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I t was Mable John who, with Smokey Robinson, told Berry Gordy Jr back in that it was time to stop schlepping his tapes around major record companies and start a label of his own.
This was during a trip to New York, and when they were all back home, John used her boyfriend's car to drive the future president of Motown records to meetings with disc jockeys and record store proprietors in the Detroit area.
Later she would become one of only two artists - the other being Kim Weston - to record for both Motown and Stax, the twin pillars of s soul music.
Forty years after that heyday, Mable John is enjoying a new kind of fame. When the director John Sayles came to cast the part of Bertha Mae, a veteran blues singer who embodies the spirit of the past in his new film, Honeydripper, he chose a woman who has never commanded the acclaim granted to her friends Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Mavis Staples, but whose own life represents a precis of the history of African-American music in the 20th century.
Now 77, John read the screenplay and found a world she remembered from her childhood in Louisiana and Arkansas. Set in , in the backwoods of the deep south, Sayles's story concerns a young guitar wizard who comes to the rescue of a struggling juke-joint proprietor by attracting an audience for a new style of electrified music. A miniaturised and romanticised version of the birth of rock'n'roll, the tale allows John to steal the first half of the film with wonderfully authoritative accounts of an idiom rendered obsolete by postwar fashions.
She was 12 years old when, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, her father left his job in a paper mill and travelled north to Detroit, looking for employment in industries suddenly enjoying a wartime boom. Six months later he sent for his family, who boarded a train for a journey lasting two and a half days to a new home John remembers as colder than anything they had known.
She was still in high school when Gordy's mother, a family friend, offered her a part-time clerical job with an insurance company she had helped to found. John's father disapproved. Our world was filled with segregation and he believed the only way out for our family was through education and knowing more than one thing. She continued to work in insurance after leaving school, but concentrated most of her attention on an unpaid job as the statewide choir coach for her Pentecostal church.
But when she decided to follow him into show business, a brutal rejection by her church provided her career with another incident that could be transferred straight into a Hollywood script. They disapproved of the music. I had gone over to the devil. They told me that by going out into the world I was going back on everything I'd been taught.
I said, 'No, I think I got the message. The message is not about you. It's about God, and about me finding God. And since he's inside me, in my heart, I feel that he can direct me. I don't feel God would jump over me and come to you to tell you something about me that he didn't tell me first. In Sam's case, people in some churches think he was killed because he walked away from God.
I don't believe that. God is not into the punishment of killing. He's trying to keep you alive. She put herself into the hands of Gordy, who took her to watch such established performers as Dakota Staton, Dinah Washington and Della Reese at Detroit's Flame Showbar, so that she might observe and learn from the finer points of their presentation. Eventually her mentor felt she was ready for her own spot at the club, and she shared the bill with Billie Holiday only a couple of weeks before the great singer's death in Gordy wrote and produced a handful of singles for her between and , but a lack of commercial success at a time when the label's hits were flooding the US charts persuaded her that her comparatively advanced age and her blues-drenched voice did not make a good fit with the label's emerging priorities.
Released from her contract in with no recriminations on either side, she took her manager's advice to fly south to Memphis, where she made the recording for which she is remembered and revered today. Hayes and Porter, then Stax's hot songwriting and production team, were delegated to work with the new signing, but John was disconcerted to discover that they had no material prepared for her arrival. I didn't take anything to Motown to record. Motown told you what they wanted you to do and how they wanted you to do it.
That's how Motown was created. So Isaac and David said, 'We'll get something together for you. So I said to them, there's a story that I need to tell. It's about a bad marriage. Isaac just began to play. David Porter had a pad and pencil and he was standing beside me, with the pad on the top of the piano. As I talked, he'd say: 'You could sing that. If you take the last thing you just said and we put that at the beginning of the verse, we could do it just like that.
I had no idea how the music or the melody should go. I just knew it was a story that was inside of me. It was a pain and it needed to get out. Hayes ran through the loose arrangement with the musicians while Porter joined John in the vocal booth, prodding her in the back when he wanted a higher note and telling her: "You said it was inside you and you wanted it to come out, so let it out. And so she did.
To connoisseurs, however, it became and remains an imperishable classic, two minutes and 58 seconds of deep-soul perfection whose many cover versions range from the respectable Etta James, Lou Rawls, Boz Scaggs to the improbable Captain and Tennille. It was during one of her return visits to Memphis that the motel's management asked if she would mind moving down the corridor for her last night in order to allow Martin Luther King to occupy his favourite room. Having flown out after completing her business at Stax the next day, she had just landed in Chicago when she learned that King had been shot dead while standing on the balcony outside the room in question.
John agrees with the view that Stax - a black and white coalition - was one of many enterprises whose end was hastened by the subsequent reassertion of racial divisions. Shortly before the company went into liquidation at the end of the s, she left to join Ray Charles as the Raelettes' choirmistress, a role she retained for the next 10 years before taking the decision to rededicate herself to her religion. She has been in a minister of the Joy in Jesus church in Los Angeles since and is also active in its outreach programme, which supplies clothing, food and training to the homeless and to people coming out of prison, assists senior citizens with medical care and helps families with children born with Aids.
