06 Aug Jackie Moore – 1973 – Sweet Charlie Babe

Jackie Moore – 1973 – Sweet Charlie Babe

A classic set of 70s crossover deep soul recorded in the mode of similar work by Betty Wright or Laura Lee, and done with a similar mix of raw southern vocals and tighter production! About half the work was handled by the team of Dave Crawford and Brad Shapiro working in the Criteria Studios in Miami to give Jackie a sound that’s similar to Shapiro’s work with Millie Jackson. The other half was produced in Philly, by the Young Professionals team of LeBaron Taylor, Tony Bell, and Phil Hurt who give Jackie a warm, gliding, sweet 70s Philly groove! And although you might think that this Philly/Miami split would make for a mixed bag of tunes, the album’s surprisingly unified and in a way, does plenty to link together the growing dance floor scenes in both cities.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Atlantic record including covers.

Tracks
A1 Sweet Charlie Baby 2:38
A2 Clean Up Your Own Yard 4:10
A3 If 3:30
A4 Darling Baby 2:42
A5 Cover Me 2:44
B1 Both Ends Against The Middle 2:25
B2 Time 3:27
B3 Precious, Precious 3:25
B4 Willpower 2:54
B5 Something In A Look 3:10

Sweet Charlie Babe contains ten powerhouse tracks by Jacksonville, FL native Jackie Moore. A good mixture of Southern and urban R&B soul from the saucy, sweet soul diva. The slinky “Precious, Precious” zoomed up the charts and became her biggest hit; it employs a similar groove that made hits out of “Trapped by a Thing Called Love” by Denise LaSalle and “Make Me Yours” by Bettye Swann. “If” is lyrically infectious; Joe Simon also recorded the Bunny Sigler and Phil Hurtt tune. The floating “Both Ends Against the Middle” delights every time it spins. Moore does justice to the Elgins’ “Darling Baby,” the rolling ballad is one of Holland-Dozier-Holland’s most charming songs. Moore shows no shame singing about her man Charlie, on “Sweet Charlie Babe,” an upbeat testimonial, with a message similar to the Marvelettes’ “Don’t Mess with Bill.” She dispenses wise advice on “Clean Up Your Own Yard.” “Time” is an exquisite ballad eloquently done by Moore; however, beat ballads and deep soul sagas like “Cover Me” and “Willpower” defined Moore’s style. If you can’t find this slab of vinyl, these songs and more are available on the CD Precious, Precious: The Best of Jackie Moore.

Bio

One of the relatively few artists who emerged in the early ’70s to enjoy a run of success with a Southern soul-based sound, this Florida singer recorded her best material for Atlantic in Miami with noted session players like the Memphis Horns and the Dixie Flyers. Putting her earthy pop-soul to ballads and mid-tempo material, much of it written and crafted by producer Dave Crawford, Moore had a half-dozen R&B hits for the label; the biggest, “Precious, Precious” (1970) and “Sweet Charlie Babe” (1973), were also small pop hits. In 1972 and 1973, she cut some tunes in Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studios with a slicker feel, with generally successful results. There was nothing especially earth-shaking about Moore’s style or material, but it was solid stuff with a grittier feel than much of the soul music in vogue at the time. After leaving Atlantic, she had one more sizable R&B hit, “Make Me Feel Like a Woman” (1975).

Discography

Groovy Emmanuel(Guest Contributor and Soul Funk Expert) Strikes Again with his comment : A fine opportunity at last to underline the importance of recording studios in participating big to the wonderful sounds of the 70’s. Three different studios were used in the making of this record, Philly’s Sigma Sound (the TSOP… 4 tracks), Miami’s Criteria (I Feel Good… 5 tracks) and Jackson’s Miss. Malaco Sound (Groove Me Baby… 1 track). All these great session men used to set the standards so high, that the singers would have got plenty of guts to just make the right adjustement, to just follow (and vice versa of course…looking for the right fusion). And Jackie seems to easily have the guts to just slide on the ice! Big ups to Jackie herself and all the unsung heroes of these soulful 70’s sounds.

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44 Comments
  • Vincent the Soul Chef
    Posted at 18:28h, 06 August 2008 Reply

    Greetings and welcome back! I’m looking forward to hearing this one; I’ve had “Time” on a 45 for years. I have something that I’d like to share with you and your readers. I’ll drop you an email later on today…

    Peace and blessings.

    feel free to drop by and check out my new all Hammond Organ mixes. I just put them up yesterday 🙂

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 18:39h, 06 August 2008 Reply

    Hi Vince, Hope you are well brother. Waiting for your mail. Sure i am going to check out your wonderful blog right away and i recommend all of you to do the same guys.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 21:16h, 06 August 2008 Reply

    it’s a great mix of styles. Well worth listening! Bunny Singler, Phil Hurtt, LeBaron Taylor, Tony Bell, Dave Crawford & Brad Shapiro is a small Dream Team…

  • Gea
    Posted at 21:32h, 06 August 2008 Reply

    Precious, precious.
    Precious baby, you’re mine.
    Mmm… if you don’t love me, I’m used to that.
    If you don’t need me, baby, I can adjust to that. If you don’t want me, honey, that’s alright.
    If you ain’t willin’, baby, there sure won’t be no fight.
    ‘Cause I’m still satisfied In loving you
    And I’ll be waiting ’round when you get through. Oh, you’re precious, honey. You’re so precious. Precious baby, you’re mine….

