Ann Sexton – 1977 – The Beginning

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Ann Sexton is one of a few lesser known southern soul female artists, recorded a series of fine soul records for the legendary Nashville soul DJ / label-owner, the late John Richbourg a.k.a. John R.

I was after this wonderful record for years. You can check the prices sold here. Finally i put my hands on it lately and i’m really happy to share it with you.

This is @320 vinyl rip of the original Sound Stage 7 Records including covers.

Tracks
A1. I Had A Fight With Love 3.46
A2. I’m His Wife (You’re Just A Friend) 2.55
A3. Who’s Gonna Love You 3.01
A4. You Can’t Lose With the Stuff I Use 4.38
B1. Color My world Blue 2.45
B2. Be Serious 3.56
B3. I Want To Be Loved 3.08
B4. Sugar Daddy 3.59
B5. You’ve Been Doing Me Wrong For So Long 2.55

Review by Trakbuv

Ann Sexton is a woefully neglected Southern Soul songstress. Born on 5th February, 1950, Greenville, South Carolina, she trained her poignant vocal style testifying to the Lord. She married young and, together with her new beau, began spreading her vocal chords at local venues. In 1971, she was spotted by songwriter/producer David Lee who cut several tracks with her. On his ‘You’re letting me down’, Ann conveys her devastation in a manner worthy of the similarly styled Candi Staton or Bettye Swann. He also provided her with the glorious chugging ‘You’ve been gone too long’, a long-time favourite with this scribe, and a Northern Soul classic. Initially released on Lee’s Impel imprint, they were to be later issued on 77 Records, owned by the Nashville soul DJ, John Richbourg. Her first album, ‘Loving You, Loving Me’, was subsequently released in 1973, containing both aforementioned tunes, and her biggest hit, Paul Kelly’s funky ‘You’re gonna miss me’, climbing to #47 in the Soul Charts during September of 1973.

Recording sessions continued, now operating mainly out out of Memphis, with both Lee and Richbourg at the helm. However her follow-up 33 didn’t ship until 1977, released now on Sound Stage 7, the 77 label having folded. Lots of 3’s and 7’s there. Recorded in Muscle Shoals, this is a very good example of the style that supreme Southern Soul had come to adopt: a mix of groovers and pleaders. I gather that the shuffling ‘Colour my world blue’ is popular on the Modern Soul scene, and its easy to see why with Ann’s efferevescent interpretation. The only track I was already familiar with is ‘I’m his wife’, a very smartly produced two-stepper, and perfect meat for Ann to lock her incisors around. I recall back in 1978 thinking that Barbara Mason’s ‘I am your woman‘, she is your wife’ was its answer record. However, I can find no evidence to support my supposition.

And how can one resist her persistant plea of ‘I want to be loved’, a bluesy dream of a track ? Irresistable ! The midtempo ‘Who’s gonna love you’ adds an extra dimension with a touch of the Thom Bell’s. Gorgeous. And my favourite needle drop ? ‘Be serious’. The opening few bars are worth the entrance fee, a magical mix of guitar and strings paving the way for Ann to let her quivering tones captivate your heart. Can’t get enough if this one. The funkier cuts like ‘You can’t lose’ and ‘I had a fight’ are very welcome additions, and bring a closer comparison to Candi Staton at her contemporary best.

Having been a stranger to the stage for some 30 years, she was recently persuaded back by German DJ and promoter, Dan Dombrowe, after being re-discovered by Sonny Hudson while working in a Bronx school. Since 2007, she has become a regular at the annual Baltic Soul Weekender in Germany, and is booked in for the next one in 2009 (April 24-26). She has been reported to wish to return to this venue ‘as long as she is living’. What’s not to admire about this super-talented, super-ignored legend ?

listen up “Be Serious”

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59 Comments
  • FASTMAN
    Posted at 21:42h, 11 November 2008 Reply

    THANK YOU SO MUCH………………………….

  • dcat in the cornpatch
    Posted at 22:29h, 11 November 2008 Reply

    Many thanks for the work you put into your blog. It is a wonderful resource for all of us great music lovers. Cheers to you and kind regards.

  • rich
    Posted at 23:14h, 11 November 2008 Reply

    cant wait to hear this looks soulful thanx nikos

  • k02
    Posted at 23:36h, 11 November 2008 Reply

    Appreciate the genorosity.

