LaVern Baker: Voodoo Voodoo (1961)

 |   |  1 min read

LaVern Baker: Voodoo Voodoo (1961)

The sudden revival of Wanda Jackson's career - courtesy of Jack White and the album The Party Ain't Over in early 2011 -- has singled her out as a great female rock'n'roller at a time (the late Fifties) when she was out there on her own amongst all the boys.

Not exactly true.

There was also -- albeit briefly -- Janis Martin (whose hit My Boy Elvis she co-wrote with Aaron Schroeder who went on to pen I Got Stung, Good Luck Charm and It's Now or Never for the King) and . . . .

Okay not many.

But LaVern Baker was a rhythm'n'blues belter who had a million seller with Jim Dandy in '56 (aka Jim Dandy to the Rescue, covered by Black Oak Arkansas) and later sang with Jackie Wilson . . . which makes sense when you hear her belt out Voodoo Voodoo with the great King Curtis on sax.

Unfortunately this was a coulda-been hit: she recorded it in '58 (that's before Jackson's Let's Have A Party) but it wasn't released until '61. And by that time -- with Buddy Holly dead, Elvis having been in the army, Chuck Berry in jail and Little Richard back in the church for a spell -- the first wave of raw rock'n'roll had passed.

At the time the charts were filled with more bland acts and this slice of r'n'b rock'n'roll would have sounded like a throwback to an earlier era.

This has been lifted from the excellent box set of Fifties/early Sixties rebel rock'n'roll Loud Fast and Out of Control.

Like the sound of this? Then check out this DVD.

And keep an eye on From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Luv: You're The Greatest Lover (1978)

Luv: You're The Greatest Lover (1978)

Next month -- August 2012 -- marks a sad day in global pop. On August 12 the off-and-on group Luv will play their final ever performance. If that means little to you it is perhaps because you... > Read more

Barry Ryan: Eloise (1968)

Barry Ryan: Eloise (1968)

In the late Sixties when this song appeared the rumour mill hit a peak. In the previous few years the twins Paul and Barry Ryan (who performed under that name) had clocked a steady string of... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Dolly Parton, The Box Set Series

THE BARGAIN BUY: Dolly Parton, The Box Set Series

Songwriters have long recognised Dolly Parton among the greats: she is accomplished at writing sassy songs (Dumb Blonde) heart-tuggers (Put It Off Until Tomorrow) and catchy country-pop (Something... > Read more

GREGG ALLMAN INTERVIEWED (2010): The Road Goes On Forever

GREGG ALLMAN INTERVIEWED (2010): The Road Goes On Forever

Scroll down the Wikipedia entry for Gregg Allman and two things will surprise: first how brief it is for a musician who has lived such a full, creative and often dangerously self-abusive life.... > Read more