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Wilbert Harrison

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Biography

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Perceived by casual oldies fans as a two-hit wonder (for his 1959 chart-topper "Kansas City" and a heartwarming "Let's Work Together" a full decade later), Wilbert Harrison actually left behind a varied body of work that blended an intriguing melange of musical idioms into something quite distinctive.

Country and gospel strains filtered into Wilbert Harrison's consciousness as a youth in North Carolina. When he got out of the Navy in Miami around 1950, he began performing in a calypso-based style. Miami entrepreneur Henry Stone signed Harrison to his Rockin' logo in 1953; his debut single, "This Woman of Mine," utilized the very same melody as his later reading of "Kansas City" (the first rendition of the Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller composition by pianist Little Willie Littlefield came out in 1952, doubtless making an impression). Its flip, a country-tinged "Letter Edged in Black," exhibited Harrison's eclectic mindset.

After moving to Newark, New Jersey, Harrison wandered by the headquarters of Savoy Records one fortuitous day and was snapped up by producer Fred Mendelsohn. Harrison recorded several sessions for Savoy, beginning with a catchy cover of Terry Fell's country tune "Don't Drop It." Top New York sessioneers — arranger Leroy Kirkland, saxist Buddy Lucas and guitarists Mickey Baker and Kenny Burrell — backed Harrison on his 1954-1956 Savoy output, but hits weren't forthcoming.

That changed instantly when Harrison waxed his driving "Kansas City" for Harlem entrepreneur Bobby Robinson in 1959. With a barbed-wire guitar solo by Wild Jimmy Spruill igniting Harrison's no-frills piano and clenched vocal, "Kansas City" paced both the R&B and pop charts soon after its issue on Fury Records (not bad for a $40 session). Only one minor problem: Harrison was still technically under contract to Savoy (though label head Herman Lubinsky had literally run him out of his office some years earlier!), leading to all sorts of legal wrangles that finally went Robinson's way. Momentum for any Fury follow-ups had been fatally blunted in the interim, despite fine attempts with "Cheatin' Baby," the sequel "Goodbye Kansas City," and the original "Let's Stick Together."

Harrison bounced from Neptune to Doc to Constellation to Port to Vest with little in the way of tangible rewards before unexpectedly making a comeback in 1969 with his infectious "Let's Work Together" for Juggy Murray's Sue imprint. The two-part single proved a popular cover item — Canned Heat revived it shortly thereafter, and Bryan Ferry chimed in with his treatment later on. Alas, it was an isolated happenstance — apart from "My Heart Is Yours," a bottom-end chart entry on SSS International in 1971, no more hits were in Wilbert's future. But Harrison soldiered on, sometimes as a one-man band, for years to come.

Title: Carousel

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B

Title: Pussy Cat

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B

Title: Big Rock

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B

Title: Headman

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B

Title: Mega Tree

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Pop

Title: Piano

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B

Title: Angry Man

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Pop

Title: Great Hits

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Pop

Title: My Dream

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul

Title: My Life

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul

Title: Stole

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B

Title: Sunday Car

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Pop

Title: Sailing

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Hip Hop/R&B

Title: The Hottest Ever

Artist: Wilbert Harrison

Genre: Pop

Collections

Title: Best of 60s

Genre: Pop

Title: Best of 70s

Genre: Pop

Title: '60s Time Machine

Genre: Rock

Title: I Love the 60s

Genre: Rock

Title: 60s Gold

Genre: Rock

Title: 60s Greatest Hits

Genre: Pop

Title: 60s Greatest Hits

Genre: Pop

Title: Singles the 60S

Genre: Rock, Pop

Title: '60s Soul Hits

Genre: Rock, Pop

Title: Radio Blues No. 1

Genre: Blues

Featuring albums

Title: Vol 7

Artist: Back To The 50's

Genre: Pop

Title: Wild Guitar Man

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Rock

Title: Love Shock

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Blues

Title: Back To Mine

Artist: Fatboy Slim

Genre: Electronica

Title: King Curtis: Sideman

Artist: King Curtis

Genre: Soul

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