Big Maybelle

Genres: Blues Folk R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": blues soul female vocalists rhythm and blues singer-songwriter Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

Mabel Louise Smith, 1 May 1924, Jackson, Tennessee, USA, d. 23 January 1972, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Maybelle was discovered singing in church by Memphis band leader Dave Clark in 1935. When Clark disbanded his orchestra to concentrate on record promotion, Smith moved to Christine Chatman’s orchestra with whom she first recorded for Decca Records in 1944. Three years later, Smith made solo records for King and in 1952 she recorded as Big Maybelle when producer Fred Mendelsohn signed her to OKeh Records, a subsidiary of CBS Records. Her blues shouting style (a female counterpart to ‘Big’ Joe Turner) brought an R&B hit the next year with ‘Gabbin’ Blues’ (a cleaned-up version of the ‘dirty dozens’ on which she was partnered by songwriter Rose Marie McCoy). ‘Way Back Home’ and ‘My Country Man’ were also bestsellers. In 1955, she made the first recording of ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’,...

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