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Legendary tough guy on and off-screen, Robert Mitchum was associated with the post-war film noir thriller. His heavy-lidded manner was a deceptively casual, disguising potent screen presence. Mitchum’s canon of antiheroes he portrayed on film during during the 1950s and 1960s (The Night of the Hunter, Cape Fear) are likely the blueprints for what led to Gibson’s Mad Max, Jean Reno in The Professional, Michael Douglas in Falling Down, and Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood to name a few.
What might be less well known are Mitchum’s forays into music as both singer and composer. His voice was often used instead of a professional singer when his character sang in films (Rachel and the Stranger, River of no Return, Lord Invader). Mitchum recorded an album for Capitol Records while filming Heaven Kows, Mr. Allison in the Carribean islands of Tobago called Calypso. A year later he recorded a song he had written for Thunder Road, titled “The Ballad of Thunder Road” becoming a modest hit.
In 1967 Mitchum’s follow-up record, That Man, Robert Mitchum Sings was released by Nashville’s Monument Records. Trekking further into country music, the first single “Little Old Wine Drinker Me” was a top-10 hit at radio. The album was hugely successful for the actor and includes a pop ballad composed by Mitchum entitled “Whippoorwill” in a style similar to Dean Martin’s county recordings. The liner notes are by Johnny Mercer who observed: “The same carefree attractiveness that you find in his acting, you will find on this Monument album. The same independence of spirit. What some would call a ‘maverick,’ I would call a ‘free palamino…’.” Dig track 3 from Side-B of that album, Mitchum’s laid-back take on Bobby Hebb‘s classic “Sunny”!
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“Sunny” written by Bobby Hebb and Published by Portable Music Co. Inc. (BMI). Contact: Damon Booth / email@example.com. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / firstname.lastname@example.org. Master controlled by Sony Music Group.
Feb 01 2017
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Frequently dubbed “the Holy Grail of modern soul,” Alice Clark’s self-titled 1972 debut album has received some serious overdue recognition in recent years. Clark – whose whereabouts following these recordings seem to be shrouded in a bit of mystery – only recorded three sessions that produced two singles and the one album. The record – highly prized among hardcore R&B enthusiasts – is an amazing soul collection that matches Clark’s distinctive powerhouse voice with impeccable song selection.
Recently this masterpiece has been lovingly re-released on vinyl, cd and digitally, and is finding her a much-deserved international cult audience. Bobby Hebb had three of his tunes cut on this disc, including “Don’t You Care”, which is one of our favorite grooves on the record. The album has often been compared to the best work of such diverse legends as Gil Scott-Heron, Janis Joplin, Billie Holliday, and Donny Hathaway. “The best R&B you’ve probably never heard,” hails one critic – we couldn’t agree more. Dig yourself some Alice Clark!
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Published by Portable Music Inc. (BMI), contact: Damon Booth / firstname.lastname@example.org. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / email@example.com
Aug 17 2016
Happy birthday to Bobby Hebb! Celebrate with the 50th Anniversary remastered deluxe edition of his classic 1966 lp Sunny from the good people at Trocadero Records. Get the 180 gram vinyl & 8 page booklet or CD Digipak now plus the 50th Anniversary Collection (Various Artists 1966-2016) also available on 180 gram vinyl. Click HERE for more info and to order.
Sunny one so true, we love you!
Jul 26 2016
Happy 50th Anniversary to Bobby Hebb‘s masterpiece “Sunny”. The tune was a worldwide smash during the summer of 1966 and is one of the most performed works of the past century. The song’s popularity led to a U.S. tour for Hebb as the main supporting act for The Beatles on their last commercial tour ever. It has been recorded by hundreds of luminaries including: Frank Sinatra, Steve Wonder, Marvin Gaye, James Brown and Jose Feliciano. Sunny one so true, we love you!
Jun 26 2016