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The Raeletts

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Listen: Leave My Man (Woman) Alone / The Raeletts
Leave My Man (Woman) Alone / The Raeletts

Having developed a liking for early Ray Charles records meant the net was cast, and all things remotely related dragged in. Enter The Raeletts. Although sometimes referred to as The Raelettes, depending on which single you’re holding, various early members are mentioned/not mentioned in the their lineup. The more famous, like Mable John, Merry Clayton and Minnie Riperton, all got a run for their money by vocalist Vernita Moss, more often than not, criminally overlooked.

Her ad libs on ‘Leave My Man (Woman) Alone’ are priceless, seldom heard on record at that time. Tangerine, Ray Charles’ imprint, released some raw and earthy records in the late 60′s/early 70′s patch, and this is one. Relegated to the B side didn’t mean it could hide for long.

This copy was shipped in the above company sleeve. One side of which is an all white front, revealing the record’s label copy through a standard, circular hole, while the back is a uncut, color picture of the generic Tangerine artwork.

The Raeletts appeared many times on US television, including THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, many times with Vernita Moss.

Percy Mayfield

Friday, November 13th, 2009

percymayfield, Percy Mayfield, Tangerine, Ray Charles, HMV

Listen: River’s Invitation / Percy Mayfield

Don’t let his Brook Benton voice put you off, he stayed very pure to rhythm and blues. Ray Charles signed Percy Mayfield to his Tangerine label in ’61, after writing ‘Hit The Road Jack’. It’s Ray Charles playing the piano break on this, as he did with many of his recordings.