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(Dualtone) 15 tracks, cut-out His last album. It all started when rock producer LIJ and... more

Roscoe Gordon: No Dark In America (CD.Cut-Out)

(Dualtone) 15 tracks, cut-out

His last album. It all started when rock producer LIJ and musician Chris King went to visit Rosco Gordon in his New York appartment. Forgotten by the industry, Rosco was alive and well. The first takes, piano, some guitar, and vocals were recorded that day at his appartment. Rosco was still a strong vocalist and fine player. Back in Nashville a bunch of great musicians began working on overdubs to bring the raw recordings into shape. But the piano tracks were not usuable. The instrument was too much out of tune. So, back to NYC and into a studio with Rosco, re-doing his piano parts. Meanwhile, Rosoco had accepted an offer from Stony Plain Records that resulted in the excellent 'Memphis, Tennessee' CD. - Being shocked by the attacks of September 11, Rosco wrote 'No Dark In America', the title track of this album. This is a moving document, exciting, soulfully produced and perfectly accompanied by the liner notes. Recommended!

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  • Interpret: Roscoe Gordon

  • Album titlle: No Dark In America (CD.Cut-Out)

  • Genre Blues

  • Label DUALTONE

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 2500006100851

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Gordon, Roscoe - No Dark In America (CD.Cut-Out) CD 1
01 No Dark In America Roscoe Gordon
02 Cheese & Crackers Roscoe Gordon
03 Early In The Morning Roscoe Gordon
04 A Night In Rio Roscoe Gordon
05 Girl In My World Roscoe Gordon
06 You Don't Care About Nothing Roscoe Gordon
07 I Am The One Roscoe Gordon
08 That's What You Do To Me Roscoe Gordon
09 You Look Bad WHen You're Naked Roscoe Gordon
10 Love On Top Of Love Roscoe Gordon
11 Takes A Lot Of Loving Roscoe Gordon
12 Are You Mine? Roscoe Gordon
13 When Baby Come Home Roscoe Gordon
14 One More Time Roscoe Gordon
15 Now You're Gone Roscoe Gordon
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"Roscoe Gordon"

Rosco Gordon

Just A Little Bit

Rosco Gordon

Just A Little Bit

Get ready for a story of byzantine complexity. “It was Christmastime 1959,” said Jimmy McCracklin, “and I was playing in a Chicago nightclub. I ran into Rosco Gordon, and I taught Rosco one of my new songs, ‘Just A Little Bit.’” The two artists practised the song, said McCracklin, and Rosco wanted to record it. “I asked Rosco if I would get writing credit,” McCracklin told Howard DeWitt, “and he said, ‘Yes, Jimmy, you sure will.’ I didn’t get a damn thing.” Later, Rosco said that he’d developed the song from a one-liner by McCracklin. “That’s bullshit,” asserted McCracklin. “To this day, Rosco is nervous as hell when he sees me. He knows I wrote the damn thing.”  In yet another version of events, Rosco told Hank Davis that he wrote Just A Little Bit while on tour with Jimmy McCracklin, and, in an attempt to account for the fact that Ralph Bass and sundry others currently have the composer credit, he said that he recorded a demo which he offered to Ralph Bass at King Records. Bass, said Rosco, insisted that he wasn't interested, but copyrighted the demo in his name. Gordon then recorded the song for Vee-Jay, and it became his biggest pop hit (with a composer credit to his first wife Del Gordon).

So what actually happened? It’s likeliest that singer and songwriter Piney Brown (aka Columbus Perry) and two others wrote the song for Bass, who pitched it to Tiny Topsy for a 1959 session that predated Rosco’s by several months. What led McCracklin to insinuate himself in the picture? Well, Topsy’s record has a geeky Tequila-type rhythm, while the familiar Just A Little Bit riff can be found in embryonic form on an earlier McCracklin record, Country Baby, so it’s likely that McCracklin inserted the now familiar riff, rewrote a few words, and came to believe that he’d made a hit (which, in a sense, he had). 

What’s certain is that this song became a valuable copyright because the Animals, Elvis Presley, Delbert McClinton, and a multitude of others have recorded it. This would be Rosco’s last R&B hit...some nine years after the first. Born in Memphis (not in 1934, as he often claimed, but on April 10, 1928), Rosco had already moved to New York, and within ten years he would exit the business until his rediscovery in the early 1980s. His death on July 11, 2002 was preceded by years of steady work and fresh acclaim, and his later records were barely less exuberant than the first.

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Tracklist
Gordon, Roscoe - No Dark In America (CD.Cut-Out) CD 1
01 No Dark In America
02 Cheese & Crackers
03 Early In The Morning
04 A Night In Rio
05 Girl In My World
06 You Don't Care About Nothing
07 I Am The One
08 That's What You Do To Me
09 You Look Bad WHen You're Naked
10 Love On Top Of Love
11 Takes A Lot Of Loving
12 Are You Mine?
13 When Baby Come Home
14 One More Time
15 Now You're Gone