Reuben Bell and the Casanovas: It's Not That Easy (1960)

 |   |  <1 min read

Reuben Bell and the Casanovas: It's Not That Easy (1960)
Recently we posted a fine but obscure track by Jimmy Conwell lifted from the recent compilation This is Lowrider Soul 1962-1970 (Ace through Border in New Zealand).

That 24 song collection of mostly achingly sad and soulful black music as favoured by those in the lowrider car culture of Hispanic California is full of great songs by singers and groups who – aside from William Bell, no relation to the Reuben here – we freely admit we had never heard, or heard of, previously.

712MWHzXKtL._SL1200_This self-penned heartbreaker by Reuben Bell out of Shreveport, Louisiana was his debut but although much acclaimed in recent years it seemed to slip past everyone at the time and although he continued to record (spiritual and secular music) fame eluded him until a minor hit with I Hear You Knocking (It's Too Late) in 72.

A decade later -- after he released his sole album Blues Get Off My Shoulder -- he was described as living in poverty and he died in 2004.

For more one-offs, oddities or songs with an interesting backstory see From the Vaults

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

The Wailers: And I Love Her (1965)

The Wailers: And I Love Her (1965)

Although Bob Marley came to prominence in, and dominated, the Seventies, we often forget he was an exact contemporary of the Beatles in the Sixties. When they were in Abbey Road recording Can't... > Read more

Dean Martin: My Rifle, My Pony and Me (1959)

Dean Martin: My Rifle, My Pony and Me (1959)

As Nick Tosche revealed in his remarkable biography Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams, Dean Martin didn't have to try hard at anything: he was good looking, could sing whatever was... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Greg's Khabli Palau (Afghani spiced lamb pilaf)

Greg's Khabli Palau (Afghani spiced lamb pilaf)

Greg offers this colourful recipe for lamb which comes with a back-story: he had it in Chicken Street in Kabul in 1979, just before the Russians invaded. It's some kind of food lover who gets a... > Read more

HATE MAIL RECEIVED, ACKNOWLEDGED AND IGNORED: And The Horse You Rode Into Town On

HATE MAIL RECEIVED, ACKNOWLEDGED AND IGNORED: And The Horse You Rode Into Town On

It has been some time since I had hate mail, and while I can't say I miss it I always used to read the letters with interest and thought about what the people had to say. Then I chucked them away.... > Read more