Big Maybelle: The Complete Okeh Sessions 1952–55
Epic/Okeh/Legacy EK 53417
01. Just Want Your Love
02. So Good to My Baby
03. Gabbin’ Blues (Don’t Run My Business)
04. My Country Man
05. Rain Down Rain
06. Way Back Home
07. Please Stay Away from My Sam
08. Jinny Mule
09. Send for Me
10. Maybelle’s Blues
11. I’ve Got a Feelin’
12. You’ll Never Know
13. No More Trouble Out of Me
14. My Big Mistake
15. Ain’t No Use
16. I’m Getting ‘Long Alright
17. You’ll Be Sorry
18. Hair Dressin’ Women
19. One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show
20. Don’t Leave Poor Me
21. Ain’t to be Played With
22. New Kind of Mambo
23. Ocean of Tears
24. Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On
25. The Other Night
26. Such a Cutie
Vocals – Big Maybelle (Smith)
Alto Sax – Paul Ricci, Jerome Richardson
Tenor Sax – Budd Johnson, Dave McRae, Maurice Simon, Sam “The Man” Taylor
Baritone sax – Haywood Henry, Leslie Johnakins, Dave McRae
Trombone – Billy Byers, Alfred Cobbs, Eli Robinson
Trumpet – Taft Jordan , Joe Wilder
Guitar – James Cannady, Mickey Baker, Brownie McGhee
Piano – Ernie Hayes, Lee Anderson, Fletcher Smith, Al Williams
Bass – Al Hall, Norman Keenan, Grachan Moncur II, Lloyd Trotman
Drums – Jimmy Crawford, Panama Francis, Herb Lovelle, Charles Smith, Marty Wilson
Mabel Louise Smith (May 1, 1924 – January 23, 1972), known professionally as Big Maybelle, was an American R&B singer and pianist.
Her debut solo recordings, as Mabel Smith, came for King Records in 1947, backed by Oran “Hot Lips” Page, but she had little initial success.
However, in 1952 she was signed by Okeh Records, whose record producer Fred Mendelsohn gave her the stage name Big Maybelle.
Her first recording for Okeh, “Gabbin’ Blues”, was a number 3 hit on the Billboard R&B chart, and was followed up by both “Way Back Home” and “My Country Man” in 1953.
In 1955 she recorded “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On”, produced by Quincy Jones, two years before Jerry Lee Lewis’ version.
More hits followed throughout the 1950s, mainly for Savoy Records, including “Candy” (1956), one of her biggest sellers.