6 August 2005
Indeed he made it
I was gearing up to do a memorial piece for Blues Hall of Fame member Little Milton, who died Thursday at the age of seventy, but Matt Rosenberg has already done a better one, so I'll point you to it instead.
In passing, I'll note that one of Milton's sidemen er, sidepersons in the late 1950s was pianist Fontella Bass; as the story goes, Milton was running late for a gig one night and bandleader Oliver Sain asked her to do a vocal to fill time. It went well enough to get Bass a featured-vocal spot each night, and eventually she and Sain struck out on their own, the result being the sublime "Rescue Me" in 1965.
And 1965 was also the year of Milton's biggest chart hit, "We're Gonna Make It", which was a little more pop than most of Milton's records indeed, a little more pop than most of what Chess was releasing those days but which always jumps out at you on those infrequent instances when you hear it on the radio.Posted at 1:46 PM to Tongue and Groove