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Mercy Me - Lil Greenwood (Lamplighters)
This one's a fucking monster!
Yes it's excellent but my favorite by her remains the earlier "Grandpa
Can Boogie Too" with The Four Jacks
I always thought it was like an answer record to Wynonie's "Grandma
Plays The Numbers." I like it a lot.
It's basically a rewrite of the Wynonie number to fit a female lead
Post by Roger Ford
And then there's the slow burner "I'll Go" from 1953. The label credit
just says "Lil Greenwood"--I always heard the male group was The
Lamplighters, and I'm surprised to see they aren't credited. I wonder
if it's really Thurston Harris duetting with her.
All four Greenwood sides with The Lamplighters just say "vocal by Lil
Greenwood with Quartet". Several sources (including Kreiter) list the
flip of "Mercy Me" (actually the "A" side) "All Is Forgiven" as being
The Dominoes backing her but pretty sure it is The Lamplighters.
There's an album out "Evolution Of A Vocal Group - From The
Lamplighters To The Rivingtons" charting the VERY convuluted history
of this interesting group by way of The Sharps,The Tenderfoots,Paul
Anka's "Jacks",Duane Eddy and "Rebel Rouser",The Ebb Tides "Love
Doctor" The Crenshaws and all the way to "Papa Oom Mow Mow"
It also includes most of the Greenwood backed sides
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