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Mama Don't Like It! 1950-1956
     

Mama Don't Like It! 1950-1956

by Smiley Lewis
 
Smiley Lewis recorded for a few labels, but the sides he cut for Imperial in the first half of the 1950s were his most enduring. This fine anthology has 33 of them, including the songs for which he will be most remembered, even if they achieved their greatest success via other versions: "I Hear You Knocking" (covered by Fats Domino and, much later, See more details below

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Smiley Lewis recorded for a few labels, but the sides he cut for Imperial in the first half of the 1950s were his most enduring. This fine anthology has 33 of them, including the songs for which he will be most remembered, even if they achieved their greatest success via other versions: "I Hear You Knocking" (covered by Fats Domino and, much later, Dave Edmunds), "One Night" (done with cleaned-up lyrics by Elvis Presley), and "Blue Monday" (also covered by Domino). Championed by critics and collectors but forgotten by most of the general population, Lewis was perhaps the greatest exponent of New Orleans R&B during this period bar Lloyd Price and Domino himself. As famed New Orleans musician/arranger Dave Bartholomew was involved in these recordings (as he was with Domino's), it's hard to imagine that fans of Domino and the like won't enjoy this collection. It's true that it isn't as varied as Domino's work, and that the aforementioned songs are the most memorable and strongest of the lot. Less youthful and pop-friendly than Domino and Price, Lewis' foggy vocals and the crack New Orleans R&B backing nonetheless exuded a similar exuberant charm, though he was less adaptable to the oncoming rock & roll explosion than his local peers were. There have been more elaborate Lewis collections, but this is a fine, good-value entry point, with good liner notes and a sessionography of his Imperial recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
Rev-Ola Bandstand
UPC:
5013929482425
catalogNumber:
24
Rank:
123205

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Performance Credits

Smiley Lewis   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Tuts Washington   Piano
Dave Bartholomew   Trumpet
Cornelius Coleman   Drums
Fats Domino   Piano
Salvadore Doucette   Piano
Frank Fields   Bass
Edward Frank   Piano
Herb Hardesty   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Harris   Alto Saxophone
Waldron "Frog" Joseph   Trombone
Ernest McLean   Guitar
Walter Nelson   Guitar
Earl Palmer   Drums
Joe Robichaux   Piano
Clarence Hall   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns   Piano
Dave Bartholomew & the Maryland Jazz Band   Accompaniment
Joseph "Papa John"   Bass
Herman Seale   Drums
Lee Allen Orchestra   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Earl King   Author
Norman Blake   Recreation
Joe Liggins   Composer
Frankie Brown   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Smiley Lewis   Arranger,Composer
Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers   Composer
Kenyon Hopkins   Composer
Link Davis   Composer
Joseph Butler   Contributor
Ruby Fisher   Composer
Dave Penny   Producer,Liner Notes,Annotation
Joe Robichaux   Composer
Joe Foster   Producer,Recreation
Frank Bocage   Contributor
Lloyd Bellaire   Contributor
Pearl King   Composer
Ruth Durand   Composer
Toppers   Vocal Group
Traditional   Composer
Andy Morten   Artwork
Bobby Mitchell & the Toppers   Contributor

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