Saturday, 20 January 2018

Saturday Night Soul

I was poking away in the dustier corners of the eMusic website the other day when I came across a couple of albums on the Crazy Cajun label by one Oscar Perry. I had never heard of him, but stuff on that label is often worth checking out, so I did. And you might want to as well.

Oscar hails from Houston and got his first break in the music business as a writer and arranger on the Duke label, helping to create hits for the likes of Bobby 'Blue' Bland. When Duke folded in 1974 he moved over to a similar role at Crazy Cajun, where he added the extra duties of playing bass for Freddy Fender as well as performing in his own right. Both of today's selections come from that period.

"Playboy Side Of Town" - Oscar Perry

"Once In A While" - Oscar Perry

Speaking of Freddy Fender, here he is with his big hit. His enormous hair completely obscures our view of the band behind him, so I can't tell whether Oscar is there.

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