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Big Jay McNeely Vol.3, The Deacon, Unabridged 1953-1955

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King of the Honkers, famous for his frantic, note.bending, screaming performances. Recordings... more

Big Jay McNeely: Vol.3, The Deacon, Unabridged 1953-1955

King of the Honkers, famous for his frantic, note.bending, screaming performances. Recordings made for Federal and Vee Jay.

Article properties: Big Jay McNeely: Vol.3, The Deacon, Unabridged 1953-1955

  • Interpret: Big Jay McNeely

  • Album titlle: Vol.3, The Deacon, Unabridged 1953-1955

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label SWINGIN'

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0634479525179

  • weight in Kg 0.1
McNeely, Big Jay - Vol.3, The Deacon, Unabridged 1953-1955 CD 1
01 3-D Big Jay McNeely
02 Nervous Man Nervous Big Jay McNeely
03 Rock Candy Big Jay McNeely
04 Texas Turkey Big Jay McNeely
05 She Don't Work Big Jay McNeely
06 Hot Cinders Big Jay McNeely
07 Mule Milk Big Jay McNeely
08 Ice Water Big Jay McNeely
09 Whipped Cream Big Jay McNeely
10 Beachcomber Big Jay McNeely
11 Let's Work Big Jay McNeely
12 Strip Tease Swing Big Jay McNeely
13 Hardtack Big Jay McNeely
14 Hometown Jamboree Big Jay McNeely
15 Teen Age Hop Big Jay McNeely
16 Catastrophe Big Jay McNeely
17 Calamity Big Jay McNeely
18 Jay's Rock Big Jay McNeely
19 Big Jay's Hop Big Jay McNeely
20 Three Blind Mice Big Jay McNeely
Big Jay McNeely and Band There Is Something On Your Mind Big Jay McNeely and Band,... more
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Big Jay McNeely and Band

There Is Something On Your Mind

Big Jay McNeely and Band, vocal by Little Sonny

There Is Something On Your Mind

 

We last encountered Big Jay McNeely ten years earlier in 1949 when he was honking and squealing his way through Deacon’s Hop. Although his muscular saxophonics had laid the groundwork for rock ‘n’ roll, Jay was sidelined during rock’s early days, and found himself confined to multi-artist tours and club work. He didn’t record at all from 1956 until he cut this. By the time he re-entered the studio, he’d hired Lloyd Price’s former valet, Little Sonny Warner, as a singer. Warner was from Falls Church, Virginia (born October 30, 1930) and began his career imitating Ray Charles. He met McNeely around 1955, and joined him soon thereafter. “Jay bought that song [‘There Is Something On Your Mind’] outright for about $85,” Warner told Dan Kochakian, although when McNeely talked to Bill Millar, he set the price at twenty-five dollars. “[Turner] Rocky Wilson, who sang with the Rivingtons, wrote the song,” said Warner. “Rocky was going with a girl who left him, and he got on the junk and wrote it.” According to McNeely, “Rocky liked Fats Domino and had the tune going like Fats.

I told him, ‘What you need to do is cut everything in half,’ and I slowed everything down and rearranged it. I knew it was gonna be a hit. I wanted to record it with Rocky, but he wanted to get back down South…We recorded it in a guy’s basement after we got off work one night…I told Sonny, ‘Sing the song exactly like it is on Rocky’s tape, no Ray Charles or nothing.’” According to Warner, “We cut it in a basement studio in Seattle in 1957. Tom Ogilvy [who later owned Seafair and Bolo Records in the northwest] arranged for us to do that.

The first time, Jay had it like Fats Domino…but Jay said, ‘You keep trying to find a way to sing it.’ Jay took the song to Hunter Hancock in Los Angeles.” Writing to the Doo-Wop Society of Southern California in 1988, Hancock said, “In 1959 my business partner, Roger Davenport, and I started our own record label, Swingin' Records. Our first release was a homemade tape that Big Jay McNeely, the great saxophonist, brought me called 'There Is Something On Your Mind.’ It was a huge hit for us.“ Indeed it was. According to Warner, Hunter Hancock played the song incessantly, and it became a Top 5 R&B hit and a Top 50 pop hit. Just as it was breaking, Warner was busted for marijuana possession, and remembered hearing the record on the prison sound system. The song, of course, had legs, and became an even bigger hit the following year for Bobby Marchan, and a hit again for Baby Ray in 1966. As a postscript, it appears that Rocky Wilson wrote the song in an apartment belonging to Jacqueline Baldain aka Jackie Day. When she heard the record over the air, she wrote to McNeely asking him where and how he’d acquired it. They corresponded back and forth and married in 1960.

 

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