She continues to record for her own label and is looking forward to the publication this summer of Love Tornado, the third of her inspirational novels, all co-written with David Ritz, who ghosted the autobiographies of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and others. As she nears the end of her eighth decade, the evidence suggests that her resilient humour and quiet wisdom have been hard-won. Her brother Willie, once such a great star, died in prison in , two years into a life sentence for murder.
Three of her four sons have predeceased her. And despite being in the right places at the right times, she never attained the stardom that pop music's greatest Svengali once believed to be her destiny. But I've never reached for stardom.
That's not my personality. I'm not trying to compete with or outshine anybody else. I only wanted to be a lady, and that I remain. Topics Jazz. Folk music Period and historical films Motown records features. Reuse this content. Most popular.
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89. Mable John: “Looking For A Man”
I t was Mable John who, with Smokey Robinson, told Berry Gordy Jr back in that it was time to stop schlepping his tapes around major record companies and start a label of his own. This was during a trip to New York, and when they were all back home, John used her boyfriend's car to drive the future president of Motown records to meetings with disc jockeys and record store proprietors in the Detroit area. Later she would become one of only two artists - the other being Kim Weston - to record for both Motown and Stax, the twin pillars of s soul music. Forty years after that heyday, Mable John is enjoying a new kind of fame. When the director John Sayles came to cast the part of Bertha Mae, a veteran blues singer who embodies the spirit of the past in his new film, Honeydripper, he chose a woman who has never commanded the acclaim granted to her friends Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Mavis Staples, but whose own life represents a precis of the history of African-American music in the 20th century. Now 77, John read the screenplay and found a world she remembered from her childhood in Louisiana and Arkansas. Set in , in the backwoods of the deep south, Sayles's story concerns a young guitar wizard who comes to the rescue of a struggling juke-joint proprietor by attracting an audience for a new style of electrified music.
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When she was just a baby, her family moved from Bastrop to Cullendale, Arkansas where her father worked at a paper mill. At the age of 12, Mable moved with the family to Detroit and graduated from high school. Listen Listening King, Sam Cooke, The Flamingos and others. By , her contract had ended with Berry Gordy.
More than a half century later, the diminutive dynamo is still going strong. Born Nov. The Johns relocated to Cullendale, Ark.
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Written by Berry Gordy. A helping of fun, but forgettable, faux-blues. In , blues-influenced, radio-friendly pop music — blues-lite like this — must have seemed as good a bet as any, and it was arguably this avenue which did eventually lead Motown to where it was going.
Thank you for registering! Click the link to confirm your email address. Please check your spam folder for the email, if it does not arrive, click this link While none of her bluesy singles on Tamla became hits, she played a big part helping get his company established and always shared a mutual loyalty with the Gordy family and her fellow Motowners. In turn, Motown Records has been giving the wo
Mable John: Singing More Than Ably As Motown’s First Lady, Stax Star, and Raelette for the Ages
Сьюзан прочитала их. Стратмор в отчаянии нажал на кнопку просмотра. ОБЪЕКТ: ЭНСЕЙ ТАНКАДО - ЛИКВИДИРОВАН ОБЪЕКТ: ПЬЕР КЛУШАР - ЛИКВИДИРОВАН ОБЪЕКТ: ГАНС ХУБЕР - ЛИКВИДИРОВАН ОБЪЕКТ: РОСИО ЕВА ГРАНАДА - ЛИКВИДИРОВАНА… Список на этом не заканчивался, и Стратмора охватил ужас.
Я смогу ей объяснить. Она поймет. Честь.
Вашей возлюбленной пятнадцать лет. - Нет! - почти крикнул Беккер. - Я хотел сказать… - Чертовщина. - Если бы вы согласились мне помочь. Это так важно.
Drenched in the blues
Наконец Беккер дошел до конца темного коридора и толкнул чуть приоткрытую дверь слева. Комната была пуста, если не считать старой изможденной женщины на койке, пытавшейся подсунуть под себя судно.
Хорошенькое зрелище, - подумал Беккер. - Где, черт возьми, регистратура.
Я никуда не спешу. Стратмор сокрушенно вздохнул и начал мерить шагами комнату. - Очевидно, когда Танкадо умер, рядом находились свидетели.
Вы этого не сделаете! - крикнул Хейл.
Затем они приобретали как бы полупрозрачность, завершаясь у пола непроницаемой чернотой - посверкивающей черной глазурью кафеля, отливавшей жутковатым сиянием, создававшим какое-то тревожное ощущение прозрачности пола.
Черный лед. В центре помещения из пола торчала, подобно носу исполинской торпеды, верхняя часть машины, ради которой было возведено все здание. Ее черный лоснящийся верх поднимался на двадцать три фута, а сама она уходила далеко вниз, под пол.
Looking For a Man
Уран природный элемент, плутоний - искусственный. Для урана используется ружейный детонатор, для плутония нужен взрыв. Это не числа, такие различия нас не касаются.
- Работайте, - поторопил Фонтейн. На ВР последняя стена стала уже тоньше яичной скорлупы. Джабба поднял брови. - Хорошо, это ничего не дает.
- Самолет улетел почти пустой. Но завтра в восемь утра тоже есть… - Мне нужно узнать, улетела ли этим рейсом моя подруга. Она собиралась купить билет прямо перед вылетом. Женщина нахмурилась: - Извините, сэр.