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Annie Laurie

"The Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond" are not the only place to find an Annie Laurie. If the New Orleans' music scene and the early days of doo wop and rhythm and blues are more to a listener's taste than folk from the British Isles, then the Annie Laurie of choice would be the female vocalist who made her recording debut in the mid-'40s and later enjoyed a string of hits including a cover version of "Since I Fell for You," created with the Paul Gayten band. Laurie's influence on her fellow singers seems to run hot and cold, ranging from the often-repeated rumor that she was Dinah Washington's favorite to the following, much cooler appraisal from Irma Thomas: "Annie Laurie? She was okay."

Laurie first chimed in professionally within territory bands helmed by leaders such as Snookum Russell and Dallas Bartley. The singer established her knack for personable cover versions with her very first side, W.C. Handy's famed "St. Louis Blues," cut in 1945 with the Bartley outfit. Shortly after that she arrived in New Orleans and was hired by Gayten, whose activities in the music business included working as a bandleader, producer, and label owner. As a performer he had his own string of hit records for the Regal and DeLuxe outfits between 1947 and 1950, some of which featured vocal performances by Laurie.

Gayten's knack may have been matching up available song material for cover versions with the various singers he was affiliated with. For Laurie, this included the previously mentioned "Since I Fell for You," which had been a blockbuster for Buddy Johnson and has endured dozens of powerhouse cover versions, as well as a less than liberating "I'll Never Be Free," originally associated with Lucky Millinder. Regal had done well with Laurie, but when the crown toppled off that label's head in 1951, the singer began working as a soloist on the newly reorganized Okeh imprint, moving over to Savoy by the middle of that decade. In the late '50s, she returned to the DeLuxe outfit, moaning through her biggest hit ever in 1957, "It Hurts to Be in Love." She was in the studios for the Ritz label in the early '60s, but began devoting herself entirely to church music just in time to miss the rock & roll invasion. ~ Eugene Chadbourne
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Ain't Nothin' Happenin'

1. Your Hands Ain't Clean

2. I Still Love You

3. For You My Love

4. Young Boy

5. Annie's Blues

6. One Sweet Letter From You

7. Gayten's Nightmare

8. Creole Gal

9. Cuttin' Out

10. Hey Little Girl

12. My Rough And Ready Man

13. I'll Never Be Free

14. I Ain't Gonna Let You In

16. Yeah Yeah Yeah

17. Oooh-La-La

18. It Ain't Nothin' Happenin'

19. Cow Cow Blues

20. Down Boy

21. If You Love Me, Tell Me So

22. The Sweeper

24. You Better Believe It

26. The Music Goes Round And Round

27. So Glad She's Mine

28. Nervous Boogie

29. For You My Love

30. Tickle Toe

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Track List: Early Girls, Vol.4

1. Dum Dum

2. (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am

3. I Cried A Tear

4. Tall Paul

5. Sincerely

6. Secret Love

7. Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)

8. Oh Why

9. Tammy

10. Tweedle Dee

11. It Hurts To Be In Love

12. The Love Of My Man

13. Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)

15. Little White Lies

16. Daddy-O

18. My Little Marine

20. Ronnie

21. Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now

22. Paper Roses

23. To A Soldier Boy

24. Teenage Cleopatra

25. Little Tin Soldier

26. This Ole House

27. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby

28. I Can't Take It

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Track List: I Love To Hear My Baby Call My Name (The Ego Song '45-'52)

2. Annie's Blues

6. Hey Mr. Gatemouth

10. Hey Tom Archia

11. Roscoe's Boogie

12. Ace's Wild

13. Crown Prince Blues

17. Professor Longhair's Boogie

18. Here Comes Smiley

20. Ballin' With Archie

23. Gatemouth Boogie

24. Pee Wee Special

28. Eddie's Blues

29. Muddy Jumps One

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Track List: New Orleans Blues (1940-1953)

Disc 1

1. Gamblin' Man Blues

2. Little Woman Blues

4. Walk Your Blues Away

5. Longhair's Blues

7. Living On A Borrowed Time

9. Going Back To Louisiana

10. New Orleans Boogie

11. Don't You Lie To Me

13. Going Back To The Country

14. Jealous Blues

15. Morning Train

16. Brother Bill

18. Please Don't Leave Me

Disc 2

1. Who Drank My Beer?

2. Lonesome Highway

4. Baby Please Don't Go

6. Never Trust A Woman

7. After While

8. Cryin' In The Morning

9. Have Mercy

10. Bad Dog

11. My Baby Left Me

12. Going Back Home

13. Lying Woman

14. Early Morning Blues

15. So Long

16. Hey Little Girl

17. Beggin' At Your Mercy

18. Annie's Blues

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Track List: Rhythm & Blues 1952-1959 - Music Sampler, Vol. 2

1. My Ding A Ling

2. K.C. Loving

3. Aged And Mellow Blues

4. Beside You

5. I'll Drown In My Tears

6. Baby I'm Doin' It

7. Get It

8. White Cliffs Of Dover

10. Nervous Man, Nervous

11. Fast Women And Sloe Gin

12. Take Me Back

13. Annie Had A Baby

14. Hearts Of Stone

15. Only You (And You Alone) [Re-Recorded]

16. My Boy - Flat Top

17. Walking The Blues

19. Come Home

20. Another Woman's Man

21. Ivory Tower

22. I'm Tore Up

23. Fever

24. D.B. Blues

25. What Can I Do

26. Think

27. It Hurts To Be In Love

28. Hold Your Lovin'

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