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Percy Mayfield

A masterful songwriter whose touching blues ballad "Please Send Me Someone to Love," a multi-layered universal lament, was a number one R&B hit in 1950, Percy Mayfield had the world by the tail until a horrific 1952 auto wreck left him facially disfigured. That didn't stop the poet laureate of the blues from writing in a prolific fashion, though. As Ray Charles' favorite scribe during the '60s, he handed the Genius such gems as "Hit the Road Jack" and "At the Club."

Like so many of his postwar L.A. contemporaries, Mayfield got his musical start in Texas but moved to the coast during the war. Surmising that Jimmy Witherspoon might like to perform a tune he'd penned called "Two Years of Torture," Mayfield targeted Supreme Records as a possible buyer for his song. But the bosses at Supreme liked his own gentle reading so much that they insisted he wax it himself in 1947 with an all-star band that included saxophonist Maxwell Davis, guitarist Chuck Norris, and pianist Willard McDaniel.

Art Rupe's Specialty logo signed Mayfield in 1950 and he scored a solid string of R&B smashes over the next couple of years. "Please Send Me Someone to Love" and its equally potent flip "Strange Things Happening" were followed in the charts by "Lost Love," "What a Fool I Was," "Prayin' for Your Return," "Cry Baby," and "Big Question," cementing Mayfield's reputation as a blues balladeer of the highest order. Davis handled sax duties on most of Mayfield's Specialty sides as well. Mayfield's lyrics were usually as insightfully downbeat as his tempos; he was a true master at expressing his innermost feelings, laced with vulnerability and pathos (his "Life Is Suicide" and "The River's Invitation" are two prime examples).

Even though his touring was drastically curtailed after the accident, Mayfield hung in there as a Specialty artist through 1954, switching to Chess in 1955-1956 and Imperial in 1959. Charles proved thankful enough for Mayfield's songwriting genius to sign him to his Tangerine logo in 1962; over the next five years, the singer waxed a series of inexorably classy outings, many with Brother Ray's band (notably "My Jug and I" in 1964 and "Give Me Time to Explain" the next year). It's a rare veteran blues artist indeed who hasn't taken a whack at one or more Mayfield copyrights. Mayfield himself persisted into the '70s, scoring minor chart items for RCA and Atlantic while performing on a limited basis until his 1984 death. ~ Bill Dahl
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Specialty Profiles: Lloyd Price

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Track List: Specialty Profiles

Disc 1

1. Boogie Chillen, No. 2

2. I'm Mad

3. Everybody's Blues

4. Burnin' Hell

5. Do My Baby Think Of Me

6. Goin' Down Highway 51

7. My Baby's Got Something

8. I Need Lovin'

9. Grinder Man

10. No More Doggin' (No More Foolin')

11. I Need Love So Bad

12. Huckle Up Baby

13. Nothin' But Trouble (Don't Take Your Wife's Family In)

14. Odds Against Me (Backbiters And Syndicators)

Disc 2

1. R.M. Blues

2. Pink Champagne

3. Please Send Me Someone To Love

4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

5. Dream Girl

6. Things That I Used To Do

7. Long Tall Sally

8. I'll Come Running Back To You

9. Leavin' It All Up To You

10. Dizzy Miss Lizzy

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Track List: Specialty Profiles: Sam Cooke With The Soul Stirrers

Disc 1

1. I'll Come Running Back To You

2. Forever

3. Jesus, I'll Never Forget

4. Peace In The Valley

5. Just Another Day

6. Touch The Hem Of His Garment

7. Lovable

8. Farther Along

9. Jesus Gave Me Water

10. The Last Mile Of The Way

11. That's All I Need To Know

12. Any Day Now

13. I Don't Want To Cry

Disc 2

1. R.M. Blues

3. Please Send Me Someone To Love

4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

5. Dream Girl

6. Things That I Used To Do

7. Long Tall Sally

8. I'll Come Running Back To You

9. Leavin' It All Up To You

10. Dizzy, Miss Lizzy

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Track List: American R'n'B No. 1 Hits, Vol. 2

