November 03, 2004

The Satisfying Barbara George

"Satisfied With Your Love"
Barbara George, SevenB, 1968

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After Allen Toussaint departed around 1966, Joe Banashak (see previous post) brought in another multi-talent, Eddie Bo, to develop artists, compose, arrange, produce, mostly for the Seven B label. That's where our featured release came out in 1968 with a re-make of the Chris Kenner classic, "Something You Got" on the other side. The single quickly slipped into obscurity.

Barbara George, of course, is best known as a one hit wonder for her classic, "I Know", released on the AFO label in 1961 and picked up by Sue Records, becoming a number three single. George subsequently signed on with Sue; but did not have repeat success with other singles there. Several of those Sue sides have been compiled on a CD box set retrospective of the label; and her AFO work has appeared on a Collectables CD. Jessie Hill, legendary New Orleans one-hitter in his own right, brought Barbara George to the attention of Harold Battiste at AFO ; and "I Know" was recorded in a split session with the ill-fated, under-appreciated Prince La La (Lawrence Nelson), who was a Hill protege. After her deal with Sue played out, she doesn't seem to have done much recording until working with Eddie Bo on our featured side. She turned up again in the early 1980's, recording a few sides for the Hep' Me label in New Orleans.

Unfortunately, New Orleans recording history does not have an abundance of female artists. On my old radio show, I always tried to find good sounding representations of the women who recorded in New Orleans over the years. That's why I liked to play "Satisfied With Your Love". This rarity is a simply arranged shuffle with a decent horn riff and honestly displays the singer's charming vocal quality. And that's why I'm giving you a chance to listen, too.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm a reporter at The Courier in Houma, Louisiana. I'd like to talk to you about Barbara George. She recently died and I'm writing a story about her life. Please call as soon as you get this at 985-857-2209.

2:31 PM, August 16, 2006  

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