Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Marvin Rainwater RIP

It seems that not a day goes by at the moment without a singer or musician passing on. Today there are more to report, chief among them being Marvin Rainwater, who scored a number one UK hit in 1958 with Whole Lotta Woman.
Marvin was 25 per cent Cherokee and regularly wore Native American outfits on stage. Born in 1925 in Kansas, he began as a country singer and had a US hit on MGM with Gonna Find Me A Bluebird before heading toward rockabilly with Whole Lotta Woman, I Dig You Baby (also a top 20 UK hit), Nothin' Needs Nothin' (Like I Need You), Halfbreed and Boo Hoo. He developed throat cancer but recovered sufficiently to appear at rock and roll festivals in Europe, including the UK. He had four EPs and one ten inch LP released in the UK at the time. I bought the US 12 inch version (pictured below) of his classic LP earlier this year in the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. Here's his biggest hit.
I've heard of two other music deaths today, one of whom is Bobby Mansfield, lead singer of New York doowop group the Wrens. Here's their biggest hit, Come Back My Love.
The other is Willie 'Slim' Ayres, lead singer of gospel group the Morning Echoes of Detroit.
On a happier note I picked up a couple of great London 45s which were gaps in my collection today at the car boot. First here's the great Solomon Burke with Cry To Me and its equally good B side I Almost Lost My Mind. Country soul at its very best.
Finally, here's the last Johnny Cash Sun 45 to be released on London - Oh Lonesome Me, backed with Life Goes On. Another excellent double sider.


At 5:51 pm , Anonymous John S snr said...

RIP Marvin. I bought Whole Lotta Woman on a MGM 78 when it came out all those years ago, and also LPs.
He was one of the first singers our John heard when he was a wee kid. Saw him a number of times,He was never a disappointment.
To many going at the moment Nick.


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