Holy bejesus, it still happens. Out of nowhere, a genuine humdinger. Click on a random blog on someone's link list, it takes you to a site with a 45 by an artist you've never heard of. What the hell, the label is Specialty, home to Little Richard's finest sides, ditto Don and Dewey, along with Guitar Slim, Lloyd Price and others, so, you know, how much effort does it take? One click. That was the best decision I made all week.
This sucker was recorded by a seventeen year old kid, Jerry Byrne, who was the cousin of Mac Rebennack (Dr. John). They were in a band together, the Loafers, when Byrne jumped on stage at a Little Richard show and finished the song with Richard, thus impressing Specialty Record's A&R hound Harold Battiste who got him signed within a week of the incident. Enough of this jibba jabba. Check this house wrecker, featuring a most smokin' piano solo by Art Neville.
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Jerry Byrne - Lights Out mp3 (via DivShare) at The Upper Shelves Note: Once you get to DivShare, click on the green "Download" button, and scratch your head for fifteen seconds while the timer counts down. When the button reappears, you're good to go.Jerry Byrne - Lights Out mp3 at Beware of the Blog Alternate link. The one above is better quality, but just in case...
Jerry Byrne - Carry On (streaming) at YouTube
Jerry Bryne - Excellent bio at Black Cat Rockabilly