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The Complete Okeh Sessions 1952-1955

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Album Review

This collection features Big Maybelle's entire OKeh output — 26 tracks — including her three R&B chart items, "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," and the risqué slow blues "I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright." "Gabbin' Blues," her 1952 OKeh debut smash, is a humorous dialogue between Maybelle and gossiping rival Rose Marie McCoy, the tune's co-writer. Maybelle was no mere copyist; her sandpapery vocals stood in sharp contrast to the many interchangeable thrushes then populating the R&B world. New York session wizards such as tenor saxophonist Sam "The Man" Taylor and guitarist Mickey Baker provide great support throughout.

Customer Reviews

#90 Best Blues Album of All-Time...

according to NJ's own Robert Santelli...Fans of Etta James, Koko Taylor, Big Mama Thornton and other great blues ladies will love this record.

Big Maybelle


Too Good to Be True

I've Got a Fellin, Gabbin Blues, Jinny Mule are too goo to be true. A great, great album. Totally 100% American.


Born: May 1, 1924 in Jackson, TN

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Her mountainous stature matching the sheer soulful power of her massive vocal talent, Big Maybelle was one of the premier R&B chanteuses of the 1950s. Her deep, gravelly voice was as singular as her recorded output for Okeh and Savoy, which ranged from down-in-the-alley blues to pop-slanted ballads. In 1967, she even covered ? & the Mysterians' "96 Tears" (it was her final chart appearance). Alleged drug addiction leveled the mighty belter at the premature age of 47, but Maybelle packed a lot of...
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