Poet Of The Blues Percy Mayfield


Rhythm & Blues
Ace Records
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Arguably, and frankly it's a pretty one-sided argument, Percy Mayfield was one of the top handful of truly great blues singers. Billie Holiday would be there, Ray Charles a must in such a list and though he never really achieved the fame of these two Percy Mayfield certainly must rank along side them for the sheer control and emotive beauty of his vocals. As a blues songwriter he was likewise a master, as songs like "Please Send Me Someone To Love" and "The River's Invitation" attest. He later went on to write the classic "Hit The Road Jack" for Ray Charles. From 1950 to 1952 he scored 7 top ten R&B hits for Specialty Records, for which all 25 cuts on this compilation were cut at one of the best studios in America at the time, Universal Recorders, Hollywood. The mastering is superb, the recordings great, the musicians impeccable and Percy Mayfield is simply one of the best the blues ever had to offer. So sit yourself down and let the relaxed sound of Percy Mayfield wash all those blues away.


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