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Big Lee Dowell and The Cannonballs - What I Done Wrong - Release

Big Lee Dowell and The Cannonballs  - What I Done Wrong - Release cover

Let me tell you something about the voice first. Lee Dowell, professionally known in New York City as “BIG LEE”, had a great voice, a BIG one indeed.

Brought from Buffalo to NYC by a short-haul contract with Epic, a Columbia Records Subsidiary, he recorded two tunes produced by G. Denby, “Don’t Make Me Mad” and “Black Belt”, both of which went in the soundtrack of what has been probably the first movie about gangs and social youth problems. We are speaking of 1966 and Teenage Gang Debs took to the big screen for the first time the problems of the youth living in the tenements of Brooklyn and in all America’s big cities and depicts the lives and loves of a young generation trying to survive the brutality of gang life. Short after these two productions the big man seemed to disappear as we have no notice of further releases though we dug deep. For sure he didn’t move from NY because the oh so soulful voice in this “What I done Wrong” comes from a recording of the early 70’s we found in Michigan but labeled by a Broadway Studio which closed its doors at the dawn of the 80’s, so he presumably kept on living and working in the Big Apple. Anyone with further info is the very welcome to add it to the tale.


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One of my very best friends described this track as “feelgood music at it’s finest” and I totally agree with her because that’s exactly what we’d like to do. Tunes for the dancefloor, with the lads dancing lost in the music. Please judge by yourselves, the first public airing of the full length of the track will be given next tuesday by sir Dave Thorley on his Crossing the Tracks Radio Show, so tune in to Gloucester FM from 7pm to 9pm GMT and enjoy the show.

First dancefloor test at the amazing POW CITY in Dublin next saturday so if you are planning to come out for a dance expect it delivered from the decks straight to you. Hope you like it and, if you like it, you have to know that a little stack of promos is on its way as usual and you can reserve yours by simply messaging me on here. First come first served.

The official release is planned for early July and it will be as usual a strictly limited edition so if you want one or more copies please pm me on here or send an email at cannonballsoul@gmail.com. 


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