1. Please Send Me Someone To Love

2. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

3. Teardrops From My Eyes

4. Bad Bad Whiskey

5. Rocket 88

8. The Glory Of Love

9. Mona Lisa

10. Fool Fool Fool

11. Flamingo

12. Cry

13. Three O'Clock Blues

14. Ting-A-Ling

15. My Song

16. Juke

17. Baby Don't Do It

18. Night Train

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Track List: Blowing The Fuse 1950

1. Information Blues

2. Sittin' On It All The Time

3. I Almost Lost My Mind

5. The Fat Man

6. Double Crossing Blues

7. Hoot And Holler Saturday Night

8. Mardi Gras In New Orleans

9. 3 X 7 = 21

11. Pink Champagne

13. Well Oh Well

14. Still In The Dark

16. Come On Let's Boogie

17. Safronia B.

18. Count Every Star

19. Blue Shadows

22. Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere

23. Shotgun Blues

24. Teardrops From My Eyes

25. Boogie Rambler

26. Please Send Me Someone To Love

27. Old Time Shuffle Blues

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Track List: Midnight Blues

1. The Thrill Is Gone

2. A Fool For You

3. I'd Rather Go Blind

4. Stormy Monday Blues

5. Today I Sing The Blues

6. Reconsider Baby

7. Trouble In Mind

8. Wee Wee Hours

10. You'll Lose A Good Thing

11. Chains Of Love

13. Black Night

14. Three O'Clock Blues

15. I Almost Lost My Mind

16. Five Long Years

17. Please Send Me Someone To Love

18. Nothing Takes The Place Of You

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Track List: Original Swingers: Hipsters, Zoots & Wingtips, Vol.2

1. Caldonia

2. (Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone

4. Goin' To Chicago Blues

5. D' Natural Blues

6. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

9. Big Mamou

10. Blow-Top Blues

11. Reet, Petite And Gone

12. Loose Lips

13. Tippin' In

14. Cadillac Boogie

15. Pink Cadillac

16. Squeeze Me

17. Ice Cream Man

18. The Dummy Song

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Track List: Specialty Profiles: Larry Williams

Disc 1

1. Bony Moronie

2. Just Because

3. Short Fat Fannie

4. High School Dance

5. You Bug Me Baby

6. Dizzy, Miss Lizzy

8. Hootchy-Koo

9. Bad Boy

10. Slow Down

11. Little School Girl

12. Ting-A-Ling

13. Let Me Tell You, Baby

14. She Said Yeah

Disc 2

1. R.M. Blues

3. Please Send Me Someone To Love

4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

5. Dream Girl

6. Things That I Used To Do

8. I'll Come Running Back To You

9. Leavin' It All Up To You

10. Dizzy, Miss Lizzy

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Track List: Specialty Profiles: Percy Mayfield

Disc 1

1. Please Send Me Someone To Love

2. Strange Things Happening

3. Lost Love (Baby, Please)

4. What A Fool I Was

5. Cry Baby

6. Prayin' For Your Return

7. Louisiana

8. The Big Question

9. The River's Invitation

10. Loose Lips

11. Sugar Mama-Peachy Papa

12. Memory Pain

13. Nightless Lover

14. Hit The Road, Jack

Disc 2

1. R.M. Blues

2. Pink Champagne

3. Please Send Me Someone To Love

4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy

5. Dream Girl

6. Things That I Used To Do

7. Long Tall Sally

8. I'll Come Running Back To You

9. Leavin' It All Up To You

10. Dizzy, Miss Lizzy

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Track List: Specialty Profiles: Roy Milton

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Track List: The Sad Soul Of The Black South

2. Down On Bending Knees

3. Dead

4. Lonely For You Baby

10. Love Don't Love Nobody

11. He Kept On Talking

13. Shell Of A Woman

14. Why Does It Hurt So Bad?

15. Road Of Brokenhearted Men

17. Sit Down And Cry

18. That Did It

19. Let Me Down Easy

21. Carried To The Cleaners And Hung Out To Dry

23. Ghetto Child

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