  • Alvis Edgar
    Posted at 23:55h, 11 November 2008 Reply

    Thank you Nikos for one more Southern Soul gem. I really like anything
    produced by John R.

  • manny
    Posted at 00:05h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    i love ann sexton… i think i might have these tracks already but they arent organized as a collection/album in my library… thanks alot

  • Andre
    Posted at 00:32h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    never heard this one before. can’t wait to hear it. thanks a million Nikos

  • daniel
    Posted at 00:39h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    thanks for the ann sexton album!

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 01:26h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    Nice post. Thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.

  • PretOria
    Posted at 02:42h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    Very much Nikos strtospheric class!

  • per aspera ad astra
    Posted at 08:54h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    Wonderful – Thank you very much

  • berooobeee
    Posted at 09:46h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    thanks!

  • jeremy
    Posted at 09:53h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    I only knew “you’re gonna miss me” but this is absolutely amazing stuff.

  • hooch
    Posted at 14:01h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    Loved Ann Sexton after hearing You’ve been gone to long at wigan casino many years ago!

    Thank you Nikos!

  • lou
    Posted at 14:22h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    That’s soul music. Amazing site man. Thanks.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:32h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    I knew “I’m his wife” from a southern soul compilation. Thanks for album!

  • yodasbestmate
    Posted at 16:55h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    Much love Nikos.. dope selections and REAL sharing (i.e. with everyone) thanks for all your hard work… it’s massively appreciated by all, including those who don’t comment!

    ybm

  • lovesoul
    Posted at 20:16h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    Such an amazing artist and album. Thanx.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 01:25h, 13 November 2008 Reply

    This is a great One Nikos. Much Thanks! Thanks for the Review Trakbuv!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 05:35h, 13 November 2008 Reply

    Awesome!!! Thanks for the share…Please Keep Them Coming!!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 08:29h, 13 November 2008 Reply

    thanks so much!

  • johnny
    Posted at 10:08h, 13 November 2008 Reply

    I’m looking forward to hearing this, too.

  • samuel
    Posted at 13:57h, 13 November 2008 Reply

    New to me. Love it already.

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 16:16h, 13 November 2008 Reply

    Great post. Thanks so much. Appreciate it.

  • Trag
    Posted at 17:41h, 13 November 2008 Reply

    I have “I’m His Wife (you’re just a friend)” on a modern soul compilation but never thought I’d have the chance to hear the whole album. You are definitely right, with a voice like she has, she should have been huge. Thanks for the post.

  • jean
    Posted at 18:27h, 13 November 2008 Reply

    ann sexton…female with attitude.. woooooooooooooo i love it already

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 19:40h, 13 November 2008 Reply

    Sad and true, a pure southern soul record that still carries proudly the flag of southern grooviness (Nashville was not only “country” oriented…), even if it came out late in the 70’s. And a real opportunity at last to pay some dues to the great John Richbourg, the “white cat with a black soul”. Music is always the best thing around! Just to add that it was all cut in Wishbone Studios in Muscle Shoals and that Ann’s fine reading of “I’m His Wife…” continues the saga of that “other woman” that started with Shirley Brown’s “Woman To Woman” in the early 70’s.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 20:17h, 13 November 2008 Reply

    Always your opinion is important Groovy! We missed you! For those who want to hear Shirley Brown’s “Woman To Woman” : https://www.funkmysoul.gr/?p=56

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 00:24h, 14 November 2008 Reply

    And don’t forget that fabulous line ‘I’ll be the other woman all my life, as long as I’m the only one other than your wife’ – The Soul Children – Friction LP

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 00:40h, 14 November 2008 Reply

    Broke there to see if Nikos had it on his blog – of course you did !! At https://www.funkmysoul.gr/?p=52. And, arguably, Shirley’s official response song being (coming full circle from Ann Sexton’s possible answer song) Barbara Mason and ‘From his woman to you’.

    Many thanks for adding your supreme knowledge Groovy to the educating process – more Soul food for thought !!

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 01:05h, 14 November 2008 Reply

    Trakbuv and Groovy Emmanuel, you are both incredible!!! You make the difference to this blog. With your deep knowledge and enthusiasm! True Music Lovers. Thank you so much guys!

  • marti
    Posted at 03:23h, 14 November 2008 Reply

    many thanks-rare to find album

  • Chris-T
    Posted at 08:39h, 14 November 2008 Reply

    Really appreciate this one. Thanks Nikos.

