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Miss Allenís Blues  performed by  Ernestine Allen  (1961)
Composed by Ernestine Allen
Arranged by Rudy Van Gelder
From: USA
Mood: It's a long lonesome night...
Recommended by jeanette [profile] on Thursday 27th May 2004

Maybe it's just me getting older, but I lap this kinda stuff up these days. I can't get enough of ol' style R&B, jump blues or a song like this: swingin', heartbreaking and outstandingly sung by a woman who is undeservedly just a footnote in musical history.

Ernestine (who sometimes recorded under the name Annisteen) works her smooth chords to a blues vocal with light jazzy backing. Almost Peggy Lee like in places, but with the benefit of King Curtis' sax and an amazing rhythm section that Ernestine obviously connects with.

The lyrics are beautiful, too: "You cry so hard, you cry like you never cried before; you moan and you groan so sad, you give the blues to your neighbour next door."

from Let It Roll (Tru-Sound OBC-539), available on CD
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