Call Her Name: The Complete Recordings 1951-1965

Call Her Name: The Complete Recordings 1951-1965

by Christine Kittrell
     
 
Christine Kittrell, if she is known at all in the 21st century by anyone but die-hard blues and rhythm & blues collectors, was a versatile singer from Nashville who enjoyed a long career -- six decades -- though she cut very few sides for being in the business that long. Though she traveled the world and recorded with everyone from gospel groups to singing jazz vocals

Overview

Christine Kittrell, if she is known at all in the 21st century by anyone but die-hard blues and rhythm & blues collectors, was a versatile singer from Nashville who enjoyed a long career -- six decades -- though she cut very few sides for being in the business that long. Though she traveled the world and recorded with everyone from gospel groups to singing jazz vocals with Count Basie, she is primarily known as a blues and R&B singer whose greatest "fame" was in the '50s through the middle of the '60s. This single-disc Bear Family offering collects a whopping 31 tracks recorded between 1951 and 1965, and includes her very first single -- the jazzy "Don't Do It," backed with the blues shouter "Old Man You're Slipping," recorded for the Tennessee imprint. In addition to her best-known jukebox and regional hits, this set also collects tracks she recorded for Republic, Champion, Vee-Jay, Hit/Spar, and Federal. For many of these tracks, this is their first reissue from master tapes. In addition, there are three unissued alternate versions of singles she recorded for Republic -- their masters appeared on the box set A Shot in the Dark. Her original version of "Sittin' Here Drinkin'" is here, as well its 1954 sequel, "Sittin Here Drinkin' Again"-- famous for its appearance on piano and backing vocals by Little Richard. Kittrell cut "I'm a Woman" for Vee-Jay six months prior to the better-known Peggy Lee version in 1962. Also notable is the amazing Latin-style jazz-blues in the tracks "You Ain't Nothin' But Trouble" and "I Ain't Nothin' But a Fool," which was very different for jump blues at the time. As with all Bear Family offerings, this collection has exhaustive historical liner notes by Martin Hawkins, photographs, and complete discographical information

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2010
Label:
Bear Family
UPC:
4000127169426
catalogNumber:
16942
Rank:
233551

Tracks

  1. Call His Name
  2. Leave My Man Alone
  3. Don't Do It
  4. Old Man You're Slipping
  5. Sittin' Here Drinking
  6. I Ain't Nothin' But a Fool
  7. Heartache Blues
  8. You Ain't Nothin' But Trouble
  9. Slave To Love
  10. Gotta Stop Loving You
  11. I'll Help You Baby
  12. L&N Special
  13. Every Night In the Week
  14. Evil-Eyed Woman
  15. The Price You Pay for Love
  16. Snake In the Grass
  17. Snake In the Grass
  18. Lord Have Mercy (I'm So Lonely)
  19. Sittin' Here Drinking Again
  20. Black Cat Crossed My Trail
  21. If You Ain't Sure
  22. I'm Just What You're Looking For
  23. I Thank Him
  24. Mr. Big Wheel
  25. Sittin' and Drinkin'
  26. I'm a Woman
  27. It's Nobody's Fault
  28. Next Door To the Blues
  29. Love Letters (Straight From My Heart)
  30. Ain't Never Seen So Much Rain Before
  31. Call His Name

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christine Kittrell   Primary Artist,Vocals
Dells   Choir, Chorus
Little Richard   Choir, Chorus
Red Holloway   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Turrentine   Trumpet
Oliver Jackson   Drums
Willie Mitchell   Drums
Verne Allison   Choir, Chorus
Chuck Barksdale   Choir, Chorus
Lefty Bates   Guitar
Louis Brooks   Tenor Saxophone
Skippy Brooks   Piano
Ollie E. Brown   Bass,Guitar
John Coltrane   Alto Saxophone
Duncan   Drums
McKinley Easton   Baritone Saxophone
Harlen Floyd   Trombone
Alvin Jackson   Bass
Marvin Junior   Choir, Chorus
Mickey McGill   Choir, Chorus
Nat Perrilliat   Tenor Saxophone
Lucius Washington   Tenor Saxophone
Quinn Wilson   Bass
William Whitney Pursell   Organ,Piano
Richard Penniman   Piano
Gay Crosse   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Lee Diamond   Choir, Chorus
William Paul Ackerman   Drums
Charles "Specs" Wright   Drums
Charles Connor   Drums
Kid King   Drums
Horace Palm   Piano
Clifford McCray   Bass
Stash O'Laughlin   Piano
Billy Sherill   Drums
Milton Battiste   Trumpet
Kelton D. "Kelso" Herston   Guitar
Wilson Jenkins   Piano
Shakey Wilson   Tenor Saxophone
Wilbert "Lee Diamond" Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Thomas Hartwell   Guitar
Paul "Guitar Red" Johnson   Guitar
Tommy McGee   Alto Saxophone
Lovell Phillips   Piano

Technical Credits

April Stevens   Composer
Bill Justis   Arranger
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Louis Brooks   Composer
Calvin Carter   Producer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Murray Nash   Producer
Gene Redd   Composer,Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Martin Hawkins   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations,Tape Comparison,Tape Research
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Tape Research
Chris Bentley   Illustrations
Bill Beasley   Producer
Ted Jarrett   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Victor Pearlin   Illustrations
Christine Kittrell   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Whitford   Composer
Paul Urbahns   Illustrations
Alan Bubis   Composer
Ray Scrivener   Composer
Bid Causey   Composer

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