  • jack
    Posted at 12:34h, 14 November 2008 Reply

    Another wonderful post. Thanks for the hard work! keep it up.

  • Jens
    Posted at 20:04h, 14 November 2008 Reply

    Great! Thank you so much! Words can’t tell, what all these amazing songs are doing for my life, my art, everything. Thanks for the tireless efforts, quality and variety! Greetings from Germany.

  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 23:32h, 15 November 2008 Reply

    Thank you

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 17:43h, 16 November 2008 Reply

    yet another fantastic post!!

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 19:57h, 17 November 2008 Reply

    Ann’s style warm and heavily soulful, great voice!

  • Olaf
    Posted at 20:02h, 17 November 2008 Reply

    This women can sssssing! Brilliant soul singer.

  • Dan Dombrowe
    Posted at 00:02h, 23 November 2008 Reply

    Great Blog,

    watch the Lady in full effect…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFzwtCUjW3E

    enjoy,

    Dan
    http://www.baltic-soul.de

  • benny
    Posted at 12:21h, 10 December 2008 Reply

    awesome! thanks

  • Ted
    Posted at 10:10h, 13 December 2008 Reply

    WOW! This is among the most amazing things I’ve ever heard. Can’t believe I’ve missed this all my life. The production values, musicianship and quality of the arrangements exceed all expectations for a lesser label and in fact rise high above so much work of the time that was well-funded. I am stunned by this. THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU

  • Ted
    Posted at 10:31h, 13 December 2008 Reply

    And one more thing: the BEST of all music always pushes the envelope of “Kitsch”: “Be Serious” with THAT arrangement and THOSE backround vocals, my god it’s ambrosia for someone like me, who will joyfully listen for a lifetime and never really decide if it went over the top or not. That’s the kind of stuff i can DEFINITELY use.

  • chizzm
    Posted at 01:28h, 16 December 2008 Reply

    Looking forward to listening to this, Thank you!!

  • analog6
    Posted at 09:30h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    I’ve always been a bit partial to the Southern Soul thang. Thanks for putting this one up.

  • liam
    Posted at 06:15h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    If you’ve heard “You’ve Been Gone Too Long” and have the memories of listening to this and dancing on M’s balcony, she can’t do wrong, ever

    Many thanks

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  • Imp0st0r
    Posted at 19:25h, 11 March 2009 Reply

    I love her voice! Thank you for the share.

  • djrj
    Posted at 05:20h, 07 April 2009 Reply

    WOW.. I love the Be Serious song. Its amazing that so many talented people never really have been heard. Thanks for the share. I will look through my vinyl and see if there is anything I can offer to this great site.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 10:06h, 14 June 2009 Reply

    thanks fantastique lp merci niko

  • paolo
    Posted at 17:03h, 31 August 2009 Reply

    Thank you so much for this wonderful site. I’ve been a vinyl collector since 2002 and normally have a difficult time finding these albums here in manila. it’s just nice to find all these great albums on one site. keep it up!

  • cleffdeadly
    Posted at 14:16h, 07 October 2009 Reply

    classic album, highly underated singer… thank you.

  • Troods
    Posted at 06:51h, 02 January 2010 Reply

    Often I feel that if it weren’t for Europeans, particularly the British, so many of our artist would have been lost. Just reading how the Orlons lost their standing in the US but was a great success in Britan. Our record industry in the states has consistently squashed quality voices of soul music history when the corporation doesn’t want any more. And many Americans easily forget those voices seduced by the latest trend. Okay, off my soapbox, tender, emotive, and womanly (no girl shit here), Ann Sexton takes you there. Loving thanks to you Nikos.

  • Dan
    Posted at 22:35h, 05 March 2010 Reply

    Great album. Thank you so much.

  • Plastic
    Posted at 15:06h, 14 January 2012 Reply

    Cracking stuff. I’d heard one or two Ann Sexton tracks before, but after hearing this I really appreciate her voice so much more. And the deepest of southern soul. Wonderful. Many thanks for your generosity and hard work on this site.

  • stephphs
    Posted at 01:38h, 20 December 2012 Reply

    thanks again !!!!!!

  • Rich
    Posted at 19:58h, 04 March 2014 Reply

    thanks plenty

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