Lil Green 1942-1946

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  • Released: July 5, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Classics R&B


  • 1.99 Blues
  • 2.Don't Know What I Will Do (Johnson)
  • 3.You Got Me to the Place
  • 4.Keep Your Hand on Your Heart
  • 5.I Have a Placeto Go
  • 6.If You Want to Share Your Love
  • 7.If I'm a Fool
  • 8.I'm Wasting My Time on You
  • 9.I'm Wasting My Time on You - (Faster Version)
  • 10.No, Baby, Nobody But You
  • 11.Boy Friend
  • 12.Now What Do You Think
  • 13.Blowtop Blues
  • 14.How Come You Do Me Like You Do
  • 15.That Old Feeling
  • 16.Last Go Round Blues
  • 17.No Good Man

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Personnel: Big Bill Broonzy.
Mississippi native Lil Green (1919-1954) had a distinctively warm, buzzing, astringent voice that suggests in retrospect the penetrating intensity of Ida Cox or Bertha "Chippie" Hill, the worldly potency of Lil Hardin Armstrong or Blue Lu Barker, and even the stylized pertness of Nell Carter. Lil Green came up in South Side Chicago, performing as a singing waitress when she was only 14. Developing her act during the 1930s, she began making records for Victor's Bluebird label in 1940, usually backed by guitarist Big Bill Broonzy. Nine sides recorded on January 21, 1942, represent her final collaborations with Broonzy, who composed the beautiful "Keep Your Hand on Your Heart." The excellent pianist heard on these tracks was Simeon Henry, present also on the Bluebird session of April 17, 1945. Guitarist Sam Casimir sounds like more of a jazz player than Broonzy was, and bassist Robert Montgomery reinforces the impression of blues infused with small-band swing. "Now What Do You Think" has all the disarming, sensual charm of an early Pearl Bailey recording. In July of 1946 Lil Green crossed over to the primary Victor label, backed at first by a brassy big band and then by a septet. Both groups acted under the leadership of trumpeter Howard Callender, to whom Green was married at that time. Leonard Feather is quoted in the liner notes as having said that this particular big band was definitely not the right choice for Lil Green. He specifically notes that the players had "...serious intonation problems, which in turn seemed to throw Lil off pitch every now and then." Green's version of the famous "Blowtop Blues," which Feather had written for Dinah Washington, should probably have been rehearsed until a better take was achieved, as Green seems jostled by the blustering brass. Washington's version, unquestionably far superior to this (or any other singer's) rendition, was recorded in 1944 but withheld by Decca until 1947. For this reason, Green's Victor recording was on the market for about five months before Washington's definitive "Blowtop" blew onto the scene. Lil Green's session of July 31, 1946, used a seven-piece band that swung better and stayed the hell out of her way. Gene Austin's "How Come You Do Me Like You Do" -- a catchy number recorded by everybody from Riley Puckett to Henry "Red" Allen -- comes off decently here, as does the sentimental pop tune "That Old Feeling." Yet Lil Green's own material always worked best for her. "Last Go Round Blues" and "No Good Man" find her back in the blues groove where she could express herself most directly. ~ arwulf arwulf

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  • Sales Rank: 108,638
  • UPC: 3307510509922
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