Juanita Williams “Baby Boy” (Golden World 18, 1964)
Given that this tumblr runs over 1,600 songs deep, it seems that there’s periods that I need to dust off a groove posted 4 or so years ago. This Sunday’s dusty groove is a splendid spitfire of just over 2 minutes to marvel.
Cut from the same blustery big band soul style for Female singers that brought us such classics as “My Guy” and “Selfish One,” for whatever reason, outside of Detroit, Juanita and either side of her brilliant uptown stomp single debut didn’t make much of an impact.
But whatever, it’s possibly one of the best songs that never became a hit record, and despite the relative failure at the time, it did get treated to a cover a few short years later, and is one of the best songs Northern Soul has to offer.