Looking for You: The Complete United Artists & Veep Singles

Looking for You: The Complete United Artists & Veep Singles

by Garnet MimmsGarnet Mimms


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Garnet Mimms is remembered for "Cry Baby," his smash 1963 debut single. His version topped Billboard's R&B charts and went to number four pop, but it's best-remembered as the source for Janis Joplin's classic rock cover, which is a good testament to Mimms' influence, if not to the depth of his own body of work. Mimms racked up many other charting singles but they usually appeared on the pop, not R&B, charts, giving a good indication of the kind of soul he sang. He specialized in a grand, symphonic sound partway between Jerry Butler and Sam Cooke, sometimes sounding like a gutsier Chuck Jackson. Listening to Ace's 2015 compilation Looking for You: The Complete United Artists & Veep Singles, a 28-track set that contains all the As & Bs from the 14 singles he released between 1963 and 1966, his soaring voice is indeed commanding, every bit as powerful as a Jackie Wilson or Otis Redding, but it's also clear that this Philadelphia native is a creature of the east coast: the upscale productions are as towering as Mimms' voice. This reliance on majestic strings, backing vocals, and cinematic pianos means the music feels more tied to its time than the leaner Southern soul of the '60s, but it's easy to marvel at Jerry Ragovoy's huge productions, just as it is easy to wonder at Mimms' command; this may tip toward the pop end of the scale but it demands attention. Compared to EMI's 1993 disc The Best of Garnet Mimms: Cry Baby, the previous standard bearer, this has many of the same tracks -- including, of course, the hits "Cry Baby," "For Your Precious Love," "Baby Don't You Weep," "Tell Me Baby," "One Girl," "A Little Bit of Soap," "I'll Take Good Care of You," and "My Baby" -- but the emphasis on singles gives a fuller picture of Mimms' personality, showing how he remained passionate even when Ragovoy pushed him ever closer to the pop mainstream.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667242325
catalogNumber: 5011596
Rank: 60832


  1. Cry Baby
  2. Don't Change Your Heart
  3. Baby Don't You Weep
  4. For Your Precious Love
  5. Tell Me Baby
  6. Anytime You Want Me
  7. A Quiet Place
  8. One Girl
  9. Look Away
  10. One Woman Man
  11. A Little Bit of Soap
  12. I'll Make It Up To You
  13. It Was Easier To Hurt Her
  14. So Close
  15. Welcome Home
  16. Everytime
  17. That Goes To Show You
  18. Looking For You
  19. More Than a Miracle
  20. I'll Take Good Care of You
  21. Prove It To Me
  22. It's Been Such a Long Way Home
  23. Thinkin'
  24. My Baby
  25. Keep On Smilin'
  26. All About Love
  27. The Truth Hurts
  28. As Long As I Have You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Garnet Mimms   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jerry Butler   Composer
Garnet Mimms   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Chip Taylor   Composer
Peter Andreoli   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer,Producer
Arthur Brooks   Composer
Richard Brooks   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Jimmy Radcliffe   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Samuel Bell   Composer
Ed Marshall   Composer
Carl Spencer   Composer
Bob Elgin   Composer
Bob Halley   Composer
Vincent Poncia   Composer
Robert Whitehead   Composer
Ora Diamond   Composer
Bev Ragovoy   Photo Courtesy

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