Jimmy Hughes – What Side of the Door

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Back from a long time…I have been busy with University last few months, trying to graduate. The blogging duties have been woefully neglected…But I have restyled the WordPress blog, and moved it over to my own webspace www.don-gio.com, which makes it much easier for me to update. And have I something very special for you!

Featuring on Jimmy Hughes’ 1969 record “Something Special”, the track “What Side of the Door” was apparently written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter. The intro alone makes this one a very special tune.  Using a bluesharp on a funky soul track is something I never heard before giving this record a spin, and never heard since. Judging from the massive sound of the drums on this song, and from the credits, the producer of the track couldn’t be anyone else than that fatback drummer of Booker T & the M.G.’s, Al Jackson Jr. 

Short biography from allmusic.com: 

Jimmy Hughes established producer Rick Hall‘s fledgling Fame studio as an R&B mecca with his 1964 blues ballad “Steal Away.” The ex-gospel singer hooked up with Hall in 1962 but it wasn’t until the explosive “Steal Away” was issued on the Fame label that his career took off. With an intense, crying vocal style that was perfect for deep soul ballads, Hughes scored with the pleading “Why Not Tonight” in 1967, although the untypically uptempo “Neighbor, Neighbor” proved another giant hit. Hughes broke away from Hall and recorded an album for Volt before retiring from performing in the mid-’70s.