Personnel: Bill Doggett (vocals, organ); Mildred Anderson (vocals); Jimmy Cannady (guitar, drums); John Faire, Jerry Lane, Mickey Baker (guitar); Percy France (tenor saxophone); Berisford "Shep" Shepherd (drums).
Liner Note Author: Dave Penn.
Recording information: 1952-1953.
This Classics CD spotlights bandleader and organist Bill Doggett's earliest sessions for King Records. Recorded in New York and Cincinnati between January 1952 and December 1953, Doggett is joined by tenor saxophonist Percy France and drummer Shep Shepherd, who form the nucleus of this tight R&B combo, supported by a revolving door of guitarists and bassists. The majority of these pre-"Honky Tonk" obscure instrumentals are upbeat, with only the occasional foray into light cocktail jazz and bluesy ballads. Of special interest are the four vocal cuts featuring the debut of the powerfully husky-voiced Mildred Anderson on "Mistreater," "You Ain't No Good," "Your Kind of Woman," and her first hit, "No More in Life." Even Doggett takes a rare stab at singing on the pleasant "Please Don't Ever Let Me Go." This is another enjoyable installment in Classics' Blues & Rhythm Series and is recommended to collectors and casual fans alike. ~ Al Campbell