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

Joel Grey: White Room (1969)

Joel Grey: White Room (1969)

Actor Joel Grey won a best supporting actor Academy Award in '72 for his role as the MC in the Liza Minnelli vehicle Cabaret, following his hugely successful portrayal of the character in the... > Read more

The Contours: First I Look at the Purse (1965)

The Contours: First I Look at the Purse (1965)

One of the first groups signed to Berry Gordy's Motown label, the Contours had a huge hit with the much-covered Do You Love Me ("now that I can dance") which was in the set of Beatles-era... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; Psychedelia

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; Psychedelia

For many people the golden era of psychedelic music was before the drugs kicked in. There was that period from late '65 through to maybe mid '68 where many bands retained a pop economy and allowed... > Read more

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in... > Read more