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In A Mellow Tone

In A Mellow Tone
Wednesday December 8th, 2010 with Ron Sweetman
LULA REED

LULA REED: A singer with a distinctive style, who came from the church, found fame with R&B bandleader Sonny Thompson, but gave it all up to return to the church.We’ll hear her recordings from December 1951 to February 1962 for the King and Federal labels. Lula Marietta McClelland was born on March 21, 1926 in Minjo Junction, Ohio. She began her singing career in a church choir, but when she came of age she was encouraged by family and friends to make singing her career. Her first recording session was as vocalist Lula Reed with Sonny Thompson and his Orchestra in December 1951. One tune “I’ll Drown In My Tears” was an immediate success, and by October 1952 she was recording as a solo singer, accompanied by Sonny Thompson. On all her recordings for King, she was accompanied by Sonny Thompson, and this partnership led to them getting married. The final date for King was in August, 1956, after which they moved to the Argo label, for whom they made four sessions, before returning to King, who issued their recordings on their Federal subsidiary label. Her final recordings were made for Ray Charles’ Tangerine label. Tonight we’ll be hearing her King and Federal recordings.
I'll Drown in my Tears
Sonny Thompson - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
Last Night
Sonny Thompson - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
Waiting to be Loved by You
Sonny Thompson - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
Don't Make Me Love You
Lula Reed - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
My Poor Heart
Lula Reed - Blue & Moody - King
Going Back to Mexico
Lula Reed - Blue & Moody - King
Your Key Don't Fit No More
Lula Reed - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
Bump on a Log
Lula Reed - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
A Quiet Time With Jesus
Lula Reed - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
Quilted Hands
Drumheller - Glint - Rat-Drifting Canadian New
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing/Infinite Spirit
Bernard Stepien - A Very Ayler Christmas - Stepien Canadian New
I'll Upset You Baby
Lula Reed - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
Sick and Tired
Lula Reed - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
Jealous Love
Lula Reed - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
Without Love (Ain't It A Shame)
Lula Reed - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
I'm Gone, Yes I'm Gone
Lula Reed - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
Living in Misery
Lula Reed - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
Why Don't You Come On Home
Lula Reed - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
I'm Giving All My Love
Lula Reed - I'll Drown in my Tears - Ace
Three Men
Lula Reed - Blue & Moody - King
Every Second
Lula Reed - Blue & Moody - King
Sample Man
Lula Reed - Blue & Moody - King
Waste No More Tears
Lula Reed - Boy-Girl-Boy - King
Know What You're Doing
Lula Reed - Boy-Girl-Boy - King
I Got A Notion
Lula Reed - Boy-Girl-Boy - King
Puddentane
Lula Reed - Boy-Girl-Boy - King
I'm A Woman (But I Don't Talk Too Much)
Lula Reed - Boy-Girl-Boy - King
I Know
Lula Reed - Boy-Girl-Boy - King
(Let Your Love) Watch Over Me
Lula Reed & Freddy King - Boy-Girl-Boy - King
You Can't Hide
Lula Reed & Freddy King - Boy-Girl-Boy - King
Vibrations/Good King Wencelas
Bernard Stepien - A Very Ayler Christmas - Stepien Canadian New