Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Young Jessie "Mary Lou" (Mercury, 1963 Jack Nitzsche version): NY Night Train Daily Party Platter

This is the continuing series I will post every other day while i'm out of town, thanks to Jonathan Toubin DJ of New York Night Train

In 1963 supreme rhythm and blues vocalist Young Jessie updated his 1955 rock and roll hit "Mary Lou" for the soul generation on Mercury Records. Legendary producer/engineer Jack Nitzsche gives this one a firm latin beat and a super-elegant arrangement that turns the song into something completely new while still remaining true to the spirit of the original. All of this restraint forefronts the personality and deep nuances of Young Jessie's huge pipes and engulfs the song in his resonance. About as close to perfect as it gets. The other side "You Were Meant For Me" is also stellar.

I was lucky enough to have Young Jessie sing at the 2013 Lincoln Center Soul Clap and Dance-Off and, not only did he look like a million bucks, but his voice hadn't lost a drop of its brilliance... Check him out live and look for his consistently top-notch records!

This video is a today's installment in the New York Night Train Party Platter YouTube playlist ( Every track is recorded directly from the original 45s (no bootlegs, reproductions, etc) to give you an idea of what the real deal authentic vinyl sounds like. COME BACK EVERY DAY FOR A NEW FIX! Because the records pass so quickly at my parties, this channel is an attempt to slow down a bit and focus on one record at a time in hopes that it'll hip you to artists, tracks, and other details - and, on the most base level, give you something to listen to.

Get your enjoys,
Jonathan Toubin

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