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Monday, January 10, 2011

Johnny Scott - Let me be a winner

Johnny Oliver Scott (born 1936) is an R&B and blues singer from Memphis. Also he is songwriter and producer.

Johnny Scott sang at legendary clubs such as Club Handy, Flamingo Room, The Vogue Club, Peppermint Lounge and Currie’s Club Tropicana, Psycho Club among others. In 1965 he formed record label Portra Records.

Johnny Scott every friday evening from 1968 until 1973 presented late-night a talk show for television of Memphis entitled "The Johnny Scott Show". Great musicians appeared on his show such as Lou Rawls, Patti Labelle, B.B.King, Al Green, Little Milton, The Whispers, Syl Johnson, The Intruders, Eddie Kendricks, Hank Crawford and many others.

Beyond Memphis, Johnny Scott travelled and sang in New York, Germany, France, Italy and other European countries.
In the early 80s he released a single on his own label Portra Records entitled "Let me be a winner / The coming out from under". Both of the songs were written by himself. Date of creation in 1980. But I don't know which is the year of release. Produced and arranged by Errol Thomas.

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There are two distinct presses or mixes for this release if memory serves. There should be a thread in the Look At Your Box archive with more detail.

​Yep, I seem to remember one with a spoken intro and the other goes straight into the beat......?

Ian D :)

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