Thursday, July 13, 2017

Big Ella "Too Hot To Hold" (Salem, 1969)
Get your enjoys, Jonathan Toubin Soul Proprietor, New York Night Train

originally published Published on Apr 28, 2017
Getting ready for Saturday's Chicago Soul Clap and Dance-Off with a huge Windy City platter by thee one and only Big Ella! This killer diller vocalist whose life and career details remain clouded in mystery is the next evolutionary step in a the bawdy blues diva lineage going back beyond Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. Despite her obscurity, and she only has three known records, Big Ella is one of the coolest vocalists of her time and all six ofher sides are stellar!

Stanley Booth's "True Adventures of the Rolling Stones," Bill Wyman goes to see Big Ella play in Memphis and her 1969 banger "It Takes a Whole Lot of Loving", from the same year, she shouts "They call me Big Ella and Memphis is my home". So this heavy duty slice of some of the grittiest funky soul action ever cut into wax is both a Chicago record by a Memphis superstar. And wait 'til you hear the flip (! Big Ella is thee Queen ( and all of her flaming sides are earth-shaking and way too hot to hold!

check out the only internet page on her thusfar...

graphics by AVI SPIVAK (!

You're listening to my daily addition to the New York Night Train Party Platter playlist. Each track here is recorded directly from my 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 danc
e parties, this channel is an attempt to stop and focus on one record at a time in hopes to personally learn more about each one and at the same time turn you on to the artists, tracks, labels, etc. I'm just hipping myself to a lot of these records for the first time as well - so you can view this as our journey to learning more about cool old records together! But mostly I hope this music moves you as much as it moves me.

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