Saturday, 22 August 2009

Joanne (Jo Ann) Garrett ”Just A Taste”

Joanne (Jo Ann) Garrett

”Just A Taste”
( LP Chess Records, 1969 )
Catalog # 1548

Depend on Me
Walk on By
We Can Learn Together
Ain’t No Way
Foolish Me
This Bitter Earth
A Thousand Miles Away
Soul Town
It’s No Secret

Absolutely classic soul/funk record with the killer version of Walk on By (drums used and abused by DJ Shadow); also It’s No Secret, Soul Town. Produced by Andre Williams

Chess omitted Garrett’s first two singles but added two excellent replacements: Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” and Dionne Warwick’s “Walk on By.” Garrett’s pretty soprano soars on the Heartbeats’ “Thousand Miles Away” and is spunky on “Soul Town.” Local hits “It’s No Secret,” “Depend on Me,” and “Unforgettable” are tasteful Chicago soul. An excellent album that’s nearly impossible to find.
By Andrew Hamilton (AMG)

As a 15-year-old student at Chicago’s DuSable High School, Joanne Garrett won a recording contract with Chess Records for finishing first in a Regal Theater talent show, no small feat considering Chicago’s vast talent pool. The deal produced “Stay by My Side,” a huge local hit, in 1966.
She followed with Dee Clark’s “You Can’t Come In” (March 1967) and a remake of the Heartbeats’ “Thousand Miles Away” (1968), with the Dells (uncredited) providing backing vocals on the A-sides. Garrett left Chess in 1968 to record for Duo Records and another label. With Andre Williams producing, she cut “That Little Brown Letter” backed with “I’ve Gotta Be Loved” in 1968 on Duo; later in 1968 she cut “One Woman,” arguably her most popular recording. Chess emptied their vaults and released “It’s No Secret” and “Unforgettable” b/w “We Can Learn Together” in 1970, but they were strictly local.
Despite her age, Chi-town producers recorded Garrett in a Dinah Washington-esque vein, but that changed on her sole release for Don Robey’s Duke/Peacock setup in Houston, TX, where she waxed Barbara Hammonds’ “I’m Under Your Control” b/w “Sting Me Baby”; it was her first record in three years, but the 1973 release duplicated her previous paltry sales figures and the Duke stay was brief. A final single, “Don’t Abuse Your Faithful Love” b/w “Charlie Boy (We Got to Love One Another),” credited as The Rock With Joanne Garrett, appeared on Scorpio Records; it flopped, and sadly, after a good start, Garrett rarely saw the inside of a recording studio again. Her flops became popular Northern soul items.
By Andrew Hamilton (AMG)

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