Memory Pain

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Ranging from major hits to alternate takes and rarities, this CD released in 1992 illustrates the prolific nature of Percy Mayfield's Specialty Records output during the 1950s. Though not everything on Memory Pain is essential, the collection of early R&B and 12-bar blues is consistently satisfying. The best known song here is the number one hit of 1950, "Please Send Me Someone to Love," and many listeners will also be familiar with such gems as "Strange Things Happening" and the title song. A singer who was flexible as well as charismatic, Mayfield is as convincing on a rare version of the mournful, jazz-tinged "Nightless Lovers" as he is on 12-bar numbers like "My ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Ranging from major hits to alternate takes and rarities, this CD released in 1992 illustrates the prolific nature of Percy Mayfield's Specialty Records output during the 1950s. Though not everything on Memory Pain is essential, the collection of early R&B and 12-bar blues is consistently satisfying. The best known song here is the number one hit of 1950, "Please Send Me Someone to Love," and many listeners will also be familiar with such gems as "Strange Things Happening" and the title song. A singer who was flexible as well as charismatic, Mayfield is as convincing on a rare version of the mournful, jazz-tinged "Nightless Lovers" as he is on 12-bar numbers like "My Blues" and "The Big Question." The CD ends on an interesting note with a demo of "Hit the Road Jack" which became a major hit for Ray Charles. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/1992
  • Label: Specialty
  • UPC: 022211702726
  • Catalog Number: 7027

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Percy Mayfield Primary Artist, Vocals
Don Julian Background Vocals
Gerald Wiggins Piano
Jack McVea Tenor Saxophone
Ronald Barrett Background Vocals
Edward Truman Beal Piano
Ted Brinson Bass
David Bryant Bass
Red Callender Bass
Christine Chatman Piano
John Shelley Crawford Saxophone
Thomas Maxwell Davis Tenor Saxophone
William V. Douglass Drums
Harold Leonard Grant Guitar
Joe Grant Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
William K. "Billy" Hadnott Bass
Rene Hall Guitar
Joy Hamilton Vocals
Ralph Hamilton Bass
James Jackson Tenor Saxophone
Earl Jones Background Vocals
Lee Wesley Jones Piano
Ulysses Livingston Guitar
William Lundy Baritone Saxophone
Willard McDaniel Piano
Herman Burell Mitchell Guitar
Hubert Myers Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Eldridge "Chuck" Norris Guitar
Earl Palmer Drums
Eugene Floyd Phillips Guitar
Robert Pittman Drums
William Harvey Pyles Guitar
Jesse Sailes Drums
Theodore Shirley Bass
Maurice Simon Baritone Saxophone
Fletcher Smith Piano
Floyd Turnham Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Waller Baritone Saxophone
Mitchell "Tiny" Webb Guitar
Richard Wells Saxophone
Clifton White Guitar
William B. Woodman Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Leonidas Raymond "Lee" Young Drums
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Ernie Isley Composer
Chris Jasper Composer
Marvin Isley Composer
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Earl Sumner Jackson Contributor
Art Rupe Producer
Chucky Thompson Composer
Al Reed Composer
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