The Rojac Years

The Rojac Years

by Big Maybelle


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The Rojac Years

It had been a decade since Big Maybelle's commercial peak with the OKeh and Savoy labels in the late '50s, and her life, which included heroin addiction and diabetes, hadn't been an easy one. Enter Jack Taylor, who brought her into the studio again for his Harlem-based Rojac Records in 1966, presented her with material that challenged her, and delivered her into a wonderfully creative autumnal period at the end of her career. Rojac was the last label Big Maybelle would record for before her early death in 1972 at the age of 47. There's great stuff here, including her re-imagining of ? & the Mysterians' "96 Tears," a lush "Turn the World Around the Other Way," a wonderfully bouncing version of "Careless Love," and the poignant the-bar's-closed jazz ballad "I Am Lost," among others. Big Maybelle was one of a kind, really, and these intimate tracks show that she never lost her feel no matter what the world threw at her.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2012
Label: Rojac
UPC: 0803483015925
catalogNumber: 159

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Maybelle   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Arranger
James Brown   Composer
Kelly Gordon   Composer
Thelma Jones   Special Participation
Herb Lance   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Sonny Burke   Composer
Bob Gallo   Arranger,Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Chris Huston   Arranger,Engineer
Dean Kay   Composer
Eric Knight   Arranger
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Maybelle Smith   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Jack Taylor   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Rudy Martinez   Composer
Ben Peters   Composer
Reggie Obrecht   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Gilles Petard   Photo Courtesy
Dave Linden   Composer
David Braithwaite   Producer
Josephine Armstead   Composer
Johnny Wallace   Composer
Freddy Briggs   Composer,Producer
Ruth Ellis   Composer
Taylor Spencer   Arranger,Producer
Robert Stepheny   Producer

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