Call Her Name: The Complete Recordings 1951-1965

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2010
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051694227
  • Catalog Number: 16942
  • Sales rank: 172,740

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christine Kittrell Primary Artist, Vocals
The 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
Al 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
Christian Zwarg Mastering
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Whitford Composer
Paul Urbahns Illustrations
Alan Bubis Composer
Ray Scrivener Composer
Bid Causey Composer
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