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- You Were Meant For Me / Mary Lou by Young Jessie
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 23 October 2014
One of the unsung heroes of the soul/r'n'b/rock'n'roll eras of the '50s and early '60s, Obie "Young" Jessie started his career in LA vocal group The Flairs alongside Richard Berry (who wrote 'Louie Louie', later popularised by The Kingsmen) and is also notable for having recorded demos for a certain Elvis Presley, but his solo career saw him flitting between labels and never really achieving the success which his records merited. Jazzman have been unearthing these little-known gems recently, though, and here's a replica of his most successful 45, 'You Were Meant For Me/Mary Lou'.
Interestingly the latter track was later covered by both Bob Seger and the Steve Miller Band, and it still sounds great. A sleazy r'n'b/blues-rock shuffle with percussive blasts of brass, soulful vocals and some really cool girl-group backups. Over on side A we've got Jessie singing in a husky baritone in a more soul-inflected and slinky number delivered at a danceable pace with the brass and backing vocals still prominent along with some synchronised stabs of guitar and xylophone. Great fun.
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