Good Monday from th' Mountain, where we take ourselves real serious-like.
I was making a mix cd for our good friends over at It Came From Memphis, and I went to put on a tune that ranks as one of my favorites, and realized I had never posted the song on this here piece of real estate. Two versions to follow, then.
The Pinetoppers were a minor soul group led by Johnny Jenkins, who toured the South extensively in the late 50's-early 60's. When the group traveled to Memphis to cut some sides for Stax, they propped up their driver/backup singer to sing a few tunes. The rest was history, as that driver, Otis Redding, went on to become a legend. Of the tunes, Shout Bamalama has to be one of the finest slices of fried southern r&b I've ever heard. Shake it.
The Pinetoppers: Shout Bamalama (mp3)
I was first introduced to the song, truth be told, via a cover version. The Detroit Cobras are, pardon me Jack and Meg, Detroit's finest export in years. Rachel Nagy's voice is so deeply soulful, channeling the finest r&b right through the garage and into yr groin. To quote Mr. Westerberg: "I'm in love...with that sound."
The Detroit Cobras: Shout Bama Lama (mp3)
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If you can afford it, purchase Otis Redding and the Detroit Cobras from yr local independent business.
(If anyone knows of a better site to locate local record stores, not sponsored by a corporation, please let me know.)