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Specialty Profiles: Percy Mayfield


Download links and information about Specialty Profiles: Percy Mayfield by Percy Mayfield. This album was released in 2006 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Blues genres. It contains 24 tracks with total duration of 01:02:42 minutes.

Artist: Percy Mayfield
Release date: 2006
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Blues
Tracks: 24
Duration: 01:02:42
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No. Title Length
1. Please Send Me Someone to Love 2:55
2. Strange Things Happening 2:51
3. Lost Love 2:57
4. What a Fool I Was 2:48
5. Cry Baby 2:51
6. Prayin' for Your Return 2:58
7. Louisiana 2:05
8. The Big Question 2:51
9. The River's Invitation 2:54
10. Loose Lips 1:57
11. Sugar Mama-Peachy Mama 2:35
12. Memory Pain 2:33
13. Nightless Lover 2:29
14. Hit the Road Jack 1:31
15. R.M. Blues (featuring Roy Milton & His Solid Senders) 2:59
16. Pink Champagne (featuring Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers) 3:02
17. Please Send Me Someone to Love 2:55
18. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (featuring Lloyd Price) 2:33
19. Dream Girl (featuring Jesse Belvin) 3:14
20. The Things That I Used to Do (featuring Eddie " Guitar Slim " Jones) 3:03
21. Long Tall Sally (featuring Little Richard) 2:11
22. I'll Come Running Back to You (featuring Sam Cooke) 2:09
23. I'm Leaving It All Up to You (featuring Don & Dewey) 2:10
24. Dizzy Miss Lizzy (featuring Larry Williams) 2:11



Percy Mayfield was blessed with an emotive Louisiana baritone and a poet's sensibility to sadness and pain, and few songwriters in the history of pop or R&B have written a body of work so drenched in beautiful suffering. This set features Mayfield's major hits for Art Rupe's Specialty Records, a label that Mayfield recorded for from 1950 until 1954 before leaving for Chess Records (the bonus disc included here is simply a sampler for other artists who recorded for Specialty). Given depth and atmosphere by Maxwell Davis' saxophone textures, songs like "Cry Baby" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love" were carefully written R&B symphonies to the harsh realities and downside of romance, and at times that downside morphed into relentless darkness, as is the case with the excessively maudlin "The River's Invitation," which is just this side of a melodic suicide note. Also here is the wonderful (and relatively upbeat) "Louisiana" as well as Mayfield's original version of his signature song, "Hit the Road Jack," which Ray Charles would cover and turn into a huge hit. In all, this makes a nice introduction to Mayfield's early work and spotlights his considerable skill as a songwriter. He fell in love with sadness, Mayfield said, because there was more truth in it.