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Blame It on the Dogg: the Swamp Dogg Anthology 1968-1978 Kent Cd Out Now!

 

Another fine release from Kent this month - for this release the focus is on Jerry Williams...

Blame It on the Dogg: the Swamp Dogg Anthology 1968-1978

CATALOGUE NUMBER CDKEND 293

A few clips from the ace records site article...

Over the years, soul music has thrown up its share of characters and one such, definitely larger than life and indeed than his physical stature, is Jerry Williams Jr, better known as Swamp Dogg. Outrageous, outspoken, opinionated and one of the nicest guys you could meet, Swamp loves his music doubtless more than he loves the music business, an institution to which he has contributed more than his fair share of classics, many of which have gone unrecognised beyond a select - but ever-growing - coterie of fans. As an artist, songwriter and producer, Swamp’s mark on soul music has been indelible and, in “Blame It On The Dogg” we get two dozen tracks that show him in his multiple guises.

By the 1968 date that launches this CD, Jerry Williams Jr was 25 and already a veteran of the business asswamp dog -jerry williams an artist, label owner, producer and writer. The earliest example here of his work is the Dynamo release of Inez & Charlie Foxx’s Count The Days, cut while the man himself was pacted to the parent Musicor label. A relatively short-lived stay, he moved on to Botanic and Atlantic - with further examples of his work featured here - as he told In The Basement magazine in 1998. [At Musicor] “I co-produced the Toys, Exciters, Tommy Hunt, Inez & Charlie Fox... then I got fired for taking Gene Pitney out of his bag. So I met up with Don Gardner who was setting up Botanic Records and was given the A&R position that night. Three weeks’ later I was Vice President and a stockholder. I signed Gary US Bonds immediately and Little Charles & the Sidewinders. Botanic expanded very rapidly and went out of business the same way. I called Henry Allen at Atlantic and made an artist/producer pact, cutting the Commodores, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, C & the Shells and the Drifters. ...

---Some of Swamp’s greatest achievements have been with female vocalists, with whom he has seemed to have a particular affinity - although it has been suggested that his working relationship with Ruth Brown (represented here with Stop Knocking) was something of a love/hate one, with emphasis on the latter. Iin 1998 he commented that he and songwriting partners, Charlie Whitehead and Gary U.S. Bonds, were all raised by strong women, which assisted in getting into a female mindset. “When I write about women I’m writing with my aunts, my mother, my grandmother and everybody. How they felt, how they acted...” The strong distaff tracks by Eleanor Grant are seeing the light of day for the first time and ex-Independent Helen Curry’s take on Shu-Doo-Pa-Poo-Poop was cut for Swamp’s Sweetheart label, just one of two outings from the venture. The title of the CD here uses the word “Blame” but it could as easily have been substituted by “Praise”. More please!

David Cole

Editor of "In The Basement"

click the below to view the full article

http://www.acerecords.co.uk/content.php?page_id=59&release=7740

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amazon link below

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0012EBU9S/wwwacerecordc-21

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01 ON YOUR WAY HOME

C & the Shells

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02 SHE'S A HEARTBREAKER

Gene Pitney

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03 SHIPWRECKED

Jerry Williamsmp3 available

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04 HE'S GONE

Patti La Belle & the Blue Belles

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05 I NEED A WOMAN OF MY OWN

Tommy Hunt

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06 (1-2-3-4-5-6-7) COUNT THE DAYS

Inez & Charlie Foxx

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07 YOUR BEST FRIEND

The Driftersmp3 available

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08 YOUR MAN

Jerry Williams

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09 I'M GLAD YOU'RE BACK

Gary US Bonds

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10 PLEASE OPEN UP THE DOOR

Little Charles & the Sidewinders

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11 RUN RUN ROADRUNNER

Jerry Williams

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12 WHAT'S SO WRONG WITH YOU LOVING ME

Kenny Carter

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13 DON'T TRUST A WOMAN

Slick 'n' the Family Brick

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14 STRAIGHT FROM MY HEART

Swamp Dogg

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15 TOUCH ‘EM WITH LOVE

ZZ Hill

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16 WHO'S TO BLAME

Obe Jessie & the Seeds of Freedom

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17 DON'T THROW YOUR LOVE TO THE WIND

Swamp Dogg

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18 PLEA #3 (IS IT TRUE BOY?)

Eleanor Grant

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19 COMPLICATION #4

Arthur Conley

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20 SHU-DOO-PA-POO-POOP (LOVE BEING YOUR FOOL)

Helen Curry

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21 THE OTHER WOMAN

Eleanor Grant

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22 STOP KNOCKING

Ruth Brown

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23 GOD BLESS

Wolfmoonmp3 available

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24 ROCKIN' YOUR BABY NOW

Eleanor Grant




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