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Christine Kittrell

b. 11 August 1929, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, d. 19 December 2001. Kittrell made a number of attractive and moderately successful records for local labels during the 50s. A choir member as a child, her voice lacked the distinctive nuance that might have brought her more durable success. Her first record, ‘Old Man You’re Slipping’ (Tennessee 117), was backed by tenor saxophonist Louis Brooks and his band, with whom she had made her professional debut six years earlier in 1945. Fats Domino sidemen Buddy Hagans and Wendell Duconge played on her first and biggest hit, ‘Sittin’ Here Drinking’ (Tennessee 128), which brought her a six-week engagement at the Pelican Club in New Orleans. Kittrell had toured with the Joe Turner band in 1951 but she preferred to work around Nashville, at clubs such as the New Era and the Elks. Engaged as singer with Paul ‘Hucklebuck’ Williams’ band in December 1952, Billboard noted that the ‘five-foot-six chirp’ was the ‘blues find of the decade’. She made her west coast debut in 1954 with Earl Bostic and later Johnny Otis. Several releases on the Republic label at this time led to only regional success. One session, which included ‘Lord Have Mercy’ (Republic 7096), is reputed to feature Little Richard on piano. In August 1954, Billboard announced her departure from the R&B field to sing with the Simmons Akers spiritual singers. In the early 60s she recorded for Vee Jay but her original version of ‘I’m A Woman’ was covered by Peggy Lee. She re-recorded an old Republic song, ‘Call His Name’ (Federal 12540), in 1965, and spent the next few years touring army bases in south-east Asia entertaining US troops. Subsequently, she semi-retired to her Ohio home, playing the occasional local blues festivals and small clubs in the 90s. She died of emphysema.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Juice Head Baby (Vintage Songs About Bars & Booze 1925-1953)

1. Drunk

3. Wine O Baby Boogie

4. Drink Up Light Up

5. Juice Head Baby

6. Sittin' Here Drinkin'

7. Get High

8. Sloppy Drunk Blues

9. Dead Drunk Blues

10. Ruckus Juice & Chitlin'

11. Looped

12. Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well?

13. Hittin' The Bottle Stomp

15. Champagne Charlie Is My Name

16. Drunkard's Special

18. Death At The Bar

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Track List: Night Train To Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970

Disc 1

1. Nashville Jumps

3. Skip's Boogie

4. L&N Special

5. Sittin' Here Drinking

6. Just Walkin' In The Rain

8. Baby Let's Play House

11. Rollin' Stone

12. You Can Make It If You Try

13. Rockin' The Joint

14. Let's Trade A Little

16. Somebody, Somewhere

Disc 2

1. Monkey Doin' Woman

5. Anna (Go To Him)

6. Snap Your Fingers

9. Sunny

10. I Want To (Do Everything For You)

13. The Chokin' Kind

14. She Shot A Hole In My Soul

15. Gotta Get Yourself Together

17. Reconsider Me

18. Everlasting Love

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Track List: Night Train to Nashville, Vol. 2

Disc 1

1. Boogie Woogie Jockey

2. Gene Nobles' Boogie

3. All States Boogie

5. 31 E. Blues

6. No Better For You

7. You Belong To Me

8. Too Much

9. If Things Don't Change

11. Miss You So

12. Little Darlin'

15. She Can Rock

18. OK, So What?

Disc 2

2. I'm A Woman

3. Don't Pity Me

5. Release Me

6. Soldier Of Love

7. Don't Take My Kindness For A Weakness

9. Strain On My Heart

12. Right On Time

13. Judy

17. Screamin' And Shoutin'

18. (You Keep Me) Hangin' On

19. She's All I Got

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Track List: The Champion Records Story

1. Somebody Somewhere

2. You're My Baby

3. Oo Wee Honey

4. Let's Try It Again

5. Three Times Seven

6. Best Of Luck Baby

7. Sittin' Here Drinkin'

8. I'm Just What You're Looking For

9. I Thank Him

11. Am I Losing You

19. I'm So Satisfied

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Track List: Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection

Disc 1

2. Baby, It's You

3. Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite

4. Ain't Times Hard

5. You Don't Have To Go

7. I Wish You Would

8. At My Front Door

9. Hurt My Feelings

10. Bad Boy

11. Somewhere To Lay My Head

13. Fool's Prayer

14. Oop De Oop

15. I'll Be Forever Loving You

16. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby

18. Up On The Mountain

19. Big Town Playboy

20. Rock 'n' Roll Mama

21. Oh What A Nite

Disc 2

1. Dimples

2. The Telephone Is Ringing

4. Uncloudy Day

6. Mother's Son

8. Honest I Do

9. Farther Along

10. You Can Make It If You Try

11. It Hurts Me Too

14. Blues Get Off My Shoulder

15. For Your Precious Love

17. I Love You Honey

18. Leave You In The Hands Of The Lord

19. Nobody But You

21. Crying For My Baby

Disc 3

1. Mary Don't You Weep

2. Steppin' Out

3. Just A Little Bit

6. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

7. Easy Lovin'

8. No Shoes

10. He Will Break Your Heart

11. Exodus

12. Big Boss Man

13. Raindrops

14. Every Beat Of My Heart

16. Bright Lights, Big City

17. Nite Owl

18. Duke Of Earl

19. Real Gone Mama

21. Boom Boom

Disc 4

1. I'm A Woman

2. Make It Easy On Yourself

3. Sherry

4. Rainbow

7. Body Surf

8. You're No Good

10. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)

11. Steal Away

12. Have I The Right

13. Let It Be Me

15. Getting Mighty Crowded

17. Tainted Love

18. Billy's Bag

19. Stay In My Corner

21. Let's Do It Over

22. I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me

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