A couple of days ago, I utilized my go-to method of getting out of doing the full-on post about Mickey Baker by saying I got sidetracked. That was true. While digging into his session work, one detour led directly to Big Maybelle. Baker played on her version of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On", which predated Jerry Lee Lewis's version by a couple years. Just looking into the history of the song is an serious distraction in itself. But listen to Baker's version, the whole thing is A-1 classic pre-rock 'n' roll R&B Cardboard sounding drums, tambourine smashing and filthy sax. You'd get distracted too.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Big Maybelle - Whole Lotta Shakin' Going on mp3 at Internet Archive
Big Maybelle - New Kind of Mambo mp3 at I Pick My Nose
Big Maybelle - Ocean of Tears mp3 at Probe is Turning-On the People
Big Maybelle - One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show mp3 at Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban
Big Maybelle at Wikipedia
Mickey Baker profile at The Hound Blog