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Christine Kittrell: Sittin Here Drinkin (CD)

(Jasmine) 28 tracks.

Article properties: Christine Kittrell: Sittin Here Drinkin (CD)

  • Interpret: Christine Kittrell

  • Album titlle: Sittin Here Drinkin (CD)

  • Label JASMINE

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Artikelart CD

  • Year of publication 2020
  • EAN: 0604988316926

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Kittrell, Christine - Sittin Here Drinkin (CD) CD 1
01 Old man you're slipping (with louis brooks & band) Christine Kittrell
02 Don't do it (with louis brooks & band) Christine Kittrell
03 Sittin' here drinkin' Christine Kittrell
04 I ain't nothin' but a fool Christine Kittrell
05 Heartache blues Christine Kittrell
06 You ain't nothin' but trouble Christine Kittrell
07 Gotta stop loving you (with gay crosse & the good humor six) Christine Kittrell
08 Slave to love Christine Kittrell
09 L&n special Christine Kittrell
10 I'll help you baby Christine Kittrell
11 Every night in the week Christine Kittrell
12 Evil eyed woman Christine Kittrell
13 The price you pay for love Christine Kittrell
14 Snake in the grass Christine Kittrell
15 Lord have mercy (i'm so lonely) Christine Kittrell
16 Sittin' here drinkin' again Christine Kittrell
17 Call his name Christine Kittrell
18 Leave my man alone Christine Kittrell
19 Black cat crossed my trail Christine Kittrell
20 If you ain't sure Christine Kittrell
21 I'm just what you're looking for Christine Kittrell
22 I thank him Christine Kittrell
23 Mr big wheel Christine Kittrell
24 Sittin' and drinkin' Christine Kittrell
25 I'm a woman Christine Kittrell
26 It's nobody's fault Christine Kittrell
27 Next door to the blues Christine Kittrell
28 Love letters (as peggy thompson) Christine Kittrell
Christine Kittrell Christine Kittrell was a big woman with a big voice. That ace songsmiths... more
"Christine Kittrell"

Christine Kittrell

Christine Kittrell was a big woman with a big voice. That ace songsmiths Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller apparently intended their I'm A Woman for Peggy Lee rather than Kittrell doesn't mean Christine's original reading isn't superior.

Born August 11, 1929 in Nashville, she went by the surname of Porter as a little girl and got started singing in Baptist churches. She wed Rufus Carrethers of the Fairfield Four at age 14, but neither the marriage nor her commitment to gospel music lasted for long. Christine was singing secular music at 17, gigging with saxist Louis Brooks' combo. She met second husband Hank Kittrell at the New Era Club, the same venue where she met songwriter Ted Jarrett in 1951.  He set up an audition with Tennessee Records, owned by Bill Beasley, cousins Alan and Reynold Bubis, and Howard Allison, and that fall, Kittrell began recording for Tennessee.

The following spring, Christine wrote the after-hours ode Sittin' Here Drinking. Though it never broke nationally, the platter was a strong regional seller, establishing Kittrell as a versatile blues chanteuse ripe for touring. Tennessee folded at year's end, but Beasley launched another imprint, Republic, and Kittrell picked up right where she left off. A '54 Republic date found Christine backed by Little Richard on piano. Splitting her time between Nashville and Chicago, Kittrell continued to tour, but sessions became sparse apart from a '58 date for Alan Bubis' Champion label. Jarrett produced the session, and he got Christine on Chicago's Vee-Jay Records in 1961, as he had his protégés Gene Allison and Larry Birdsong.

Kittrell only made two sessions for Vee-Jay A&R man Calvin Carter. Her first single paired Charlie Singleton's Mr. Big Wheel and a remade Sittin' And Drinking. Her '62 encore, like its predecessor done at Universal Recording on Chicago's near North Side, backed Christine with the label's fine house band: tenor saxists Red Holloway and Lucius 'Little Wash' Washington, baritone saxist McKinley Easton, trombonist Harlan Floyd, pianist Horace Palm, bassist Quinn Wilson, drummer Al Duncan, and crisp guitarist Lefty Bates. I'm A Woman swings easy and free as Kittrell struts her stuff with a non-stop barrage of clever boasts that Leiber and Stoller reportedly conceived for Peggy Lee. However Christine got her hands on the anthem—the resourceful Carter, perhaps—her original version emerged in July of '62. Lee's hit treatment didn't debut for several more months.

That July, Kittrell moved to Columbus, Ohio. She made her last important session in 1965 for Federal in Cincinnati, a typically classy affair that failed to provide her with the comeback vehicle she so richly deserved. While entertaining U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968, she was wounded by shrapnel, shelving her for a year. By 1970, Kittrell took a day job and abandoned show biz altogether, though she did unfurl her powerful pipes anew during the late '90s.

Christine Kittrell died December 19, 2001 from emphysema. Bear Family's splendid 'Call Her Name' brings together her entire catalog on one CD, underscoring the uncommon high quality of her discography. 

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
Kittrell, Christine - Sittin Here Drinkin (CD) CD 1
01 Old man you're slipping (with louis brooks & band)
02 Don't do it (with louis brooks & band)
03 Sittin' here drinkin'
04 I ain't nothin' but a fool
05 Heartache blues
06 You ain't nothin' but trouble
07 Gotta stop loving you (with gay crosse & the good humor six)
08 Slave to love
09 L&n special
10 I'll help you baby
11 Every night in the week
12 Evil eyed woman
13 The price you pay for love
14 Snake in the grass
15 Lord have mercy (i'm so lonely)
16 Sittin' here drinkin' again
17 Call his name
18 Leave my man alone
19 Black cat crossed my trail
20 If you ain't sure
21 I'm just what you're looking for
22 I thank him
23 Mr big wheel
24 Sittin' and drinkin'
25 I'm a woman
26 It's nobody's fault
27 Next door to the blues
28 Love letters (as peggy thompson)