In the '50s: Hit, Git & Split

In the '50s: Hit, Git & Split

by Mickey Baker


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In the '50s: Hit, Git & Split

Few rock & roll or R&B guitarists of the '50s and '60s have a more consistently frantic body of work than the great Mickey Baker, though his name isn't nearly as well-known as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, or Ike Turner. Baker did most of his work as a sideman, and his best-known recordings as a headliner found him playing second fiddle to Sylvia Robinson as half of Mickey & Sylvia (whose "Love Is Strange" remains a puzzling delight 50 years after it was recorded), but folks who know and love first-era rock & roll are aware of Baker's greatness, and this collection is a superb overview of his work, both as a bandleader and as a hired gun. Containing a hefty 31 tracks recorded between 1952 and 1956, In the '50s: Hit, Git & Split runs the gamut from the low-key acoustic blues of Baker's "Love Me Baby" to the wailing electric dread of Larry Dale's "Midnight Hours," the uptempo rockabilly of Joe Clay's "Did You Mean Jelly-Bean," the easy-swinging jump blues of Sam Price's "Rib Joint," a double-time rewrite of Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" on Brownie McGhee's "Anna Mae," and a rockin' re-recording by Louis Jordan of "Caldonia" with Baker's guitar answering the hearty peals of the horn section and Jordan's vocals. The word "Wild" tended to pop up in the titles of Mickey Baker's solo albums, and one spin of this disc will show you why -- the man's rough-and-tumble style screamed and hollered the blues whenever he hit the strings, and Baker's solos are death-defying hoodoo magic no matter what cut you cue up. Hit, Git & Split is a thoroughly enjoyable set of vintage R&B that's good and greasy throughout, and a peerless introduction to one of the great unsung heroes of rock & roll.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/08/2008
Label: Rev-Ola Bandstand
UPC: 5013929482920
catalogNumber: 29
Rank: 76380

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mickey Baker   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Champion Jack Dupree   Piano,Vocals
Norman Blake   Synthesizer
Titus Turner   Vocals
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
King Curtis   Tenor Saxophone
Budd Johnson   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Louis Jordan   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Dave Bailey   Drums
Bobby Donaldson   Drums
Herman Foster   Piano
Leonard Gaskin   Bass
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Jimmy Lewis   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Hal Singer   Tenor Saxophone
George Rhodes   Piano
Willie Rodriguez   Percussion
Roy Gaines   Guitar,Vocals
Little Willie John   Vocals
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Sammy Price   Piano
George Duvivier   Bass
Abie Baker   Bass
Clifton Best   Guitar
Howard Biggs   Bandleader
Brownie McGhee   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Clay   Vocals
Bill Cook   Washboard
Ernie Hayes   Piano
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Belford Hendricks   Piano
Milt Hinton   Bass
Willis "Gator" Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Dave McRae   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Charlie Persip   Drums
Reuben Phillips   Baritone Saxophone
Carl Pruitt   Double Bass
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Organ
Calvin Shields   Drums
Fletcher Smith   Piano
Sonny Terry   Harmonica
Jesse Stone   Bandleader
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Billy Valentine   Piano
Williams   Piano
Marty Wilson   Drums
Big John Greer   Vocals
Gene Brooks   Drums
Larry Dale   Guitar,Vocals
Lucas   Bass
David Van Dyke   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Foster   Synthesizer
Leslie Johnakins   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Ivan Rolle   Bass
Warren Lucky   Tenor Saxophone
Ernest Williams   Baritone Saxophone
Sammy "Stick" Evans   Drums
Joe Marshall   Drums
Square Walton   Vocals
Eddie Riff   Guitar,Vocals
Little Johnny Williams   Bass
Big Tiny Kennedy   Vocals

Technical Credits

Champion Jack Dupree   Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Mickey Baker   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Belford Hendricks   Composer
Jesse Tiny Kennedy   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Dave Penny   Producer,Liner Notes,Annotation
Sylvia Robinson   Composer
Nick Smith   Composer
Larry Dale   Composer
Joe Foster   Producer
Sam Price   Composer
Ruth McGhee   Composer
Lucille Dupree   Composer
Lynn Paul   Composer
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer
Andy Morten   Artwork
Square Walton   Composer

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