. Nashville producer Buddy Killen, who had also fallen out with Reid, approached Kelly about working together. Meanwhile, Lloyd Records issued an answer record, "Thrills and Chills", by Helene Smith. Kelly released a third single, "Since I Found You" under the name Paul Kelly & the Rocketeers. After this, Kelly released four singles on Philips Records, produced by Killen in Muscle Shoals, including a ballad, "Nine Out of Ten Times," written by Kelly, Reid and Clarke. Meanwhile, Dial had released two singles by Joe Tex, one of which,"We're Gonna Make It," was co-written with Kelly. At the time, Kelly often opened for Tex on tour. In 1967, Kelly decided to move to Brooklyn, New York City, and invited a songwriting collaborator, Juanita Rogers, to join him. They became a couple and moved in together. Kelly cut material in 1968 for Stan Watson's Philly Groove label, but it remains unissued to this day. Kelly wrote "Stealing in the Name of the Lord", with Sam & Dave in mind. However, Sam Moore, whom he had known in Miami, rejected it. The song, whose title references "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", tackles the hypocrisy of church leaders. Kelly sold the rights to the song to Buddy Killen, and recorded it at Muscle Shoals. Killen got it released through the Hollywood-based Happy Tiger Records. However, R&B radio stations were worried that the song would offend sponsors, such as those on gospel shows. The record was consequently slow to take off. Around the same time, Annette Snell, recording as Annetta, released "Since There Is No More of You," a single written by Kelly, who sang background on the release. "Stealing" received a push from Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams Jr., who was about to undertake a promotional visit to Baltimore Along with Kelly, he visited a WWIN radio DJ, Rockin' Robin. Although Kelly was now trying to push the b-side, "The Day After Forever", Rockin' Robin liked "Stealing," and played it several times in a row. As Kelly recalled, "Everybody started calling in and I never looked back after that." The single first appeared on the Cashbox R&B charts on June 13, 1970 and in Billboard a week later. It peaked at #5 Cashbox and #14 Billboard. The song was covered by Thelma Houston on her eponymous 1972 album, Thelma Houston. Despite Kelly's stand in the lyrics of "Stealing in the Name of the Lord", another of his songs, "God Can", has been recorded by the Staple Singers, the Mighty Clouds of Joy and Dorothy Norwood. Mavis Staples, also cut solo versions of Kelly's "We Got Love" and "I've Been to the Well Before" songs on her 1979 solo album, Oh What a Feeling (produced by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett). In the wake of Kelly's major hit, Happy Tiger quickly released an album and three singles, but the label was in financial trouble and went out of business in 1971. Kelly was signed by Warner Bros. Records, which reissued the bulk of the Happy Tiger album in 1972 as "Dirt", taking the name from the single, "(He Ain't Nothin' But) Dirt". Kelly's third Warner Bros. Records single, "Don't Burn Me" (1972), was also a minor hit. It was followed by an album of the same name. A 1974 single, "Hooked, Hogtied & Collared" was his second biggest self-recorded hit, and it too inspired an album by the same name, with controversial artwork — a drawing depicting bondage. With disco on the rise, Warner Bros. Records forced out Kelly's preferred producer, Buddy Killen. Kelly recorded with Gene Page (Barry White's co-arranger), but the material was never released. These events signaled a more general disagreement between Kelly and his record company, and the relationship was terminated. After a single for Epic Records, "Everybody Got a Jones"/"Shake Your Mind", Kelly decided to concentrate on songwriting and production. He did not perform live after 1977. round this time, Kelly also wrote a song called "Personally", which he gave to Jackie Moore. Although it was not a major hit for her, Karla Bonoff recorded the song in 1982 and scored a No. 19 pop hit. Kelly recorded "Personally" later on his 1993 Gonna Stick and Stay album. In 1983, Kelly started his own independent label, Laurence Records, using the pseudonym "Laurence Dunbar". The label had a minor hit with "Bring It on Home to Me", sung by Carol Dennis and written and produced by Kelly, in 1984/85. In the late 1980s, Kelly and his family moved from Brooklyn to Ruby, South Carolina. Kelly continued to send out demos to labels. Kelly recorded an album, Gonna Stick and Stay, in New Orleans in July–August 1992. In 1994, he suffered a heart failure and another in 1995, as well as a stroke. His vocal range suffered as a result of his health problems, which also caused Kelly to become a vegetarian. Warner Bros. Records issued a 1996 CD titled Best of Paul Kelly as part of their Warner Archives series. Kelly recorded the 1998 album Let's Celebrate Life in South Carolina and released it on Ripete Records. It included a remake of "Stealing in the Name of the Lord". In late 2011, Kelly released an album titled 1984, containing unreleased songs he recorded in that year. Kelly died in Ruby on October 4, 2012.

Cryin' For My Baby collects nearly all of Kelly's 60s and 70s recordings. All four albums for Warner Bros. Records and a collection of non-album singles which includes the four early efforts with Clarence Reid's group and the three tracks from the Happy Tiger LP that never saw a re-release with Warner Bros. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Paul Kelly - 1978 - Everybody's Got A Jones (Epic 8-50555)