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(Sleazy Records) 10 tracks Marvin Rainwater was one of those artists who moved somewhere between... more

Marwin Rainwater: Tough Top Cat (LP, 10inch)

(Sleazy Records) 10 tracks

Marvin Rainwater was one of those artists who moved somewhere between country and rock'n'roll. And his style could be easily adapted to both genres. This album collects some of his greatest hits from both directions, which shows how versatile Marvin could be. The country side includes his top country seller GONNA FIND ME A BLUEBIRD, perhaps the most successful song of Marvin's career. On the other hand, besides his great rockers like I DIG YOU BABY or WHOLE LOTTA WOMAN, which reached #1 in the UK, this LP also contains some of his earlier rock songs like HOT AND COLD or the powerful MY BRAND OF BLUES, as well as the two tracks he recorded with Link Wray & his Wraymen in the early 60s, BOO HOO and TOUGH TOP CAT, where you can clearly see that Marvin's voice was a perfect match for any kind of rock'n'roll.

Article properties: Marwin Rainwater: Tough Top Cat (LP, 10inch)

  • Interpret: Marwin Rainwater

  • Album titlle: Tough Top Cat (LP, 10inch)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label SLEAZY RECORDS

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl record size LP (10 inch)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 7159286397502

  • weight in Kg 0.17
Rainwater, Marvin - Tough Top Cat (LP, 10inch) LP 1
01 I Dig You Baby Marwin Rainwater
02 The Valley Of The Moon Marwin Rainwater
03 Boo Hoo Marwin Rainwater
04 That's The Way I Feel Marwin Rainwater
05 Gonna Find Me A Bluebird Marwin Rainwater
06 Whole Lotte Woman Marwin Rainwater
07 Hot And Cold Marwin Rainwater
08 Get Off The Stool Marwin Rainwater
09 Tough Top Cat Marwin Rainwater
10 My Brand Of Blues Marwin Rainwater
Marvin Rainwater    I f you peruse 'Billboard's' Charts, you will notice that... more
"Marwin Rainwater"

Marvin Rainwater

  

If you peruse 'Billboard's' Charts, you will notice that Marvin Rainwater had 4 chart entries on the U.S. country charts and one top forty hit on the U.S. pop charts. This information only serves to confirm that chart statistics are not the only guide to quality and longevity in the country and rock 'n' roll business. In reality they have little to do with a performer's talent and appeal.

Like many older artists still thrilling audiences of all ages in the U.S.A. and Europe, Marvin's reputation is firmly built on his fifties recordings that have established his credentials as both a country and rock 'n' roll performer. But as I found out many years ago, his repertoire was quite different when he toured in the seventies. More on that later.

The Marvin Rainwater story has been covered in detail in the book accompanying the 4-CD boxed set 'The Classic Recordings' (BCD 15600) and the single CD 'Whole Lotta Woman - Rockin' Rollin' Rainwater' (BCD 15812).

However for newcomers, he was born Marvin Percy Rainwater in Wichita, Kansas on July 2, 1925. After a stint in the Navy, he made tentative steps towards a singing career leading to appearances on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Show in 1955 after he had I Gotta Go Get My Baby out on Coral Records. He won! A contract with MGM Records followed and after a bunch of fine unsuccessful releases he scored his biggest U.S. hit in 1957 with Gonna Find Me A Bluebird which went to #3 country and #18 pop. A duet with then-unknown Connie Francis followed (The Majesty Of Love) and in 1958 came his big overseas smash, Whole Lotta Woman. Although it was only a minor hit in the States, it went to the top  in England, resulting in Marvin's first visit to Blightly. While in England he recorded 2 titles, Dance Me Daddy and I Dig You Baby, the latter achieving a #19 chart placing in June of 1958.

The '60s saw a downturn in his commercial success despite the fine quality of his recordings for Warwick, Brave, United Artists and Warner Brothers.

Return visits to the United Kingdom in the '70s saw performances at country music venues when, as yet, the rockabilly revival had not caught on. On one such tour I first saw the Rainwater magic at the Empire Theatre, Sunderland on Tuesday 17th April 1973. Strangely his show at that time comprised of only three of his recordings, Gonna Find Me A Bluebird, Whole Lotta Woman and The Troubles My Little Boy Had, this in spite of audience calls for I Dig You Baby and Halfbreed. The bulk of the songs were far better known via recordings by other artists, and probably reflected the show he gave back home. He had opened with Jambalaya followed by Running Bear and on to Peter LaFarge's Ballad Of Ira Hayes which he told the audience he had just recorded. The Merle Haggard catalogue was mined for Okie From Muskogee and Mama Tried and there was a tribute to Johnny Cash with a medley of I Got Stripes, Ring Of Fire, I Walk The Line and Folsom Prison Blues, much to the delight of the audience. Other highlights were Billy Grammer's Gotta Travel On and a new ballad I Don't Care About Tomorrow. Always a joker, he introduced Running Bear with the comment "Since the indians tore my clothes off they call me ..." Yes, you've got it!

In 1975 he was back, deputizing for the ailing Leftly Frizzell at Mervin Conn's International Festival of Country Music at the Empire Pool Wembley. There he scored a genuine triumph informing the audience, "I'll tell Lefty that he went down real well!"

By the tail end of the '70s, Marvin was trawling his own catalogue to a much greater degree than in 1973. By the time we met up again for an interview for my 'North Country' show on BBC Radio Newcastle in November 1979, he had started to include some of his obscure MGM and Warwick material like Mr. Blues and Boo Hoo. When I say "obscure", I mean to the general country music fan who had been the main intended customer for his show in 1973.

The Wembley Festival beckoned again in 1981 and once more he delighted the audience with his joyful mix of country and rockabilly. One of the highlights of the set was his version of Teddy Bear. Again I interviewed him for my radio show and we discussed the missed opportunities that had haunted him through the years. In  reality though, he has survived the music industry better than most. He's still out there touring in the U.S. and the U.K. where he topped the bill at Willie Jeffery's Hemsby Rock 'n' Roll Weekender in 1999, receiving rave reviews in the process.

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