  • k02
    Posted at 21:32h, 06 August 2008 Reply

    Appreciate it.

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 21:54h, 06 August 2008 Reply

    thank you.

  • Arkane1
    Posted at 22:11h, 06 August 2008 Reply

    This is a very nice album! Thank you as always for your hard work and passion for great soul music.

  • Ryan
    Posted at 22:42h, 06 August 2008 Reply

    Her 1979 disco hit “This Time Baby,” hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and inspired the 2005 Dance radio and club hit “Love On My Mind” by the Freemasons featuring Amanda Wilson.

  • Fin
    Posted at 22:46h, 06 August 2008 Reply

    “Precious” is great, but Bunny Sigler and Phil Hurtt’s upbeat “Sweet Charlie Babe” which she recorded with the Philadelphia Strings and Horns is fantastic too. lovely post nikos, big up!!

  • DJ Hook
    Posted at 22:53h, 06 August 2008 Reply

    with the usual quality, as always….welcome back, man.

  • hooch
    Posted at 01:45h, 07 August 2008 Reply

    many thanks man!

  • manny
    Posted at 05:19h, 07 August 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting… and btw the album art matches your blog lol

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 05:42h, 07 August 2008 Reply

    another excellent post, sir!

  • ElinorRigby
    Posted at 10:40h, 07 August 2008 Reply

    Miami or Philly sounding, the lady is soooo great.

  • Son
    Posted at 10:49h, 07 August 2008 Reply

    Looks very interesting. Certainly i’m gonna give it a try.

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 11:10h, 07 August 2008 Reply

    A fine opportunity at last to underline the importance of recording studios in participating big to the wonderful sounds of the 70’s. Three different studios were used in the making of this record, Philly’s Sigma Sound (the TSOP… 4 tracks), Miami’s Criteria (I Feel Good… 5 tracks) and Jackson’s Miss. Malaco Sound (Groove Me Baby… 1 track). All these great session men used to set the standards so high, that the singers would have got plenty of guts to just make the right adjustement, to just follow (and vice versa of course…looking for the right fusion). And Jackie seems to easily have the guts to just slide on the ice! Big ups to Jackie herself and all the unsung heroes of these soulful 70’s sounds.

  • kizza
    Posted at 14:30h, 07 August 2008 Reply

    Thanks nikos for another great post! Keep doin’ what you’re doin’ – we love it!

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 16:41h, 07 August 2008 Reply

    Groovy Emmanuel, your comments are always education to all of us! You make me feel so proud, you choose to involve in this blog! Million thanks my man!!!!! Looking forward to your post contributions…

  • magicsoul
    Posted at 20:30h, 07 August 2008 Reply

    thx…have never heard of her at all…nice discovery…keep it up…peace

  • oak
    Posted at 23:23h, 07 August 2008 Reply

    lovely discovery nikos.Thanx.

  • jean
    Posted at 01:53h, 08 August 2008 Reply

    Strong album! i love the philly sound songs more being a philly lover.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 03:22h, 08 August 2008 Reply

    Much Thanks Nikos for Jackie Moore! I’ve got this one already but not near the quality of your rip! Excellent Post!

  • paul S.
    Posted at 11:00h, 08 August 2008 Reply

    Thanks for Jackie, can’t wait for Lou Johnson.

  • Kwt
    Posted at 11:13h, 08 August 2008 Reply

    Stunning! thnk u

  • JJ
    Posted at 16:36h, 08 August 2008 Reply

    Great post and work brother.

  • Jaguar
    Posted at 17:43h, 08 August 2008 Reply

    Classic LP from a great singer.

    Many thanks.

  • Messiah
    Posted at 05:22h, 09 August 2008 Reply

    how was the vacation Nikos? Glad you’re back….this looks really good…i love that home town (Philly!) production…can’t wait…Peace.

    Messiah

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 11:55h, 09 August 2008 Reply

    Hi Messiah, i had a very good time, abroad. Still on vacations here in my island. Yes with Philly you can’t go wrong my friend. enjoy it and bless you.

  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 12:49h, 09 August 2008 Reply

    Excellent! thank you

  • Ozzysoulie
    Posted at 05:51h, 10 August 2008 Reply

    Hey Nikos, thanks for this post. I have wanted to hear this album for a long time. Can’t wait to listen to it on my ipod. Cheers

  • michael farris
    Posted at 00:05h, 12 August 2008 Reply

    I been bad, mostly because I haven’t been listening, just downloading for future reference. But I’m back and have to say I LOVE THIS RECORD!!!! (and promise to post when I do listen to the things I’ve downloaded).

    I have the idea that Sweet Charlie Babe was a bigger regional than national hit in SW Florida. Her own Florida connection may have had something to do with that but it’s a song I remember the black kids in my high school singing in the locker room at gym class or in the breezeway after school and the phrase “Finest — the Lord has ever made” was scrawled on notebooks and tshirts. I bought the single at the time (which got very heavy local play) and since I liked the b-side (both sides against the middle IINM) I got the whole album. I have the idea it was in a store instead of something else I was looking for on a day I had money in my pocket and the determination to buy something (I still haven’t written about how hard it was to find some records in 70’s smalltown USA – short version: bloody awful)
    Anyway, I bought it and found it far exceeded my (unformed and ignorant) expectations and returned to it more often than a lot much better known stuff. Strangely the lyric that most jumps out at me now is one I didn’t notice back then “I don’t care if he has someone else, he’s just too good to keep to myself”. I’ll politely ignore the sexual … ethics that lurk behind that particular thought. Instead I’ll concentrate on her impressive Afro and the time honored tactic of posing a fat female singer behind a tree (hint – it never works, yeah she was fat but she carried it well, no neeed to hide her).

    Anyway hearing this for the first time in many years I’m surprised at how well this holds up (my only regret: no spoken intros) and at just how strong, and original, Jackie’s vocals are. She’s not an agony queen like Aretha or Gladys (much less Linda Jones), cooing stylist like Barbara Mason or Esther Phillips, cool crossover cream like Dionne Warwick or Roberta Flack or dirty diva like Millie Jackson. She sounds like … herself. Smart, sly and sassy, engaged and occasionally hurt but resilient and ready for the next round. This is a strangely optimistic sounding record in a genre that generally didn’t do cheerful (is it just me or was she an influence an later disco divas?)

    It’s an awful shame this wasn’t followed up by several more albums where she could grow and explore other formats. But the competition at atlanic from Aretha and Roberta was too strong and Jackie probably fell through the cracks (dumb move on Atlantic’s part).

    This is a total memory record for me. Thanks a lot for letting me relive some of them. And Jackie you are so precious (yes you are).

  • mike
    Posted at 05:56h, 14 August 2008 Reply

    thanks yoooooooooo

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 00:12h, 20 August 2008 Reply

    Thanks. I have it. Really good one.

  • analog6
    Posted at 09:09h, 13 September 2008 Reply

    With a write up like that, this has got to be worth a listen. Thanks.

  • Gerard Megawatti
    Posted at 16:37h, 22 July 2009 Reply

    I heard a song which sounded very much like this time baby from Jackie Moore but with lyrics a lot like i got you on my mind – does anyone knows which track this is?

  • Phil Hurtt
    Posted at 06:17h, 02 October 2009 Reply

    Hi guys,
    I just stmbled across your site…WOW!!
    Thank you so much for remembering, much love to you all.
    Phil Hurtt

  • Jay Negron
    Posted at 20:42h, 18 January 2010 Reply

    In reply to Gerard Megawatti that song is her 1977 hit “This Time Baby”.

    Thanks for spotlighting this LP.
    We played “Clean Up Your Own Yard” in the NY clubs back in the day!!!!

  • Mystic Melvin
    Posted at 02:44h, 05 March 2010 Reply

    This is a wonderful album, my vinyl copy has seen better days.I did buy most of the singles of it as well.I the 70’s i worked in a local record store (UK) and we specialised in US imports and “Both Ends Against The Middle” 7″ sold a hell of a lot for us.Thanks.

  • TJsAllBoutSoul
    Posted at 09:29h, 25 March 2010 Reply

    A really good artists. Thz Alot.

  • RODERIC
    Posted at 21:36h, 08 December 2010 Reply

    lOVE THE MUSIC RAW AND TRUE i AM THE SON OF Dave Crawford and would have love to be apart of such beautiful music,,

  • ROLLO
    Posted at 20:56h, 18 March 2011 Reply

    Just got this on vinyl. Thanks for the nice review

  • TheJazzHoppa
    Posted at 04:47h, 04 July 2013 Reply

    Thank You

  • Oi!
    Posted at 05:21h, 28 November 2013 Reply

    thank you

  • Charles
    Posted at 21:36h, 06 January 2014 Reply

    greetings and thanks for the info. by any chance do you know where jackie is today? how could one contact her? just send a card to say hi and thanks?

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